In this house, they used
a lot of black light effects, with glowing artwork painted on
the walls. The black lights were effective in hiding actors in dark clothing, while accentuating
certain key props and special effects. Many of their scenes were simple and not overly
Throughout the house,
there were a few unexpected scares. There was one archway that housed a skeleton,
which glowed under black light. Unbeknownst to the
group going through, there was an actor in a dark cloak hiding
behind the skeleton, who jumped out to scare them. Another innovative
scare happened inside an cage enclosure, surrounded by metal
bars. The actors herded patrons into this room, as
the familiar chorus "Let the bodies hit the floor"
("Bodies", by Drowning Pool)
started playing. After they closed the door and you were locked
up tight, the lights went out. A few seconds later the
lights came back on and the entire group was surrounded by
monsters on all sides. That was very creative.
The Hall of Mirrors was an interesting idea, also. Another
nice effect was the living
wall made out of spandex. As an actor reached through it
from the other side, it
looked like the wall was coming alive. One of my favorite
scare spots was in an area where they had a huge simulated flame.
When patrons walked up to the "flame" to examine it
closer, a mask (on a pole) shot out toward you, through the
flame and smacked against the
plexiglass right in front of you. That was not only totally
unexpected, but it was also a great distraction scare.
Throughout the house,
there were a number of monsters from contemporary horror movies
(Leatherface, Freddy and Michael Myers). They were in
appropriate scenes, but they just stood there and didn't really
approach you. Most of the actors were in
professional-looking masks; however, since they were wearing
masks, their screams were muffled and the scares were a little
less effective. A number of the actors were more energetic, though.
Almost all the actors stayed in character, except for the two
guys in the mirror
maze. I looked back to see them take off their masks and
proceed to talk to each other in front of a group of customers. Even after they saw me
looking, one of them just shrugged his shoulders and they
continued talking. That kind of ruined the
mood at that point.
You can tell that a lot
of thought went into putting this event together. Their
scenes, while simple, were very creative and some of the scares
seemed to come out of nowhere. The admission price
is very affordable compared to some other events I have attended
this season. Their scare spots were very creative and
since the event wasn't overly scary, I think it would be
appropriate for most audiences. I felt it was worth the
here to find out more about this event.