|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: When we got to statesville, there was a giant orange pumpkin and there was an LCD sign that statesville haunted prison. My friends worked there before so they knew how to get there. They had people guiding you to the parking lot and there was someone right there that put us in a spot really quickly and it was very close to where you go to pay for your ticket.
Wait Entertainment: My friends and I were very entertained by all of the actors that were scaring people in the line, one of the guys came up to me and he made me jump. also, one of the actors blew on my neck and walked away...and gave me the creeps for a second. They had a guy walking on stilts, tv's on showing statesville [from previous years] and they were playing loud metal music.
Length of Event: it was about 10 minutes for statesville.
city of the dead also took about 10 minutes.
Actor Performance: The actors always stayed in character and did a really good job. there were a few times when they would yell at you and it sounded like they were speaking german and some other language. to me, statesville was scarier than city of the dead, but they all did a great job scaring everyone.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: When we were in statesville, we were told to stand in a single file line against the wall about 3 or 4 times, but I was the 3rd to last person in line so it was hard to tell if we were running into another group or not.
Appropriate Ages: 13+
Props / Special FX: I thought that both statesville and city of the dead looked awesome, and they did a great job building both houses. I loved the beginning when the warden flies over everyone and the beginning of city of the dead when the giant alien is holding part of a dead guy and a tool in his other...that alien had to be at least 20 ft. tall (but I'm short so it looked really big to me). the vortex was wicked. not only was it spinning while you in it but the bridge that you're walking on is moving side to side at the same time and it's a long tunnel, so you get a little dizzy but it's really cool. all the props were really realistic and there were a few times were i expected something to pop out at me, but it was really just a prop. the girl that was on the upper level in the clown room really scared me because she saw that i was looking at her and she was on a harness and came right in front on me and starting to swing back and forth asking me "what i was looking at?" in a really creepy voice...that really got me.
Costumes / Make-up: The make-up and costumes on the actors looked very professional and some of the actors blended in with the walls in their room.
Summary: All together I think that statesville and city of the dead were really good. While waiting in line I started to get whiplash because I kept looking to see if one of the actors was gonna scare me. My friends and I had a good time and really enjoyed both houses. I'm definitely glad that I went to see a real professional haunted house, but I thought that $30 was pretty expensive for a haunted house; however, I would definitely go again next year.