Please note: this review is for the 2008 season rather than the current season.
by svault after attending on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at about 2 p.m.
Submitted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This is a very hard review for me to write. For years, the Morgue has been my all time favorite haunt. Sure there are ones that get more exposure and spend lots of money on advertising, but the Morgue always blew them out of the water. While the "big dog" in town lost site of what a haunted house should be and their price continues to climb, the had Morgue perfected what they all should be: dark, scary, and priced reasonable! That's why this past Saturday was a letdown.
I'll start out by saying that we went when it was VERY busy. I've never seen so many people at this haunt before. Word of mouth has always been the best promotion, and this was proof. We were in group 261, which I believe was the last group. At $10 a ticket and between 4 to 6 in a group, that's pretty darn good for a haunt that does very little advertising! We arrived at 11pm, and took the walk through the woods which is normally one of the scariest parts of the night. Several times we saw a cluster of actors standing around talking. Sometimes they tried to scare us (a little late as we already saw and heard them), while others would just let us walk by. Several times I heard "We want b**bies", which I did NOT appreciate.
We came into the clearing, and waited over two hours! The wait did not bother me, sometimes that's the norm. They have the big bonfire, which is nice. And they have the snack bar, which is also nice. I question some of the music selection this year. Lots of Marilyn Manson, which I guess is ok. But 'When I Grow Up' by the Pussycat Dolls? Come on!!! You could tell it was getting to be the end of the night, as they were rushing people through. Near the end, they basically just said, 'everybody come in'. We were tipped off by security that this was going to happen, so I was ready. We ran for it, so we were the 1st to go through.
I'll say it right now, I was a little disappointed because it didn't seem to have changed at all from last year. If there were changes, I didn't see any... and I went through it twice last year because we loved it so much. Another disappointment was the actors. I know it was the end of the night, and they were tired and ready go to home. But they should have known that the remaining people were being sent through (at least 60 people!), and they should have been ready. Even the automated scares seemed to be off... as they would trigger as we were already past them.
Much of the house was dark and non-eventful. I've always said in my glorious past reviews of this house how I LOVED how dark it was. Now, I'm eating my words. When you're walking around in the dark for a long time and nothing happens, it's not very exciting. When we actually did walk into a room that had actors in it, they were all sitting around talking, some even with their masks off. After this happening multiple times, I started trying to scare THEM. I think I succeeded once.
Once again, the house ends with a big slide. At this point I was more than ready to get out and go home. It was only at this time, that someone actually scared me... because I wasn't expecting it. I've been waiting all year for this house to open, and I was extremely disappointed with it. I'm not sure we'll go again, and that bums me out.
- The guy doing the announcing of numbers. He did a good job of staying in character with his voice and what he said.
- Great location
- Decent snack bar
- Very little (if anything) changed
- Actors who took away from the scare instead of adding to it.
- Selling novelties that light up at the snack bar, even though they ask you don't bring anything that lights up into the house. Duh!