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GamingI am Rich May, a programmer in the Games Industry for 16 years. I have worked on Star Wars , Judge Dredd , AvP, Sniper Elite, Virtual Reality and now Rogue Trooper Redux, AMA!

Oct 30th 2017 by JudgeMoist • 33 Questions • 53 Points

Hi Reddit! Happy Halloween!

I'm Jon Schnitzer, director/producer of "HAUNTERS: The Art Of The Scare" a film about how boo-scare mazes for Halloween have spawned a controversial sub-culture of "full contact" extreme terror experiences, the visionaries who dedicate their lives to scaring people, and why we seek out these kind of experiences - especially in scary and unpredictable times.

No surprise this Halloween is projected to be the biggest ever and that these kind of experiences are starting to be offered year round.

I filmed inside McKamey Manor, the most controversial extreme haunt in the world, infamous for going on for 8 hours, having no safe word and even waterboarding people. I also got unprecedented access to the creative geniuses behind Blackout, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Knotts Scary Farm, Delusion and more traditional haunts too. HAUNTERS also features horror visionaries John Murdy (HHN) Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska (American Mary / Hellevator), Jason Blum (producer of The Purge, Happy Death Day, Insidious, Sinister), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare / Mania) and more.

I always loved Halloween and horror movies since I was a kid, so I wanted to highlight the haunters as the artists they are, to capture the haunt subculture at a time when more and more people are seeking extreme "scare-apy", and to spark a debate about how far is too far.

But, first and foremost, I wanted to make a movie that would entertain people, so I have been thrilled to get so many rave reviews since premiering at Fantastic Fest last month - "9 out of 10" - Film Threat, "An absolute blast" - iHorror, "Genuinely petrifying" - Bloody Disgusting, "Shockingly entertaining" - Dread Central, "An intoxicating study of our relationship with fear." - Joblo, and more!

HAUNTERS was a successfully funded Kickstarter project, that I made for under $100,000.

My passion for this project also inspired some of my favorite composers and musicians to come on-board to create a killer soundtrack - Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling & Zach Shields, who's also from the band Night Things and co-writer of the films Krampus and the upcoming Godzilla) and Emptyset, and an original score by Jonathan Snipes (“Room 237” & “The Nightmare”), Alexander Burke (recorded with Fiona Apple, David Lynch and Mr. Little Jeans) and Neil Baldock (recorded with Kanye West, Radiohead and Wilco).

Check out the trailers & reviews - www.hauntersmovie.com

Ask me anything!

Proof - link to this AMA is on our Reviews & News page

EDIT @ 2:48PM PST - Wow, I didn't expect to get so many questions - it's been a lot of fun and I totally lost track of time. I need to take care of some things, be back to answer as many questions as possible.

EDIT @ 3:40PM PST - Back again, I'll be answering questions for the next hour or 2 until I have to get ready to go see John Carpenter in concert tonight.

EDIT @ 5PM PST - Signing off for today, pretty sure I got through almost all of the questions - I'll come back tomorrow and answer as many as I can tomorrow. Hope everyone has a fun time tonight, however you may be celebrating (or ignoring) Halloween!

Q:

What game was the most fun to make and what game is the most fun to play out of what you've done, is there much of a correlation?

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What was the worst thing you had to endure while filming Idiot Abroad?


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What was the most difficult obstacle to overcome? Is there anything you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

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  1. What's the most fucked up thing you saw a haunted house employee do?
  2. What's the worst emotional breakdown you saw in one of those full contact houses?
  3. Would you ever participate in one for fun after all of your research? Thanks for your time!

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The most fun to make? Probably Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron (still a mouthful) - the atmosphere on the team was great - we were all massive Star Wars fans and brought all our old toys & books in. Each department head had a cheap plastic lightsaber for resolving inter-team disputes and there were endless puns, in-jokes and references. As far as 'most fun to play' goes, it's a toss-up between Battlezone & Rogue Trooper. I really enjoyed playing Battlezone VR - co-op games are always fun, especially with workmates. You tend to get overly-familiar with the more linear, story-driven games but I always enjoy the challenge of ramping up the difficulty on Rogue Trooper and trying to play in a super-tactical way (I usually fail). There's definitely some correlation between the ones you enjoy working on and the ones you enjoy playing, but usually by the end of development you're heartily sick of them, so if you still enjoy playing them, it's a very good sign.

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Horrendous hotels!


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Replied to this one above, again, my apologies for not understanding how to reply in the beginning.

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Great questions. Sorry for my delay, there are so many great questions and debates going on here. 1) Hard to say, but to me it's anything to do with food and puke. That was beyond what I could handle being around. 2) Probably Mandi when she kept repeating "I can't do it" over and over again because she had reached her breaking point and really needed to get out. 3) I've done extreme haunts, but I would never do McKamey Manor. Why? Because Russ wouldn't go through it. I'm willing to try anything knowing 2 things: 1) I can get out when I want 2) The creators know exactly what it feels like to go through it.

Thank you so much for these great questions.


Q:

How does a writer get in the gaming industry?

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Hi Warwick, How different did it feel working on the newest Star Wars films to how it was back in the 80s?


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Exactly. It doesn’t hurt to have the exact same answer in two places.

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What was your expeince at McKamey Manor?

What in your opinion, is off limits in full contact haunted houses?

What has been your most negative experience whilst researching?


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That's one I'm not sure I'm entirely qualified to answer. Writers in games have a tricky job as the game's narrative can often fall afoul of cuts - certainly some of our games have had levels cut at the last minute and a writer than can work quickly to keep the narrative coherent is very important. Brevity is probably important too - recording dialogue, animating cutscenes and translating text costs money!

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It's really not that different. I find it just as exciting as I did when I was 11 and many of the techniques used have not changed at all.


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I totally apologize for my noobness. I think I'm getting the hang of this now, and will continue to use reddit. Thanks!

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Filming at McKamey Manor was even more intense and shocking than I thought it would be. I saw the videos Russ made and I saw how he always warned people, "you don't wanna do this", but I'm also a HUGE horror fan and I love the entire spectrum of horror, so I know when I see trailers for a horror movie or a haunt that says, "the most terrifying experience ever" - it's just a marketing gimmick to sell tickets and it's never actually horrific, it's just fun for people who like a good scare. But McKamey Manor is different. Here's how...

When you watch the McKamey Manor videos you don't know what it smells like in their. Russ uses a lot of fake bad smells which all combined together smell very bad. Russ and Carol when I was there had about 10 dogs and since the haunt was in their backyard sometimes the dogs would walk to the backyard and poo and pee. Then there was "Mothers room", that was the room I had to run out of. That's where they feed you gross stuff so that you puke. Ok, now combine all of these smells all together....yup, it's really bad.

The first room at the Manor had steel walls, so when you are pushed against a steel wall and you feel that it's real then it clicks in your head."this is real" and it's hard not to freak out and panic.

When people scream for help and that they want to get out and their screams are ignored or mocked that adds to the panic attack atmosphere. Made me think of the dinner table scene in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre when the woman is screaming for help and they laugh back at her. Only, this isn't a movie, it's a simulation that blurs the line so much it feels 100% real.

