|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: The location can be hard to find if you are not familiar with the area. On the website, it should be stated that it is in the same shopping center as the Sears Essentials stores. Also, there was not a lot of lighting on the outside to show their sign (which also didnt even have the name on it). However, after speaking with a person of the house, turns out it's not their fault for the hard time seeing it, because there were a lot of rules enforced on them on what they could and couldnt do outside of the house. There was plenty of parking though!
Wait Entertainment: There wasnt much wait entertainment except for outside. They had two chainsaw guys, one was excellent (really got into it), the other just looked bored and unconvincing that he wanted to be there. Also, another actor came out on occassion and got in peoples faces and just kept staring at them, he did a great job and really stayed in his character. Was able to make people uncomfortable yet laugh.
Length of Event: About 15-20 minutes.
Actor Performance: Some actors were great, especially the doctor in the labotomy room! Funny too. Many actors/actresses were very interactive and stayed in character. I heard they're all on a volunteer basis, which can sometimes be hard to find good actors but all in all, 90% of them were great!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great! We never saw another group inside the attraction. Actors did a great job keeping groups away from each other.
Appropriate Ages: Depends on how well a child could handle these things. Up to parents at their own discretion.
Props / Special FX: I enjoyed watching a movie explaining the background story behind the house. The props were great, however, could have used more in the never ending hallways. Liked the jail scene and the doctor scene, again, where the actor was great! Had a saw or something which scared me and he convinced me he was crazy! I don't want to give away too much but having the cars in there too was a great prop and scare tactic. Loved all the older, beat up vintage looking props also!
Costumes / Make-up: The make up was fantastic! Whoever did the makeup did a great job. The costumes were good but some of them were not so scary and didnt tie into the theme but were still good.
Summary: All in all, it was good for a first year house. I know that it's rough the first year for anything. Also having the actors on a volunteer basis has got to be hard because you never know who's going to show up. The lighting inside needed to be lower because you could see a lot and it killed the atmosphere in some parts. The outside of the house needed to be better lit and on the sign it needed to have the name of the house on it and not just a symbol. That can throw some people off. The outside entertainment was so-so, the one chainsaw guy, like i said before was fantastic, he had a blue jumpsuit on with crazy hair. There needed to be more in line entertainment inside. Once inside the house, the rooms were good but there was a lot of empty walking through plain hallways, it would have been nice to have some actors walking the hallways or anything. Normally having a little kid in a haunted house working it kills the scene but the kid in the bedroom was great, very convincing he was mad and crazy. A lot of the actors did a great job but there needed to be more in all rooms and wandering hallways. The props were good but the best thing about the house were when the actors were in your face and interactive, like in the doctors room. Following the theme through the house was great and I would recommend this house again. I just hope that more people will work there next year and the house will be better utilized with no empty spots, keep the in your face acting going and keep us on our toes. Look forward to it next year!!