When you first walk in, there is a t-shirt selling area, where you are able to buy t-shirts based on the houses. You then go up a path, where you see two more t-shirt selling areas, selling rock t-shirts. Then, you have to get your picture taken, which you can buy at the end of the event. After that, then you finally get to the houses.
There are three houses in Nightmare, all based on Rob Zombie movies. The first house is based on “The Lords of Salem.” I haven’t seen the movie, so I am not sure how it is based on the movie. When you walk in, you walk through a corridor to a room with a pile of bodies. From there, you go down another corridor that leads to a pitch black maze. There are many twists and turns down the path, and there are a couple of actors throughout the maze, but, overall, it was just a pitch black maze. My group had to keep slowing down, because we kept running in to the group in front of us, and I would guess that the group behind us would run in to us.
The next house was based off of “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.” It is a 3-D house, and they give you glasses. This house has a little bit more of an adult theme, based on the scantily clad women throughout the house. There was also a path that had doors with names on the doors that would make people who make prank calls proud, names like Mike Hunt, etc. The 3-D effects were nice, and there several rooms to go through that had clown type creatures that would come towards you, but I wouldn’t find this house that scary.
The third house was based off the two movies “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.” Even actors based on characters “Otis” and “Baby” wander out in front of the house. You go in, and actor based on “Captain Spaulding” from the movies puts you in another line. In the foyer, you find out that this house is more based on serial killers, and you see moving pictures of Ed Gein, Charles Manson, and John Wayne Gacy. Then there are rooms inside based off of the killers. Ed Gein’s room is set up like his house, complete with body parts in the refrigerator. Gacy’s room has a clown that blows up ballons that pop in front of you while two cub scout mannequins look on. Once you get through there, then you go in to the house that looks like the “1000 corpses” house, and there are rooms in there that have rooms set up like your typical haunted houses, you have a living room with actors popping out, a kitchen set up with actors popping out. If you get offended by the rooms set up around the serial killers, you might feel uncomfortable. The house ends by walking down a dark path out to an area that was set up for a concert later, and down that path you are chased out by two chainsaw wielding maniacs.
Overall, I feel there were some scary moments, especially in the third house. Their attention to detail in both the serial killer area and the “1000 Corpses” area is well done, and there are some good pop outs. The first house I was hoping for more than just a long dark maze, and the second 3-D house seemed more silly than scary, but it was still a lot of fun to go through the house.
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