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|Reviewed by: darklaff31   (Event Visited: 10/20/12 @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/22/12
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|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Located on the downtown square in Petersberg. Easy to access as there is parking all around the block. You'll know you're there when you see the crowd.
Wait Entertainment: There is a new attraction: an old style theater has been added to the haunt. Patrons can attend an illusion show without losing their place in line (they can even check it out without going to the haunt itself). It's an awesome precursor to the main event. An illusionist displays some jaw-dropping disappearing tricks. My group sat in the front row and could not believe what we saw. The disappearing assistant was worth the admission. You get a discount if you visit both attractions as well. There is a concession counter to take refreshments into the theater. In line, a ghoul walked up & down, interacting with the patrons.
Length of Event: The illusion show lasted 20 min. The haunt was appx. 20 min. My group got in line at 6:45 & left the shop at 8:30. This includes line wait.
Actor Performance: The performers were spot on with the creepy tone of the location's theme but with a jacked-up, in-your-face enthusiasm that really kept my nerve endings buzzing. You could sense the collective intent of the actors' desire to "get" us. Some creatures followed us for several rooms: the gimp in the insane room was very good. Every room seemed to have more actors to distract us while others jump out for a good jolt. Quiet, then loud, then louder. This year's visit was the most consistantly terrifying as far as the actors are concerned.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: No one ahead of us and no one behind us. We were well placed. Our guide did a good job moving us and placing us appropriately until we were left on our own.
Appropriate Ages: 10 and up. It depends on your constitution. At the sign-in parlor, 3 kids from the group behind us bailed out.
Props / Special FX: Top notch illusions, projections and set pieces. A creepy tree in the cemetery with occupant and a ghoul coming out of the ground. There were rotting corpses everywhere. The walls, doors, and hanging portraits invite patrons to get close and study the details where sometimes they come alive. Stop and look around. There were transparent ghosts everywhere that would solidify and chase you for rooms. There is an even mix of high and low tech scares that are equally effective. The maze uses fog, lighting and plenty of bodies to make a simple scare very intense.
Costumes / Make-up: The tour follows the theme of a once- occupied funeral parlor, and the actors are dressed and made up within the period. There were also characters and creatures not of the period that were quite impressive, especially in the cemetary. Most of the actors got right in your face and the detail with the make-up was exceptional.
Summary: There has been many additions since last year; most notable, the art deco theater built from property adjacent to the haunt (I was told it used to be an inventory warehouse). This is a seriously beautiful theater. Although small in size, it's a perfect companion for the intimate charm that this haunt provides. The illusionist was awesome in setting the mood for the rest of our visit. Every room in the walkthrough was packed with scary performers, chilling illusions, and numerous jolts. There are many elements that come together to provide a seamless experience for the patrons. This is a very intense haunt that doesn't rely soley on blood and guts but with creative art direction and imaginative set pieces and effects. Those involved want to impress you as well as scare you and they succeed greatly.