Please note: this review is for the 2008 season rather than the current season.
by Thefearwithin after attending on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at about 3:30 p.m.
Submitted: Monday, October 20, 2008
I was at Terror on Rural Street on the same night at almost the exact same time and there were probably 75-100 or more people waiting. The waiting area had several characters and creatures out to entertain the waiting crowd including a very tall (10 feet?) Frankenstein. We had about a 15 minute wait until our numbers were called. There was a heated indoor waiting area where you could watch what I think was a live video feed, as well as an outdoor area decorated as a cemetery with wrought iron gates.
The entry area into the house was new this year and featured doors that automatically open after the numbers were called. Once inside the area were we lined up was really cool. There was some more wrought iron gates leading to another cemetery scene that I am pretty sure was part of the scene at the end of the house because while we were waiting we could hear the screams as the groups went though. The actual entry was also new and look like an actual decrepit porch of a house. There was a rather nice man addressing the groups and telling some corny jokes. Not scary, but he had everyone laughing. A rather agitated "granny" beckoned us into the first room and told a brief story about the "house" and the evil within...She was very good and changed the mood immediately.
From then on it was a series of mostly well timed scares. Although some were predictable and one bordered on being corny, the were still effective.
The attention to detail is why we always come back here and this year there were some awesome scenes and FX. The make up and costumes were cool and it look like they are using a lot of latex FX's.
We always visit this place after going to one or 2 of the other events in the area because we better appreciate how they do things. Contrary to what was said in "another" review, we also appreciate the fact that he majority of the actors are ADULTS and not just teenagers that appear to not even want to be there! We were going to try to go through again, but by time we got out, the waiting areas were full as well as the parking lots!
This has always been one our favorite Halloween events because of the attention to detail. There may have been years when they were scarier (maybe gorier is the correct term), but I never have been more entertained or had so much fun. Some areas of note are the Killer Clown area, the Attic (creepy) and the Dining room.
For $10 you can't miss! Go early so you can get in TWICE!