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Fright night’s extreme scene

Blackout Haunted House expands to L.A.

“Tight spaces, intensely violent and sexual situations and complete and utter darkness.” And those are just a few of the selling points for the Blackout Haunted House, a bizarro live installation that has been a hit in Gotham and expanded to L.A. this year.

The L.A. production, which runs through Nov. 10, has been such a hit that Vortex Prods. has had to extend its hours to accommodate the demand for tickets. The experience takes place in a nondescript office building on Broadway in downtown L.A. Attendees are forced to walk through the space alone with a paper mask and a flashlight.

The extreme spin on a haunted house was the brainchild of legit vets Josh Randall and Kristjan Thor, who sought a way to blend their shared enthusiasm for theater and horror pics. The pair launched Blackout in 2009 in Gotham for a summer, and it quickly took root.

Blackout has made a big splash in its inaugural L.A. run. But it also has some immersive-chills competition as Halloween-themed events proliferate.

Neil Patrick Harris teamed with stuntman Jon Braver to present “Delusion: The Blood Rite” at a spooky-looking West Adams-area mansion. In this one, small groups tour the home once owned by mad scientist Frederick Lowell, with plenty of surprises. Yes, there will be touching, the production’s FAQ confirms, but only in “appropriate” ways.

“Paranormal Activity” mastermind Jason Blum has mounted his Blumhouse of Horrors in an abandoned downtown L.A. theater. The conceit is that visitors enter the theater for the first time since a “tragic accident.”

And because some people are just givers when it comes to Halloween, there’s the Backwoods Maze in Burbank. This installation on a residential street in Burbank (1912 N. Pepper St.) offers attendees the chance to escape packs of cannibals — free of charge.

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