The feeling of the Manor is like a prolonged panic attack. There was one time when I stopped filming because Christina Buster, who flew all the way from Kuwait just to do McKamey Manor, went into shock. She started to not respond to questions, and looked dazed. I put my camera down and told Russ she's in shock. I quickly picked her up and took her out of the haunt and into the living room. 30 minutes later she snapped out of it and said,"Why am I not in the haunt anymore?" I told her that she went into shock and then she yelled at me,"I flew 19 hours for this put me back in!" She then told Russ to put her back in and then the put her back in for 4 more hours! When it was over she thanked Russ and his actors. And then she went back 3 more times! That really blew my mind and made me realize that this experience isn't for everyone, but it was really made for Christina.

What's off limits in my opinion? No safe word. I filmed a scare study, but couldn't include it in the film because it wasn't finished yet, but now it has. one thing they discovered is that if you have a safe word in an extreme haunt and you use it then that makes you feel empowered because you reached your limits and even encourages you to return and see if you can make it further the next time. But when there is no safe word at all, then you aren't accomplishing anything, things are just happening to you. Even with Fear Factor you have an option to stop, so when a contestant continues and wins it is an accomplishment. Think of it this way, if you run a marathon and you eventually cross the finish line that's a HUGE accomplishment and something you completed on your own. But if someone dragged you the entire time and threw you across the finish line then you didn't do it on your own. How would that make you feel? There's a moment in the film where I interview people after they finished the matter and some would never do it again and others wanted to work their after. Their reasons for both were really fascinating.

It's hard to say what my most negative experience inside the Manor was, but it's easy to say that the mist negative experience I had while making this movie was dealing with threats from people who hate McKamey Manor. When people saw my Kickstarter video and saw that the Manor was in my film I got threatening phone calls, emails, Facebook messages from people threatening to come after me to stop me. Others made videos lying about how I am, and that I wasn't making a documentary, but that I worked for Russ, and so on, and so on. In my opinion, if I'm doing a doc about what;s going on in the haunt world then I must talk about the conflict between traditional haunts and extreme haunts and there's nothing more extreme than McKamey. I had to include it and now you can see what it's really like to be inside it without having to actually go through it. People, real people are fascinating and it was fascinating to film people who sacrifice everything to bring your nightmares to life. That being said for months after I filmed at McKamey Manor I had horrific nightmares and not of anything made up and surreal, but actual memories about what really happened and that panic attack feeling. It took a long time for the nightmares to stop. I talk with people who have gone through it and when we do it must be what it's like for Troops tor reunite with people they served with.


Q:

Which was your favourite class/race to play in AvP? Also...why does Rogue not need a shirt? Surely also his skinny jeans restrict movement?!

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Hello!!! If you could adopt any fantasy beast or creature from the various universes you’ve acted in as a pet, what would you choose?


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Kudos on the adoption and plant-based diet. I had adopted a few pups in the past. They've all passed from old age, but I plan on rescuing another soon. I also transitioned to a plant-based diet and got my weight from 275 down to 185 and eliminated about 80% of flare-ups and associated issues caused by my Crohn's disease.

Question: What was the final motivator that got you to get up and try something completely different? Most people (obese with health issues, like we were) would scoff at the idea of a plant-based diet and would rather endure extreme surgeries and other procedures, such as gastric bypass, to deal with their issues. What made you switch?

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Thanks for such a well considered and detailed answer. It makes me wonder why someone would put themselves through something like that unless there is a huge underestimation of how traumatic and realistic it actually is.

What are your opinions of people who work there? I feel like you need a particular set of skills I dont possess or be quite sadistic. At the first sign of panic and real fear I would be pointing people to the nearest exits.

On a side note, do you remember what they fed you!?


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Rogue is protected by the power of shredded abs and plot armour. In AVP, I always played marines because I always wanted to be Hudson - "Game over, man, game over!"

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I like the look of the Porgs in The Last Jedi.


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An embarassing situation where I caused a plane flight to be delayed, because they ran out of seat belt extensions and could not take off until I was buckled in. I was wedged into a center seat with at least 8 inches of me flopping over each armrest, and the guy next to me was brutal about this.

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Thanks for your questions. When I interviewed people I asked them why they wanted to do the Manor and they usually would say they wanted to learn something about themselves. So many people want to either prove that they're stronger than they think they are, or see what their limits are. Same reason why people jump out of a plane. In society unless you join the Military there are few ways to have a "rites of passage" to test yourself and prove how brave you really are.

To be clear: I filmed it, but refused to have it done to me. I filmed Russ while he filmed people so I could show exactly what it's like inside. I also never joined a frat in college cause I would never want to be hazed or to haze anyone else. I also was bullied as a kid so I knew the Manor would not be for me.

You get to meet the actors and learn about who works there in my film. When I first started filming the people who worked there were really nice kids. Yup, kids, High School kids. These kids were really nice, but they were encouraged to go crazy on people going through the Manor and kids being kids they go too far. It's not their fault because they're kids and they were trying to do what Russ wanted and they would get carried away with the duct tape etc... Eventually he had to replace the kids with adults, but he didn't replace the kids with haunt actors. A great haunt actor has compassion. Legendary haunt actor Shar Mayer is in my film and she talks about the connection between the monster and the human. How the "victim" is scared and excited and the monster is 3 times as scared and excited. When she scares you, it feels dangerous, but you can also feel that the person behind the mask is an entertainer and that's why in mazes with monsters like Shar we scream and we laugh because we know it's all for a thrill and for fun. Who were the adults that replaced the teens in the Manor? Well, Russ had a selection process that was questionable just like it was with the teens.

What did they feed people? Usually tofu, or meat, but mixed with food coloring and sprayed with gross scents to make you gag. They also at one point had coagulated snake eggs, but when the food part in "Mothers Room" would happen I would last a few minutes and then have to run out. It was too much for me.


Q:

What do you put in your meatloaf?

A:

Does making Willow 2 interest you?


Q:

You could've very easily gone home and focused on the negative. You could've blamed everyone else and not done anything to improve. It takes a lot of strength to do what you did. People don't understand what an uphill battle these major changes are. Much respect.

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Have you interviewed or know what happened to any of the kids that this guy used to employ? Did they grow up to be regular adults or what are the questionable parts of the selection process?


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Meat. Just meat.

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Yes.


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Thank you :)

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I interviewed them and they're great kids! Awesome people. The questionable part of the selection process of the adults is that most of them are not scare actors and some have backgrounds that make it clear they shouldn't have physical contact with people.


Q:

Master Beldeth said to ask from where do you get your cool T-shirts. So where from? :)

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Hello Mr. Davis, out of all the prosthetics and makeup you’ve had to wear, which was your favorite and which was the most difficult to have applied?


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hey it's me ur brother

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I'm pretty sure that sexual assault should be off-limits.

And you do have a risk that the participant will say "fuck this, I'm done here" - and they will leave very, very violently under their own terms.


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It varies. I usually go googling for the retro-themed ones but some of my favourites have been from John Allison, the guy that writes Scary Go Round.

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The Griphook make-up in Harry Potter was the most challenging. It was very heavy and restrictive but I think it looked incredible. I have so much respect for Nick Dudman and his team of artists.


Q:

You choose awesome aliases. :)

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That is off limits and you're right.


Q:

What were some of the biggest challenges when developing a game for VR?

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Which Leprechaun movie was your favorite, and if you could pick any setting for a future movie, what would you choose?


