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|Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: 10/01/11 @ 7:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/04/11
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|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: This haunt is located off of a main road (LaGrange Road) and is well lit. We could see the carnuival rides from far away so you can't miss it.
Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment to speak of.
Length of Event: 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you take to look at things.
Actor Performance: Good. All of the actors reamined in character, and although most were younger, they did seem to be trying.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We were behind one group and in front of another but never saw either of them - we just heard the screams!
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Props / Special FX: There were a number of detailed sets and animatronic props, as well as projected images and moving walls/floors.
Costumes / Make-up: Excellent. All of the actors had well done masks or makeup.
Summary: This was the first year for this haunt, and my friends and I were very leery of the $16 price tag, especially given our experiences with other higher priced haunts. However, the lady at the ticket booth gave us all a $3 off coupon that we didn't know about, so we decided to take the plunge.
The haunt itself is located in a very large shed type building and the space is used very well. Each tiem we thought the haunt was over it continued into another room. The rooms were designed in such a way as to effectively utilize the space while at the same time remaining open as opposed to dark and cramped.
This haunt focused a lot on set pieces, with detailed props and moody lighting, as opposed to having people jump out at you. A number of rooms had no actors in them, but the scenes were well done so their absence wasn't felt. The wide open spacing and relative lack of actors made for a very atmospheric experience, as we didn't kow if and when anyone might come out at us, especially when it looked like a room was totally empty. The spaciousness of the haunt made it creepier in my opinion.
The final scene was set in an outdoor courtyard (still within the building) and combined details sets, animatronics and live actors that made for a really nice closing to the event.
Overall, this is one haunt that is not too out of line with the price and the hype. The $16 price tag is a bit steep, but it definitely gives you more bang for your buck than some other, similarly priced haunts. Get the $3 off coupon on their website, and look for them on Groupon for a half off deal (as the ticket lady told us they would be on there later in the month) and it will really be worth it.
This haunt features a hayride, too (for $12) but it was not running on the night we went due to rainy weather.
A nice effort for a first year haunt that will hopefully get ever better at the years progress.