consisted of several scenes, which were separated by dark
hallways. Many of the rooms inside Hotel Massacre followed
the general hotel theme, while a few of the others did not.
The tour started in the hotel lobby, where the bell captain
gave everyone an introduction to the house. One of the
most detailed scenes was the graveyard, which featured
tombstones illuminated by colored lighting, concrete pillars and
wrought-iron gates. I also liked the bloody bathroom.
Every inch of the toilet, bathtub and walls was streaked with
blood. What made this even more interesting was the fact
that they planted a "victim" in our group. When we all
entered the scene, a maniac burst out of a hidden panel and
dragged her away, somewhere behind-the-scenes. In the open
casket scene, there was a nice distraction scare that came out
of nowhere. I thought it was pretty creative to have patrons crawl through a tunnel
in the playroom, to get to the
next scene. Some of the other scenes were the Lizzie
Borden bedroom, the hotel bar and a black & white checkerboard
hallway that was illuminated with a strobe light.
attraction there was a mix of acting styles. Some of the
more prominent characters had theatrical, speaking roles.
For the most part, they did a good job of staying in character.
Other characters performed pop-out or distraction scares.
Overall, the actors' performances were a mixed bag. Some
scare attempts were on target, but many others were poorly timed
and/or executed. In one scene, the actor scared the first
person in my group as they entered the room, but by the time I
got there he just stood there and didn't even attempt to
approach me or anyone else. In one area there was a dark hallway
with multiple glow-in-the-dark masks hung on the walls.
This is a classic haunted house gag, where an actor would hide
underneath one of the masks and scare patrons as they walked by.
Unfortunately the actor in the scene was wearing a different
style of glow-in-the-dark mask than those that were hung on the
walls, which made it easy for patrons to see where he was
hiding, thus telegraphing the scare attempt. Near the
exit, there were actors with a chainsaw and power saws, but they
nearly missed everybody in my entire group.
The Hotel Massacre crew
did a pretty good job for a first-year event. I enjoyed
many of the scenes; however, this attraction was definitely
overpriced, for amount of entertainment value provided and the
time spent inside.
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