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New haunted house brings tricks and treats

(from left to right) Jesse Allen, Tyler Paton, Marc Dennis and Stevahn Decay sit in the living room of the Grim Manor in Sunridgemall in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The haunted house will be serving up scares throughout the halloween season. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

(from left to right) Jesse Allen, Tyler Paton, Marc Dennis and Stevahn Decay sit in the living room of the Grim Manor in Sunridgemall in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. The haunted house will be serving up scares throughout the halloween season. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Grim Manor opens this week in the old Target space in Sunridge Mall

The Grim Manor, a horror house bred from the minds of three terror addicts, will open its doors for the first time in Calgary on Oct. 21.

Jesse Allen, the mind behind the monster mask, teamed up with Marc Dennis, Tyler Paton and the Calgary Crossed Bones Collective (CCBC) to bring the Grim Manor to life.

“We’re all weirdos,” Allen said.

“We love messed up things like this!”

Located in the abandoned Target space at Sunridge Mall, the Grim Manor boasts frights and terrors for all.

Grim Manor is a twisted take on southern culture in the States, hillbillies and classic horror.

Patrons will meet an array of handcrafted, grotesque rednecks and basket cases, designed and created by the Grim Manor team.

The display is sure to lure its visitors into the world of Professor Grim and the unholy curse he unleashed upon his family, as the legend goes.

It is advised those who are weak of heart and easily offended should think twice about visiting, and the attraction requires parental guidance for those under 13.

Allen has been in the special effects business for 10 years, having worked as the creative director at Scream Fest for several years.

He said Grim Manor will be sure to display the hard effort and skilled craftsmanship of his colleagues as they bring hideous Louisianan demons and wickedness to life.

Allen, who specializes in horror and gore, explained Grim Manor is for any and all fear lovers.

“We love this kind of stuff and we want to share it with everyone,” Allen said.

The event is a Calgary made and operated grass-roots attraction.

“There are a lot of technical aspects, and a lot of the stuff we used is recyclable,” Dennis said.

The entire CCBC team is a collection of friends and family of Allen, Dennis, Paton, and horror special effects enthusiasts that love the art.

Allen, Dennis and Paton worked together with the CCBC to create everything from the masks and sets to the wiring and the façade of the house, though the creative aspects and set design come from the minds of the three co-founders.

Allen hopes for the Grim Manor to become a staple in the Halloween culture in Calgary.

“Halloween is every day for us,” Allen said.

“We want to add to the things you can do in Calgary during Halloween.”

With all the excitement for the up and coming haunted house, Allen said the CCBC is already planning next year’s Halloween event.

“We’ve got big plans for the future for Calgary’s Halloween.”

Grim Manor opened on Oct. 21. Tickets can be pre-ordered at www.grimmanor.ca or bought at the door.

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