Fernando Quenard and The original Pasaje del Terror
The original Pasaje del
Terror was located in Mar del Plata, Argentina! This
important coastal resort (which is 414kms from Buenos Aries)
boasts an excellent aquarium and has a casino that
stays open all hours.
But who exactly was the originator, driving force, creator
and main idea man responsible for the whole Pasaje del
One Mr Fernando Quenard.
An Argentinian native, Fernando (seen on the left in the
photo to the right) is a graduate of the Fundacion de Altos
Estudios en Ciencias Comerciales (School for the Studies of
Commercial Sciences), a private college in Buenos Aires.
During his long career in communications, Fernando has
worked in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry
from television and radio to theatre.
As a publicist, he was responsible for setting up and
promoting fairs in his native Argentina and later produced
many shows throughout Europe including "Hollywood Cars" - a
large display of cars used in famous movies.
Fernando has also produced television and radio commercials
and co-produced the 1983 Argentinian production of "Hair".
Fernando Quenard's original Pasaje del Terror idea started
out as an elaborate production staged by a group of local
actors. The production was so well received that Fernando
refined it for touring throughout Mexico and Spain: "We were
wondering what would happen if the statues in a wax museum
suddenly came to life...We decided to try it, and I went to
work on producing what became Pasaje del Terror."
By the way, the gentleman on the right in the photo above is
none other than the late great actor Anthony Perkins, he of
Psycho fame. Much more about him later!
So where does Terror on Church Street fit into all this I
hear you ask...
This is the
original Pasaje del Terror located in Mar del Plata,