|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: Hotel Massacre is in the same building with the 115 Bourbon Street bar. If you are familiar with the local area, you can find it pretty easily. They could have done a better job with signage, though. None of the signs were lit up, so they were hard to see.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors walking around in the line area. The entrance looked like a haunted house and they were playing movie clips.
Length of Event: 8-10 minutes
Actor Performance: Acting was fair, I would say. The kids with speaking parts did a good job, but most of the jump-out type scares were off.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was pretty good. Since you have to stop in each scene to hear the actors lines, that seemed to split people up pretty good.
Appropriate Ages: Probably 8+
Summary: I enjoyed many aspects of this haunted house. The scenes were pretty cool. They have you check in at the lobby. Some of the scenes like the pirate ship and cemetery didn’t really fit in with a hotel theme, though. That really didn’t make much sense.
I really think that their advertising is very misleading, though. “Voted Scariest in the Midwest” is posted on the main page of their website. When I saw that, I had high hopes going into this thing, but was disappointed on my way out. I believe that this haunted house would be on par with many community jaycees charity haunted houses out there. There were some great scares, but I would rate the scare factor somewhere in the average category for this type of event. But it definitely wasn’t anywhere near “Scariest in the Midwest”. Besides, this is only the event’s second season, so how could it achieved such accolades in one year? LOL. Can we say false advertising, boys and girls? To say that an event you are running is scariest in the Midwest (in your own opinion) is one thing, but to imply that someone else voted you the scariest when it never really happened? That's just wrong, and might I add, borderline fraud.
I think that they posted that on their website (and I also heard it in their radio commercial) for the sole purpose of getting more customers, period! The problem is, when you make false claims like that, charge a fortune to get in, then don’t back up all the hype with a quality performance… that is when you have disgruntled customers who never come back. I feel cheated and I think that they misrepresented their event as something more than it was, just for the sake of turning a profit. So much for truth in advertising!
I hope you understand that it is not my intention to slam this haunted house (as that would be against the rules). I only wanted to present the facts, in a calm, objective manner. I think it is important that everyone knows about their little advertising gimmick. It certainly left me with a bad taste in my mouth!
BUT, don’t let my little rant discourage you from going. It is a decent haunted house and it’s pretty fun, albeit high priced. Just don’t expect it to be some world-class Disney type thing or some "rip your heart out" screamfest, cause it ain’t!