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This event consisted of
two consecutive attractions, "Black Out" and the
The first attraction was "Black
Out", which as the name implies, was a dark
maze. Throughout this zig-zag path, there was string
and rubber tubing hanging down that you had to push aside.
Some areas had nice laser light effects that showed up
nicely through a sea of fog. There was also a rumbling
sound effect that I could feel in my chest. My personal favorite
part of Black Out was the rotating room. As patrons
entered this area, they were instructed to push against the wall,
which caused the whole room to rotate until the exit was revealed.
This was very creative and it gave the attraction an interactive quality that most dark
mazes just don't have.
The second attraction was called the
"Asylum Xperiment", which was very
theatrical. The tour began in a detailed library.
Everyone in my group was instructed to hold onto a rope, while
they made their way through the attraction. Throughout the rest of the haunted house,
there were many highly detailed scenes of various
themes. Colored lighting, custom sound effects and
fog served to establish an eerie atmosphere throughout the
house. The theatrical nature and slower pace of the Asylum
Xperiment made this haunt more creepy than scary in many
The toxic waste accident
featured a green laser light effect that shined through the
fog. Camo netting hung from the ceiling, creating a
zig-zag path through the room. Actors in the scene
scurried underneath the netting to attack patrons at various
points along the path. I really liked the toy room. It
had a large toy box and was filled with toys of all kinds, including life-sized
mannequins of E.T., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a
Rotating colored lights illuminated the area and a "Ring
Around The Rosie" soundtrack was playing in the
background. As I walked through the scene, a couple of the
toys came to life and stalked my group.
One of the largest and
most visually appealing rooms was Frankenstein's
Laboratory. On one table there was a collection of flasks
& test tubes filled with glowing liquid. Another part
of the scene featured electrical panels, jacob's ladders and
glowing plasma balls. As customers walked by, a mad doctor
in a white lab coat cackled "He's alive! My creation
lives!", as a life-sized animatronic Frankenstein stood
up. While this was one of my favorite scenes, the
reflection off the white Odeum ceiling was clearly visible,
which was quite distracting, killing the mood somewhat.
They made a good attempt to hide the ceiling in various areas
throughout the house, but this scene was one of a few where the
ceiling really stood out.
Other scenes include a
bedroom, an old shed, a disgusting kitchen and others. I
don't want to ruin it for those who haven't attended, but the
ending was quite a surprise!
Most of the actors in
the Asylum Xperiment had speaking roles and were very theatrical
and interactive. I enjoyed these actors the most, because
they all stayed in character and had very convincing
performances. Also, many of the actors were adults,
which added to the believability of their characters. The
actors that did pop-out scares did fairly well; however, some of
the scares weren't perfectly timed or executed.
Kudos to the Asylum
Xperiment crew for putting on a great show. They high
level of detail really established a creepy atmosphere
throughout the entire haunted house. They had an excellent
first year. I can't wait to see what they have for us next
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