The Eleventh Hour house
was the most theatrical and most detailed of the three events at
Berens Park. Although this was a trailer haunt, you
certainly couldn't tell from the outside appearance. The facade
completely concealed the trailers, making it appear as if you
were walking into an actual building.
The first scene was
very well detailed with eerie green lighting from a chandelier,
peeling wallpaper and a flight of stairs that went to an
imaginary second floor; however, even with such attention to
detail, no attempt was made to conceal the white
speakers that were in plain sight, in the far corner of the
room. The study also had a high level of detail with a
couple of bookcases, natural-looking fireplace, flashing skull
sconces on the wall and other assorted furniture. I liked the hidden
exit, where you had to walk through the bookcase in order to get to the
next scene. There were a couple of other areas throughout
the attraction where the exit wasn't always obvious, which made
for a more interesting experience overall. The attic was
also highly detailed with trunks, golf clubs and other items you
would normally find in an attic. There was some great
spooky colored lighting, nice sound effects and some of the
trunks opened & closed by themselves, as if they were
haunted. I really enjoyed this scene; however, the air lines
used to operate the trunks were out in plain sight, which
detracted from the overall visual impact of the scene.
Throughout the rest of the house there were several areas, like the playroom, bathroom,
bedroom and kitchen, each following the central "haunted
Upon exiting the "manor",
your journey took you outside, to a nicely detailed
graveyard. The winding path of the graveyard led you
through trees, tombstones and netting, all accented with eerie
colored lighting. It was laid out and constructed nicely;
however, on your way to the graveyard, the wheels and part
of the side of the white trailer were clearly visible. Had that
area been covered, it would have greatly enhanced the visual impact and
believability of the scene.
Pitch Black consisted of
a contiguous path of sharp
twists and turns, all inside of a large tent.
Despite the name of the event, this attraction wasn't quite pitch black. There was enough light filtering through the
top of the tent to make your walking path clearly visible.
While you could see where you were going, this was no walk in
the park. Throughout the attraction, there were a number
of actors who enthusiastically jumped around corners to scare
you. It was quite a lengthy event and unfortunately the day's
inclement weather had created quite a few muddy patches along the path,
with standing water in some areas. When going to an outdoor
event like this, especially after it has rained, it is always a good idea to wear old shoes that
you don't mind getting dirty.
Chain Reaction was a
complex maze of chain link fencing, with multiple paths. Many
times the actors would lead you astray by sending you down
dead-end pathways. The chain link maze
seemed to be even more challenging to navigate this season,
compared to last year's maze, due to the addition of a gate. Actors would open and close the
control the flow and the direction of patrons through the
Overall, this was a
pretty good show
by the Eleventh Hour crew. Unfortunately they had a number
of weather-related challenges to overcome, but they were still able to come out on
top with a decent attraction. I personally enjoyed the
Eleventh Hour house the most, due to it's high level of detail
and theatrical style.
here to find out more about this event.