Upon entry of Factory of Fear, I had a feeling I would like it there. The natural ambiance of the old warehouse was industrial and intimidating. We started our visit in a bloody dissection scene that had Marilyn Manson playing in the background. A murderous pig character blocked the exit for a while, and he finally let us pass into the janitorís closet. We were then stopped by a lady that gave us a hard time about coming into her hotel through the janitorís closet. She finally let us through her hotel room and into a hallway, which is where we met Alice. Alice was fantastic. She seemed to be a lost child who initially asked us if we had seen her mother, and then a switch was flipped. She went berserk and began hitting herself, the walls and anything in her way. She led us through the hallway and followed us into the next room. She screamed ďIím not crazy!Ē over and over and over again, at the top of her lungs each time. She begged us to help her and I legitimately wanted to pick her up and carry her out. She was insanely convincing and she may very well be one of the best actors that I have seen all October.
We entered a garage scene, which is where we met Squirrel. He interacted with us, played mind games, climbed over the counters and followed us into an impressive backwoods yard scene. He was hysterical and he stuck around until he knew he could startle us again as we weaved by his garage a second time. The possum character in the backwoods scene was awesome, as well. His mask was really gross; it looked like he had just put fresh road kill on his face. There was bluegrass music playing in the background that added a nice touch. We walked up the stairs and onto the porch of a huge shack faÁade, and through the front door. Inside was a staircase, a kitchen, a crooked hallway, a laundry room, a bedroom and a living room. We were stopped by a little girl in the living room who asked us to hug her Raggedy Ann doll. We found an exorcism scene and then a scene with ripped up bibles, which seriously freaked my friend out. A giant rabbit character towered over us as my friend pushed her way through the scene.
We walked through a long hallway, into a waiting room and then a hospital room. The doctor asked me if I had gotten a physical this year while the patient in the bed pleaded for our help. We proceeded into a mental ward area, where we found a screaming patient in a straight jacket. We walked through a checkered room full of clowns who eerily stared at us as we crept by. We found a nasty public bathroom, complete with a repulsing smell, a locker room and moldy showers. We saw a unique electric chair setup inside of a bio-hazard scene, and a cage area. We walked through one last special effect illusion before we found the exit.
The scenes at Factory of Fear were quite impressive; some were so realistic that Iím not sure if they were manufactured or legit, like the locker room and the showers. The acting talents were incredible and some of the characters will continue to haunt me, like little Alice. Iím not usually a fan of attractions that stop their patrons and interact with them, but the actors did a really good job avoiding dragging out their skits or making it awkward. The initial feeling I had upon entry of the industrial building was spot on; I really enjoyed my visit to Factory of Fear.
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