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Behind the scenes at The 13th Gate

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:52am

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- From ghastly ghouls to clowns with cleavers, the cast of The 13th Gate works for screams. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be so spooky.

For most of the year, the large warehouse downtwon is pretty quiet, but in October, it comes alive. At 5pm on a Tuesday night the week before Halloween, The 13th Gate is bustling with activity. It's filled with about 85 cast members lining up to go from normal to nauseating.

"It can be anything from applying dirt and blood to gluing on several appliances," says makeup artist, Molly Federline. Federline has turned making monsters into a living.

"What's fun is making the real things seem fake and the fake things seem real and kind of meeting in the middle," says Federline.

Her subjects range in age and experience. By day, they're regular people. By night, they're part of a frightening cast that has earned The 13th Gate the title of scariest haunted house in the country.

"It's instant gratification," says first year cast member, Donovan Simms. "Some people will work a job that they don't like, but then they'll be okay with it once they get a paycheck. I'm okay with it every time someone comes in."

People "come in" by the masses, all expecting a fright fest. "They come in to experience something and I'm responsible for it, so that makes me feel great," says Simms.

While all the cast members do get paid to spook the crowds, they say it doesn't feel like a job. Instead, haunting The 13th Gate become a lifestyle.

"As long as I'm living in central Louisiana, I will be doing this," says Simms.

The 13th Gate is open this weekend and next week. For more information about The 13th Gate, check out their website:http://www.midnightproduction.com/the13thgate.htm

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