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2008 Reviews

Please note: this review is for the 2008 season rather than the current season.

A Theater Of Lost Souls Presents: Nightmare Factory Haunt

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This was my favorite of all haunts that I have attended so far.  This is definately a great attraction  and it is made by its actors.  They are wonderful.  The props and frights are way cool too.  From frightening to funny at the drop of a hat.  Good gore, Better props, and even better actors.  There was a  line probably about 45 min but they do offer a speedpass that lets you get right in quickly.  This haunt is extremely interactive so make sure you are ready to get involved with the actors.  Very unique stylizing and completely different than last year-which was great too.  

Signage / Visibility / Location


Easy to find with directions.  Once near the expo center you can find it right away.  There are lights and a huge sign saying that the haunt is located there.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Approximately 45 minutes when I went but it can get quite long so I would maybe suggest the $10 extra speedpass if it is chilly outside.

Actors' Performance


WONDERFUL!  I cannot say enough about the people at this haunt.  They are true actors and masters of their craft.  Not one misses a beat and they are all funny and scary.  

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Very cool-they had a very special new one that looked like a guy screaming to get out of a "Saw" like contraption and then his head was smooshed to smitherines, not for the weak stomach.

Length


Approximately 30 minutes for both attractions.

Crowd Control


Good crowd control-the lines are set up in a barn and there are cool scenes for you to look at  while you wait.

Most Memorable Moment


Definately the squished head machine-pretty realistic and awesome gore.  Also a shout out to the wonderful hillbilly that escorted me into the haunt-nicest backwoods creep I ever met!

Summary

You must go, go now, you know you want to.  Well worth it.  It is reasonably priced and you will be blown away by the actors.  Every year I have gone I have not been disappointed once.

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Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

This is always one of the premier haunts in Wisconsin, and this year was no different.  Upon arriving I saw that only one half hour after opening the lines were full.  This complex consists of three seperate haunts and a special treat called the Last Ride-where you actually lay in a cofin and have the feeling of being burried alive.  The three full size haunts are all great and different.  There are two inside haunts called Insanity and Adrenaline, that are both great with good acting and excellent props.  The other full size haunt is an outdoor haunted woods which is very creepy and full of great actors making funny and scary noises.  My favorite part was when one actor kept making sheep noises at me from inside the woods.    It was great!  An overall one of a kind experience that everyone should check out.  

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find and  great directions provided or use any map system and you'll get right to it.  Once close you can see the huge spotlight and as soon as you turn the corner where the haunt is located-you can't miss it.  It is huge and has tons of lights, sounds, signs, and people helping you find parking and tickets.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


I came early and it was pretty busy.  My total waiting time was approximately 20-45 minutes depending on the haunt.  However, they have concessions, two huge screens that they show videos on and they are constantly playing music.  By the way I suggest the mini doughnuts cooked right in front of your eyes and served piping hot which is great in the cool weather.  Plus they taste delightful!

Actors' Performance


Great, good makeup, and did an excellent job staying in character.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Unique and well prepared.

Length


Well over an hour of entertainment and that does not include waiting.  I would definately plan at least a couple of hours for this haunt.  Believe me it is well worth it.

Crowd Control


Good crowd control, there are lines roped off and signs showing the different haunts as well as people everywhere you can ask for help.

Most Memorable Moment


I have to say that my all time favorite was definately the person in the woods baaing at me like a sheep.

Summary

Worth the time and money-don't miss this one.

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The Haunted Barn Stoughton (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at about 5 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

Overall, I really enjoyed this haunt. The property has a unique creepy feel that most commercial haunts do not have. I believe you can feel how much the people who work at this haunt and put it on really care about making you scared. I think that some people may not find it as flashy as they expected but I think that just enhances the feel of it. Just envision it, a Barn and a wooded walk in a secluded rural area- absolutely creepy. The props were not plentiful but I think that the ones they had
were extremely fun. The vortex is a favorite of many haunt goers. Also, the bus and the electrocution scene were great. The people were extremely welcoming and even though I showed up right as they were about to close because I got lost due to my lack of directions-they let me through without a problem and the haunt was just as good as if I would have been there right in the middle of their time open. I thought this haunt was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the kittens they have-super cute! This haunt is also age appropriate for older school age children. In conclusion, make sure you have good directions or stop at the gas station in town and enjoy the unique feel of this fun haunt. This is a diamond in the rough. Finally, be on the look out for eight-foot monsters or you will get scared!

