consisted of an
eclectic collection of scenes that were separated by dark
hallways. In many of the hallways, there was string and
other things hanging down in your face, for added effect.
Most of the hallways were pitch-black, which gave the actors
some great hiding places. The tour began by entering
through a weathered wooden door, into a detailed study.
Inside the room there was a rocking chair, glowing fireplace,
pictures on the wall and oddly enough, what looked like a
velociraptor head mounted on the wall. A ghoulish
character appeared in a picture frame, to tell patrons the rules
of the house. Shortly after the ghoul disappeared,
the fireplace opened up and I was able to continue on with the
rest of the tour.
Some of the scenes had a
moderate level of detail, while others were more highly
detailed. Many of the rooms were fairly small; however,
that just added to the claustrophobic nature of the
attraction. The child's bedroom featured stuffed animals
on a bookshelf, a dresser and a blood-covered television with
static on the screen. In the corner was a girl trapped
inside a crib, which was wrapped in chicken wire. The crib
started to move, then Freddy Krueger came out of nowhere, with
sparks shooting off of his glove. Another memorable scene
was the insane asylum, with barred cell doors on both sides of
the hallway and a flashing strobe light. Some really
demented patients inhabited that area! I also liked the
jungle. It had nice lighting, vines hanging down from the
ceiling, great sound effects and a group of snakes that dropped
down in your face. There were also lightning flashes that
were synced to a thunder soundtrack. The attic had wobbly
floor boards, unfinished walls and a stack of old
trunks. The lighting was well done and there was a nice
visual effect of lightning flashing outside of the window.
Other scenes included the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, circus
sideshow and the cemetery courtyard.
The tour ended on a high
note, in the cemetery scene that was located outside the
attraction. The scene had nice colored lighting,
tombstones and wrought-iron fences. Zombies were crawling
out of their graves and two actors ended up chasing the patrons
into the parking lot with their chainsaws.
attraction, all of the actors were really enthusiastic and into
their roles. Everyone stayed in character and followed
through well. The acting seemed especially convincing in
the insane asylum and circus sideshow areas. The only
downside was that several of the actors were much shorter than
me, which made them a little less intimidating, thus lowering
the scare factor.
Overall, the Abyss
Haunted House crew did a fine job this year. I will say,
however, that the event is priced a little on the high side,
looking at the overall entertainment value and the time spent
inside. All things considered, though, I found the haunted
house to be very entertaining and well worth the
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