Kicking off the tour,
the rules of the haunted house were conveyed to patrons by a
decapitated animated head. While it was very entertaining,
the rules were a bit hard to understand, due to the fact that
the volume was set fairly low and the soundtrack sounded a bit
garbled. After the rules intro, the tour continued down a
flight of stairs, into an array of graphic scenes and several
dark areas. The Basement of the Dead has always been
well-known for their gore and disgusting scenes, and this year
is no exception.
Some of the scenes in
the haunted house were a grimy bathroom, a snake hallway and an
electrocution. The bathroom had feces-smeared tile walls,
a dirty sink and a bathtub that had been lined with old
newspapers. Above the sink was a nice visual effect of a
ghoul appearing in the mirror. This snake hallway featured
cages full of snakes on either side of the path, that hissed as
we walked by. Three animatronic electric chairs were set
up along the wall in the electrocution scene. While an
actor was there to provide a scare, unfortunately he gave
himself away by moving, before a surprise attack could be
made. In the devil scene, a red pentagram projection
rotated on the wall, as Satan sat in a chair, chanting in
Other scenes featured
body parts and other disgusting things, including a zombie girl
on top of a dead body, eating its intestines. In one area,
there was an animated character vomiting into a 55 gallon
drum. It was a great affect with a nice soundtrack, but no
attempt was made to hide the amplified speaker in the
scene. The speaker with a glowing LED indicator light was
in plain view, next to the 55 gallon drum. Throughout the
attraction, strobe lights were used in a lot of areas to create
a disorienting atmosphere. The second half of the
attraction had a lot of very dark hallways.
There seem to be an
adequate number of actors inside the attraction on the night
that I attended; however, the overall feel was a bit less
intense than I had experienced in previous years. I think this
lower intensity level was the result of some missed scare
opportunities and empty areas, like the bathroom and
electrocution scenes. A couple of extra actors in key
positions, along with more well-timed scares, would have made a
world of difference. Overall though, most of the actors
did a great job, especially those in darker areas of the house.
They had some great hiding places.
Over the years, one of
the great things about Basement of the Dead was that it was a
great value, compared to other haunted attractions.
Unfortunately that has changed this year. For whatever
reason, they raised their admission price this season from $15
to $18, without adding any additional entertainment value to
their show. Although their attraction is still worth the
$18 admission price, the "bang for your buck" is
certainly not what it used to be. With all that being
said, Basement of the Dead is still a fun and entertaining
haunted attraction to go through. I had a good time.
Be sure do add them to your list of haunt visits this year.
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