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Inside that lesbian feminist haunted house everyone's talking about




Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
The haunted house is the creation of Toronto based-artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell. USC's ONE Archives funded the 10-day haunted house in West Hollywood.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Musician Kathryn Korniloff, former member of lesbian rock band Two Nice Girls, performs at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House in West Hollywood on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015. Fifty performers are taking part in the haunted house.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
The original KillJoy’s Kastle, by artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, was a one-day haunted house in Toronto. USC's ONE Archives asked the artists to bring the haunted house to Los Angeles.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
An "internet troll" holds an iPad mocking internet stalkers inside KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Savannah Wood, right, plays a demented women’s studies tour guide. Wood takes Leah Perloff, left, and a group through KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Words like "racism" and "capitalism" are spray-painted onto punching bags representing tampons inside a room at KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 in West Hollywood. The haunted house is open 10 days during October, however it will not be open on Halloween.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House is a response to hell houses build by radical evangelical groups each Halloween. Artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell want these performer-animated installations to reclaim the hell house.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Attendee Andrea Fontenot volunteers to drink a liquid representing the urine of a witch inside KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 in West Hollywood.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Marty Windahl, left, and Marisa Suarez-Orozco walk through a room dedicated to internet trolls inside KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 in West Hollywood. The room was specifically made for the Los Angeles version of the haunted house.
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
A witch sews rainbow flags with the Star of David inside a room at KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. Artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell want the haunted house to "pervert, not convert."
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Christina Zeidler, left, performs as a super fan of Valerie Solanas at KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday night, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.
Marty Windahl exits KillJoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The haunted house is free.
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To hear an audio walkthrough of Killjoy's Kastle, click the blue player above.

This hell house is probably unlike anything you've ever seen.

KillJoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House is a performer-based installation in West Hollywood's Plummer Park.

It's a spin-off of Evangelical Christian groups that put on "hell houses" where actors play out the deadly consequences for committing a sin.

But at Killjoy's Kastle, you'll find punching bags representing tampons, demented women's studies majors and an internet troll.

"Why a feminist hell house? Feminism has been maligned as monstrous, terrifying, disruptive," says co-creator Allyson Mitchell.

Each scene pokes fun at the extremes of feminism, but its goal is not to scare: it's to expose the complexities of the movement.

"We want it to be accessible, to be multi-dimensional," adds co-creator Deirdre Logue.

"I wouldn't say we're making fun of feminism, but I would also say we could afford to laugh at ourselves once in a while," says Mitchell.

The Toronto based-artists created Killjoy's Kastle and have been in Los Angeles setting it up since September. USC's ONE Archives asked the duo to bring their Toronto haunted house to Los Angeles.

KillJoy’s Kastle is located at Plummer Park, 1200 North Vista Street, West Hollywood, CA 90046. It's open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18; Thursday through Sunday, October 22 to 25; and Wednesday through Friday, October 28-30. The haunted house is not open on Halloween. Admission is free.

Check back for an audio interview with the creators.