Q:

Your wedding pics are very cute :)

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You say some people wanted to work there after going through it? Sounds to me like some people see that they can get away with torturing people for the fun of it. I think that this place is fucked up in eve st which way. It's not a haunted house. It's a horror movie sinulator


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There were many, but motion sickness is the killer every time. Whilst that was important for the final product, it was also problematic during development because it made testing the game tricky. If there was a bad bug in the camera code it could make you feel ill for hours afterward. I was once implementing the head position tracking and mixed up the axes, so when I moved upward, the view shifted sideways... that felt very, very bad!

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Lep 3. I think it would be fun to do a Leprechaun / Pirates hybrid movie.


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Thank you!

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I actually film the exact moment someone makes that decision and it will blow your mind. I learned a lot about people making this.


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Yikes! While don't generally get motion sickness from finished games, I didn't even consider bugs. I can't imagine anyone not getting sick from that axis mix up.

A:

I absolutely love Willow. I killed my vhs as a kid I watched it so much. Would you be willing to do a sequel even after so long? It would be cool to see you ask the next generation what finger holds the magic to change the world.


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Good bot

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My question is how does nobody react with violence? You'd think some of these participants would fight back at some point...


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Another challenge was that there were no other games to look at for inspiration. We were breaking new ground in many ways, so we couldn't look at other titles to see how they solved the problems. Things like not being able to force the player to look in a particular direction made tutorials and critical messages difficult as there was no guarantee the player would be looking at them when they appeared. Audio cues and motion (blinking HUD, etc. to draw the eye) helped a lot there.

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An older Willow would be interesting to explore.


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It's an awesome bot!

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It happens, but it's very rare. The people who seek this out really want to see what they can take and how far they can make it. When Christina did 6 hours she bragged about it online for months. Them went back 3 more times. Different for everyone.


Q:

If you could choose which Rebellion game to make a redux or remastered version for next, what would it be?

A:

Warwick, if you could cast any spell only once each day, what would it be?


Q:

To anyone who watches this: A DOG DIES: PREPARE TO CRY. Seriously though, it's a beautiful story. Dogs are amazing companions, and truly, our species barely deserves such a gracious gift from Nature.

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It wasn't so bad back in 2005-2007 it was a typical chase people around with fake stuff... I have always wondered if the attraction is family owned. Its just a small house in the suburbs


Q:

Ooh, that's a tough one. Dredd vs. Death holds a special place in my heart as it was my first console title, but I think it would need more than just a lick of paint to stand up these days!

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An anti-discrimination spell.


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Thank you :)

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Yup over the years it got more and more extreme. I had some great interviews with the neighbors about that.


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FWIW I'd quite like to see a modern consoles port of SEv2. We've already got the Zombie Army bits as part of Trilogy, it'd be nice to have the main game too.

A:

What are your favorite TV shows right now?


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HES A GOOD BOY

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What do the neighbors have to say about it?


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A few people have mentioned that. It's certainly a more modern game than Dredd so would stand up better to modern eyes. If there's enough demand, I'm sure it'll be considered.

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I am absolutely loving Stranger Things 2. I have resisted watching the whole series in one sitting, instead savouring one episode each evening. If they do make a season 3, I will personally travel to and camp outside The Duffer Bros. house to get a part.


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HE'S THE BEST BOY! :)

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Some love it, some hate it. I was surprised with how many of his neighbors thought it was cool. All of his neighbors really liked him and he would DJ block parties too. In my neighborhood if you play your music too loud the cops show up.


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You should ask reb_shuff. I think that's the recruiter for Rebellion who did an ama

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You played three different roles in Harry Potter, how easy was it to keep all the characters distinct when playing them? Were you familiar with the Harry Potter universe before taking on the roles?


Q:

Any before and after photos of your pupper?

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Russ McKamey seems to be pretty particular about the photos and videos that are put out there and doesn’t tend to do a lot of interviews, how did you go about getting permission to film and were there any restrictions on what you could or couldn’t show?


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It's hard to say exactly - it depends on the discipline you're looking to get into, I suppose, but a portfolio of some kind will always be paramount in art, animation or design. Programming-wise, focussing on C++ is probably wise, but experience with game engines like Unreal or Unity is probably useful.

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You have to approach each character differently. it starts with the way they think, then add body language and posture. They become distinct and different automatically, it wasn't a conscious effort.


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Only after photos, so sorry. I was obese for over 20 years, stopped going outside, had no friends, and even had not gone on a date for over 15 years. Worst of all, I owned a flip phone at the time, and also never took photos because I was ashamed of my appearance. I didn't start taking photos until after I lost my weight, and that includes of my dog.

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You're right. At first he wouldn't let me film anything and then wanted me to have restrictions. I told him I need to be able to film everything so I can show the Manor and him as they really are. I spent a weekend interviewing him and when he heard my questions and saw how I was filming in a cinematic way (not just point and shoot) he trusted me to tell the story.

By having all access and being able to show Russ building, filming, editing, etc... it really provides a ton of insight.


Q:

How do you feel about Rogue Trooper being remastered after working on it 11 years ago? Did you think it would stand the test of time originally?

A:

Mr. Davis, what's it like being part of two of the biggest franchises (Star Wars and Harry Potter) of all time?


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Just edited the comment with pics!

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So, all that said, why are Russ' videos so bad?

I'm a professional filmmaker as well, and I couldn't find anything that I could remotely finish while clicking through his enormous youtube channel. Everything is 40min+, filmed gonzo style and lacks any sense of story. If I was a potential customer trying to see an overview of what the Manor is, I'd still have no goddamn idea what was going on. Your trailer is the first McKamey Manor content I've seen that makes sense.

Does he have a method behind the way he presents his videos, or is he just shooting a ton of footage and then uploading 90% of it? What were his concerns regarding your footage and the way you'd present his haunt?


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It's very weird. It's brought back a lot of great memories but the questions during development like 'how does this work?' have been tricky as I can barely remember anything from that far back! I always had a soft spot for Rogue - it was a game that I was very proud of at the time, but I never expected to be accosted by gamers telling me emotional stories about how they played it on their uncle's PC when they were a kid and how losing their save game still hurts...

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I feel incredibly lucky.


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Russ considers himself a director and his videos do have a real effect on people. He wants to freak people out, but is very careful to not show too much. I told him I had to have all access and be able to show whatever was needed to give the experience of what it's like to go through the Manor. At first he was really scared, but the he allowed me to film. I'm so glad he did because the moments that burn into my brain are when you get to see Russ filming and editing. I always wondered about the man behind the curtain and we reveal him as he is in my film. I'm really proud of that.


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I have not played the firs one (yes I haven't played all Reb games I #blameRobbie for that rumor XD) . I play this one right now and I really like it. Are you considering a sequel?

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What was your most fun moment on your adventures with Karl?


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Please share your story over at /r/pitbulls

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What do you think has caused the interest in these horror experiences in recent years?

Do you think this is something that will go away anytime soon?


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Personally, I'd love to work on a Rogue Trooper 2, but I'm not aware of any plans to make one at the moment. There's huge potential in the source material and being able to apply the lessons we've learned making the recent Sniper games would only make it better. Maybe if Redux does well...

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Seeing al the fantastic places we visited and having experiences I wouldn't have had on a normal holiday.


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Seriously doing my best to figure Reddit out, sorry it took me so many years to come over here, will try and do that. Thanks!

