The tall haunted manor
facade near the entrance helped to establish a spooky mood,
before anyone even entered the attraction. I have always
enjoyed the highly detailed scenes in Creatures Crypt.
Throughout the attraction, there were a number of facades and
walls that were built up two
stories tall, which greatly enhanced the overall impact of the
scenes they were in. Before entering the haunted house,
patrons were asked to grab on to a rope, where a tour guide would
lead them through the attraction.
One of my favorite areas
was the stone castle, where patrons had to enter through a tall
stone archway. Near the entrance were two ten foot tall
creatures. Just when I thought one of them was going to
jump out at the group, a great scare came from out of nowhere.
The tour guide led the group around the castle, through a series
of twisting pathways. It almost seemed like we were going
in circles. While zigzagging through the castle dungeon, actors
attacked the group relentlessly from various hiding places.
I really liked the acting in the "Jack the Ripper" scene.
Upon entering an area resembling the streets of London, an
actress burst out, screaming for help. With "Jack" chasing
here and not far behind, she circled our group a couple of times
before exiting the scene. Just when you thought it was all
over, an actor jumped out to surprise the group. The old
west scene featured realistic two-story high facades of
storefronts and other old buildings, making it appear that you
were walking down the main street of an old west town.
There were lanterns with flicker bulbs hanging on the front of
some of the buildings and the "old west" music soundtrack really
added to the realism of the scene. A few actors
taunted the patrons as they walked by. I also enjoyed the
detailed Egyptian scene with its textured, hieroglyphics-etched
stone walls, huge pillars, sarcophaguses, and eerie flicker
lighting. There was also a huge animatronic pharaoh head
whose eyes flashed and jaw moved up-and-down, as it talked to
you in a booming voice. Throughout the Egyptian area there
were actors who came at you from some great hiding places.
Speaking of great hiding places, there were a couple of
unexpected scares in the jungle. Blending in with trees
and shrubbery, actors were able to easily scare the group.
I never even saw them until it was too late. Some of the
other scenes in the attraction included the playroom, white
birch forest, toxic waste accident, spider web hallway and mad
scientist lab. Of course, I can't forget to mention the
ending scene "Uncle Besco's Carnival", which ended the tour with
a great scare.
The actors did an
outstanding job this year, taking the intensity level up a notch
or two, compared to previous years. Their make-up and
costumes were great and consistent with the scenes they were in.
All of the scares were right on target and everyone stayed in
Kudos to the Creatures Crypt crew.
By combining highly detailed scenes, animatronic props and great
acting, they have consistently put on an excellent show year
after year... and this year was no exception! Actually,
they really outdid themselves this season. Unfortunately this was their last year of
operation. Best of
luck to John Dolan and the rest of the Creatures Crypt crew in
any future haunt-related endeavors.
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