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|Reviewed by: Nick   (Event Visited: 10/12/14 @ 9:15 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/14/14
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: Easy to find if you're familiar with the area. If not just GPS the QCCA expo center. Its in the back of the building.
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment consisted of The Very best of Rob Zombie at a good volume. Also a clown that enjoyed staring contests, and screaming in your ear.
Length of Event: 9 minutes was my time. I assume times will vary for different groups of people, and their own abilities to maneuver in the dark.
Actor Performance: A good number of the actors shoot out from behind holes in the walls, as the place is a giant black maze, so the actors behind the holes in the walls were on point. Further into the maze theres little rooms and for those actors, its all screaming, blocking the path and screaming more.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow inside the Shockhouse is slow due to the combination of total darkness of the black maze, and the actors jumping out in front of groups for their scare. Interactive yes, but the flow is stoping. Caught up to the group ahead of us 4 times.
Appropriate Ages: 12 and up.
Props / Special FX: Theres one of those hallways at the end with the giant airbags on either side that you have to squeeze through.
Costumes / Make-up: A couple of the actors had great costumes! Otherwise the majority was masks, face paint, and fake blood.
Summary: Upon entering shockhouse from the street your greeted by a life-size fake building front that houses the entrance and the window where you pay your entrance fee. A few steps past that is the entrance, turning the corner into a black maze, is just that a black maze.
On and off through the black maze theres random spots where actors or props pop up from behind a hole in the wall, good scares but a lot of them happen near corners, so if your in the back like I was you get to see the hole close back up or the prop reset, but the front of my group got a good startle.
Finally after a while in the maze theres little rooms that offered a break from the black maze, which was nice because it was pretty annoying feeling the walls to figure out where we were going. The first consisted of clutter, floors, walls, all were cluttered with items. I can only assume the actor for that room maybe wandered off, or maybe the prop for that room malfunctioned. The second featured a zombie prop that sprung down from the ceiling, it was neat but also a cause for concern, it hung really low and I think if the timing was off just a bit, it could hit a customer on the way down, or on the way back up. I won't give away too much about each room, but there was one with a zombie in it that had a really cool effect just by how the actor was positioned, nice work to that guy!
Throughout the black maze, and the entire attraction, Rob Zombie music was still playing loudly. I think if they could of found a way to isolate the Rob Zombie music from the rest of the haunt, and hook up a more creepy soundtrack this would of been a HUGE plus for the scare factor. It would be the same as watching a scary movie on mute with Rob Zombie playing, because without the soundtrack of the movie to aide in building anticipation, the movie wouldn't be as scary.
Overall I think less black maze and more rooms would of really changed my review drastically. But this is just my opinion, see it for yourself. Still a lot of nights left for them.