Please note: this review is for the 2006 season rather than the current season.
after attending on Friday, October 6, 2006 at about 2:45 p.m.
Signage / Visibility / Location
Signage was decent. There were plenty of signs and the event was very easy to see once you were on Hubertus Road. It was fun that the house was located in an old school house. Very interesting atmosphere.
Wait Area / Line Entertainment
We were there early enough that the wait was incredibly short. We arrived and god our tickets. There was a group that needed two more people, we were put in that group and got into the house in about five minutes.
The wait area is in the gymnasium of the school where they have tables, video games, and some food available. There were some decorations but nothing extravagant. There were a few actors in the wait area, most helping to get people into the house and none of them were trying to scare anyone. It would have been nice to have some sort of entertainment such as movie clips playing on a tv or some creepy music playing.
My favorite part of the house was when you go into the "Blood Donation" room, and more importantly the waiting room to give blood. You're all cramped into this room and the actor says that the doctor prefers his applicant's "shaken not stirred." Right after that the whole room starts skaing, it's great.
Also, it was really creative that in the first room they used the movie Saw as the theme with the clown character and the last scene in the house is with this same character. It was nice to make the house come full circle like that.
There were a few actors that did an excellent job of scaring my group. Unfortunately, the majority of the actors in the house are children and I have a difficult time being frightened by kids. Right at the beginning you're ushered through this big room/hallway where there's kids telling you to "get out" and "go away," it is not very convincing and does not set the mood very well.
Although the characters did manage to stay in character is was slightly disruptive and ruined the effect when, after they would scare us, they would follow it up by telling us to "watch our step" or "be careful" down the staircases and such.
I was surprised a few times, they definitely tried to use the "boo" factor.
I very much liked the themes in the house and that it came full circle in the end. The actor who scared me the most was probably the "Saw" clown character. One of the other good rooms was the one with the gorilla. You get scared twice in that room. It was crazy.
There was plenty of parking available in the parking lots and on the street.
The sound effects and music were pretty good, too.
In my opinion, the best actor in the house was the lady before the Blood Donation room that kept asking us questions and wanted to know if we were ready to donate. She was really good and stayed in character very well.
I only had one problem with this house. About half way through, the group in front of us must have lost one of their members somehow and we were stuck waiting in a hallway until they found their other person for about 20 minutes. After that, we did have to wait for some employees to fix part of the mechanics of the house. Otherwise it was pretty decent.
Lastly, I would not recomment this house for anyone under 10. Although I was not very frightened, there was a boy of about 10 in our group who cried through the whole thing and was scared out of his mind. Therefore, I would not recommend it for anyone around that age or younger.
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