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I asked this exact question while doing research for my doc. So I looked up when horror films, haunts and Halloween made the most amount of money and I noticed some really fascinating correlations.

All the classic monster movies for Universal Studios came out during the depression and were major box office hits, Halloween made it's most amount of money during 2001, right after September 11th and was beat out by 2008, the financial meltdown, but this year Halloween is on track to make more money than ever before, $9.1 BILLION. Why? Because people use Halloween, horror and haunts as a safe way to face their worst fears and scream their heads off. I learned a lot about people and how horror is a mirror that reflects society's worst fears.

And your second question. Do I think this is something that will go away anytime soon? No. Turn on the news, there's a lot to be nervous, fearful and scared about and as long as real life is really scary, people will need horror experiences as a way to both confront their fears and escape the horrors of reality.


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AvP story was pretty silly, but damn if it wasn't fun to play as the non humans.

Thanks for helping work on such a fun game. Do you have any trivia about working on that game?

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Also, were you offended by the way he talks about you (little fella, etc) or did you find it part of his charm?


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this needs way more upvotes

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Wow that's a real interesting correlation and would've never thought of that myself, but it makes so much sense.

Even when I think about it a lot of my favorite horror movies came out in the 70s-80s during the cold war, and had things like the Satanic ritual abuse scare going on.


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Thanks! The animations for the holo-stripper (from one of the bar levels) were applied to a whole bunch of different skins over the years, including Hitler from Sniper Elite. It was... eye-opening.

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I am not easily offended. I just took that as part of Karl's charm.


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I agree!

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That's why George Romero was a genius! Horror is a mirror to society.


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Lmao, really? I need to look this up now. Dancing stripper hitler sounds hilarious.

A:

Is he really an idiot?


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Fellow vegan here. Love reading your story. So cool how you both rescued each other :)

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I think that we used to get scared more - less stimulation, more unexplained things - but thanks to science and the internet and our phones, we live a very soft life.

No big ghost stories or unexplained natural phenomenon-we know hurricanes are coming and that sacrificing virgins won't prevent earthquakes.

But that innate need for adrenaline, that need to be scared, remains a primal desire.

Not only that, but consumers are getting more savvy and demanding intricate, full products. They want better than what they can get by themselves, and with unlimited access to EVERYTHING, that's a hard product to deliver.

Look at Disneyland and the vintage rides - they're charming in their innocence and delicacy. But modern culture supports this genre of full-on terror inducing, immersive experience.


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One of our test levels contained the Alien from AVP & Homer Simpson from our PS2 Simpsons game for a while. That made for some interesting screenshots...

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No.


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Thank you!

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Yes and no. This was a HUGE year for Disneyland's Halloween Time, Knott's Scary Farm and Universal Studios sold out so many times they have to extend into November. There's a huge spectrum of sub-genres of horror from horror comedy, supernatural and monsters to slasher and torture porn and everything in-between. And now there's a live horror attraction that represents each kind of sub-genre of horror. I see it as something for everyone. But the question remains: How far is too far?


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Greatly appreciate the reply! I've slowly been learning C++ and luckily it's not to drastic of a syntax change from Java. I guess I'll look into Unity since their seems to be a larger community behind it. Thanks again for the advice!

A:

Mr Davis, if you could choose your last meal on Earth, what would it be?


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Recipe list formatted better:

3 cups pinto beans

3 small, 2 medium, or 1 large yellow onions, chopped

3 bell peppers, red, yellow, and green, chopped

8 large green jalapeño peppers, with seeds removed then diced

2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes or equivalent

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp oregano flakes

1 tbsp cumin powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

3 bay leaves, freshly ground

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp sea salt

Optional for chili:

one 11 oz package Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles, by Beyond Meat Plant Based Protein

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Were there ever any moments of compassion or second guessing from the employees, or did they stay totally "in character" the whole time? Did you ever find yourself wanting to stop the most extreme moments of the experience as you witnessed guests going through it?


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You're very welcome. Unity is a great place to start - it's amazing what you can make in a short time with it. Unreal is probably the more hardcore and has more support for C++ coding out-of-the box.

If you're looking into C++, string manipulation is well worth reading up on/practising as it is a common gotcha for folks used to other languages.

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Pie.


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Thank you!

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There were some actors at McKamey Manor who were very compassionate and would "check in" with people that they felt had reached a breaking point, but even when they did that it was in character. Sometimes Carol would come out and would talk to them and make them feel safe and then Russ would go back to unleashing hell on them.

Yes, I wanted to stop it and take people out, but I only did that once. I'm gonna copy and paste where I shared that story from earlier:

There was one time when I stopped filming because Christina Buster, who flew all the way from Kuwait just to do McKamey Manor, went into shock. She started to not respond to questions, and looked dazed. I put my camera down and told Russ she's in shock. I quickly picked her up and took her out of the haunt and into the living room. 30 minutes later she snapped out of it and said,"Why am I not in the haunt anymore?" I told her that she went into shock and then she yelled at me,"I flew 19 hours for this put me back in!" She then told Russ to put her back in and then the put her back in for 4 more hours! When it was over she thanked Russ and his actors. And then she went back 3 more times! That really blew my mind and made me realize that this experience isn't for everyone, but it was really made for Christina.


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I'll be sure to do that! It's been a min since I've done serious amounts of Java programming so hopefully those tendencies won't linger to much when picking up C++. Once again, thank you for making the time to reply! Really means a lot

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What's your favorite song?

Thanks for doing this, and for all of your work!


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Just switched to plant based 5 months ago and I'm down 50 lbs! This is the way to live ones life. I was 345lbs. Still a ways to go, but its really not as hard as it seems to make the switch.

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The experience is free with a donation of small dog food. How does Russ afford to keep it open?

Are the employees volunteers?

Were there any employees that you think are too unstable to be working there?

What is the quickest you saw someone want out?

And the one thing that confuses me is that there is no safe word but apparently no one has ever made it through. Do the actors just stop? How does it end? Is there even an actual ending, or does it gone on as long as it takes for someone to quit?


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As far as transitioning to the industry goes, we've had plenty of folks come over from other industries over the years. It would obviously depend on the role you were applying for but if you can write code/draw/animate/whatever, those skills -will- be applicable in games. There's a lot more commonality between games and other 'normal' industries than people think.

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. I had so much fun performing the song in the musical, Spamalot.


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Great job and keep it up!

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Great questions.

At the time Russ worked 2 jobs and Carol worked two jobs and all of their money went into the haunt. Everyone who works their is a volunteer and most have gone through it before...everyone except for Russ!

Some people wanted out the second it began.

How does it end? Russ doesn't stop until he believes he has captured your true terror reactions on camera. He wants to film you having a total breakdown. When Russ thinks that has happened it's over. Sometimes that's 10 minutes sometimes 6 hours. Another reason why people should have a safe word.


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That's actually a very encouraging answer! Thanks for it. I'm off to look at Rebellion's job pages. :)

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What is your dream roll in a movie?


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Friendly tip, you should also hit reply under the specific question you're answering so your reply appears near the question. It's helpful for readers.

Inspiring story, thanks for doing the AMA!

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having no safe word and even waterboarding people

You're going to have to explain that one.

Anyone who's seen Hitchens get waterboarded knows that isn't a joke.

People who've been waterboarded say that if they had to choose, next time they'd rather have their toes chopped off.


