Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.
by Atrophy after attending on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at about 4 p.m.
Submitted: Saturday, October 17, 2009
***This will be interesting... let's see how long my second attempt at reviewing Burial Chamber, one of this web site's featured attractions will last. Its a shame the haunt industry can be so political***
Location: Easy to find with google maps right off the freeway. Entrances to the haunted houses were well decorated, good signage on the main haunt.
Wait: Had youtube videos playing for entertainment which ended up being more entertaining than the haunt. The hostess of the haunt had a good costume and was creepy. Best actor in the haunt. Entrances were well decorated. In hindsight, I wonder if they used most of their resources decorating the entraces.
Adrenaline: The haunt itself was simply put: mediocre. Perhaps I've seen too many better haunted houses to have been able to enjoy this one. The actors definitely tried, but its not for "scary" I'm convinced they were going for. Perhaps it wasn't completely their fault though; the fact that most were wearing street clothes did not help to make their performances convincing. Needless to say the majority of the "costumes" were significantly unimpressive. The clown, gas mask fellow were exceptions. There was one animatronic that I remember. A haunt should not in my opinion rely on animatronics, but a nice balance would have been good. How was the decore you ask? Picture setting up some colored lighting in the section of Home Depot where you pick up 2 x 4s and throw in some debris from your garage. And then add in some black tunnels. That's about it. The scares are the same ones you'd see done better at other, less over-marketed haunts. In today's trying economic times, I would have felt better giving my money to a haunt that felt like it was trying harder. You win some you lose some.
I've been to some worse haunts, sure, but considering how much marketing there is for Burial Chamber, I expected quite a bit more. Perhaps if they had invested the effort and money less on how big the marketing campaign and the sheer size of the attraction was and more on how much and what was in the haunt, it wouldn't have been so terribly bland. Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes at the cost of spreading actors, set design, and scares way too thin. I'll give it 2 out of 5 since it wasn't the worst and because 2 is the closest from the bottom, much like this haunt is to the list of haunts I've experienced.