After you make it out of
the covered waiting area, the Statesville staff did a good job
of making you feel like a prisoner. First, they transfered
you into a square cage made from chain-link fencing. From
there, you were herded into a dark area with barred windows.
The staff used some harsh and insulting language (& mild
profanity), so keep in mind that this event IS NOT for children!
On their website it states: "No one under the age of 10 will
be allowed on the property and persons 15 and under MUST be
accompanied by a paid adult.". Once
inside, an introduction was performed before you were allowed to
continue through the rest of the haunted house. If you
haven't seen it before, it is spectacular; however, they have
been doing the same intro for several years now and since I've
seen it so many times, it has lost a
lot of its impact. It would be nice if they would come up
with something different to keep the show fresh for patrons who
come back year after year.
attraction, fog, numerous strobe lights and loud sound effects
are used to assault your senses. Statesville Haunted
Prison had three main sections: the prison, the insane asylum
and the clown area. The prison section featured inmates,
cells with barred windows and a lot of strobe lights.
There were areas where the walls were slanted, so you had to
duck down to make it through. Holes cut in the walls gave
actors the opportunity to attack you from multiple angles.
There were even a couple of spots where actors sat on top of a
platform and were able to reach down at you. In other
areas, actors were banging on 55 gallon drums to startle
The insane asylum had
white walls and a lot of "patients" dressed in white. The
multiple strobe lights reflecting off the white walls did a
great job of disorienting you. Patrons had to make
their way through a twisting path of cages, where they were
attacked from all angles. One of my favorite sections of
the insane asylum featured plexiglass floors with strobe lights
flashing underneath them. Not only were the floors made of
plexiglass, but some of the walls were, too. In these
areas, crazed maniacs would bang wildly on the plexiglass
enclosures, as patrons walked by. This year they cut down
on the use of fog in the insane asylum, which was a definite
improvement over previous years. It increase visibility
and gave patrons the opportunity to see more of what was going
on in the scene.
The entire clown area
was themed with a red & white checkerboard pattern. Even
the actors' costumes and make-up featured that same pattern. The
clown area also had platforms, so actors could attack you from
all directions. Numerous strobe lights were used in this
section of the haunted house to disorient you.
attraction there was an ample amount of actors. In all of
the scenes, they were very enthusiastic and eager to scare.
Maintaining a high-intensity atmosphere is something that
Statesville has traditionally done well over the past several
years and this year was no different. Most of the actors
that I saw were really into what they were doing and stayed in
character the entire time.
of the Dead:
City of the Dead started
off with a great intro scene, which ended with a huge 12 foot
tall animatronic monster walking toward the crowd.
Throughout this part of the attraction there were several scenes
containing zombies, body parts, tombstones, bones and other
props that fit in with the general theme of the attraction.
I really liked the tree mirror maze. It had realistic
textured trees, strobe lights to disorient you and string
hanging down, so you had to duck down a little. At various
points in the City of the Dead, there were holes in the walls
where actors would reach out and attack you. In a couple
of the scenes, there were raised platforms with tombstones and
bones, as well as actors who would reach down at you. The
actors in this attraction had a similar in-your-face acting
style, but since a lot of them were very short, they were less
intimidating than the actors in the Statesville Haunted Prison.
The Statesville crew put
on another great show this year. They have consistently
had some of the most high-energy performances of any haunt in
the state. Unfortunately, the admission price of $30 per person
is really hard to swallow, even considering the entertainment
value provided. $30 is just way too much to pay for a haunted house,
here to find out more about this event.