Once entering the haunt you were read the rules in a room that was straight out of The Walking Dead. Heads in fish tanks decorated one wall and the Governor’s daughter was locked in a cage. Clinton’s Terror on Washington is very detailed oriented so they were off to a good start. Once the rules were over an automatic door opened let you into the house.
The first winding path led us into a small kitchen area in which Micheal Myers was there walking away from us. I am not sure if this was supposed to happen of if he even knew we were in the room.
Walking into a wooden slated wall room the lighting is dim; add in the strobe light and you were a little disoriented. We ran into Micheal Myers again, just standing there in the corner. At first I thought he wasn’t real; but when I looked behind me he was gone. I was a little confused on what was supposed to be happening here. As my group continued through the area, a girl dressed in a Hannibal Lector outfit jumped out and screamed at us.
Walking into circus/child’s themed room we met a clown with a blinking red nose. This is where my group had their first official scare. A clown appeared out of nowhere to get the scare and she deserves kudos for it.
The path continued to wind through the house, traveling from scene to scene. There was not a story here just each room was individual, a separate theme. Each room and area is very seemed to be detailed.
I have always liked the feel of this house since it is two levels. There is a set of stairs that takes you into the basement.
Winding back and forth you are taken down narrow halls and small detailed sets. As I said the halls in the basement are narrow and not a lot of actors are out in the open so they use other types of scares such as pneumatics and drop down doors to get their scares. One area to mention out was a crypt like room. I loved the look and feel of this room.
One stand out room was labeled Sophia’s Room, guessing another reference to The Walking Dead. Dolls and toys decorated this room with the scare coming from one of the walls. Your eyes are directed at all the décor in this room right down to a small child’s bed. So when the scare comes you are not expecting it at all.
Another area that was a favorite of mine was the horror movie themed hallway. As you walked down the hallways you saw life size replicas of such movie menaces as Micheal Myers and Jigsaw.
You could tell that you were getting close to the end when the fumes of the chainsaw got stronger. You knew the end was near but as we entered the last hallway you could not tell exactly where Leatherface was hiding for you. I loved the look of this character just because he was tall and large. Chasing you out of the house he could intimidate just about anyone.
This haunt uses both make-up and masks and the actor match the scenes for a majority. Even the staff working and running the event were wearing make-up which only adds to the creepiness of the haunt. Some actors seem to be a little off timing since they appeared most of the time when my group was almost all the past the scares points.
Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street does not skimp on the details all through the house. Most scenes is separated by thick black plastic hanging doors, the kind that you would use with industrial freezer door, that lead you into a new scene. Just walking through and looking at the scenery is worth the admission price, plus add in the occasional scares and it hits the mark.
Just a year ago, it was disheartening to hear that Clinton’s Terror on Washington was unable to open in 2013, because of no sprinkler system installed in the haunt. In just a year the haunt and the town pulled together to get the sprinkler system installed and they opened their doors to the public on October 10. I followed the work they have done just over the past summer, Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street and the town of Clinton needs to be commended on their hard work and dedication to get this town favorite haunt back up and running!
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