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Brett (wm)

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I love Halloween and fall in general for several reasons. First off, I was born 15 minutes before Halloween. Missed it by that much! But it's not so bad… presents one day, candy the next! Good thing I was not born around Christmas, otherwise I'm sure I would get the birthday/Christmas combined gifts! I also love Halloween because it's the one time of year where it's ok to pretend to be someone or something you're not. Just an FYI: other times of the year you might get arrested for that. The colors, the crisp air, the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet… all reason I love the fall season.

When I attend a haunt, I want to be scared! It's a great adrenaline rush, much like a roller coaster ride. Some funny rooms or actors are ok if used in moderation. I love to see the creative details that some haunts put into their exhibits, some are works of art! But I also like the dark haunts, where you have to rely on your other senses to make it through. Strobes and black lights are ok, again if used in moderation.

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2018 Reviews

Dominion of Terror

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

This haunt has been around forever, and every year it is put on the Sheboygan Jaycees. Eight years ago when I first started writing reviews for Haunted Wisconsin, I reviewed the Dominion of Terror and loved every minute of it. This year felt like a perfect time to check it out again!

I’m an old school kind of guy. So much so, that when someone at this haunt said ‘Welcome to the DOT’, I had a flashback to the terrifying Department Of Transportation to get my license decades ago. Now that would be a scary haunted house theme! But this DOT is the Dominion of Terror, and it is just as terrifying!

Haunted House:

The haunt starts out with some school teachers going over the rules of the house. This was one of my favorite parts of the haunt. They were hilarious! Then we were set free to roam around their huge multi-storied building.

There are many dark mazes in this haunt. How dark? How about pitch black! There’s also many tight corners and dead ends. Other areas are extremely bright and some strobes are used. There was one prop at the Dominion of Terror that I have not seen in many years, and that is the bridge through the spinning tunnel. A decade ago it seemed every haunted house had one. Now, not so much. It was nice to see it again!

There were many times we bumped into the group in front of us and behind us. This haunt is extremely popular so I realize that they need to keep putting groups in every few minutes in order for everyone to go through it. One room had a few girls that were crawling around on the ground. I swear one of them was double-jointed, it was creepy! It seemed as though we were in the DOT for a few hours. It's a nice long haunt with lots of detail and packed with great actors! - 30 minutes

Escape Room:

This room runs at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. That only leaves them 15 minutes to reset the room for the next group, and our time was delayed a little bit. You have 45 minutes to bust out of this escape room. Easy you say? How about adding a little twist to it, like putting a zombie there in the room with you? That takes an already tense escape room and doses it with gasoline! Every 5 minutes, the chain holding the walking dead gets a little longer. There is a mad scientist in the room to oversee everything but overall you are on your own!

There are only 3 times per night the DOT Escape Room is run. For this attraction I recommend signing up online and paying through their website. That way you are guaranteed to get in.

I can’t really say too much as I don’t want to give anything away, but let me say this: If you like Escape rooms, and you like haunted houses, you will LOVE this.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find. In a good location right in the city, and all the people waiting in line is a good indicator that you're at the right place!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was a wait to get tickets, and then once you're inside there's also a nice wait area. This is an extremely popular haunted house, so I recommend the Fast Pass! Otherwise you will be waiting for hours. There were several creatures lurking about as you wait, but the most memorable was the 'little girl' wandering around outside. I tried to get a picture with her, but she was not having any of that. She was always on the move, except for one time when she crawled around on the ground. I was able to snap a picture of her quickly and then she was off again running and spinning around like a demon possessed. Later as I looked at my pictures, I was terrified at the image I captured of her!

Actors' Performance


The actors did a great job, especially considering this is an all volunteer haunt. Some stood out more than others, like the clowns and that darn dentist!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The sets and props at the Dominion of Terror are built every year by volunteers. This is a home grown haunt with lots of attention and time put into it! Every room is different from the next!

Length


Haunted House - 30 minutes
Escape Room - 45 minutes

Crowd Control


There were numerous times that we caught up with the group in front of us, or the group behind us caught up with us. Part of that was probably by design, as the maze has you so turned around you don’t know where you’re going!

Most Memorable Moment


At one point the maze had us feeling like we were going in circles. In fact, we bumped into the group in front of us! They were convinced that they were going the wrong way, so they started going backwards!

Summary

Between the haunted house and the escape room, you can easily spend a night at the Dominion of Terror. It's a great time and a great fundraiser! I promise I won't let 8 years go between my next visit!

