From the gigantic line room, we were ushered into a tight space known as 'reception', with a mounted TV screen showing various security footage of what is assumed to be an insane asylum in chaos. At first, we thought this to be the 'rules room', but were quickly chased out by an actor marred up by torn scrubs and gore make-up, literally hanging from the wall. Mostly following the classic 'insane asylum' theme, the rooms featured smears of blood (and 'other'), filth, bodies in various states of mutilation, ect. The atmosphere and set were very detailed, with attention to different lighting techniques (the extremely slow strobe in the hallway featuring hanging bodies was particularly effective in elevating the pulse) and unique, hidden doorways (including tunnels guests have to find to advance, and camouflaged passages). The haunt was clearly short-staffed the night we visited (by at least ten actors, we were told later), but those who were present were dedicated to the parts, and costumed appropriately for the atmosphere. Having been a veteran of Haunts for most of my thirty-seven years, I am difficult to jump-scare; this haunt managed to succeed (hint: when you hear someone behind you, and you look, they aren't where you can see). I particularly enjoyed the unique set, as it takes you both 'inside and outside' the Asylum (without leaving the general building itself), the 'broken chapel' was a particular work of genius. Because of the gore factor, I would recommend this haunt for ages 13 and up.
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