This December an event like no other will be held in Melbourne's Point Cook. What I'm talking about is a horror fan's experience of a lifetime, the chance to camp out and, wait for it... Become immersed in a horror movie!
It's called the Horror Movie Campout and is the first of its kind in Melbourne.
The event will run only twice on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th and will be set at Point Cook Homestead and yeah I know, that's scary enough in itself since the Homestead is rumoured to be haunted, never mind the house is around 30km away from Melbourne and nestled amongst those creepy Norfolk pines.
As the organisers put it, the Horror Movie Campout is a great opportunity to hang out with mates while being wined, dined and entertained by immersive scare actors with thrills guaranteed in a night of spooky fun. Spooky fun? Maybe that's a little understated, although it does seem like a great opportunity to film your mates' freak out when, say this guy appears outside the window of your tent at 2am:
I can see #HorrorCampoutReactions trending away already
Gates will open at 5.30pm, and the campout finishes at 8am the following morning, that's a scare-fest with over 12 hours of cult classic horror films, scare actors and a terrifyingly suspenseful (possibly sleepless) night.
Apart from the 4D scares throughout the night, an outdoor cinema will begin just after the sun goes down. Two classic horror movies set to be screened are the 1973 classic The Exorcist. The second will be decided via a Facebook vote prior to the event. A few short horror films will also be shown before and in between the main two.
Two camping permit packages are available for the event;
Event permit ($189.95) - includes: Campsite entry for up to three campers
Accommodation for up to 3 people in a festival style dome tent Horror movie marathon in the outdoor cinema
Glamping permit ($249.95) - all the inclusions of an event permit plus:
-Express entry with check-in from 5:30pm
-V.I.P seating and inflatable chair/couch at the outdoor cinema
-V.I.P camping spot
If you think you can hack it, read on.
Unless you're a fainter, fainters tend to get left behind...
Still here huh? Well okay, but you look a little pale.
Here's what you'll need to bring:
Bedding; roll up mattress & pillow or swag. Even though this event is held in summer, HMC organisers also list warm socks & clothes as a good idea - maybe they're just prepared for our 4-seasoned days. Tents are provided.
Something to sit your scared butt down on for the outdoor movie marathon. Organisers suggest a low chair/chairs - don't bring a high one and ruin someone else's view. If you go with the Glamping Permit these are provided.
Torch - because darkness.
PJ's - you might as well feel comfortable while inevitably curled up in a fear-ball watching shadowy figures with axes and knives skulking around outside.
Clean underwear - because the organisers mention it more than twice, so take heed.
Your printed event ticket along with a photo ID. This event is strictly 18 and over. No ID = no entry, no refund.
Cash money - snacks/drinks/hot food/marshmallows will be available to purchase.
Ear plugs - maybe if you truly believe, they'll block out your fears.
Light snacks and bottled water are allowed, however, bags will be checked for prohibited alcohol, cooking equipment, and drugs (like you'd really wanna be high for this anyway). Any prohibited items found will be confiscated and not returned.
Fully charged phones/cameras - I can't stress enough there will be NO POWER or outlets at the camp out people so make sure you FULLY charge your phones & cameras beforehand. Wouldn't want to miss a selfie moment, would you?
Pets aren't allowed in, they're provided.
Still game? Alright, if you say so, get your tickets here and. . .