By putting you in a holding cell, they establish a prison
atmosphere before you even enter the attraction. The opening scene, an introduction by the warden, is even better
than it was last year. Statesville is billed as an adult event and they certainly deliver. From the moment you enter to
the moment you walk out the door, you are treated like a
prisoner. Guards line you up and yell at you, saying
"Get over here, maggot." One of the "Prison Guards" even called a customer an
a--hole. Be Warned: Due to the intense nature
of this event and mild foul language used, this is not an attraction
intense attraction, actors attack you from all sides, jumping
out, banging on barrels and using everything at their disposal
to scare you . There were a couple of times I caught
actors peeking around corners to see if a customer was
coming, but in general, the actors were right on target and
seemed to come out of nowhere. In your trek through Statesville, you will find a
myriad of blinding strobe lights, loud crashes and other
sound effects that assault your senses.
of the Dead:
This event also had a great opening scene. As you enter, a
faceless reaper greets you, floating 6 feet in the air.
From that point on, you enter an atmosphere somewhat similar to
the Statesville Haunted Prison. The actors are comparable
in intensity and you roam through scenes filled with fog and
strobe lights. The theme is different though.
Instead of prison bars, the City of the Dead has a lot of body
parts, rotting corpses and skeletons to establish their theme
throughout the attraction.
are looking for an intense "in your face" type of haunt, this
attraction is for you. As usual, it was
another outstanding performance by Statesville; however, the $25
price tag was a little hard to swallow. I can only
surmise that the drastic increase in price (from $15 to $25) was
the reason that there were no customers waiting in line at 9pm on a
Friday evening (10/17/03). No haunted house, no matter how good it
is, is worth a $25 ticket price. Sorry
Statesville. You have an outstanding show, but it is a
here to find out more about this event.