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|Reviewed by: creep   (Event Visited: 10/21/12 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/23/12
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|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Used a GPS and had no problem finding it. Note that parking is directly across from the entrance of the building.
Now, the actual location is every haunt owners dream. It's an abandoned casket warehouse (according to ticket) and is very run down and very creepy. To enter the attraction, you have to pass through an alley way and through a very small steel door. Excellent location.
Wait Entertainment: Great. We went on a Sunday, and even with only around 100 people in line, they had three actors milling about. One, come to find out, actually worked the first room, and was just waiting up front until the house opened, but was still fun.. he was mainly intimidation wearing all black with spikes on his face.
There was also a clown with a BoomStick wandering around as well as a shorter actor who looked like a zombie? Couldn't tell really, but he was the most energetic of the three.
I'll get into more in the summary.
Length of Event: Clocked it at 17 minutes (granted there are two mazes to navigate, so time will vary greatly in this haunt)
Actor Performance: Excellent. Again, I'll get into more detail in the summary.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Perfection. They were separating groups around 2 minutes apart, so we never ran into anyone and no one caught up. I don't know if 2 min is normal on a crowded night, but if it is, you'll be alone the whole time.
Appropriate Ages: 12+
Props / Special FX: See below.
Costumes / Make-up: See below.
Summary: Well, this was my first visit to Evil Intentions and I will definitely be coming back every year from now on; I was blown away by this haunt.
Let me start at the beginning: the very first thing you see is a decrepit building with red pulsing lights on the inside; it's intimidating from the start. There was a large-ish area to wait to buy tickets with a few caskets around.
Once you buy your tickets, you enter the queue area. It was setup in a standard switch-back style, but it was all chainlink fence. Some were 8ft tall, others were 4ft tall... it looked like a maze from the start. There were also some doors that the actors could go through to get to and around the crowd easier.
The facade of the haunt was very cool. It was a large Evil Intentions sign on top of a large sliding door, which was the entrance to the main haunt. What was cool, was everyone waiting could watch the group enter the haunt and experience the first scare. That was original. There was also a projector shining on the door showing a cool video of ghouls in black and white film.
Now, entering the haunt. Here's where I get a little tossed. The queue line gave me high hopes for the quality of the haunt. However, when we walked in, I noticed that this was not going to be a "high quality" haunt. What I mean is that the wood used to make the maze had holes in it, there were cracks and seems, and looked like it was thrown together quickly. But later on, it didn't matter. Not one bit. I don't know if it was on purpose or not, but the unfinished feel made the experience better in a way.
The first scare got me right away, which was nice. Simple pop out scare and an actor told you to walk through a coffin shaped hallway; that was really neat.
Now, before I go any farther, I've got to point out I'm a haunt designer myself, so the issues I have with some things, are very much because of personal taste. And it starts right away with the first three rooms. They were needlessly large. There had to be a good 6-8ft wide path in all the rooms.
The other problem I had with the first few rooms was I could tell right away there wasn't going to be any continuity between scenes. Some designers like that, just a mash up of scenes. I personally do not: I like a theme and to have the rooms interact with each other in a way. However, this wasn't necessary for EI... that's what it was, everything you think is evil is there.
The actors in the first few rooms were okay... kind of just stared at us then screamed really loud. It was a good try and scared the 11 year olds in our group, but wasn't my taste in scaring.
But then, out of no where, things changed. We were no longer in large rooms with actors staring at us; oh now. We entered insane-land. Starting with a bathroom (I think it was a bathroom) scene with body bags in the shower. An actor came bursting out of there at the perfect time and got the whole group. The best part for him? That was the breaking point for the two girls and their dad behind us: They left!! So, for the rest of our tour, it was just me and my girlfriend.
The next scene I want to note is what I'll call the "diamond plate room". Everyone knows the typical "spark fence" gag... well they took it up a notch. If you know anything about metal diamond plate floors, long wires, negative hooked up to said floor, and positive on a long iron rod in a actors hand, I think you know where I'm going with this.
Now, a lot of the scenes are blending together in my head, so I can't exactly remember their order; but the next thing I remember was a wheelchair ghoul coming out of a very small and short corridor in some kind of morgue scene; it was one of the few jump scares that got me in the haunt. And then you had to walk through where he came from! And, of course, he followed and taunted you all the way through.
Okay, before I forget, I have to make this comment now. Because the next part, the "bridge" of the haunt if you will, was simply amazing. The entire house up to this point had music playing at a good volume to where you could hear it, but it wasn't bothersome. But then...
