Darkness Haunted House
Unfortunately on the night of the
tour, Mother Nature played a trick on us with some unexpected stormy weather. To make matters worse, the haunted
house didnít open on schedule. By the time they opened up the doors, everyone with 7pm tickets had been standing outside in the rain for nearly an hour and a half.
While the evening got off to a rocky start, once inside, the rest of the
tour went off without a hitch.
What can I say about the Darkness? There's only one way to describe
it. Detail, detail and more detail. From the moment you walked in
the door, seemingly every square inch of the building was themed. Most of the scenes
throughout the attraction were literally jam-packed with props. There was so much to see,
a person could probably go through multiple times and see something new each
Inside the Darkness, there was an interesting mix of themes, including
an Egyptian tomb, haunted manor, swamp and other themed areas.
Most of the scenes were well-constructed; however, there were a couple
of places where props weren't consistent with the theme.
Throughout the attraction, there was an abundance of high-end
animatronic props. In various rooms there were also CGI screens,
with ghostly animations. You can tell that they definitely spared
no expense when putting this haunted house together.
Acting is where they fell short,
though. Most of the actors were performing pop-out scares and some
of them seemed to be unsure of their roles. Also, since there was
so much eye-candy, a long conga line formed fairly quickly. In
this type of situation, it is nearly impossible for actors to be
effective, when patrons can see all of the scare spots ahead of
After exiting the Darkness, patrons
got in a queue line for a 3D attraction called Terror Visions.
With the 3D glasses on, the bold & colorful artwork seemed to pop
off the walls. I'm not a huge fan of 3D houses, but there was
definitely some stunning artwork in this attraction. Some of the
themes included evil clowns, side show freaks and some great flame
Overall, it was a fun time and I'm
glad I got the opportunity to see the Darkness in action. Kudos to
Larry Kirchner for opening up his attraction during the