This was my first time attending this haunt. We arrived at the haunt and parked and as we were walking up through the parking area I had a pretty good scare from a spook that was hiding in the dark. This guy had perfect timing.
We paid for our tickets and walked through the line. While walking up to the entrance we encountered a few spooks that tried to block our way into the entrance. They did a great job of working the crowd as they approach the entrance.
When you enter the haunt you go into the rules room and are greeted by a man that welcomes you to the haunt and tells you the theme of the haunt, which is Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Before you walk out into the haunt he announces you to the spooks outside and tells them “fresh meat”. You proceed through a dark maze outside until you come to the first scene.
I have to say if you are a fan of old fashioned haunted houses this is the place for you. This place is great. It relies on the dark, your mounting fear as you can hear noises and sometimes the actors are talking at you from a long distance, and music. There are several spots where your attention is diverted from the actors in the scene by noises from way across the haunt or props within the scene. So you are not sure which direction you are going to be scared from.
The scenes have actors in costumes, masks and makeup. There is a variety of actors that always went with the scene they were appearing in. The hillbillies were good and the hillbilly bathroom scene was great. There was a girl within a scene that had a scream from a horror film, and towards the end of the haunt you have an encounter with Leather Face and his chainsaw.
Some of the maze was disorienting and difficult to figure out if we were going in the right direction as there were no lights at all in a few areas and a couple actors with lines of “get out!” But all in all, I would say they do a good job of keeping it dark enough to enjoy yet lit enough that you don’t fall. This haunt does not use a lot of fancy props or animatronics but definitely delivers some great startle and anticipation scares.
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