|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: I have to agree with other people that it was a bit confusing to find - until we got right into Zion and saw the large lit up signs. The location is FABULOUS! The building itself starts the mood off right for a haunted house! Lots of decently lit parking, plus the midway games and food offerings make this a good all around experience.
Wait Entertainment: DoD never disappoints here. They are picky with who they let outside, and it shows. These guys are some of the best. Even if they don't scare you, interacting with them and watching them terrify others is always a good time.
Length of Event: We did the whole tour (2 houses downstairs, Mercy General, and Buried Alive) and we were inside for about an hour.
Actor Performance: Fair. The two downstairs haunts seemed to lack in this department. Heard a lot of plain screams, yells of get out, or people just lurking in corners not really trying. A lot of empty, open spots that could have used an actor as well.
Mercy General was WORLD apart. GREAT, high energy acting here. Very creative scares and hiding spots. These actors were not afraid to come at your from all sides... and top, AND bottom. Great job in this house!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: A little messy. There were several areas were we ran into other groups, and actors seemed to do nothing to split us all up.
Appropriate Ages: 10+
Props / Special FX: As always, nice props, well detailed.
Costumes / Make-up: No complaints here! Appropriate costumes/makeup for every area.
Summary: As both a fellow haunter, and someone who has attended DoD for 10+ years, I was slightly disappointed this year. There is SUCH potential here, but for this year, I don't think it was reached. Too many ceilings were open, too many dark, long hallways between rooms, and not enough direction in those hallways. At one point we came to a T intersection and didn't know which way to go, went the wrong way and got yelled at rather rudely by an actor. Because we missed seeing an arrow that was MAYBE 3 inches wide in a dark hallway.
The actors, costumes and makeup were all great. Mercy General, in particular, was VERY well put together, had that same claustrophobic sense that has made DoD so good, GREAT scares. The downstairs two houses have a LOT of potential, but are severely lacking in rooms and scares. Giving credit for the time in which they were unable to build, I'd say they've done a decent job so far, but personally I regret spending the money on what it is currently.
However, knowing the twisted minds that form DoD, and the space available, I am anxiously awaiting next year already - I have faith that this new location and some more time could result in an AMAZING haunt. Keep working on it, DoD, and next year will be great.
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: This haunt is located off Sayton Road, you can get to it from either Rollins Road or Rt 12. Would like to see a few more signs on these outer roads, but once you find your way to Sayton Road, signage is great.
Wait Entertainment: On the night we were there, there was no wait entertainment. There was also no wait. :)
Length of Event: 15 minutes
Actor Performance: This is one area that Xtreme always excels. Actors were in your face, high energy, true to character. Even the ones I knew didn't break character at all. Awesome job here!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great - never ran into anyone else, not even our friend in front of us. Actors did a great job with crowd control!
Appropriate Ages: 10 +
Props / Special FX: Again, great job here. Seems like every year, things become more detailed. The waiting area was great - always love the 2 story facade - the Hellevator rocked, as usual, awesome job.
Costumes / Make-up: Great makeup, costumes fit the theme.
Summary: As a fellow haunter, I look forward to going to Xtreme every year to see how much they've improved, and once again I was not disapointed this year! The new rocking room was not expected but welcomed - the detail levels just continue to go up. The actors were right on cue (which is impressive since it was opening weekend!). These guys just get better and better every year, WELL worth seeking them out. Great job!