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A nightmare on West 27th Street



He proudly calls himself a “haunter.” And while he bears no resemblance to the ghoulish host of HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt” series, Jim Faro is Manhattan’s modern-day crypt keeper.

Every October, Faro and his partners Jimmy Lorenzo and Mike Rodriguez serve as the landlords of Blood Manor — a haunted house in Chelsea.

Operating from Blood Manor’s fifth-floor residence on West 27th Street, Faro, 58, directs guests and instructs grotesquely outfitted staff from his office, lined with spray-painted monsters.

“There’s not an inch or a second in Blood Manor when one of your senses isn’t being assaulted,” declared Faro, whose haunted house is open Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 6.

A walk through Blood Manor serves as a self-directed tour of terror: Groups of six shuffle in the dark through blood-splattered rooms filled with hidden freaks waiting to pounce, all while eerie organ music and thunder blare over loudspeakers. Then there’s the smoke, steam — and the stench of embalming fluid.

Each room has a theme, from the slaughterhouse to the big top, a sideshow with demented clowns. Several visitors jump ship each night by using one of the venue’s “chicken exits,” said Faro.

Visitors pay $30 a pop and often wait up to two hours to enter.

So what’s next after all this success?

“We’ve talked about expanding to other cities,” Faro said. “And Blood Manor the movie has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”


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