Every year, children and children at heart eagerly await the sounds, smells, and sights as the local carnival rolls into town. As if by magic, they transform open fields into playgrounds for the mind, body, and spirit, where you can try to win a prize for your sweetheart, fly through the air on a rollercoaster, or simply enjoy food that smells and tastes awesome, but might not be the best for you.
The people who work in these traveling amusement parks, known affectionately as ‘carnies,’ don’t always have the most squeaky clean reputation. Every so often, their yearly arrival is marked by strange occurrences, and the occasional dead body is left in their wake as they scamper on the the next metropolis.
It is this sort of character that we profile today, as we invite you to learn a bit more about Brad Cain, one of the icons of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Do you like scary movies? (The best opening question in film history, IMHO) I do, although, I’m a fan of the scary movies that mimic real life scenarios rather than the science fiction.
Do you enjoy haunted attractions? If so, which is your favorite? I love haunted attractions. Being a haunt designer, it’s tough to “get me” but I always appreciate the hard work and effort the actors put into their parts. One of my favs is “Dream Reapers” just outside of Chicago, but Fright Nights is my all time fav.
There are several school of scaring, if you will. What technique works best for you? I have found, for my particular character, that levity takes the patron off guard and acts as a distraction…then opens them up for a good scare.
Can you tell us more about your character? My character, Bradley P. Diddle was born in Tuscaloosa and was kicked out of a group home at a young age. He is about as low class and unsettled as they come. His face was horribly scarred and getting a true answer about how it happened is nearly impossible. He is currently employed as a ride operator at the Carnival of Creeps.
What would your ultimate haunted attraction consist of? I’d like to do a really lengthy haunt that is highly interactive.
What advice would you give someone interested in working in a haunted attraction? Don’t do it if you’re just looking for the money. Do it for the passion and adrenaline rush of convincing patrons that what they are seeing is real. The braver they get the more scared they are.
With all the haunted attractions out there, why should someone visit Fright Nights? Because we truly care about the scares. We take great pride in set design and character training to make it as real and believable as possible.
What inspired you to become a scareactor? I enjoy entertaining. I can become a completely different person behind the makeup and wash it away at the end of the night. But those screams…
Who is your favorite Hollywood creature creator/make-up artist, and why? I always tip my hat to Tom Savini of “Dawn of the Dead” fame. But as a fan of the Rob Zombie movies, I also admire the work of Wayne Toth.
How long do you spend in make-up for the haunt, or do you always look like that? Ahaha. I probably don’t transform as much as I think I do but…I am in makeup for about 6-8 hours per night.
What is your motivation for your character? The more someone acts unafraid, the more I am determined to scare them.
There are many different scare techniques used at haunted attractions. How do you do it? Experiment and failure until you find what works. Everyone has a different fear. Most patrons do not have a great poker face will give themselves away from the start. I will never break character. Usually not even in an emergency.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following Palm Beach Happening for news on other spooky events in the Palm Beaches. If you know of another local event that would appreciate the undead light shone upon it, please let us know!