Please note: this review is for the 2012 season rather than the current season.

The Hill Has Eyes

by Villwoc6 after attending on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Low Fear Factor: Medium


Lets start off with the very beginning. Parking! So, when you first some in, there is no lights. Which is fine, but there is no signs either. Very confusing where to get tickets from and where to park/go. Just to mention, I went with a group of 9. So, after we finally find someone to talk to, he directs us behind a house and down a hill. We finally find the ticket booth! As some may know, it costs $23 to get in. As we purchase our tickets, we find out we have to sign a wavier in case of heart attack/tripping in the woods. I thought to myself, this should be great! We have to sign a waiver to get in, should be scary!

So, we go to the first Haunted Trial, "Failed Escape". If you like Haunted Attractions, you usually read up on them and read their back story. Well, this is suppose to be about an abandoned area that held nuclear waste. When we get to the front of the line, the lady asks how many. We say 9. She says, "Okay, groups of 4". We asks if a group of 4 and a group of 5 go through, and shes says that's fine. So my group goes first, and we instantly meet up with the group that was in front of us. Nothing better than seeing the freight before your turn! So we stop and wait. Finally we get to walking, and what the people were saying was humorous. "Boo", "Ahhh", and "Rawr". Last time I checked, those weren't scary. Also, there was no make up, just store bought masks. The theme of the haunt, nuclear waste site, and the theme of the masks didn't match. All of a sudden Pin Face was there... huh? Anyways, walking through the first trail, there was some good things, but mostly bad. It took us about 10 minutes to get through the first trail.

Anyways, onto the second trail! This one is called, "Hunger Hollow". We wait in line about 5-10 min, and the lady asks, "How many people". We say 9. Shes says, "groups of 4". We asks if we can do 4 and 5, like we did the last house. She says, "I don't know, I'm not really sure". So we decide to just do 3/3/3 in this trail. My group was first. This one was okay. Random noises in the woods. However I felt like I was walking through a museum. Instead of people scaring you, it was just scenes. A scene of a butcher, a scene of someone dying, a scene of someone getting their arm cut off. All the same. There were some characters in the woods. One particular laying dressed as shrubs did get us. By the end of the trail, my group of 9 were only 5 seconds apart. This trail took about 10 mins. to walk through. It leads you us to the final attraction...

Scare Lift. This is where you go up the ski hills lift hill. I felt this was the scariest thing for my so far! The sounds as it raddled and creaked, and plus no bar to strap you in. I'm just waiting for someone to fall, because this attraction offers a beer tent, before and after you go through the haunts. Anyways, we get to the top of the hill, its about a 4 min ride on the ski lift. And we see a tent on the top, this could be seen from Rawson Ave if you live in Franklin. As we wait in line, you hear the chain saw stop, its out of gas. It starts again, 5 min go by, and it is out of gas. Finally its our turn and we go in groups of 3 again. This was a fully enclosed tent, so when you walked inside, it was just gas fumes from the chainsaws and it was bad to walk through. There was some good scare moments, but it was just gas smoke and strobe lights with a few monsters behind the walls. This attraction took less than 3 min to go through. As we exited the attraction, they finally opened one end of the tent because it was so smokey in there.

After the last attraction, you walk down the hill, passing the beer tent, and to your car. Your done! As we were saying yesterday, $23 for 23 min of scares. Eh...


In summary, it is a new haunted attraction. With that being said, I wouldn't pay the full $23 dollars again. This haunt is maybe a 12-15 dollar haunt. There is some good scares, but it is mostly just scenes. There is no make up done, just store bought masks. The lines the actors were saying, weren't that great and the trails did have tripping hazards, but remember, if you fall, its at your own risk, you signed a wavier!

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Comments: (1)



Oct. 1, 2012, 1:08 p.m.

The waiver is the standard waiver that skiers always sign. They probably should have made that more apparent.

Crystal Ridge has been in operation since 1987. They've been serving booze in their chalet and giving skiers lifts for at least that long. Not one fall from the ski lift that I'm aware.

In my opinion, the lifts are perfectly safe so long as a person doesn't get the sudden urge to jump out of them.

I think I had a better experience than you but you do make some points. It would have been nice to see more nuclear waste type of scenes around the nuclear waste site. Why Pin Head indeed? Why not Toxic Avenger?


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