The Darkness, one of America's scariest haunted houses

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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) -- It's a haunted house that makes your skin crawl before you even officially enter.

"We have tarantulas, we have piranha, we have all sorts of snakes including a real cobra," said The Darkness creator Jim Kelly.

You see Kelly's mind doesn't work like the rest of ours.

"Hanging things in people's faces really puts them off guard cause they're not thinking or looking around where's the actor coming from cause they're worried about stuff dangling in their face," Kelly explains.

See what I mean, but then we didn't create one of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. One that, in my opinion, is frightening before he even flips the switch to an air compressor that powers more than 100 creepy creatures.

Most of which are created in a shop connected to The Darkness.

"This whole room is an animatronic," Kelly points out.

"There's big giant airbags underneath here that basically move the whole room like this," he goes on to say.

And then there's the moving wall.

"The whole wall tilts toward you, but it's got all these barrels in it and they all roll towards you as the walls tilting towards you," Kelly says.

The guys here are so good at gory and disgusting that they've shipped stuff all over the united states and to 22 countries.

"Now we're doing a funhouse," Kelly adds.

A frightening funhouse that's going to Thailand. Of course St. Louis will always be home, just never home sweet home.

The Darkness is located in Soulard and admission is $20.  Kelly and his partner also run Creepyworld and The Lemp Brewery Haunted House.


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