Before coming to this
attraction, I had the opportunity to peruse the Psychosis
website, where they had posted an elaborate background story,
detailing the lives of the two key characters in the haunted
house, Spike Mike and Maze Master. One of the things I
really enjoyed about this event was the way they followed a
central story line throughout the entire attraction, from start to
finish. All of the rooms in the haunted house
were directly connected to the online story.
Upon entering the first
room in the haunted house, patrons
were shown a video of a news reporter out on location, filming a
segment at the killers' childhood home. After the video
had finished, patrons started their journey through the haunted house
in the same scene where the video had been shot. I thought
that was nice, creative touch.
I really liked the
facade of the killers' childhood home, with it's weathered wood
paneling, boarded up windows and cobwebs. Making my way
through the attraction, I found a number of moderately detailed
scenes, each separated by lengths of well-lit hallways.
Had the hallways been darker, it would have greatly enhanced the
creepy atmosphere of the attraction. The living room
was one of the most detailed scenes. It featured a
fireplace with a burning fire, wrinkled wallpaper, pictures hung
on the walls at crooked angles, cobwebs and old furniture.
A large portion of the kitchen scene was covered with
blood. A creepy character was sitting at the kitchen
table, with a plate full of blood in front of him. As he
stared blankly out into space, he scraped his fork against the
plate, making an eerie screeching sound.
As a transition from the
house to the Pleasant Pines Mental Facility, patrons walked
through an alley with spray-painted graffiti on the walls and
chain-link fence surrounding the scene. The facade of the
mental facility, with its stone block construction and barred
windows, was visually appealing. Throughout the mental
facility, there were a collection of dingy white-walled rooms
with various "patients" to creep you out. One of
the most detailed scenes in this section of the haunted house
was the electrocution room, complete with a wooden electric
chair, power panels, conduit running along the walls and glowing
plasma light bulbs.
While a lot of the
scenes in this attraction were well-constructed, certain areas
seemed to be unfinished. In a couple of the scenes, the
walls were unpainted and you could see the lumberyard stampings on a number of the plywood panels.
were also a couple of times when the music cut out unexpectedly.
More detail in some of the scenes and lower
lighting in the hallways would have greatly enhanced the atmosphere of the show.
With that being said... In all fairness, I think it's important
to note that I did visit early, on their opening
On the night I visited,
there was an adequate amount of actors. With the exception
of the lobotomy room, I think there were actors in every scene
inside the house. For the most part, all of them did a
great job. Some were very energetic and others were more
passive, depending on their role in the attraction. My
personal favorites were the creepy guy in the kitchen and the
bride with the bloody wedding dress in the bride's ready
This was definitely a good
performance for a first-year event; I see a lot of potential in
this attraction. It will be interesting to see how this
haunt develops over the next few years. They put on an entertaining show, especially for
it being opening night. Keep up the good work, guys.
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