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|Reviewed by: Darklaff31   (Event Visited: 10/22/16 @ 7:45 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/24/16
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|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: At the county fairgrounds'location on the north edge of town. There were illuminated signs that led you in the right direction (I counted 3). I came off the interstate via country roads and found it all right.
Wait Entertainment: There was a zombie and a shrieking girl walking the lines, getting up close and personal, taking photo-ops. There was a concession booth by the box office when you first arrive. Also, a gift shop that you could visit during your wait and a bonfire at the front of the line when you're next to go.Our wait time was appx. 35 min.
Length of Event: 15-20 minutes, but seemed longer. Just when I thought it was almost over, a bend in the path revealed another set piece, another path, another structure to walk through. This was probably the longest walk-through this production has given.
Actor Performance: We began with a guide who led us into the graveyard until she was snatched away by a ghoul 1/3 through. We were on our own the rest of the way. The actors were totally immersed in the set pieces they occupied; whether in crypts or outbuildings, within the woods or out of the ground. They handled our group great when we started to splinter up. Instead of breaking character to tell us to stay together, they provided separate, unique scares to each fragment. Standouts included actors leaping out of crypts and graves, the girl at the bridge and performers who seamlessly mingled with dummies and props (got me more than once). I got jolts from actors who didn't speak a word. A snapping twig and low breathing goes a long way when done right by the right people.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The wooded graveyard setting was utilized for maximum effect.The paths and trails wound and stretched, almost warranting group splintering. At one point our group had 2 in the front, 2 in the middle, and 3 in the rear.But there was never a moment where groups bumped into each other. Once again,the actors did a stellar job giving each splinter a unique scare. More than once I stopped to let the rest catch up. Normally, this would be an issue for the staff; but not here. The sprawling layout and the actors' improvisational skills allowed them to mess with us for the moment we're left alone in the dark woods.
Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.Some scares were a little more intense that might upset younger visitors. But the ones that were crying in line at the wait were smiling and chattering when they left.
Props / Special FX: This production used the structures and buildings from the grounds and blended in their original creations of crypts, mausoleums, mazes. Lots of holograms and lighting effects about. Also, subtle uses of music and sound effect cues achieved a nice, layered effect throughout without being overdone. Standouts included crypts the ghouls lurched out from, the train crossing, the impaled victims, and that freaking doll bridge.
Costumes / Make-up: The dark setting and alternating light effects would normally hamper the effectiveness of costumes/makeup but not with this group. The actors get right in your grill to take in all the rotting clothes and flesh. These are not people in masks shouting a muffled "boo!". You see blood, dirt, dust, and cobwebs all over .
Summary: Terror on the Square(Graveyard) always prided themselves on their art direction. Because you are allowed to linger a bit, you notice all the attention to detail put forth (like the shrunken heads hung from a gate). And the actors within their set pieces keep the adrenaline going without making patrons bolt for the exits. And this one went on forever! There was a graveyard outside, then you're inside a structure, then there's a long winding path, that bridge, an indoor maze that goes outdoors and, oh no, there's more. 15-20 min. is an accurate assessment for this event's length but everyone in our group remarked how epic this visit seemed, time-wise. There was a perfect balance of slow-burn scares and jump scares that kept things really tight and tense. Credit the actors again for pushing that "lost in the woods" effect that you only see in movies.
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