The Nightmares Basement
of the Dead tour started off with
a disembodied head reading you the rules of the haunted house,
before you entered. From
there you continued on through a collection of various scenes,
each separated by long lengths of dark hallways. There was a wide variety of
themes presented throughout
the attraction. With few exceptions, most of the scenes throughout the house
had a moderate level of detail. In the dentist scene, there was a patient
in a dentist's chair and the loud shrill sound of the dentists
drill could be heard. Just as you exited the scene, the dentist
toward you and the floor beneath your feet vibrated. There
was also an area where an actor reached up at you from a pit
that was below floor-level. One of the
most memorable scenes was the living room. As you walked
through the scene, half of the wall tilted out at you.
By distracting patrons with the wall, an actress sitting in a chair
was able to get a scare by jumping out at the group. The electrocution scene
was also pretty nice, with electrical panels added as
additional detail in the scene.
Most of the scenes with actors
were out in the open, but some of the unmanned areas featured
static props behind a protective cage. One of the static scenes,
which had appropriate sound effects, featured a man who had
blown his head off with a shotgun, while a bystander vomits into a barrel.
There was also a nice animated werewolf right before the
spinning vortex tunnel. In general there seemed to be adequate separation
between the scenes, which was nice, but I was a bit distracted by the
reflection off the ceiling of the building that was visible in
several of the hallways.
For the most part, the actors
inside the house were enthusiastic, to say the
least. While the typical "don't touch the actors and
they won't touch you" policy was supposed to be in place, a
handful of the actors were so determined to execute their
scares, they actually bumped into me a number of times
throughout the house. It didn't bother me personally,
but there may be other patrons out there who may not care for
Overall, this was another good
show put on by
the Nightmares crew. As usual, they came up with some pretty creative and
effective scenes, as well as having some pretty decent
scares. I recommend checking this one out, if you
get the chance.
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