D.E.A.D. Rising had an underlying zombie theme, with the premise being that visitors were walking through a person’s house that was overtaken by zombies, and they needed to make it all the way through to escape. The outside of the haunt was decorated liked an old abandoned shack, complete with boarded up windows and broken down fencing. Inside, visitors first watched a video, which was done as if it was from the owner of the house who was hiding from zombies. It was a hand held camera type film and ran for about 1.5-2 minutes. While it set the scene for the entire haunt, it was a bit too long and the volume was quite low, making it difficult for visitors to understand what was being said. Thus, much of the story was lost.
Following the video, visitors walked through the house itself, outside to the garage, and then to a wooded area, then on to their final escape. The house had a number of detailed sets, including a full kitchen populated by numerous zombies who came at visitors from all sides. There was even a little zombie peering into the kitchen window, placing bloody handprints on it in the process. Other scenes were similar, and included a family room, an operating room, and even an internal “elevator” that shook and rose up and down as visitors traveled within it.
While there were a lot of actors, many of them were younger, so the scare factor was night high, and given that they were all playing zombies there was only so much that they could do to be scary. After all, zombies really only hiss and grunt and shamble after people, so that’s what most of the actors did. That said, some were quite creative at doing it, from crawling along the floor, to just standing still and staring at walls until visitors came by and made noise, which caused them to then zone in on the live people walking through. Thus, the acting and sets were decent enough. There was enough to look at and a large number of actors that came at visitors from all sides.
However, the main problems with D.E.A.D. Rising really stem from the fact that it’s simply too short. The entire thing was only eight minutes long, and if you subtract the video at the beginning it goes down to about 6.5 minutes. And that’s not all. A large portion of the haunt is made up of a dark maze near the end. This maze lasted about 1.5 minutes itself, and contained nothing at all – no sets, no actors, nothing. Just endless winding corridors. While it was not so dark that you had no idea where you were going, it was still dark, and it was narrow as well, so there was a lot of bumping into walls due to the confining nature of the space.
Thus, if the video and the dark maze are subtracted from the overall haunt time, the entire thing amounts to only five minutes, and for $12 that’s far too short. Even eight minutes is a bit short for that price. In summary, D.E.A.D. Rising might be fun for younger visitors or visitors who come in groups, simply because it might be fun for them to see the reactions of others in their group, there is really not a lot to see here. It’s an average haunt for an above average price. Haunt enthusiasts might be better off finding another haunt in the same price range instead.
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