5545 S. Meridian

In the event's inaugural year, the producers of Southside Massacre (formerly Nightmare on Edgewood) are masters of makeshift entertainment; they are this year's haunted house underdogs. From the street, the setup looks simple and seemingly haphazard; a muddle of trailers blocked off in a parking lot, right on the corner of Meridian and Epler. But do not be deceived by outward appearances. The interior set design is outstanding and the technology spares no expense; the first room is the most jarring experience I've ever had to begin a haunt. The performers are allowed to touch you and are amusingly persistent, which is the highlight of the haunt. However, in one isolated case, one of the masked performers was a tad too aggressive on my back, and yanked on the hood of my sweatshirt. This is probably not the norm, and should not be a deal-breaker, but it's important to note that the possibility exists - there could be some gentle rough-housing. $15, through Oct. 31. www.southsidemassacre.com

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