Orange County, California is not known for being edgy but for being glam. There is, however, nothing glamorous about The 17th Door in Tustin, California, which is allegedly so terrifying that before you enter you have to sign a waiver acknowledging you understand the risks involved in getting a good fright. The waiver also says that the venue is not liable for anything that may happen to guests. Comforting, no?
In short, enter at your own risk. But there is one way you can feel safe. The venue does provide a “safe word” which means you can opt out at any point if you’re just scared out of your wits beyond entertainment.
The 17th Door is based on the nightmares of a fictitious college teen named Paula, and it really is the stuff of nightmares. Not only will you get touched by well-costumed actors that come at you out of nowhere, you will also get soaked in God only knows what. If that’s not enough, expect to smell some horrible smells that are supposed to remind you rotting flesh. Yep, that’s right. You get to smell flesh decomposition in the name of fun.
The 17th Door describes itself on its website as such:
Everything inside this realm, which assaults your senses, is real. All you’ll feel on your flesh, the heat and the freezing chill, is real. The putrid odor that invades your nose from the stench of her rotting life is real. Know that when you walk into the frozen locker and are surrounded by the carcasses of her demons, what hangs from those hooks is real. And when you linger in her dorm room, what scurries under your feet and along the walls is real. The question is: can you make it?
The hosts are kind enough to give people the option of stopping their 32 minute experience with the safe-word of ‘mercy.’ If you yell it out, you will be allowed to leave. But, you will not get a refund.
Does this sound like fun or torture? Tell us what you think and if you’d go to this crazy place.