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Definitely. Remember, you've nothing to lose by applying. Even if you don't fit the bill perfectly, there may be another job you would be suited for.

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A spy like James Bond.


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Thank you!

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Ya... I didn't believe it until I saw it. It's not pouring water slowly the way we've seen it done on the news, but it's submerging people under water while they have a cage over them and a hood over their head. Still way too much for me and I was more surprised when people who went through it then went back for it again and again. Not everyone. Most do it once and then either never go back or go on to work there.

I learned a lot about people filming this doc.


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I really love Battlezone VR! Will there be another game in the foreseeable future by Rebellion for PSVR?

A:

How was it working with the Yogscast in the past? Would you work with them again in the future?


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Will modern astronomy, using LIGO detectors [and their descendants] be able to use gravitational waves to find advanced intelligent extra-terrestrial life?

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I'm currently in charge of doing the videography for a haunted maze in So. Cal. Based on your experience, what would you say is the most effective format for capturing footage and creating an enticing video? Which shots do you think work best and have the best effect?


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I really hope so. I've hugely enjoyed working on PSVR and would love to do more.

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They are a great team. I'd be happy to collaborate on further project with them.


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No.

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Premiere Pro CC is my fav way to edit. What we all want in a haunt promo video is something that captures the feeling of the haunt. A mix of flow through and awesome SCARE REACTIONS!! I think we all love watching scare reactions when people scream and then laugh.

And focus on getting great music and adding sound effects. And you want to show soem of the haunt, but sometimes it's what we don't see, what we only hear that really scares us the most. Keep the mystery alive and sell it with the reactions.

Every see the reaction photos from Nightmares Fear Factory? Those pics sell that haunt better than anything else every could.

Good luck, I know how challenging it is to film in a haunt. Happy Halloween!


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If you still have the right's to Aliens vs. Predator you should seriously consider this for PSVR... could you do this, please!? :)

A:

What was it like working with Val Kilmer?


Q:

How did you make new friends in adulthood, after not interacting with others for so long?

A:

how does the full contact work? Do people jump out of nowhere and grab you? What if i punch someone out of instinct?


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We'd love to but sadly the rights to AVP don't belong to us. Feel free to pester whoever they do belong to though!

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I think Val is a brilliant person and actor. We got along great, and still do. He is often misrepresented in the media, which is a shame.


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Getting outside with my dog lead to me meeting most everyone in my neighborhood, so I got started on making a lot of new friends that way.

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It means they can touch you and you can't touch them back. You're question about punching is really interesting and something I explored a lot in my film. In extreme haunts I almost never saw anyone fight back, but in traditional boo scare mazes it's much more common.

Scare Actors like Shar Mayer have had to deal with Fight reactions from scared guests and even get attacked by drunk people who attacked her in a maze. Scare Actors have a love and a passion for giving us a great scare, but when people who want to be scared, get too scared and actually fight back it's horrible for the Scare Actors who already work so hard and insane hours and push their bodies to the limit.

Someone asked me if it can be so dangerous why do people like Shar continue to do it? It's like being a boxer or a football player. If you have a real talent, skill and passion for doing something you'll do it even if it breaks you. It's amazing to meet people who love something so much that it's their true passion, their art, what they live for.


Q:

Whats your thoughts on micro-transactions?

A:

Will we ever see any more of Porridge on Dr. Who?


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Will I lose 150 lbs if I adopt a dog?

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I wonder if the reason you so rarely get people fighting back is because the scenarios are so extreme that the only people who would sign up are submissives and masochists. Like, it self-selects for the most dedicatedly passive participants by its very reputation, maybe?

I'd be screaming and windmilling my fists like no tomorrow 😂


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Having worked on mobile games for a few years, my lead-coder brain twitches when they're mentioned because they take a huge amount of time to develop and test. They have their place - games like Team Fortress 2 are a good example, but obviously they can be abused.

They're something of a necessary evil when you're talking about large-scale multiplayer games that need to support their on-going infrastructure costs. Unless you've got people who are willing to pay subscriptions (few and far between these days), you need that continued income from your player base to support on-going development and server hosting, etc.

In short, they aren't ideal for anyone, but they have their place in the gaming ecosystem. I doubt we'll see them disappear any time soon.

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I'd love to do more Porridge. I think he's a very interesting character with so much more to offer, after all, he is the emperor of the known universe!


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Do you need to lose 150 lbs? If so, I can show you how you can do that by adopting a dog and a whole food plant based no oil diet. :)

A:

Yes, but you wouldn't go. There are so many people who look for experiences like this. It's fascinating.


Q:

if you could work on any game past or present, which one would it be and why?

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What's your favorite ice cream flavor?


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Favorite meal to cook? Tomorrow is meal prep day and I have no ideas. Lol

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Did you see anyone not get scared? I don't mean dudes trying to be tough but anyone who genuinely didn't really seem scared or freaked out by the whole thing.


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Probably the first Dawn of War. I've loved Relic's games since Homeworld and I'm a huge fan of Warhammer 40,000. A bunch of us played DoW in the office here every lunchtime for about five years straight...

It's either that or the original X-Com which I shouldn't have to explain due to it being flat-out amazing in every way.

A:

Vanilla.


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Replied above, thanks!

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Yes! That's my wife. Nothing in a haunt scares her, but i scream my head off.

I did film 1 guy who wasn't bothered by anything at McKamey Manor. It turned out he's into S&M and he had a wonderful time.


Q:
  1. Are you sad that you no longer resemble a certain character from groundbreaking Disney film el Dorado?

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5A1BiWBXqcw/hqdefault.jpg

  1. You've achieved so much in games, but Whats a game you wish you had worked on but didn't?
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With well over 30 years of acting under your belt, where would you like the next 10 to go Mr Davis?


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Is there any particular reason why you failed at all the diets?

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he's into S&M and he had a wonderful time.

Lol. How did that make the actors feel like knowing this afterwards?


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1) Naturally. http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/875/895/fae.gif

2) Well, Dawn of War and X-Com, as mentioned above, but also any of the Bioware games: KotoR, Mass Effect, Jade Empire, Baldur's Gate... all amazing.

A:

I'd love to host a TV talk show. I have a title... 'Small Talk with Warwick Davis'


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Hi - I replied to this one above also, sorry for my replying noobness.

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Hahahah. They were very confused.


Q:

What happens to all prelim drawings? And unused scripts?

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Hello. Forgive me if this comes out offensive, none is meant.

I really love your work and think you are a great actor. Sometimes I feel like you are somewhat typecasted into rolls inherently designed for little people. Is it hard or even possible to get major roles that are open and not little specific? It's an honest question becuase i would love to see you just act in a position. I feel like every time I've seen you do this its in an project of your own device. Anyway, would love to hear from you mate.


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This is awesome, animal love and living your best you all in one! I need to ask a question, did it take long for you to find the right doggo??

A:

After watching the trailer im super interested in this. My big question:

Why the fuck did you not release it today?

Not going to lie im probably going to forget about this until i stumble across it again one random youtube late night binge. Looks good though great work!


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You mean like concept art? A bunch of it gets stuck on the office walls so everyone can see how cool things are going to look. Eventually it gets replaced with more current stuff but it's usually up there for a long time. We have put out 'making of'-type books/booklets in the past with a lot of that stuff in there - it's nice to see it finally 'out in the wild', as it were.

