|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Very easy to find, with or without a GPS. Brightly lit signs and parking.
Wait Entertainment: In line, they offered palm readers (for a fee) and had wandering actors both doing the usual spooks, but also interacting with the crowd. It gave me a chance to preview the awesome makeup and costumes that was to come inside.
Length of Event: The start to finish for our group was about 30 minutes.
Actor Performance: One thing that set this haunt apart from others I've been to was the passion the actors seemed to have for what they were doing. No one just stood around, trying to look scary - they all did their thing, and their thing was unique in almost all cases. You expect the usual dudes jumping out the the darkness screaming or wielding chainsaws, but they had some really well thought out scenes here that made me feel more like I was in a movie, or a REAL haunted house. The acting really contributed to the coolness factor all around.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The haunt moved well and I was impressed with the way patrons were moved from room to room (doors flying open, things moving away to allow access where none was possible before, etc.) I could tell a lot of thought went into the movement of the people through the haunt. They even added a few surprises (which I won't mention specifically here, so I don't spoil it for people who haven't been yet).
Appropriate Ages: over 13
Props / Special FX: The props, sets and special effects are what really makes this haunt unique. I have never seen sets so detailed and intricate. Truly, it was like being on a movie set (and I used to work in the movie industry, so I've been on a few!) Every room was full of amazing things to look at and maybe that's my only complaint here - just not enough time to linger as long as I would have liked to see everything.
Costumes / Make-up: They do a great job with the makeup too - very realistic looking and the costumes were terrific. Again, not just the same old dudes in black. NICE!
Summary: This is probably one of the best haunted houses I have ever been to. From the entertainment in line (and the bar you can go to - if you are of age, of course), to the scares, it was one thrill after the next. What sets it apart are a few things:
The quality of the sets, makeup and costumes, the well-thought-out scares for the most part unique to this haunt, and the imaginative, intricate, scary detail of everything that all add up to make you feel like you are in a real haunted house or inside the scariest movie set you could ever imagine.
Overall - awesomeness! I'm going back this weekend.