|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: There are lit signs by the road you might see too late to turn in from the south, but don't worry. Sayton Rd is easy enough to find (both ends of it connect to Rte 12). The side of the building facing Rand/12 is dark, but there are plenty of people out there to guide you in to the parking area. You enter the haunt from the rear of the building (not sure, but I think they might've had the box office in front last year)
Wait Entertainment: There is food and music outside, but as there wasn't a line, I didn't spot any actors out front.
Length of Event: I didn't time myself, but it seemed to go pretty quick. I didn't rush as I was alone, but I was having such a good time it was over all too soon. They left me wanting more!
Actor Performance: This crew did their homework. Everybody stayed in character and were very interactive and "personal". It's easier to concentrate on a single patron, but I could tell everyone I talked to had a concept for their character, which each actor used the entire time I was in their room. The performances were high energy and in your face (or just over your shoulder in the dark!).
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I didn't get to see large groups going through (hey, it's only opening weekend), but the actors had good control of their spaces. Since I was there by myself, they did make the most of my disorientation at times. Well paced, they let me get the full effect of each area, but kept me moving along.
Appropriate Ages: Some kids love to scream and beg to go again, and others break down and cry at the sight of a costumed character. Know your child's tolerance and choose accordingly. This house is loud and some scenes are gory. If you don't want your kid to see "cadavers" and "murders", pick something less intense. I'd say teens and up for this one.
Props / Special FX: The house is well built with each room nicely detailed and great use of the space. You are never dropped out of the experience start to finish. Their "Hellevator" is terrific, great motion and sound. The hanging clown bodies might have a surprise for you as well! I particularly enjoyed the strobe/fogged maze- disorienting space with character interaction. X-treme has put a ton of work into a well finished house.
Costumes / Make-up: Every ghoul/monster had a full costume and make-up or mask- excellently done. This crew was ready to rock. From creepy to gory, nothing was left out in these original characters.
Summary: This show is a good one, while not as big as some places it still delivers. The execution is professional and tight. Energy is through the roof and the effort pays off. If this is a sample of how prepared haunters are for this season, it's going to be great.