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|Reviewed by: squishweasel   (Event Visited: 10/12/13 @ 8:45 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/23/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: Mazon is a very small town and this haunt is right in the middle of it. There's a sign on the main roadso you won't miss it.
Wait Entertainment: There was an evil clown wearing a mask outside entertaining the line. Aside from that there was the standard hearse plus a firetruck.
Length of Event: Dungeon of Terror was about 10 minutes. So was the Maze of Terror, but depending on how confused you get it could take longer.
Actor Performance: Actor performance was good. Most everyone stayed in character, except for one actor whose fake cleaver hit my friend. He apologized. We moved on and everyone learned a lesson.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We never met the group in front of us, but the group behind us was barreling through since they were so scared. It was okay. I am confident we wouldn't have met another group if it wasn't for that.
Appropriate Ages: 13 and up. There are some graphic scenes and things that may be too much for smaller children.
Props / Special FX: A lot of good props and special effects. There's a kitchen scene where you can see the silhouettes of rats running across the shelves. Some sets were very detailed. Others were a work in progress, but still effective.
Costumes / Make-up: Didn't notice any masks aside from the line entertainment. I have to admit, that personally I have an issue with that. I am not a big fan of masks. They lack the life and action a prosthetic or a good makeup can give. I can forgive them for the most part in a haunt, but feel outside entertainment that can be easily observed should have more detail. Most actors in the house had decent makeup jobs, though.
Summary: There were some real high points for this haunted house. I really enjoyed how detailed most of the scenes were. For example, the surgery scene was very well put together, with blood all over the walls and body parts hanging all over with they surgery table in the middle. I also really enjoyed the bug room, where there were large insects everywhere and a very crunchy floor. The effect in this room is very fun. The actors were all very enthusiastic and stayed in character.
The Maze of Terror was much better than the last time I was here. Last time it was one central room you kept coming to through small halls right off ofit. This year it was a real maze with some fun twists. There was a couple issues I had, but they wweren't that big of a deal and didn't take away from the event. Down one hall we came across some colorful sheets that a guy dressed like a clown charged out of. He didn't scare us and was clearly feeling put out because of it. Also, there was a scene next to the clown guy of a woman who was cut in half and strung up. The effect is an optical illusion where the top half is a real actor and the bottom is mirrors and a prop. We walked right up to it to get a better look, but the actress didn't scream until we were already out of the room. The way out is a fun piece of trickery.
All together it was a fun attraction that was worth the money. Actor enthusiasm was great, sets were well put together and it all meshed well. One thing I missed from years past was the scares from overhead, but still they always do a really good job.