We went downstairs. Into pitch black (or so it seemed) nothingness. And, because there are concrete walls everywhere, as you descended, the music got quieter, and quieter, until finally, you could no longer hear music. It was silent. And I mean DEAD SILENT. We entered a barrel room with LED strobes in the corners (the kind where they make the room flash, but dont disorient you like 'real' strobes do). I remember saying "I don't like this, it's too quiet" on purpose to see if an actor would pop out... of course, they didn't.
But it was completely by design. As we rounded the corner, what did I smell? Gasoline. We walked towards an opening. I whispered "there's a chainsaw man here, I know it" Then what happens? WHAM! CHAINSAW MAN! From no where, out of the darkness, chased us all the way to the garden area a good 200ft away. AMAZING scare right there; kudos.
Man, I feel like I've been rambling about this haunt forever. And I don't want to give the much away. But the second half of the haunt used the inner workings of their existing building to their advantage. You actually went through the upstairs (I'm guessing former office area) of the warehouse. There was hardly any plywood up there except for in the half-wall maze.
Some rooms to be mentioned as outstanding: The dark ghoul puppet room (lots of cloaked life sized puppets everywhere, you can guess what happened), the two twins in the hospital scene that stalked us for three rooms distracting us from all jump scares and air blasters, the pallet maze and the actors inside, and the triangle hallway... very cool area.
The only real complaint was the ending. You were upstairs at this point, so you had to exit down some stairs, so of course a big chase ending was out of the questions. But instead, they went with a half-wall maze. I didn't like it... you could clearly see which way to go. The idea is good... the actors are on top of you the whole time, but it needed more ways to go; it was almost a pathway than a maze. Then, you simply rounded a few corners and were greeted by a security guard telling you that you're done.
Other than that, Evil Intentions was outstanding and I cannot wait to go back next year. I'm sure I've missed some things, but I'll stop rambling here.
If you haven't seen this haunt yet, or if it's not on your list, GO. It was very intense, very scary, and an all around good haunt that didn't use and/or need high-end/ expensive props.
Great job Evil Intentions crew, can't wait til next year (although my girlfriend won't be returning! You guys scared her too well!!)
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|Reviewed by: Deathdealers   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 9:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/17/12
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|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: Once we found the street the haunt was very well marked by signs and lights. Location was good, building had good creep factor from the outside.
Wait Entertainment: Being the middle of the season there was a bit of wait, there were a few actors roaming around the wait line that were in great costumes and decent entertainment.
Length of Event: 20-30 min
Actor Performance: There were well placed actors through out the haunt. A few that stuck out was the girl in white in the mirror, she made our entire group jump, then proceeded to get us three more times. The chainsaw guys were well placed coming out of nowhere completely unexpected. Then there was a guy in a trench coat who popped up in different rooms. There were a few actors who could have been a little more interactive. Overall performances were good.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: As it was a busy night there were a few times we caught up with the groups in front of us. However there is plenty of space and time to allow us to slow down, take in a room and give us a chance to space out from the group in front of us.
Appropriate Ages: 13+ I would not recomend this for small children as it is intense
Props / Special FX: We felt this was lacking. Their best special fx would have been the costumes and make up.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were well placed for the rooms, no actor seemed like they didn't belong in their areas. Make looked good to the point of almost not real.
Summary: They got us! Numerous times! There were plenty of times where we expected to be jumped at or startled, when we weren't is when they jumped. Timing was well done throughout the haunt.
There were a few areas we felt could have used more actors. The first two rooms was one girl for both (like above she got us at every turn)but could use a few more with her. The two rooms where there was one guy could have used someone in between or helping them, the downstairs/courtyard could have used a person or two, and the end room should have had a last scare there.
Overall a good natural creepy vibe that fed the haunt nicely.
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|Reviewed by: tweets   (Event Visited: 10/19/12 @ 11:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/20/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Wait Entertainment: Excellent
Length of Event: About 20 minutes
Actor Performance: Excellent
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good
Appropriate Ages: 10
Props / Special FX: Awesome
Costumes / Make-up: Awesome
Summary: I have not been to this one in 2 years because it is over an hour drive for us, but it is so worth it. I love the music, lights, make up and actors. I would totally recommend this one to all. The best part is the chainsaw chase, it comes out of no where and I was scared. You should go in small groups no more than 4, it is more scarier. Also towards the end, they have you go down to only 2 people, which I thought was good, more scarier. I feel that the end was NOT that good, but overall the makeup on the actors are good and I love the location, makes it look even crazier.