Congratulations Abyss Horror Zone, for giving me my first jump scare of the season! I did not see that one coming, and that is where Abyss shines. Hidden scares in plain sight.
First off, an interesting fact about this haunt is that it is held on a miniature golf course. Not along the side of it, but ON it and through it. From the entrance, you couldn't tell that this was the case. The facade was set to mimic a medieval type dungeon. After being lead inside by two actors, one resembling a bloody dark knight and the other a hooded ghoul, they proceed to stare at you for several minutes, utilizing the silent creep tactic.
After they allowed us through, it was apparent then that the entire attraction consisted of multiple scenes, separated by the actual miniature golf pathways. Each scene was well detailed and highly interactive, as there were many doors to open and hidden exits to find. After exiting each scene you were outside again along the golf path, so this event is both indoor and outdoor.
Some notable scenes were the butcher shop, backwoods shack, nursery, living room with fireplace and a hidden exit, and the medieval crypt. It was here that I experienced a well place jump scare. There were two guards, that I assumed were both props. As I wandered through this room, I was so busy looking at all the details around me that I didn't realize that one of those guards were real. Very well done.
The rest of the actors relied on pop out scares, while a few were interactive. The two girls in the shack improvised well while we waited at this checkpoint. Their banter kept us entertained. Most of the actors stayed in character and we're very enthusiastic in their roles. Others were silent and creepy.
I enjoyed my visit to Abyss Horror Zone. The actors really cared about what they were doing, and the scenes were all well detailed. The fact that this event is held on top of the miniature golf course makes for a very interesting and fun to traverse haunt, with all the uneven ground and hills. It's not overly intense and in your face, but it does utilize some old school scares that work well. Kudos to Abyss to a job well done for their first year in a new location. I look forward to seeing how they adapt to their new home in the future.
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