Once you purchased your tickets/armbands you are moved into an indoor waiting area. An Alice Cooper video was playing on the big screen.
My group was told that we could enter. The first room was a white room that contained a large TV screen showing you different cameras through the house, and a shaky pneumatic ghoul. We waited in that area for a little bit, contemplating that maybe they forgot about us. Then the sparks flew and the scare came from somewhere unexpected, not until then did a hidden door open and you were let into the actual asylum.
One of the first areas that we came upon was a dentist chair. After hearing the pneumatic drill coming from behind you, you weren’t staying in that room long!
Twists and turns awaited you with items that you had to walk through containing bloody sheets, IV tubing, and large pipes. Add in the scary music, fog, and the actors and it made it hard to get through a few areas without jumping.
A standout area is the white and grey striped maze. Add strobe lights and creatures walking above you and in the maze, you quickly get turned around. There are plenty of dead ends in the maze to make you walk back and forth to find your way out.
Once you were out of the asylum, you entered the Hillbilly’s cabin, yes just imagine them hungry and wanting you to stay as dinner. The cabin contains a baby doll using an electric kitchen knife to take off her arm. She quickly becomes fixated on the patrons and follows you through the cabin to make sure that you look in the bath tub where someone is missing their legs. Once you travel deeper into the cabin, one actress insist that you stay, running beside you. Make sure you listen to her voice, her dialect is very disturbing.
You leave the cabin area and then you are are thrown into the walking dead. The zombies are very hungry in this area and very aggressive. The set design for this area makes it so you can hear the zombies but can’t really see them until they are right in front of you.
The doctor, who definitely likes to get into your personal space, met you and said to follow him up a ramp to the next area. He did say if you walked slowly they would not wake. One person in my group thought I was crazy for listening to him; but I was game for getting even more uncomfortable. I was heading down first for the finale of the house. The ending is something that I find so creepy, intimidating, and inventive that you have to experience for yourself. Just imagine walking into a bloody, body infested, pool and you will get sort of the picture. Walking into that you get a very uncomfortable feeling.
The set designs are very detailed and some areas are just over the top. You completely forget that you are in a large warehouse building. In fact nothing that you see even reminds you of where you are.
As for the actors? Spot on!! I only remember seeing one mask in the entire house, the baby doll, and she worked that mask very well! The make-up used in most places in the house was very well done. Very theatrical.
I have visited Baldwin Asylum every year since they have opened and they keep getting better and better every year. If you have visited them in the past, they have changed things around and made it even longer. Baldwin Asylum definitely needs to be on your list this season of haunted houses to visit.
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