Kings Dominion haunt attraction offends families of miners

Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Dominion's "Miner's Revenge" haunted attraction has drawn criticism from the families of miners who have lost relatives in recent years due to accidents. A representative of United Mine Workers of America also criticized the attraction. According to the amusement park's website, Miner's Revenge is based on miners who died trapped in the underground coal mines, seeking revenge when their rescue was deemed too dangerous.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 9:30 AM

So, add this to the list I guess.

Can't do:

Insane Asylum Theme

Trapped Miner Theme

Recently departed celebrities mock up

Anything else?

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Monday, October 28, 2013 9:36 AM

I'm waiting for the "Tortured Accountants" haunt with grotesque papercuts, so I can have my turn at being offended.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 9:42 AM

I'm a coal miner. I don't get offended by attractions like this. I mean, should I get upset about a movie like My Bloody Valentine because they use people dying in a coal mine as a part of their storyline? People need to quit worrying about crap like this. It's Halloween. It's a story set to an attraction to scare you. Asylum, scary. Infirmary, scary. Anything abandoned, scary. Coal mine, well, I would say scary, but I feel more safe there than I do most places. I don't know why I'm ranting on this. I feel bad for those fellow miners families. I feel bad for anyone who loses a loved one. If I don't like something on TV, I change the channel. If you don't like what the park is offering, don't go.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 11:52 AM

Yea. Where is the line so we don't cross it? I suppose we need a definite answer to this.

I mean, any haunted house can be offensive to someone. A haunted toy factory haunt could be offensive to someone who had a loved one die while working at a toy factory. A Werewolf haunt could be offensive to anyone who had a loved one die from a dog or wolf attack. completely darkness style haunt could be offensive to blind people.

Where is the line? I'd say it is WAY past where people are complaining about right now. I can make up some really offensive themes in my head right now, but I'll spare everyone the horror of reading that.

Has anyone ever been through church-sponsored Hell House they use to do in the old days? Those were way more offensive than anything I have ever seen at a park. Demon Doctors doing abortions. Angels standing beside a wrecked car, talking about how the girl who died in the accident who will not go to Heaven because she was drinking and driving. The Devil torturing a young twelve-year-old boy with a blowtorch in "Hell" because he was gay. They wouldn't let people leave the haunt until they accepted Jesus as their personal savior. I'm already a Christian. I don't need anyone telling me how to live my life. I would hope that their intentions were good. I haven't seen a Hell House in a long time, thankfully.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, October 28, 2013 11:54 AM
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Monday, October 28, 2013 11:58 AM

In other news, families who have lost members to zombie attacks have joined forces to decry the prevalence of zombies in halloween attractions.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 2:00 PM

I'm offended by people who get offended.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 2:11 PM

How about a Haunted attraction where you walk thru a maze of people who are offended by EVERY living thing, by everything you wear, eat, and talk about....? Scares ME.... ;~)

Last edited by rollergator, Monday, October 28, 2013 2:33 PM
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Monday, October 28, 2013 2:28 PM

How about a haunted attraction called "The People of Florida & Ohio." I think we can all agree that we are all pretty horrifying :)

~Rob

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Monday, October 28, 2013 6:20 PM

We have Hell Houses in Florida. I go to one every year, IMO they are a part of Halloween.

Last edited by Regulus, Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:19 AM
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Monday, October 28, 2013 6:29 PM

Regulus at the Hell Hoses... I find that REALLY scary...

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Monday, October 28, 2013 6:29 PM

I only find it pertly scary.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 7:28 PM

Hell Hoses? What is that, a stocking fetishists convention?

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Monday, October 28, 2013 7:30 PM

Nope. Worse.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 7:57 PM

It's that third type of all men's camping again, isn't it... ?

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Monday, October 28, 2013 9:09 PM

It's just like many comedy shows. The comedians usually have highly offensive jokes, if you don't like it or feel offended because of it then don't watch!

If you feel offended because of the theme of a haunted maze then..

A. Don't walk through that particular haunted maze

or

B. Don't visit during Halloween season

Personally I feel the more offensive the theme, the more entertaining haha

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:21 AM

Regulus said:

IMO they are a pert of Halloween.

Is that the classic 2-in-one, or the anti-dandruff variety?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:18 AM

I hate Fat Fingers!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:48 AM

Anymore I'm of the mindset that your Halloween attraction probably isn't good if it's not offending people. I think it's a sign of high quality.

Vater said:

I'm offended by people who get offended.

Yah, pretty much my feelings too.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:28 AM

This story is just another reason why you tend to see the more generic themes at chain amusement park haunts like zombies, wax museums, vampires, haunted mansions, werewolves, clowns, pirates, etc.

These events draw wider and larger audiences, so there is a much greater chance of someone being offended. If the parks just be creative and ignore those that are offended, it ends up hitting the media and blowing up into something big. So, the parks really have more boundaries of what they can do.

Add live animals in haunts and bloody midget wrestling to stuff that offended people at parks. Extreme localized haunts don't need to worry as much, as their guests tend to be more extreme. Additionally, they don't have to worry about jeopardizing year-round business and making shareholders happy.

What are parks to do? Restricted or upcharge access to more creative / extreme stuff like Knott's is doing?

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