Here’s What I Played at Albert Reyes’ Haunted House

Albert Reyes haunted house in Los Angeles on October 28, 2023.
Albert Reyes’ haunted house for October, 2023 (Pic: Liz O.)

Back in 2009, I was standing in at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo for a massive Giant Robot exhibition and ended up chatting with one of the artist’s in the show, Albert Reyes. I had just started working full-time at L.A. Weekly, so I hit him up for an interview and then he invited me to his Halloween house party/art maze. Considering how many stories of mine have been lost within the black hole of the Internet over the years, I’m surprised that short interview is still online. Over the years, I interviewed Albert a few times, the most recent for Los Angeles Magazine in 2019, when he had a solo exhibition at Eastern Projects in Chinatown, and have seen a number of his haunted houses. This year, for the second year in a row, I got to DJ at Albert’s haunted house. 

Every year, Albert builds a new haunted house and they’re one of my favorite things about Halloween. They’re really art installations that are built like mazes and filled with smaller installations inside. To get through it and see everything, you need to get lost and you need to hit the dead ends, which is what I love about it. 

DJ booth at Albert Reyes' haunted house in Los Angeles on October 28, 2023. Photo: Liz Ohanesian
The DJ booth at Albert Reyes’ haunted house, where I played on October 28, 2023. (Pic: Liz O.)

Coinciding with the haunted house was a backyard party with DJs, of which I was one, and bands. I played early and improvised multi-genre sets of Halloween-ish music. There’s a pretty good amount of film and TV references in the sets too, including music from Suspiria, Tenebrae, The Wicker Man (1973), Bedazzled (the 1967 version, which is the only one worth watching) and Groovie Goolies

Set List: 

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Set 1

Bauhaus – Party of the First Part

Goblin – Suspiria

Coil – Hellraiser

Chromatics – Famous Monsters

Drimble Wedge and the Vegetation – Bedazzled

Magnet – Willow’s Song 

Marie Laforet – Paint It Black

Coven – Wicked Woman

Luv Machine – Witches Wand

Atomic Rooster – Night Living

Motörhead – I’m Your Witch Doctor

Misfits – 20 Eyes

The Cramps – I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Man or Astroman? – Munster’s Theme

Groovie Goolies – Goolies Get-Together

The Crystals – Frankenstein Twist 

Gorillaz – Dracula

Lee Perry & the Upsetters – The Vampire 

Set 2

The Bollock Brothers – Horror Movies

Goblin – Tenebre

Patrick Cowley – They Came at Night

Michael Jackson – Thriller (Borgie Dig It Edit)

Book of Love – Tubular Bells

Cerrone – Supernature (Ethan Wood Remix)

Alaska y Dinarama – Mi Novio Es Un Zombi

Bobby O. – Frankenstein 

Toto Coelo – Dracula’s Tango 

Set 3

Duran Duran – Psycho Killer

Andy Forray – Drac’s Back

Chromatics – Shadow (Maceo Plex Remix) 

Goldenboy, Miss Kittin – Rippin’ Kittin

Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.