|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Luckily my husband and I go to this one every year, so we know exactly where it is located. However, for those newcomers, once you see the bright lights of the casino, you are in the right area. Watch for the hearse parked on the street to give you a clue...
Wait Entertainment: Wow--they always excel in this area, but this year the makeup and actor commitment seemed even better... if that is possible! There was no line when we attended, which surprised me, but still there were multiple actors in amazing costumes/makeup mingling with the people coming and going outside. Watch for the tall male zombie, girl with the freakish eyes (standing creepily still--love that it wasn't overdone), and the werewolf. Fantastic acting skills! I think the best around! And we've been to many houses over the years.
Length of Event: maybe 15-20 minutes; had to wait for a slow group of younger girls ahead of us--but again very happy as the Nightmares crew tried to slow us down so we wouldn't run into the group ahead of us.
Actor Performance: Amazing! Throughout the house, they were creepy and fairly unpredictable. Great job of scaring those second and farther back in the group. Usually it seems haunted house actors just go for the first person in the group, but not Nightmares! You never know who is going to get the scare next.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not their fault that we almost ran into the group ahead of us. They actually had us wait a long time to avoid the group ahead, so kudos to them. I think patron flow has always been a strength of this house.
Appropriate Ages: 13+
Props / Special FX: love the backstory of Imus and Al Kilya. Very creepy. And my husband was wondering if the basement type smell was intentional or just part of the building they are in--either way, very effective for the story. I love that Nightmares always changes their layout and props each year for those returning patrons. I just can't predict anything, even though I try!
Costumes / Make-up: Like I said, just fantastic--especially those actors outside the house. But love the Imus and Al masks and getups. This is the best year for makeup in my opinion.
Summary: This house is always fanstastic, and I've been going since their opening a few years ago. I would say this has been my number 1 favorite (always voted for number one) every year, and I feel they are underrated for what they put out there. The only reason why I rated it as a 9 instead of a 10 this year is that I felt that somehow this year wasn't quite what the past few years have been in terms of startling me in the house. I can't put my finger on it, and I hope I'm not being unfair, but maybe it was that they used more air cannons and noise to startle than in previous years (which aren't my favorite scares--I prefer the actors and animatronics). Too bad there isn't a 9.5 score I can give them :)
Either way, go see this house! It is still excellent and we need to keep them around as they are one of the most original houses each year (especially for those repeat attenders).