This season the layout
of the Dungeon of Doom was different than it was last year.
Instead of beginning the tour with a dramatic opening scene, as
had been done in years past, patrons entered directly into the
main part of the attraction. Throughout the haunted house
there were several scenes with assorted themes. Some of
the scenes were simple and effective, while others were more
elaborate. One scene featured an inmate in a black and
white striped uniform who escaped from his prison cell and
converged on the crowd. There was also a cave scene,
accented with a strobe light, that had textured walls, with
skulls and other human bones imbedded in it. The old
country house facade looked very nice, from what I could see.
Unfortunately it was very dimly-lit and it was really hard to
make out any of the detail. Some extra accent lighting
would have helped here.
One of my favorite
features in the attraction is called "claustrophobia", which is
a pair of inflated air bags that patrons had to squeeze their
way through. It definitely lived up to its name, let me
tell you. In the middle of the house, there was a detailed
"Exorcist" scene, resembling the bedroom in the famous horror
movie. As the patrons watched, two priests circled around
chanting, while the possessed girl thrashed around wildly in the
bed. When you least suspected it, a surprise came out of
nowhere that made the whole group jump. One of the scenes
I enjoy every year is "Buried Alive", which simulates what it
would be like to be buried in an avalanche. It's a feeling
that's really hard to describe. You have to experience it
I really enjoyed one of
the new additions to the Dungeon of Doom called "Mercy General
Hospital". This was a collection of several hospital
scenes including the reception room, operating room, as well as
patient's rooms and other related areas. Mercy General
Hospital was highly detailed, containing hospital beds,
wheelchairs, medical equipment and other hospital-related props.
After passing through the reception area, patrons followed a
twisting path through several rooms featuring scenes of
operations gone wrong and other graphic displays.
Blood-splattered, grungy hospital curtains lined the walls and
separated the different rooms within the hospital. In one
area there were illuminated x-rays of various appendages and
another area featured a bloody torso in a wheelchair.
They used eerie colored lighting to help set the mood and the
calls made over the intercom added to the realism of the scenes.
Throughout the hospital there were doctors and several other
demented characters milling about. With their movements
and mannerisms, they reminded me a little of the nurses in the
movie "Silent Hill".
For the most part, the
actors in the Dungeon of Doom were very aggressive. Most
of their attacks were right on target and they were relentless;
however, there were a couple of times when scares were poorly
timed. Overall, though, everyone did a great job and
stayed in character. The actors in Mercy General Hospital,
however, had a different acting style than actors in the rest of
the haunted house. They weren't as menacing and "in your
face" as the other actors; they were more creepy and disturbing.
They too stayed in character and had believable performances.
This was another good
show put on by the Dungeon of Doom crew. They kept some of
the scenes that have worked for them in the past, as well as
adding some great new ones. Mercy General Hospital was my
favorite addition this year. The Dungeon of Doom has
consistently put together a great haunted attraction over the
years. I highly recommend you add this event to your list
of Haunt visits.
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