Please note: this review is for the 2012 season rather than the current season.
by cerqsk8 after attending on Friday, October 5, 2012 at about 4 p.m.
Submitted: Monday, October 8, 2012
This site is located in Berlin, Wisconsin, in an apparently "Haunted Tannery". I had the opportunity to go on Friday night with a group of my fellow haunted house enthusiast friends. We were less than impressed, to say the least.
Apparently this is the first year that the haunt is in the Berlin Tannery (a 75,000 square foot facility that has paranormal societies from all over coming to investigate.) It is obvious that it is the first year that the production is within the building. Many things were lacking and there were parts of the haunt that were simply bare, open, and completely unfinished.
Given-the owner had only secured the building the week previous because the local fire marshal was giving him a lot of grief...still... If you are not entirely ready to open to the public then you should not or you should offer a walk-through at a discounted price. As it was, the haunt cost $20 to enter and it was nowhere near being worth the price.
Inside of the haunt, some of the props were well placed and added overall effect. However-the actors were very inexperienced and it was incredibly easy to predict exactly where they were coming from and what they were trying to do. Beyond this-there simply was not enough to entertain and/or scare the hugely experienced haunted house enthusiast.
Something that shocked me was how open one part of the haunt was. More walls were needed to make the haunt seem more enclosed and more claustrophobic. If others were going through the haunt at the same time as my group (which they were not-in fact, we were the only ones there for probably over an hour)...we would see the groups and it would lessen the effect of the haunted house even more.
The only truly impressive part of the of the haunted attraction was the 3D "Clown Room". They did a nice job with this room...using awesome painting techniques, tubes, and animatronics that were actually startling and impressive. It was the only part of the haunt that I truly enjoyed and truly found impressive.
Overall-the haunt took us only about 15 minutes to get through. It was not stimulating. It was not impressive. And it was only about 2,000 square feet out of the 75,000 square feet that they mention. Also-there is no heated waiting area so don't let them get you on that...not that you would be waiting...
In summary...I was less than impressed. My advice would be to wait this one out this year and hope that they add more next year. Happy Halloween!