Londonderry's latest 'nightmare' is a castle of confusion, chaos, creeps and creative characterisation.
Inspired, in the words of creator Phil Ruddock, by "too many late night movies and a little communing with the dead", Chateau Le Fear gathered up a series of talented actors, artists and technicians for a genuinely mysterious and frightening haunted house this Halloween.
The setting was an old brick building in the corner of Ebrington. Screams could be heard even from outside the walls on this particularly dark night; you half expected to hear thunder clap and see lightning flash directly above the musty house.
Those who walked through the Chateau doors were in for a memorable interactive walk-through show.
Webbing dangled from ceilings and blood dripped down walls in a dark maze where numerous ghosts, ghouls and zombies eagerly awaited.
The sights and sounds here could reduce confident strides to tentative crawls in a matter of seconds: zombies reached out but didn't quite touch legs, deceptively innocuous girl ghouls, creepy hotel clerks and intestine eaters were all there.
It's the sort of exhibition you really couldn't predict and was cleverly structured so that horror film buffs – especially Romero and Hitchcock fans – could play along with the undead. All that's missing was vampires.
Chateau Le Fear is essentially a House Of Cheap Thrills And Shocks, but never pretends to be anything else, and the results are gut-wrenchingly, grippingly gruesome, guaranteed to give you chills.