I was excited to visit Midnight Terror Haunted House, mainly because in previous years, this attraction was merely a home haunt. I wasn't sure how well the transition would go, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
First off, you are instantly greeted with a beautiful industrial style facade that sets the mood for your coming tour. Unfortunately the entertainment of seeing the actors running amok in the waiting line was cut short briefly as we were lead to the front by an out of character worker. An actor assuming a role would have greatly enhanced the mood of this part.
After being stalled briefly to allow groups to get ahead, you wind up in the rules room, decorated to resemble the office of a factory. The actor in this area, dressed as a factory worker, was very energetic in his recital of the rules.
The majority of the haunt followed an industrial factory theme, complete with machinery, sparking and malfunctioning electrical equipment, and pipelines running throughout. The attention to detail is very impressive, especially the great use of aging and rusting techniques. The actors in this area were very enthusiastic and in your face, making great use of drop panels and loose caging to make noise. Pop outs were timed properly for the most part, only missing their mark a couple times. There were many sections with slanted hallways that force you closer to the action, and even an animatronic that made you feel as if the walls are going to collapse.
The next area was an extensive path of crypts, featuring numerous rotting corpses and graves built into the walls. The characters in this area were a little less in your face than the factory, but were appropriate for their roles. The last section was a swamp scene set up outside, with a well detailed backwoods shack in the middle. I won't ruin the ending, but I was pleased with the unique twist on a chainsaw scare I've never seen before.
Needless to say, Midnight Terror hit the mark in their first year as a pro haunt. Aside from the few small tweaks that are inevitable for a new haunt, the creators really know what they are doing. At the modest $10 admission price, this attraction provides a good bang for your buck, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Midnight Terror.
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