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New York’s longest running and most horrifying haunted house, NIGHTMARE, will take on the legendary horror stories and urban legends of NYC’s history in this 11th season edition – NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK producers Timothy Haskell (Creator of Nightmare) and Steve Kopelman, (producer of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare”) have announced. NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK will run September 26th through November 1st, 2014 at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s lower east side. www.hauntedhousenyc.com

For the first time ever the renowned NIGHTMARE haunted house will delve intoNew York City’s veryown heart of darkness with a haunted attraction about the legendary horror stories and urban legends of NYC.  Spanning time from when the island was called Manahatta to Typhoid Mary, Gargoyles, alligators in the subways and to new legends of the super rats created by Hurricane Sandy, NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK reminds New Yorkers and beyond that some of the greatest nightmares are in your own backyard.

NIGHTMARE is now celebrating its 11th season, making it the longest running Halloween attraction in the city, and it’s second largest Halloween event next to the Halloween Parade. Created by Timothy Haskell as an interactive theater event in 2004, Nightmare has turned into a state-of-the art haunted attraction entertaining over 40,000 intrepid thrill-seekers a year.  Coming off two critically acclaimed seasons with KILLERS and its follow up KILLERS2, Nightmare is back to exploring new themes annually with the horrifying and haunted history of NYC.


“One of the hallmarks of Nightmare has always been its ambition,” says Timothy Haskell. “Unlike most other haunted attractions we present a brand new experience every year in both theme and content.  As artists this keeps it exciting and new.  We could be celebrating our 50th anniversary and still feel like we are doing it for the first time!”

Steve Kopelman added that, “Producing a haunted attraction based on the lore of New York City promises to be our greatest challenge ever.  We look forward to the city’s embrace, as this haunted house will be utterly spectacular.”


NIGHTMARE: NEW YORK is co-directed by John Harlacher.  The Production team is lead by Paul Smithyman and David Hinkle. Art direction is by Justin Haskell, sound design is by David Roy, costume design is by Evan Glenn, Lighting design is by Garin Marshall. Video design is by Alana McNair.

Timothy Haskell (Creator and Co-Director) recently directed the visual spectacle James and the Giant Peach at St. John’s University in addition to Sex You (I’m Gonna) by Nathan Phillips at the ACE Hotel and then in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Other credits include Off-Broadway’s Stitching (The Wild Project and The Elephant in Los Angeles), The Jaded Assassin (Ohio Theatre), Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy starring Corey Feldman at the Classic Stage Company,Corporate Rock (Blue Heron Arts Center) and the Paris Hilton spoof I Love Paris by Doug Fields also at the Blue Heron Arts Center. He also co-curated and produced the first ever Fight Festival at The Brick Theatre premiering his new work Last Life that later transferred to the Ohio Theatre. He is perhaps best known for creating and directing the cult hit Road House: The Stage Play, which transferred from Off-Off Broadway to Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Mr. Haskell is also the creator and director of the annual Nightmare: New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House, which has run each fall for the past ten years. The most recent installation was KILLERS2: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE.

Steve Kopelman (Producer) has been actively involved in the Haunted House industry for 30 years.  He is currently a producer of haunted attractions in 5 American cities. His accomplishments include production of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare and The Nest Haunted House, selected by Good Morning America and ABC News as “The Scariest Place in America.” He has been involved with over 60 haunted attractions in 17 different cities all over the United States, including his work as a producer of Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare Haunted House. Kopelman and his haunts have been featured on MTV, The Travel Channel, CNN, and The Food Network among others.

John Harlacher (Co-Director) is an actor and director. Acting work includes the indie feature Love Simple; Off-Broadway’s Dog Day Afternoon, the revival of Israel Horovitz’s Rats, with the Barefoot Theatre Company, of which he is a member; and NEXT! at the HERE art center. Directing work includes the recent comedy Franklin Stein, Penetrating The Space and Callous Cad at The HERE art center, and the feature film Urchin, which he also wrote. Released theatrically and distributed worldwide, Urchin was banned in Malaysia as a “threat to culture.” He is also the Editor-In-Chief of Weird Tales Magazine.