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Splatterhaus Presents - HELLWORLD

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at about 10:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Very High

Review

My all-time favorite haunted house was always the Splatter Haus when it was located in Two Rivers. No other haunts could touch it! They had their scares down to a science and you definitely got your money’s worth. Since then, they lost their lease at that location and moved to Sheboygan. In the years following I heard stories about how the haunt was now located inside semi-trailers, how it was much shorter, and how everyone wished for the Splatter Haus glory years. I never did attend the new location for several reasons: The biggest being that it was hard to justify an hour drive for a haunt that lasted under 10 minutes. But another was that a part of me wanted to remember the Splatter Haus as it was: A top-notch haunted house that will literally scare the sh*t out of you. But then I read that this year was their last year. After seeing that, I had to attend one more time.

It was a clear but chilly night. Standing in line was nice, like the calm before the storm. It’s amazing how you can go from being underwhelmed while waiting in line to a sensory overload as soon as you walk through the door. You are instantly transported from a Sheboygan parking lot into your worst nightmare. Music is blaring and it’s pitch black at first. From the first scare on, your adrenaline kicks in and your body launches into a ‘fight or flight’ type of mentality.

There is no wasted space in the Splatter Haus Hell World. You go from one room to another, and each room packs a good scare. They are still spot on with their scares, and they have always been the master of the ‘distraction scare’. These are some major scares that still get my heart pumping as I type this!

It was thrilling and intense. But then, just like that, it was over. You walk out of the trailers and you’re back in the run-of-the-mill parking lot. I wanted to go through one more time! It was too short for me to properly say goodbye. But luckily there was there was one more attraction we could go through...

Zombie Assault

You walk into a small 8 seat bus and take a seat. With monitors all around you, you are again suddenly transported. This time you’re in the middle of a zombie attack! They come from everywhere, hell bent on getting you. You can hear them, see them, and even the bus gets in on the action as it feels you’re moving. I won’t give anything away, but it was a very cool and unique experience!

Signage / Visibility / Location


It was hard to find the Splatter Haus Hell World, and that was with help from my GPS. Once there, I still wasn’t quite sure I was at the correct location. There were no signs leading up to it, and it’s in a very unassuming in a huge parking lot for a local hockey center.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There was a small line, maybe 15 people. A chain-link fence surrounds both the wait line and the haunt with metal music blaring. There were no characters walking around outside the haunt, so the only entertainment was watching the trailer that had different metal bands and the Hell World logo projected on it. The groups that went inside were small, but the line moved fairly quick.

Actors' Performance


Splatter Haus Hell World combines live actors with triggered scares. It's a perfect blend, and they are experts in this field. No actor missed his mark.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Many scenes were recycled from previous years, which was bittersweet. I would rather see new sets/scares. But knowing this was the last year, it was almost like saying goodbye to some old friends. Hello, Mr Pig Butcher… we meet again!

Length


It took about 6 minutes to get through the entire haunt.

Crowd Control


They only let small groups of 2 to 4 people in at a time, and they wait until a group is through before sending in the next group. No issues of bumping into other groups.

Most Memorable Moment


As soon as I saw the butcher shop, I knew the pig was waiting until the perfect moment to make an appearance!

Summary

All in all, I’m glad I went to say goodbye to the Splatter Haus Hell World. Yes, it’s an extremely short haunt. But if I compare the number of scares to a haunt that would last 20 minutes, there are probably MORE scares here. I hope that someday, the Splatter Haus will make a glorious comeback in a big warehouse. Until then, I have my nightmares to remind me of what once was.

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Revenge

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 5, 2018 at about 9:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

This was the opening night in the second year for Revenge, and the first year that I’ve attended it. It’s always exciting going to a new haunt for the first time! Located in Sobieski, it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Don’t blink or you will miss it… it comes up fast!

This also is the first time this haunt has been reviewed on Haunted Wisconsin! I’ve been to haunts in the past that have been in barns, and for the most part they are short and lackluster. Don’t let the fact that Revenge is in a barn fool you. This barn is HUGE, and the folks that put this on are NOT messing around.

This is a dark maze in a very old barn. Throw in some creepy sets, eerie sound effects, creatures and you have Revenge. There were several times it felt like we were at a dead end. Then the dread starts setting in that you are stuck in a dark maze with things all around you!

Signage / Visibility / Location


There are some nice signs, but it's on a county road so it comes up fast. I love that it's not too far out but it FEELS like you're far away. Nobody around to hear your screams!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


There is plenty of parking, and a small wait area within the barn before you go into the haunt. While you wait, there’s different graphic horror scenes playing and a few creatures that wander around. There’s also a nice concessions area. And hey, they have IN-DOOR bathrooms!

