13th Floor was a continuation of last years 11th hour, but beautifully improved. The cemetery scene was seen in last years haunt, but placement and improvements such as well spaced tombs, a wonderful fountain, winding walkways and an amazing starry sky twinkling in the background made this a wonderful journey through. Actors worked well in this area coming at you from not only the given dark corners, but sliding out of coffins on top of the tombs and crawling at and grabbing your feet. An assault from every angle this particular section had everyone in our group jumping.
Flickering flameless candles line much of the passageways through and with heavy smoke and damp smells through the air it is very easy to believe you are winding your way through a wicked cemetery. The church/cathedral scene was great curtains on the back wall marking what should be an exit confused us there for a while, but we found our way.
What I enjoyed most about 13th hour was not just the detail they placed at eye level through out the haunt, but the use of every available space. Busted out/boarded up dome windows on the ceiling, torn up ceiling panels that have been busted through and wooden cathedral like forms that stood out in the darkness of the sky. All this while the stars twinkled in the background - was almost too much to take in during our walk through. Almost. Details were everywhere making this a very beautiful section.
My favorite room in this area was a combination of two one with flickering candles lining both dingy, dimly lit walls and a large casket that sat in the adjundant. Believe the casket could have used an actor inside moving the lid, a glimpse of a hand there was no action in this area. Would have perfected the already great scene.
Standing outside the cathedral, youre outside among the stars a large twinkling panel in the darkness. Something never seen at a haunt, found it to be very unique and an amazing place to be.
The maze was next. This area consisted of chain link fences all leading to Nikola Telsas creation the Magnifying Transmitter. The path takes you right into the experimentation area very vibrant blue light not only shocks the eyes, but also the ears as the electricity is heard loudly throughout the room. The path leads you away, hearing the electricity vibrations periodically and music played in the background as you work your way through the maze. The maze itself was only exciting for a minute. Some well placed actors hidden in corners or some to follow you through would have added to the intensity that should have been present here. Nothing to really wow you in this particular room, except for the bolts of lightning and old Frankie getting shocked off in the corner. The rest of the area was a little too dark, and the maze itself a little boring. Was easy to lose interest here.
The next room however made up for this, and was my favorite for this section leading into to the mad doctors office, the doctor working off in the background. As you enter the room and try to focus on the scene, the floor very sharply slants off to one side catching you completely off guard needing to quickly grab on to the wooden beams lining both sides of the walkway to make your way through the room. Amazing play of a vortex without the usual spinning wall behind it to throw you off balance - this was a great room. Combined with the pitch black hallway (lost our way here too) and the clausterphobic hallway that follows after easy to become a bit disorientated in this area.
Moving forward and into Hell your journey through the afterlife continues. Hell is marked by a dark, dingy room filled with some wicked looking deer trophy heads and one lone actor showing the way to the portal. The portal itself is located under the Devil himself who scoops down to try to grab you as you bend down and walk through.
Inside Hell is a grand casino where you can try your hand at slots slots looser then yours! - the conductor exclaimed grinning and looking directly at me. Disco balls lined the ceiling as the slots were lit up and music played. Was a whirlwind of excitement here, as you find your way winding around the slots. In the back of the room a very torn up and dark black jack table await, with the dealer looking quite frightful and deadly. Was a very fun and unique room. Very much enjoyed it.
Another room you come to is a one where a well dressed ghoul gets close to give you the kiss or bite of death. Chomping his teeth, the actor in this scene was very creepy without much effort. Well dressed, a deathly smile. I especially enjoyed the stairway with flickering candles at the base and the broken boards at the top to show where this poor fellow fell to his death. Very detailed, amazing room to work your way through.
A Texas Chainsaw like Hillbilly house was on the agenda next. Very detailed faηade here for the house complete with a broken porch a bridge that dipped down and swung from side to side to give you the feeling of the porch being broken. An actress waited here to let you inside the house yelling about her uncle who was outside fetching dinner and terrorizing the guests as they came up with his chainsaw.
The broken down bicycle was an awesome prop but with the broken porch right next to it could be a hazard should someone lose their footing and fall into the broken peddle. Watch your step.
The house itself was typical of the hillbilly rooms Ive seen of late. Very nicely done with garbage, and jammed packed with typical pack rat finds. Very dark in here and we met up with the crowd before us at this point felt a little rushed, and difficult to take it all in. The actors in this area were great however and had some great looking teeth.
High energy and played their roles well were no scares in this area, only hillbillys who were pulling you into their world and trying to convince you to stay for dinner for which of course, you were the main course.
Scenes in this area included a meat locker where the victims captured outside were stored and an actor looking for a good nose. Seemed to lose his somewhere among the chaos.
My favorite area inside of this section however was the garage. Lined with old rusted license plates and a awkwardly full sized car that crashed its way into the wall. Engine and trans were removed and an actor working the crowd asking if we had leads on one. Think you need a little more then a trans there buddy! Was a very nice full sized scene completing this area.
Moving forward, you stumble into the morgue. This particular section was one of my favorites in the haunt. Extremely detailed right down to a twitching live nurse who stood her area and worked it well. Was almost surreal. A few dead specimens left over experiments and a morgue drawer with a live actress who delivered quite a blood curdling scream ears were ringing! was a lot to check out in this room. Realizing it was the last scene of the house, did feel a bit disappointed by the fact that we did catch up with the crowd and didnt have time to let it all settle in.
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to 13th Floor. Have not seen such an amazingly detailed haunt in quite a while very easy to get lost in the visuals alone. Does need some work on additional scares, but the actors who were there nailed it. Working their area, fitting completely in and continuing their performance until the last of the line left. There is some physical exertion needed in this haunt areas where you could lose your footing, or needing to climb through if you have problems with any of this, may wish to sit this one out.
They could use some better crowd control after the breaking points, would help visitors enjoy the rooms better allowing them to become completely lost in the scenes. In some scenes, perhaps there is too much detail I know. Not usually a complaint! But its not a haunt that should be rushed through. For the 16 minutes we were inside lost a few minutes because of the stopping of the crowd was a perfect amount of time and the haunt seemed to span on for quite a while. If possible, take some time and really enjoy these beautifully created scenes you dont see them too often. 13th Floor is a visual masterpiece in many areas. Not super scary but a very fun time. I do recommend.
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