Not sure about scripts... we never throw stuff away so they're probably hanging around on a server somewhere...

A:

I am very happy with the roles I have been getting throughout my career. They have all been interesting and I am constantly being pushed creatively and learning new skills. I have a new quiz show called 'Tenable' on ITV in the UK and I can honestly say I love hosting it even though it is more difficult than playing a character in a movie, for example.


Q:

When I adopted Peety, I had never owned a pet before. When my new doctor told me to adopt a dog, I asked her if it would be ok to adopt a cat instead. She looked at me sternly, and asked if I had ever walked a cat. I said no, but I thought I had seen it done on TV. She then replied, just adopt the dog. I then went down to Humane Society Silicon Valley in N Cal, where I lived at the time, and they introduced me to Peety. He wasn't what I expected, and I don't think I was what he expected, but as I found, you don't always get what you want, but instead you get what you need. Peety and I needed each other, we just didn't know it at the time.

A:

It's out now! You can watch this right now. Go to our website and click the buy button and see a ton of ways to watch it today! And thank you so much!! Happy Halloween.


Q:

Is there any place i can buy these books or pieces of movie/game art/sketches/doodles?

A:

Hi Mr Davis, I have been a fan of yours since I was very young, I spent many days pretending to be Wicket playing in the forrest near my home. But without a doubt Willow holds the closest place to my heart - do you have any stories about Val Kilmer from your time on the film and do you do any magic tricks yourself? Thanks and never stop being awesome!


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Where's Peety?! Did he die? I'm sad now.

A:

So from the YouTube videos and your description, it seems like McKamey Manor is more just a torture experience rather than a scary experience. If you don’t fear actors in masks, pain or eating disgusting things there isn’t really anything to be afraid of. It’s really just how much torture you want to endure. Obviously everyone has a limit to how much torture they could endure which is a different experience in my mind than being frightened. The only fear I would have would be contracting some sort of disease from some of their practices. Is this place subject to any health dept inspection or regulation? Also, they claim no one has made it thru to the end. Is this true?


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Dredd & Rogue had them but they'll be long out-of-print, I'd imagine. There was a Sniper one but I think that was a promotional/dev team thing only. A bunch of the propaganda posters that they made for the Sniper series are available as t-shirts on the Rebellion webstore though. https://games.rebellionstore.com/en/product/clothing

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Val Kilmer once broke my pair of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses on purpose. Waited for me to get annoyed, then gave me 2 pairs of real Ray-Bans.

I learnt magic for Willow but don't practice any of the tricks now.


Q:

Peety died in 2015. When he died, I lay on the floor with him for two days and sang him John Lennon songs. He had a fully conscious death, and i saw the life pass out of him. I want to go in the same way when it is my time. This is described in chapter 20 of my book.

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No one makes it to the end, but one guy would've but they had to stop because their was a 10pm cut off from being in a sub division in San Diego. Nothing phased Rudy because he was into S&M. After seeing so many other people freak out, watching Rudy was like watching Superman. It was crazy.

No, there are no regulations on extreme home haunts. Mostly because the world is just discovering them. There are more regulations on lemonade stands.


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As for the original artwork.. Are owned by the studios? Or artists?

A:

Whats your favourite flavour of pot noodle??


Q:

First of all, congratulations on your journey towards health and happiness. I have been on a plant-based diet for more than a year now and have never been stronger or felt better. I exercise a lot and my favorite go-to breakfast is a mix of oats, berries, rice milk, soy powder, coconut oil and peanut butter. What’s yours?

Also, how did it feel like being isolated from the rest of the world for so long?

A:

I've always seen a connection between haunted houses and horror games as interactive ways to experience horror. Nowadays a lot of popular horror games really are just basically virtual haunted houses (PT, RE7, etc.)

Do you play horror games/video games in general? What are some of your favorites?


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The majority of ours is done by our in-house artists so it belongs to the studio.

A:

Never eaten one.


Q:

Hi and congratulations! I became a vegan in 2010, and people treated us like space aliens then. I've found in the years since, more and more people know what "vegan" means, and fewer now ask me if I still eat fish and chicken. I have smoothies for breakfast every morning, and this is my recipe:

Eric’s Maximum Nutrition Superfood Smoothie 10-15 MINUTES PREP / SERVES 2 I prepare my smoothies for nutrition first and taste second. Use a high speed blender for best and fastest results – with a standard blender, you will need to add ingredients one at a time and keep the mixture thin. Add water as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Fruits: My usual smoothie includes one of the fruit combinations below. I try to use fruits that are organic and commonly available fresh from a local farmers market or supermarket, or frozen in large bulk quantities from a warehouse club. Tropical: 1 banana, 1/4 fresh pineapple, 1 fresh mango Berry: 1 cup cherries, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blueberries Kiwi Banana: 2 bananas, 4 kiwis (skin on) Banana Strawberry: 2 bananas, 2 cups strawberries Blueberry Pear: 2 cups blueberries, 2 pears Apple Grape: 2 apples, 2 cups red/purple or blue/black grapes Vegetables: The vegetables listed below are relatively “taste neutral” when fresh and raw, meaning that you are unlikely to taste them when mixed with fruit. I use 2-3 of the organic veggies in my smoothies in the amounts listed: 1 leaf of kale 1 cup of spinach 1 cup dandelion greens 1 cup beet greens 1 cup sprouts 2 carrots 1 leaf collard greens 1 cup arugula 1/2 cup red cabbage Superfoods: I include each ingredient below in my morning smoothie. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients provided by each ingredient, other purported health benefits are listed in parenthesis. For more detail about the health benefits of each ingredient, enter the ingredient name in the search box on nutritionfacts.org and watch the short video associated with the term. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (energy and physical stamina – note, this is not cocoa powder) 1 tbsp raw walnuts (omega-3s and numerous other health benefits) 6 raw almonds (various health benefits) 1 Brazil nuts (selenium) 1 tbsp dried goji berries (antioxidants) 2 tbsp flax seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans) 1 tbsp spearmint or peppermint flakes (enhanced oxygen delivery and athletic performance) 1 tbsp maca powder (libido enhancement) 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (weight loss and other health benefits) 1 tsp chia seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans) 1/2 inch fresh ginger root (anti-inflammatory and other health benefits) 1/2 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory and many other health benefits 1/4 tsp black pepper (enhanced bioavailability of nutrients) 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (weight loss)

Just add ingredients to your high speed blender, puree and enjoy!

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YES! Actually I just created & directed a VR project called FLATLINE EXPERIENCE where you go through someones actual near death experience. I had this idea for over 16 years, but wanted to wait for VR to be.... well the way it is today.

VR is so exciting because when it's done well it takes you out of your daily life, prevents you from looking at your phone and makes you be an active participant in an experience. That's the same thing I love about haunts!

One of my fav haunts this year is The 17th Door and they started their attraction with a VR experience that made me SCREAM out loud! I was freaking out because they strapped me into a metal chair and then when the VR began everything I saw touch me in the VR experience I would also feel in real life. Even some shocks here and there.

That was such a rush!!! I'm excited to do more VR especially with horror VR where people can face their worst fears in the safest way possible.


Q:

Does the studio have an email adres or place i can place this question?

A:

Favorite sandwich?


