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|Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/26/17 @ 7:15 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/29/17
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: It is located right by the casino, and they usually have one of their hearses parked outside to help you locate the attraction. We were impressed that they also had workers outside to help direct us to the correct line (and answer any questions).
Wait Entertainment: Every year they seem to get better. They had a number of characters roaming around in the crowd and sidewalks. Two were stilt walker creatures, which was impressive. On top of that, they had a live DJ playing music, which helped to pass the time.
Length of Event: I wish I had timed it from the time when we went into the first house. It was definitely a longer haunt, and my guess would be 25-30 minutes between their 2 houses.
Actor Performance: Good. They played their parts well, and didn't veer into rudeness. One of their particularly zealous actors accidentally slammed into my husband and immediately apologized. I know a lot of people expect actors to stay in character, but this "break in character" was very much appreciated.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was a little congested, but I also don't know if I would've wanted to wait longer outside for more spaced out groups. For a Thursday, it seemed really busy and the outside patron lines were long. A group coming in after us ended up catching up to us fairly fast, where we became a long train of people going through the house. I think the actors handled this well with their scares.
Appropriate Ages: 12 and up
Props / Special FX: They have some of the best scenes around. The first portion of the main (first) house was well decorated and horror eye candy. However, for the later portion of the first house, I was a little disapointed by the visuals. A lot of props weren't lit enough to provide a proper scare or visual effects. For example, there was a prop that activated overhead that we couldn't see.
I had a big complaint with the sounds in the house. It is the biggest reason why I am not rating their houses higher. I know to expect a certain level of noise and startle sound effects when we go to haunted houses. Basement of the Dead overly relied on these to the point of it physically hurting and me leaving with ringing in my ears all night. I didn't find it scary. It was just irritating and made me want to leave early. I always loved Nightmares in the past, but this year was mixed because of the sounds. I would make a suggestion that the ear deafening noises and air blasts be spaced out a lot more and that they use fewer of them to be effective. I hope they consider these changes in future years.
The second, clown themed, house was great with the 3 D effects and blacklight flashlights we carried. I was also relieved for my ears, as this house was quiet compared to the first.
Costumes / Make-up: Great--both houses' characters fit the scenes well
Summary: Overall, Nightmares Basement of the Dead provides some fantastic wait entertainment, great visual effects (when you can see them), and lengthy houses to go through. I was frustrated with the auditory effects and air blasts being used nearly continuously in parts, as they didn't provide scares for our groups and instead seemed to cause some auditory harm. I also wish they had lit a number of sections better in the first house.
Had the noises not been so loud and continuous and the minor lighting issues improved, these 2 houses would have been perfect.
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