13th Floor productions has a reputation build around their unique and highly detailed characters. Make up artists from the likes of Face Off work with their actors to give an above average scare.
Promoted as one of the scariest in the nation – and loving the extremely detailed sets at 13th Floor last year, was very excited to check this highly anticipated haunt out.
Inside the main area, the fascade was amazing – designed to look like old red line tracks – against an old building. Shadows of zombies and an deranged killer advertised of the madness yet to come.
The waiting room was nicely setup – and able to handle larger crowds expected later in the season, while a tv played not only clips of horror movies, but interviews with some of their featured makeup artists and trivia – which I thought was fun.
Their infamous – and extremely – creepy goblin worked the short line inside – stopping to drool or “talk” – taking pictures with some of us.
Because our visit was on a Thursday evening, our wait in line was relatively short at 15 minutes.
Once inside the haunt, we were immediately greeted by chaos – an out of control car smashed into the hospital wall. The accident still so fresh, that the newly deceased spirit still lingered behind us.
Entering into the hospital, infection was everywhere – hold your nose and mouth! – Sneezers, coughers and plenty of half dead patients roamed the halls – rudely getting into your face – helping the spread of their disease.
One of my favorite rooms in this area was the operating room – half gutted patients on tables while a mad doctor performed their genius – and looked for new patients.
Winding through the halls, and finally making our escape through – we stumbled across an old Antique Shop here in the city – decided to check it out. Sets in this area were absolutely fantastic – head to toe relics and goodies, and some very fun stuff in here too. Was one of my favorite areas in the haunt.
Another favorite – and spoiler alert! – was the L Station we found ourselves in after traveling through several locations. Here the chaos continued, strewn bodies…the infected. Very much loved this area – right down to their turnstiles, ticket booth and moving train – midnight meat train remiscent. Was very nicely done.
The second haunt brings you through another old building here in the city where the infected have taken over – this time a school – poor Timberwolves – was rooting for them. Loved the vote for…posters on the wall here.
The school was nicely setup – and passages took you through the various hallways, classrooms, bathroom – yuck! – and even a very well stocked library which was now trashed since the dead don’t know how to read – and are pretty angry.
Traveling out of the school, we found ourselves in some very fancy sets – which were very fun. The first was the Day of the Dead scene – whoever designed this room did an excellent job. Loved the art on the walls – and the woman dancing around at the end of the room in a mad furry.
The alter room after was a good runner up. Loved the entrance, the temple and her scary scythe – which after calling me idioto – I felt she wasn’t afraid to use it.
Not wall to wall actors, but the ones present were absolutely great throughout both houses. Hang on to your ears however – some win the award for most ear piercing screams – and they come up right behind you.
The Goblin joined us in the second house – clicking, talking – showing us the way through some very disorientating scenes. Enjoyed joining in banging books on the desk in one of the classrooms while the students and teachers went mad on us.
Loved the great use of space – although some of the scenes are not as lavish as those in 13th Floor – but there’s a lot of fun to be had here. Does take a lot for me to scare – so the statement “most scary” doesn’t apply to me here – but there’s a lot of potential for those who are less immune to the scares. The right ingredients are there to make it happen – making House of Torment a very fun addition to the season.
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