Q:

This may seem like a silly question, but was it hard to adjust to the taste of plant based eating? I've never tried vegan, but a some of the foods that seem to be staples in plant based diets just bother me either bc of taste or texture. (The texture of beans, for example, just grosses me out) Did it take you awhile to get used to, and to start really enjoying those foods?

A:

I'm a casual haunt goer! I go to universal every year and get the scary farm pass every year. I typically go with a friend or two and mostly hang out to interact with the actors. What type of things did you learn or discuss with the representatives you met from Knott's scary farm?


Q:

[email protected] may be able to help.

A:

Cheese salad.


Q:

It took me about 2 months to lose my cravings and adjust from going from an omnivore to a whole food plant based diet. Thanks!

A:

I LOVE Universal and Knott's. I go every year too and this is my fav year for both Scary Farm and Universal. Knott's and Universal are mostly in my film for historical context. My focus is traditional haunts vs extreme haunts, how haunts got to be so popular, when extreme haunts began and how far is too far. But I filmed over 250 hours of footage so I have a TON of bonus features. In the bonus features you get to see some of Scare School at Knott's Scary Farm. I filmed when Brooke Walters was running Scare School and it;s really cool to watch her direct the Scare Actors and teach them how to become a monster. And you get the John Murdy story. John Murdy is the creative director for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and when he was a kid in the 1970's he made his first haunted house a Star Wars haunted house! We show the pics and everything. There are so many emotional moments from traditional haunters in the bonus features.

This year my Fav at Knotts was Infected Special Opps (the awesome Zombie laser tag game), The Dark Ride, Pumpkin Eater, The Lights Out version of Trick or Treat and the new opening to the Shadowlands which is a really cool Japanese inspired haunt. Universal I LOVED every maze, but I especially lost my mind during Ash vs Evil Dead, Saw, AHS, The Shinning, The Blumhouse triple feature maze (The Purge, Happy Death Day and Sinister) and the Titans of Terror with Freddy, Jason and Leatherface. This was such a great year for HAUNT!


Q:

Hey! I really want to get into gamedev, but i am a little bit confused by all the varieties. Could you give me an advice where to start from? Maybe some indie project or a game engine? Or is it better to join some company to work for?

A:

Ha I'm just remembering how I once met you when you were in Woolacombe, it always stuck out to me that you took the time to meet and greet people who wanted to speak to you even though you had a bunch of people telling you that you had to get going. So thanks for being cool!

What's you're favourite moment from the Harry Potter series?


Q:

Congratulations to Petty for locating such an awesome human. I am in your preloss situation right now. Miserable, miserable, miserable! What one though or motivator kept you wanting to succeed?

A:

What does "full contact" mean? Like, are visitors allowed to fight back?


Q:

Start slow and try to find a niche you're interested in. Pick up something like GameMaker (you could try Unity or Unreal but that's jumping in at the deep end) and play with the samples - if you like doing the art, replace some of the graphics. If you like dabbling in code, have a tinker and see what you can make happen. There's loads of tutorials out there these days to get you started. Nothing will replace on-the-job experience but having something to show (even something using placeholder graphics/sounds/animations/whatever) at an interview will help massively.

A:

It's hard to choose 1 moment from 11 years of memories. I had a wonderful experience during that time. My fondest memories are of the people involved in the making of the films.


Q:

When I got Peety, he was such a mess that I immediately began feeling sorry for him, and stopped feeling sorry for myself. Everyone needs someone. If you don't have someone, please adopt a dog from your local shelter, because the dog will love you more than anyone has ever loved you in your entire life and will give you the motivation you need to succeed!

A:

It means they're allowed to touch you, even in a rough way and you're not allowed to touch back or fight back.


Q:

did you guys put some hidden secrets especially for yourselves when developing the games?

A:

How are YOU, as a person?


Q:

Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help somebody else.

A:

Did you see any visitors try to fight back?


Q:

Absolutely, though they often don't make it into the final cut. We made a 'crazy golf' level in Rogue Trooper where you had to catapult Nort ragdoll bodies around using explosives. The artists have the most fun as they can squeeze little references into things (signs, etc. in the world, for example), but sometimes the rest of us get to play too. The AI bot names in Renegade Squadron were a bunch of developer names corrupted so they sounded "Star Wars-y", for example.

A:

A bit grumpy... as a GOBLIN!


Q:

The path to happiness, according to most great philosophers and world religions, is to selflessly perform acts of kindness for others without any reward or expectation of benefit. Selfless acts of kindness result in happiness and balanced mental health.

A:

I actually never saw anyone fight back at the Manor, but I did see people fight back at boo scare mazes. I was really surprised.


Q:

What's your favorite type of hat?

A:

The power to control the world is in which finger?


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I worked (a looooong time ago, before vet school, even before HSSV was in the "new" Milpitas location) at HSSV, where you got Peety. Have you kept working with them? I can imagine that you'd be a good ambassador for them. I found them to be a pretty good organization, they work hard to do what they can within their limitations!

A:

That makes no sense. Is this just a masochist house then? Sounds like it has nothing to do with horror and everything to do with getting off on getting tortured. Plus from a legal standpoint, if you make someone fear for their life and don't respond to their calls for you to stop then they have every right to touch back and ultimately that could lead to something ubfortunate.


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Excellent question. My day-to-day hat is a Yorkshire tweed flat cap - it keeps the rain off and works nicely with my bluetooth headphones. That said, my favourite hat is probably the kangaroo leather, wide-brimmed one I acquired at a folk festival about a decade ago (I don't know if it has a 'proper' name). It's great come rain or shine which, in the UK, is remarkably useful.

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Your own, of course.


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Yes, and thank you for asking. I am a spokesperson for HSSV's Mutual Rescue initiative, at mutualrescue.org. They make short films highlighting the fact that helping animals helps people. Here's a link to the film they made about me and Peety: https://youtu.be/47Xk3l_FDhY

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The set design looks incredible and he has robots and massive props some are original some cost $20,000 and are a real spectacle you usually don't see out of a theme park. I was there and it scared the hell outta me, but I know what you mean. The controversy is about the safe word. To me, any extreme haunt must have a safe word.


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So it is simply the result of the industry and less the greed of the execs, interesting. Or maybe even both kind of playing in tandem. I appreciate the response!

A:

What role would you like to be remembered for?


Q:

Hya, just a reminder that you should answer to people's comments rather than comment on your post again, for simplicity's sake.

Also, what motivational words can you say to someone that wants to start losing weight but is too lazy to actually start?

A:

Why do you think Russ Mckamey moved Mckamey Manor to Tennessee/Alabama?


Q:

You're welcome. I think it's probably a bit of both: there's the general issue of cost - how to support expensive, on-going development and the desire to change the income model to keep money coming in after a game has launched, but there's also a desire to make money - at the end of the day games companies (developer or publisher) are businesses that are trying to survive & ideally grow. Loot boxes and the like are the new hotness, so naturally everyone wants a slice of that juicy money pie.

A:

Not sure which role but as an actor who just happens to be short!


Q:

It is harder to be miserable and sick than to take the really simple actions needed to become the awesome person you've always wanted to be. Please read any of the resources I posted above to get started on your own path to health and happiness - there is nothing to buy except for an investment in knowledge and your willingness to change. Just try this for two weeks - see if you agree with me - if not, you haven't lost anything and can go back to eating drive-through on the couch. You truly have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Give this a try!

