Heading into its second year, Midnight Terror came back in a larger format this year, promoting two haunts in one location. When I pulled up to the haunt, I was pleased to see numerous signs, as well as workers directing guests to the free parking garage located next door.
After I purchased my ticket, my group headed in. The General Admission area to the right already had a sizable line at the beginning of the evening, but as we headed to the VIP area, we were surprised to find that we were the only people in line. The VIP entrance area is rather dark and tricky to navigate; hilariously, we were startled by a worker, who led us into the haunt. It worked out that we were able to immediately enter the house, which was well worth it.
It was great to see that Midnight Terror has a larger haunt that the previous year, along with an abundance of actors. I really liked how invested each actor was in his or her part, especially the spooky nurse who admitted us to the Blackwood Hospital. Iím not sure if we were walking too quickly, but the leader of our group missed some of the jump scares, which could be a pacing issue. Nevertheless, we were all impressed with the top notch acting throughout (in fact, this was the first haunt that made me scream this year, so well done)!
Clocking in at 12 minutes, Midnight Terror is a quick haunt, though definitely lengthier than the previous year. We did run into some small crowd control issues, but that seemed to be mainly due to our group power walking through the maze. Even when we caught up to the group ahead of us, many of the actors interacted with us to slow us down and put some distance between us and the group. We definitely had fun interacting with the characters throughout, as they had just the right blend of fun and creepy.
Midnight Terror also features some great visuals, particularly in the hospital house (which I found to be the more exciting of the two). Thereís one room where the walls are covered in syringes, which is an awesome effect (quite possibly one of my favorite scenes from the haunts Iíve visited this year). I also appreciated that there wasnít any reliance on spinning tunnels or inflatable walls. One concern, though, is that that are many black hallways throughout the haunt. While the rooms have some great details, the black hallways do detract from the creepiness of the haunt.
I will say, though, that Midnight Terror features one of the best exits of any haunt that Iíve run into so far. Without giving too many spoilers, itís a great twist on the normal chainsaw chase out. Definitely a fun end to the haunt, and Iím excited to see what Midnight Terror will come up with for next year!
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