|Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/28/05 @ 8:45 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/29/05
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: It's located in a small town, almost out in the middle of nowhere. They did have haunted house signs posted along the streets, but they blended in where we almost didn't see them (and we visited Dungeon of Terror last year too)
Wait Entertainment: I saw one actor passing through the crowd only briefly and otherwise didn't see any real outside entertainment. We didn't have a very long wait though and they did have the inside waiting room decorated ghoulishly!
Length of Event: a pretty good length for any price, but especially good for only $6!!!!! I think it took us over 20 minutes to get through the winding mazes and all
Actor Performance: Great! They changed the opening scene from last years, so I missed that a little (LOVED last years theatrical and scary beginning!) but the actors were still great throughout the haunted house. It's amazing that such a small town's fire department can put out such a fanstastic haunted house on what I'm guessing is a lower budget.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: They seemed to be timing the groups really well in keeping us separated but somehow my group (my boyfriend, friend, and I) managed to catch up to the small group ahead of us a couple times. I think this was because that group was moving incredibly slowly though the house and not the fault of Dungeon of Terror's patron flow in general. One of the actors even helped to stall us briefly in one of the rooms so that helped solve the problem of us running into the group ahead.
Appropriate Ages: It's extremely dark, so I'd say 12-13 and up.
Props / Special FX: Fantastic for a small town, and this haunted house could keep up with the best of the best (without having the advantage of the same budget). They had some creative scares and did a great job with their sets (even a moving wall in a way I'd never seen before). In between scenes, their winding maze was pitch black and sadistically twisted and narrow--SO well done!!!
Costumes / Make-up: Pretty good--they seemed better this year than last, too.
Summary: Even though this house is over an hour drive from where I live, I couldn't imagine Halloween without visiting the Dungeon of Terror!! After having gone last year, and having an equally great experience, I'm definitely hooked and plan to keep on visiting this one for years to come! While they don't have the same theatrics on the outside or the same budget as some of the more famous haunted houses have, they still pull off some amazing scares and special effects. I highly recommend this one!