A:

A lot of reasons, but #1 he was forced to tear it down due to complaints. Not complaints about what he was doing, but about the un-permitted structures.


Q:

Do you think it is morally wrong to promote techniques that are more similar to gambling than they are to gaming? Especially underhanded techniques to draw people to buying loot boxes.

Would you say there is a better way to gain this missing money?

A:

Hi Warwick, what's with the name Warwick? Is it 'cos you were conceived in Warwick Castle?
Also, do you refer to your own house as Warwick's castle? missed opportunity if not.
All the best.


Q:

A question from a teen who's been dieting, currently, I've lost ~65 pounds, and I'm sort of insecure about excess skin everywhere. Any ideas to reduce all that extra skin hanging around?

A:

How does local law enforcement react to some of the more extreme places like McKamey Manor? Do they ever try to shut these places down? Or deal with complaints from "customers"?


Q:

It's certainly a morally grey area. There are many techniques used in Freemium-style games which are just good marketing - good presentation, timed offers, etc. - but there are many more that I find insidious and unseemly. If you add the gambling-like aspect on top of that, you're asking for trouble.

The only game I've really played with loot boxes is Overwatch and, for the most part, their implementation seems fairly benign - I don't feel like I'm being subjected to a 'hard sell' all the time. I do find it frustrating that I can't just buy the skins, etc. I want with actual money - my experiences of buying loot boxes has been 100% underwhelming to date, so much so that I'm unlikely to buy more.

Is there a better way to fill the funding gap? I honestly don't know. Subscriptions are the obvious answer but the past has shown there's huge resistance from gamers when we're asked to pay on a monthly basis for something that has been historically free. We've been spoilt by years of free hosting for multiplayer games.

I doubt there's a perfect solution. One of the better models I've seen was Planetside 2, where the publishers knew they wouldn't get the player numbers with a standard subscription model (as in the original Planetside) so they offered microtransactions for the free-to-play folks who just wanted to dabble but also a subscription model providing faster levelling and 'free' in-game currency. The problem then is keeping the game balanced. I can't speak for the state of the game these days but it seemed to work well back when I was still playing.

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My name was seen by my parents as graffiti on a train station wall. It turns out it's a good name for an actor as it's quite unusual.

I often refer to my house as Warwick's Castle on my quiz show, Tenable.


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Excess skin you end up with, if any, depends on several factors, especially your genetics, how long you've been overweight, and how overweight you are. The good news is, no matter how much weight you lose, you will still look much better than when you were obese, so it's definitely worth doing.

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Great question. Russ almost got shot once when the cops kicked the door down and came running inside to save the people screaming for help. When they meet Russ he puts them at ease, they leave and he goes back to it. I think most other people would've been shut down by now.


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Interesting, appreciate the reply!

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What were Mr Merchant and Mr Gervais like to work with?

Also, how did Johnny Depp fit in? Was it via Tim Burton? Did you meet Helen on Harry Potter?


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strangest thing you've ever put in your mouth?

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Stupid question from a wuss: do you have any jump scares in your movie? I am fascinated by movies like yours primarily because I HATE horror movies and haunted houses and such, and am always interested in the people who DO find them fun, and are able to create them. After the AVGN's Halloween video this year though, I'd rather not be caught off guard by more screamers at the end of a video trying to be 'scary/funny.' I'd at least like to be prepared. Thanks!

What was the most fun you had making the movie?


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Oddly, I think one of the most harmful developments in recent years has been the "race to the bottom" of the mobile games market that brought about the rise of the "Freemium" model. As the ability to publish games has grown hugely with the advent of digital distribution (Steam, iOS App Store, etc.), the market place has become increasingly cluttered and it's harder and harder to get your game noticed. This drove the prices on iOS down to a point where you had to literally give them away to get people to play. Sure, it 'liberated' the games industry hugely, but it also massively under-valued the effort that goes into creating games and micro-transactions became an unfortunate necessity to keep game developers in business. What we're seeing now is that leaking back into the AAA market.

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Stephen is very funny and a brilliant writer/performer. Ricky is sometimes like a 6yr old child - mischievous and silly.

Ricky just asked Johnny and he said yes.


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Jackfruit, which was prepared to taste exactly like barbecued pork. I was stunned by the delicious taste.

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No jump scares. Movies use jump scares as fun gags, but my film proves that real life is way more intense than a horror film. It's a roller coaster of emotions, you'll laugh a lot, but when it gets intense it builds to it.

Most fun was getting to hang out with people who sacrifice everything for what they create. That's why I called it "The Art Of The Scare" because anyone who knows what it's like to create art knows it's all about sacrifice. What are you willing to sacrifice to bring your art to life? Being around people like that is really inspiring and pushed me to sacrifice more for my film. You'll either love it or hate it, but you won't be able to doubt my passion and dedication and I feel the same way about the Haunters themselves.


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Do you have a carburetor for a 1972 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead?

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This may be an odd question, but as someone who needs to make a change in my life, I would really appreciate an honest answer. What was that last day like before you woke up and went to the shelter to adopt Peety? Was there a "last straw"/specific event?


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Im sure youve been asked this before but what scares you that is not IRL? The dark with my own imagination are mine.

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Sadly not. The only carbs I have are the twin Strombergs on my '72 Triumph GT6 and I need those!


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The last straw event is shown in the short film about me from mutualrescue.org - I delayed a flight, and caused most other passengers on the plane, to miss their connections because I had a 52 inch waist and the airline ran out of seat belt extensions, so could not take off. See more here: https://youtu.be/47Xk3l_FDhY

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That's a tough question because I LOVE to get scared. Whenever I'm not feeling well I put on A Nightmare On Elm St and it always cheers me up. My favorite kind of scare is something supernatural that feels real. That always gets the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. The idea of Freddy killing you in your dreams is still the greatest idea in horror to me because we ll have to sleep. BTW - Have you ever seen the documentary THE NIGHTMARE by Rodney Ascher? That is the scariest movie ever and it's REAL! It's people sharing their stories about their worst sleep paralysis nightmares. the movie even convinces you that now because you're watching this movie that you're gonna have sleep paralysis too! When I saw that at SXSW it kept me up all night. I've seen it 4 times since and each time it scares me. When you watch it turn the VOLUME up really loud and get ready to be freaked out.


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Well, damn.

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Whats your favorite color?


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You don't happen to have a turbo for a Mazda 2.3 DISI do you? (It's a long story)

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Green, I don't know why, but I can remember someone asked me the same question in kindergarten in 1964, and I answered green then and have been faithful to the color ever since.


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Did you notice any effects to your mental health when transisitioning to veganisim? I've heard people claim their depression and or anxiety decreased with the vegan lifestyle.

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Yes, I was on 3 different anti-depressants when I was obese. I hated life and wanted to kill myself. I actually asked God to take my life. Soon after adopting Peety and a plant based diet, I began to feel happy for the first time in over 20 years. My world, and the entire universe, changed for me. Today the only drug in my home is Tylenol, and I feel indescribably happy and joyful every day.


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How do I convince a love one to become healthy? He’s only 21; however, he’s on the verge of high blood pressure. He refuses to eat healthy or exercise, no matter how much I try to convince him.

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He has to decide that he wants to live before you can help him. It took a dog for me to want to live, and want to get back into life, because I formed a bond of unconditional love with the dog and realized that I needed to work on my own health so I could help with his health also.