Rather than focus on a back story, Hair Razor focuses on separate haunted scenes, and this year they featured 24 scenes, all of a different kind. There were some typical scenes, such as a doctor’s office, a clown room, a cannibal house, and others, as well as some less common scenes, including an outdoor campground, trailer park, and a room filled with hockey masks.
Each of the scenes has a good deal of detail. For example, the campground scene had black backgrounds with tree shapes carved out of them and lights behind so it looked like visitors were walking through the outdoors. All building is done by volunteers, and this haunt is a fundraiser for the parish, so they are not Hollywood style, but rather more on the level of a community haunt. Regardless, though, the sets to tend to have some creative elements in them, from lasers to projections on the walls, to various animated props.
Actors are mostly younger people, around middle school age or so. Makeup and costuming is somewhat basic, with many actors simply wearing dark clothing and masks, and others wearing face makeup and simple costumes. There are a lot of actors in the haunt, though, with at least two per scene and usually more. Their performances also vary, with some actors screaming and shouting loudly, others simply jumping out at visitors, and still others being silent and creepy.
Actors tend to stay in character throughout, and even modify their performances depending on the crowd. For example, during our visit we walked into a doctor’s office setting where the “scare “actor was off her mark a bit. The receptionist actor simply said “go to your room!” and sent her away as if it was part of the act. It was a good way to adapt to a changing situation. Some of the actors, particularly those whom we looked at more closely, followed us from one room to another as if stalking us, which was a nice twist. For younger actors, they do a decent job, although older visitors might not find things too scary.
All of the scenes are interconnected, so there is little empty space or plain dark corridors to walk through, making for a cohesive haunt experience. The variety of scenes also makes for an interesting experience, and the haunt seems to take longer than it actually is. Some clever scenes included the outdoor camping scene, which was connected to a full size trailer set, which was in turn connected to a front “yard” scene where an actor came out and told us to get off of her lawn. Also clever was the final scene, which took place in a living room set. We won’t spoil the actual surprise here, but it was nicely done.
There is also a final walkthrough at the end of the haunt where visitors pass by a cemetery setup and then past two open coffins as if in a funeral home. This is after visitors exit the “proper” haunt and provides a bonus experience.
Overall, Hair Razor offers a good, old school haunt experience with a community feel. Again, the actors are younger, but they do a good job and being creative and staying in character. It’s also family friendly, with snacks being offered for sale outside of the haunt and lots of parents bringing their children to see it.
One thing to note is that this haunt gets crowded very quickly. It is best to get there right at opening time or even a little before in order to beat the lines. You can purchase the VIP option, but a better bet is to purchase a VIP pass for three haunts that are all in the same area: Hair Razor, The Catacombs, and Scream Scene. All of these are within 15 minutes of one another and the VIP pass is only $30 and allows you to skip the line at all of the haunts.
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