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|Reviewed by: mrbub   (Event Visited: 10/06/12 @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/07/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: While driving on Rt. 1 north we came to the street E. 14th st. The street sign was a small road street sign. It was hard to see as there was very little street lamp to light it. They had a small 3'x3' sign painted orange and black. A road hazard flashing light was on top, but it was dimly flashy. We then travel about 4 blocks on a small residential street to the second sign which was not lit at all. It was hard to see the street signs. We then traveled about 2 blocks to the next sign which again it was not lit again. Some kids were walking in the direction for the haunt which helped out. Finally getting to the haunt site we came upon the parking. There was already two cars there we made it three and that filled up the parking spots. I think there may have been more parking around the corner from us. The parking was on grass and free. The location of the haunt was a hodge podge of campers and small buildings. We did not know where to pay as it was not display where to pay. They had a food camper which was not labeled either you had to go to it and see inside the menu to know it had food. Next to the entrance was a building that showed a silhouette of haunt crimes of actors performing several skits. That was a cool touch needless to say it was the best part of the night.
Wait Entertainment: there was no line haunt as we were the only people ready to go in. There was only two in our party. Some kids were just standing around maybe waiting on other party to show up. We did see one of the actors out of costume he had the mask/hood off. We were told to wait before we went to pay as they were not ready yet. The open at 6:00 we showed up at 7:00 but yet we had to wait until the grave yard was ready.
Length of Event: We finally went in a 7:20 and it lasted about 25 minutes. That is 5:00 minutes for the video we had to watch once we got into the haunt and 20 minutes for the haunt.
Actor Performance: The actors were in costumes, masks and make-up. The actors on several occasions broke character. When we got to the end one of the actors said to us "what a spoil sport" he tried to scare us with the chainsaw and we did not run or jump. During on one part of the haunt we came upon a female actor and she said "yea last night a guy punched me in the face" it was a dark maze and she was standing in front of us and we bumped into here. So we apologized for touching her. thats when she spoke to us as she followed us to the next haunt, then she walked to an open area where she was just standing.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It is a self guided tour we walked at a reasonable pace. We did not run into anyone. The layout of the haunt did not relate to a smooth flow. We hit several areas where we were told wrong way by the actors
Appropriate Ages: 9 and up
Props / Special FX: Some homemade props, but they also had some store bought ones. Such as rubber spiders. They did not have any fog or ambient music. No eerie ghost sounds, thunder, heart beat sounds. They did have a sparks section. They did use some animatronics.
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes seemed to be handmade and the make-up was self applied.
Summary: When we finally was allowed to enter we watched a video about the haunt. The haunt was shown on tv on Ghost Stories explaining it was really haunted. In the video a lady read a script while the camera was solely on her. Then a small excerpt from the TV show about 1 min was played. We sat down on benches while this was going on. I believe this is one way they may control the flow. But it can also bottle neck the wait if the crowd gets larger.
The movie was over and we started the haunt. We instantly embarked on dead space. No actors just the room with probs. One room was just TV's no actors. Another room had babies on a swing and on actor holding and saying my baby is hungry do you want to feed it. Alot of the actors just said Awww. Very lack luster.
Most of the scares were loud noises such as one room had a loud truck horn. It went off as soon as you got 5 ft from it. Then the headlight went off blinding you. Some actors it metal drums. They did not use mis-directions very well. The clowns tried but it did not work.
Finally, you entered into a room with several doors. You had to choose which one to get out. But with 5-6 rooms we chose 3 wrong way that took you back into the same rooms. After that we were getting frustrated so the actor came out and open the correct door. It way that we went was just dark maze with not actors in it.
That is all I am going to say trying not to give to much of the haunt.