Signage / Visibility / Location


This place was a little hard to find but there is a gas station near that was kind enough to give great directions. Once you are there out in front they have a sign at the end of the driveway. It looks like it lights up but wasn't when I got there. This could have been because I got there right before closing due to being a little lost.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was no wait! I got to go straight into the haunt-that was great. The waiting area is decorated nicely and there is a cool novelty shop to look through that is set up in what I think was an old trailer-VERY COOL.

Actors' Performance


The people here were great. I thought they stayed in character very well and did a great job with moving around to creep you out. My favorite was the guy with the huge monster costume. It was about eight feet tall and definitely made me jump.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


They do have some neat props/ effects. Some of my personal favorites were the vortex, the electrocution scene and the bus. Also the long, quiet, dark walk through the woods was really creepy!

Length


Altogether approximately 25 minutes but remember that was with no waiting.

Crowd Control


They have a line barriers to keep the crowd straight and things to look at while you wait.

Most Memorable Moment


My most memorable moment at this haunt was actor with the eight-foot monster costume-GREAT! I jumped and screamed. I was definitely freaked out.

Summary

This was a really good time. The actors and the props were good, and the people there were very hospitable. I arrived late when they were about to close and the haunt was just as good as I would expect it to be if I came during prime time. This is a diamond in the rough.

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Wisconsin Feargrounds

by earthangel129 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 10, 2008 at about 4 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

In one phrase, this haunt is worth the time and money. The actors and props were quality. Somethings that made this haunt stand out were the area where you had to crouch down and walk through a pitch black hallway and then squeeze through a walkway that was very tight. This haunt consists of three seperate houses that you can pick and choose from. However, I recommend doing all three. My favorite part was torment, the second haunt. The actors were frightening and even screamed out your name. It made the haunt seem like it was catering directly to you. The scenes are extremely detailed and for the most part the actors stay in character very well. There was one thing that I felt could have been improved and that was the make-up/ costumes of their actors. Some were great but others needed improvement. The facial make-up was obviously peeling or just masks cut into two sections and put on. This took away from the creepiness of the actors even with their great preformances. The 3d house was very cool amd watcing people run screaming in terror while you are waiting to get in really sets the tone for a creepy time. If not for that aspect, this haunt probably would have gotten perfect scores for fun and scare factors.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find. There is large lit up signage indicating where to turn and signs showing you where to park.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Total waiting time for all three haunted houses approximately 25 minutes. This was a very reasonable wait. I was pleased with the wait. There were people walking around spooking waiting patrons and in the tent at the beginning they had extra things to do like inflatables that were reasonably priced.

Actors' Performance


Actors were pretty professional and stayed in character. Some were more frightening than others but all were working very hard. I especially liked a guy who described to us how to get me prepared to be eaten in extreme detail. Also, the girl who was crawling on the floor definately made me scream. I want to send a special thank you to the actors in Torment. They were so great and made me jump.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This place is the place to be for well put together sets and a huge amount of props. The scenes are extremely detailed and covered from floor to ceiling. I especially liked the dinning room scene.

Length


For all three haunts plus the wait it took about one hour and ten minutes.

Crowd Control


Very good. There were defined lines that were roped off and lots of workers making sure everyone knew where to go and where to wait.

Most Memorable Moment


I would have to say that my favorite part was that they have an "I Quit" rule where if you get too scared you put your hands on your head and say I quit. The group right before us was a group of high school girls and one of them quit after only less than a minute. She came running out screaming in terror and ran into a fence because she was so terrified.

Summary

Overall, definately worth checking out. Short , well controlled lines for waiting. Three haunts in one and lots of props and detailed scenes to look at. Look out for the crawling girl and make sure to pay attention to the beauty of the 3d effects in the last haunt.

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