Screamatorium was the most intense of the three attractions at
Fearfest 2008. This haunted house was an eclectic
collection of scenes, separated by dark hallways. Most of
the scenes had a moderate level of detail, while others were not
as elaborate. One of my favorites in this attraction was
the medical area. Upon entering the first scene, a mad
doctor was working on a "patient", who was screaming for help.
To add to the atmosphere, there was a wheelchair, crutches,
backlit x-rays on the walls, hospital gurneys and other assorted
medical equipment. I also liked the clown area with its
fun house mirrors, creepy clowns and carnival music playing in
the background. There was another area that was nicely
done, that reminded me of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
a couple of areas inside the haunted house where patrons had to
walk up and down long ramps. The attraction was actually
built on a hill and the building itself followed the contour of
the landscape. I've never seen that done before.
did feel like some of the areas inside the house were fairly
plain or empty. Having some additional detail and/or props
in various scenes would have made for a more creepy atmosphere.
Any lack of detail, however, was made up for by the high-energy
performances of the actors. Some of them stalked you,
while others attacked their own "victims" in the scene they were
in. Most of the scares were right on target.
Haunted Barn, patrons had to weave their way through scenes with
assorted themes. The weathered wood of the interior of the
barn really provided a creepy backdrop for this attraction.
The most detailed scene in the Haunted Barn had to be the
graveyard. In this area, there were multiple tombstones
set up behind wrought iron fencing, which lined both sides of
the walking path. To add to the creepy feel of the scene,
there were trees and cobwebs, as well as a casket with fog
oozing out of it. Passing through this area, patrons had
to walk across a rickety bridge. I also enjoyed the "Saw"
scene, where they did a great job of replicating the famous
bathroom scene from the movie. In another area there was
an open casket scene that was illuminated with red light,
featuring a skeleton in a casket, which was adorned with black roses.
In the jungle area, there were low-hanging vines and animal
sound effects playing in the background. Other assorted
scenes featured clowns, Frankenstein's monster, a bridge that
rocked from side-to-side and more. The energy level of
this event was lower than what was experienced in the
Screamatorium, but I really enjoyed the interesting and creative
scenes, as well as the natural creepiness of the barn itself.
This haunted hayride consisted of a
collection of simple scenes along a twisting path through the
woods. The path was marked at various points along the
path with tiki torches. In many of the scenes, strobe
lights and fog were used to enhance the creepy atmosphere.
In one part of the hayride, the fog was so thick, you couldn't
see two feet in front of you. Along the twisting path,
there were several areas where multiple actors would converge on the hay wagon. There were even
a few actors who jumped up on the wagon, to scare the patrons.
This attraction was fun and since it wasn't overly intense, it would be appropriate for haunted attraction
enthusiasts of all ages.
This event provided
patrons with an interesting mix of entertainment options.
With the varied intensity levels of the three different
attractions at this location, they had something for everyone.
Overall, this event was very enjoyable and definitely worth
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