People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to lease the infamous Amityville Horror house on Long Island (which gained fame in the 1979 film The Amityville Horror) and convert it into - get this - "a slaughterhouse of horrors."
Who the hell at PETA comes up with these ideas?
And why the hell didn't I - a longtime horror movie fan (you'd never guess that I like all those blood and guts movies from my peacenik-esque posts on this Blog) - think of it?????
A PETA letter spelled out the organization's position on this matter:
The supernatural haunting that some people believe occurred in this building is legendary, but many people don't realize that if they are eating meat, eggs, and dairy products, they are getting their food from real-life horror houses - factory farms and slaughterhouses. (Source)
As Kevin Spacey's character Jack Vincennes said in L.A. Confidential: "Subtle." The PETA letter went on to say:
In our horror house, the sound of slaughterhouse blades whirring while animals scream for their lives would play over loudspeakers. Visitors would be able to see animatronic hens struggling for space inside tiny battery cages and lifelike "fish" gasping for air as they slowly suffocate on the deck of a fishing boat.
I don't remember any of this stuff in Disneyland's Haunted House.
No word yet on whether PETA is actually going to be able to lease the house. It would be really cool if they did. On the other hand, who would pay to go in such a ghastly haunted house? As I've said countless times in this Blog, the biggest enemy of animal advocates is denial. And I'm sure there won't be long lines of hardcore omnivores standing in line to see PETA's "slaughterhouse of horrors."
But you never know. The house became famous in 1974 after one of its inhabitants, Ronald De Feo, snapped and murdered his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. Since then, allegations of paranormal activities inside the house (as well as allegations of over-imaginative attention seekers living inside the house) have dogged the place.
So fans of the paranormal who also happen to be omnivores might end up checking out the PETA house of horrors just to walk through the legendary Amityville House.
The Amityville Horror House (right) is now up for sale for $1.5 million. (Source) I guess we'll have to wait and see if PETA's creative attempt to scare the bejesus out of omnivores comes to pass.
Dude, whatever happens, I'm staying tuned!