Before attending this
event, I visited their website and read the background story of
the attraction. According to the story, a captain had
captured some of the most feared creatures, during his travels
around the globe. Chained in shipping containers, these
creatures would attempt to escape and get their revenge.
During my visit at The Fear, it was nice to see many parallels
between the online story and the haunted house itself.
They started to develop the theme before you even entered the
attraction. Next to the entrance there was a sign that
read "Danger - Creature Containment Unit", warning patrons of
the creatures that lurked inside.
The majority of this
attraction was built inside trailers, but you couldn't tell from
the inside view. In fact, being in an enclosed area with
fairly low ceilings gave the event quite a claustrophobic feel.
To further enhance the atmosphere, there was camo-netting and
burlap string hung from the ceiling, so patrons had to duck down
in several areas.
In one of the first
scenes, you had to weave your way through a space filled with
shipping crates on either side of a twisting path. Inside
the crates were "creatures" who used drop-panels to startle
patrons as they walked by. I really liked the medical area
illuminated by strobe lights, where patients were being worked
on and experiments were being conducted. My personal
favorite in the scene was the actress whose eyes were popped out
of their sockets, both dangling by their optic nerves.
Another one of my favorite areas was the coffin hallway.
In this scene there were several toe-pincher coffins, each with
a skull affixed to the front, illuminated by red lighting.
Mirrors were used on both sides of the path to give the illusion
of a much larger area. Taking advantage of a clever
hiding place, the female vampire in the scene was able to sneak
up on our group, unnoticed.
Attending on a Thursday
night I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Fear was
well-staffed with actors, both inside and outside the
attraction. The actors with more theatrical roles were
really into their characters and performed very convincingly.
Of all the scenes in haunted house, I think the actors in the
medical area were the most enjoyable to watch.
Unfortunately, the actors operating the drop-panels had timing
problems. All of the drop-panels were being triggered for
the first person in my group and none of the rest of us got to
enjoy the scare. I was the last person in our small group
of four and by the time I got to each drop-panel area, they were
already reset and I missed the entire scare.
After exiting the main
part of the haunted house, patrons were led to a large
inflatable attraction in the shape of a huge lizard with sharp
teeth. Entering through the mouth of the beast, patrons
followed a twisting path through the monster's "innards".
Throughout all of the passages inside, there were fast-flashing
strobe lights and loud heavy metal music playing.
The actors were very eager to scare, but since a lot of the
areas inside the attraction were large wide-open spaces, you
could see them coming, before they could execute their attacks. This
really diminished the effectiveness of the scares.
Although "The Fear" is
advertised as an adult
attraction (by one of the characters handing out
flyers, as well as on their website), I didn't find it to be
overly intense. Throughout the attraction, there were a
good number of scares, but I found this event to be more
visually appealing than anything else. Judging by the
intensity level that I experienced, I think The Fear would be
appropriate for a teenage crowd.
Kudos to the Fear Crew.
A lot of work went into this event and it shows. The
scenes were well-constructed and they all looked great.
Going through the Fear Haunted House was a lot of fun, but I
wish the event had been a lot longer. I think it is
definitely overpriced for the short amount of time spent inside,
especially when you add in the additional parking fee.
Cost aside, though, this is a fine event and it is definitely
worth checking out.
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