When it comes to the world of immersive horror and horror haunts, there is no one more experienced, knowledgable, or passionate than Jon Schnitzer. While many of you probably know him from Haunters: The Art of the Scare, he’s actually been a part of the horror world for much longer, digging deep into the world of interactive experiences and compiling all of his research to create his own little empire of knowledge and connections. Such passion has made him an esteemed member of the community and we were thrilled to be able to chat with him about how immersive horror is growing, where it’s going, how virtual reality advancements are adding to the experience, and what else is coming!
Schnitzer ran a panel at this year’s SXSW Convention, which tackled immersive horror and VR. The description read:
“The horror genre has led the way in immersive experiences for over a century. From the dark rides of the 1920s, haunted houses of the 50s to the recent rise of visceral extreme haunts, interactive theater and VR experiences, learn how horror visionaries have been engaging audiences in cutting edge simulations by exploring how it all began, the controversies facing interactive horror artists today and what our experts believe will be the next wave of immersive entertainment.“