As you enter the house the first scare came within seconds. We first noticed that we were entering into an asylum. The crazies were on task to make sure they were going to set the mood for the rest of the tour. In and out of rooms with the insane just waiting for you. There is one area that involved an insane woman, a toilet, and a nice smell to go with it.
The first area that was stand out was the bloody sheet maze. Back and forth actually having the feel your way to see what are walls and what are sheets that you actually walk through. Add in the dim lighting and the strobe lights you are sent into a disoriented mess trying to find your way through. Plus add in the fact that your mind is constantly wondering what is actually in the bloody sheet maze with you.
Winding through the depths of the Asylum you come up on the doctor’s mad experiments and yes they are still alive. Each room with the experiments in them was highly detailed. Both filled with medical equipment and experiments gone wrong.
A second stand out was the gray and white striped maze. This seemed to take forever to find your way through. Everything is white and gray striped. The maze is made up of several small square rooms with a door in and a door out. Strobe lighting topped off this area. Don’t think you are just going to feel your way through the maze, there are scares waiting for you from all directions.
The third area that stood out for me in a big way could only be described as “Cabin in the Woods” meets “The Evil Dead” remake and throw in characters from “Wrong Turn”. The detail of the woods leading into cabin was done very well. The actors working in this area are hungry, very hungry. The actors followed you closely, sniffing, and taunting you to move out of the area fast. There were so many actors in this area, you did not think you were going to escape from them.
One area to commend the haunt on was the 3D clown area. You are given 3D glasses and told to have fun. I have to admit, I am not a big fan of 3D areas; but this is the first time that I have seen that the actors are the ones that you want to pay attention to. The clowns are spot on, in and out of your face, up/down, hanging from the ceiling, and blocking you from moving on. The details from the skeletons, flowers popping out on the walls, and the colors, just added to the effect.
In summary, the Baldwin Asylum is made up of themed areas and they do this very well. As you walk through nothing looks or seems out of place. The flows of the themed rooms are done very well. You actually go through dark passages before the next scene/story starts. Details are outstanding in themed areas, especially the scene dealing with momma and her exorcism.
Actors matched the areas that they were working in. From some prosthetics, to very detailed make-up, the actors remained in character and played their parts well. We only were met with one character that dropped out of character to help us find the way out of the room. You could tell that Baldwin Asylum has worked with their actors to make sure that patrons were getting what they are paying for, to get scared out of their wits.
I was able to visit this house in 2013 and thought $15.00 was high for what they offered, plus it being there first year. This being their 2nd year, Baldwin Asylum was well worth the $15.00 admission price.
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