It seems so long ago that we were handcuffed and thrown into the pitch-dark of Blackout Haunted House, the midtown scare-fest that included a whole section of fun-times waterboarding. Our sinuses have all but cleared up entirely, and we’ve put the whole experience behind us.
Not so for Hermione Hoby from The Guardian, who posted her review about Manhattan’s Halloween torture-reenactment event last week (despite the fact that Blackout closed in early November).
So what was the British take on the potentially traumatizing experience? Did The Guardian have some commentary on Americans being water-boarded for thrills? Not really:
The water-boarding element is terrifying, but so too is crawling through small tunnels with unseen fingers grabbing at your ankles, or waiting alone in the darkness for more rough hands to seize you…
My throat hurts from screaming, my vision’s scrambled from all the torch glare, I’m weak and shaking and aching, but I’m ridiculously proud I made it through and coursing with relief and elation to be back in the normal, well-lit, world of mid-town Manhattan.
The next day I experience something even stranger than all the depraved weirdness of those 25 minutes. It’s the creeping realisation that I really, really want to go back and do it all over again.
The takeaway: It’s not just sensory-deadened Americans who enjoy being molested by strangers while experiencing some of the less savory experiences of Abu Ghraib. It’s just as attractive to thrill-seekers across the pond, which we could have deduced from how fast Christopher Hitchens signed up for a similar experience for Vanity Fair three years ago.