Haunted Sanitarium there was an interesting array of scenes that
didn't follow a central theme. Some of the rooms were highly detailed, while others only had a few props.
The most detailed was the Egyptian Tomb with its textured
"stone" walls, engraved with hieroglyphics. I also liked
the Christmas scene. It featured a Christmas tree with
glowing strands of lights, as well as Santa and one of his
elves. As Santa was approached by our group, a monster
popped out of his chest. Continuing on, patrons were
attacked by a giant 12+ ft tall inflatable snowman. The cornfield hallway had rows of
corn stalks that lined both sides of the walkway, along with a
few scarecrows sitting up on posts. Another interesting
scene consisted of a large, circular room with a black & white
checkerboard pattern on half of the walls and mirror panels on
the others. Upon entering the room, there appeared to be
no logical exit. A large, costumed character followed my
group around until we eventually found the hidden exit.
While a number of the
scenes were creative and detailed, there were a few that were
not as elaborate. One of those areas was nothing more than a
large, dark room with buzzing bee sound effects playing. There
weren't any actors in the area and nothing of any consequence
happened. Another room had plain white walls, balloons on
the ceiling and a couple of actors dressed up as clowns.
The actors did a good job in this scene, but more supporting
props would have made it more enjoyable to walk through.
As for the acting, that
was a mixed bag. Some of the actors had good pop-out
scares, while others were less aggressive. Unfortunately
all of the actors weren't on the ball. Some of them just
stood there and stared at patrons, as they walked by.
Also, when I walked into
the polka dot room, I caught a couple of the actors goofing
around. They didn't even stop what they were doing when
they saw I had entered the scene; they just kept on talking to
each other. I found it interesting that there was such a
diverse collection of characters inside the attraction.
Some actors were wearing simple costumes like a hooded robe and
a slip-on skull mask, while others were wearing high-end,
Overall, it was a decent
performance by the Haunted Sanitarium crew.
Considering the cost of
the event (admission, as well as the parking fee), I wish it had
been a bit longer, though. Despite a couple of problem areas, this
attraction was a still a lot of fun to go through and it is
worth checking out.
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