Signage / Visibility / Location
Having not been from the area, we had a very difficult time locating the house. However I place the blame on us for not having gotten directions beforehand. A few signs would have been helpful, though.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
We did not come on a particularly beautiful night. Kind of cold, dirzzleing, windy. So I was less than thrilled when we had to wait outside for about 30 minutes when there was only about 15-20 people in line. A little entertaiment would have been nice to get our minds off the cold, but there was no music, no light show, nothing really to look at, and very few actors. The actors that did eventually come around were brandishing chainsaws but didn't exactally appear murderous or crazy. They just kind of strolled on by with a sputtering chainsaw in thier hands, looked at us, but never really made an attempt to scare anyone. Other than that, we waited in silence until we got to the inside waiting area, were good music was being slaughtered by techno re-mixes. And once again, no actors to watch. Heavy music outside the house and creepy music inside would lessen the wait and provide entertainment.
Inside the house, we waited for about another 20 minutes. When we got to the ticket counter, we were informed that Blood City was closed early, so we went through Burial Chamber only. The detail inside the house was moderate at best. Many rooms are sparsly decorated, there is no cieling at times so one could look through and see the roof of the building, which was a constant reminder that I was not in a haunted chapel or forest, but in a wearhouse. Some very cool things could be done with so much space. Making sets up to the cieling would be time consuming, but worth it come Halloween season.
I'd say about half of the house we walked through was complete darkness. This is a cool and scary effect sometimes, but it just gets annoying and frustrating after a while. At one point I was actually in pain, when an incredibly loud jack-hammer type noise went off. My ears were sore and my head was throbbing, so after the first one, I had had quite enough, but it continued throughout the length of the hall. When using loud things like that, they are best used sparingly.
Although we did go through the house late at night, I would still expect the actors to get a little effort to push themselves and remain enthusiastic, and in character, up until close. Only about three actors had a slice of enthusiasm and energy left when we came through. Some just sat in one place and stared, some got up real close to your face and made a little hissing noise, others were just plain angry and looked as though they wanted to go home. I was shoved aside by one such actor as he passed me in a hall. He just wanted to leave, and was probably doing so. Also, three actors in three seperate parts of the house used this line to scare people:...Hello! They popped around a corner, yelled hello, then went away. One actor, after having used this line and after seeing that we were not scared by it, actually asked, "Why aren't you guys scared?" We politely apologized, gave a fake scream and ran out of the room. Total house time:15 minutes.