The Nightmares: Basement
of the Dead attraction was made up of several scenes that were
separated by lengths of dark hallways. A few of the
scenes were highly detailed, while many of the others were less
elaborate. One of the more detailed scenes was the bloody
kitchen. Throughout the scene, there was an abundance of
body parts and blood-streaked surfaces. The constant buzz
of the table saw added to the gruesome atmosphere.
Disturbing images were maintained throughout the
attraction. In one area there was a dismembered bloody
torso affixed to an upside-down cross and another scene featured
a "man" vomiting into a 55 gallon drum, after having
witnessed a gory suicide. One of the other memorable
scenes was a nursery where a demented child reached out of its
crib at you. There was also a torture scene where a victim was
chained to a table and was thrashing around, trying to
escape. A new feature that they added this season was a
dark maze that was filled with hanging "bodies".
It was a little disorienting, as it felt like they had you going
around in circles.
There was a nice mix of
actors and animatronics throughout the attraction. They
also utilized custom sound effects and eerie lighting, to
enhance the atmosphere of their scenes. Around the
perimeter of the haunted house, the real brick and concrete
block walls added to the creepy ambiance of the
Throughout the house,
they had just the right amount of actors. Almost all of
them wore masks, which muffled their growls. This slightly
diminished the impact of some scares; however, the masks did
serve to maintain the element of surprise. In a number of
scenes, it was difficult to tell whether certain figures were
really actors or merely props. For the most part, all of
the actors were very energetic and eager to scare you.
They all stayed in character and did a good job.
As usual, the Basement
of the Dead crew put on a good show. Be sure to add
this one to your list of haunted house visits this
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