Actors' Performance


Some actors were late on scares and others were dead on. We walked into one room to find one of the actors sitting down trying to put on a mask. At first I thought it was part of the skit, but then I realized that we just caught the actor unprepared. Since this was opening night for them, here’s hoping that as the season goes on things really gel and the scares are consistent throughout the experience. The actors that were on their game had us jumping!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


To me, this haunt's strength is their creativity and their use of lighting. They did an amazing job throughout the haunt of using light to their advantage. One minute the light is on and you’re in a room by yourself. Then the light might flicker off and when it’s back on, you’re face to face with a nightmare!

Length


We went through the entire haunt in about 15 minutes.

Crowd Control


They did a great job with crowd control. They let very small groups go in at a time, which I very much appreciate! There's nothing worse than being loaded in like cattle and only a few get the scare while others just shuffle through. We did not bump into other groups, but we could hear them. In my book, that adds anticipation!

Most Memorable Moment


There was one room that used a strobe like effect and white paper curtains throughout the room. The creature lurking in there got me so good, I head-butted the person behind me. Ouch!

Summary

A good location, great building, and some very creative people! A solid haunt! Looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store for Revenge!

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Zombus

by wm (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 5, 2018 at about 8 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Years ago I reviewed Zombus, and loved every minute of it. I wanted to review them again to see what has changed and to see if they are as good as they were previously? As before, there are many different things to experience at Zombus, so much so that the title is really deceiving and doesn’t shed light on all the great things here. Besides the bus ride where you get to shoot zombies, there’s the Haunted House Trail, the Haunted Laser Tag, and a cool Zombie Carnival under a tent! There are different price point depending on what you want to do. The best value is getting all three big events for $24! The weather was not playing nice and was misting throughout the opening night, so attendance was light. But trust me, this is one haunt you do NOT want to miss!

Haunted House Trail: Your walk starts at a creepy looking house that is stacked with great visuals and scares in each room. My favorite was the kitchen! Your time in the house is short lived, and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you’re out in the night air. But then you realize that even more things are lurking in the woods just waiting to meet you… and you long for the creepy house again! In the woods there are moments of bright light in some areas and complete darkness in others. This haunted walk really does have everything: a huge snake, swamp people, a huge walk-in freezer, creatures up high and down low, inside a house and outside in the dark woods, uneven footing, an awesome rope bridge, and probably a few things that my mind has blocked out! Although the Zombus is the ‘headliner’, I enjoyed this walk more than anything so far this season!!! Length – 20 minutes

Haunted Laser Tag: As in previous years, they have a nice laser tag area that contains different forts and obstacles. Nothing really has changed here from previous years, but it’s a fun thing to do between the other events. Length - 15 minutes

Zombus: The Zombus is really what they promote, and it’s always a fun time. You jump on a bus and drive around shooting at zombies. For the most part, this is as it was in previous years, maybe 90% the same. But it’s unlike any other haunted experience in the area and if you’ve never done it, put it on your bucket list! Length - 20 minutes

Zombie Carnival: Something new this year is the carnival! There are several carnival games there with a zombie theme that are a lot of fun. You can purchase tickets to play the different games: Feed The Gargoyles, Zombie Brain Smash, Attacking Zombie Ring Toss, and Angry Raven! Depending on how well you play, you can trade up for different prizes!

And if that’s not your speed, then go crawl up on the bull and see how long you can stay on! There’s also a nice bonfire and waiting area. This haunt again has everything and there really is something for everyone here. This is only about 10 minutes north from Green Bay so don’t miss it!

Signage / Visibility / Location


Very easy to find! Right off Hwy 41, on an access road 10 miles north of Green Bay. You can't miss it.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


When I attended, there were not very many people attending so there was very little wait time. But the wait areas are great with games, a bonfire, snacks, etc..

Actors' Performance


The actors did great in both the Haunted House Trail and the Zombus.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


This is one area where they really took things to the next level. They have achieved the perfect combination of live actors and animatronics to maximum effect! And the level of detail is amazing!

Length


See above summery for length of each separate event. You can easily spend all night here!

Crowd Control


There was no crowd when I attended due to the weather, but it looks like they have plenty of space to handle large groups. When I attended years ago it was over an hour wait, and they handled the crowds fine!

Most Memorable Moment


A highlight for me was on the Haunted House Trail. There was what I can only call 'the swamp’. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like it! It’s not water, but it sure does look like it!

Summary

Kudos to the staff and creators, the whole experience is amazing! My only criticism is to start promoting the other aspects of all your work! The Zombus is great and very unique for the area, but your other creations are just as great! If you have not attended this haunt yet, what's your excuse? This should be at the top of your 'must attend' attractions!

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