Please note: this review is for the 2012 season rather than the current season.
by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 5, 2012 at about 3 p.m.
Submitted: Thursday, October 11, 2012
2 years in the making. Their first year. Opening night. We were excited and expectations were high even before we arrived. Luckily we weren't disappointed with one of Wisconsin's newest haunts. Spotlights and neon lights make the Complex easy to see from a distance, like a haunted house in Vegas.
The Abandoned Haunted Complex is created from a large structure and is home to two haunts, Ambush and Hysteria. The haunts are connected and you leave one and head straight into the other. So it feels like one long seamless haunt, with two different experiences. The haunt as a whole moves at a good pace as you enter different rooms, themes and frights. Using amazing detail with the building of the sets, props, lights and sound. I found myself swiveling my head looking at the props and settings of every room we entered in awe. Leaving myself open for surprises.
The Hysteria proved to be part of the haunt that focused more on playing with your senses. Which pretty much tried to assault every sense except the sense of smell. Including touch as something as simple as little ropes hanging from the ceiling that gave you a feeling of walking through cobwebs. They did a beautiful job of not only having detailed settings, but the use of lights and sounds. The room that affected me the most had walls covered with black and white squares with the lights flashing. Actors and dummies stood in the room and you couldn't tell which was a real person as even the dummies felt like they were moving. The lights caused such optical movement that I couldn't walk straight. It was an awesome affect. The Hysteria was an excitingly different from your usual haunts, with new tricks.
The Ambush portion brought you into more creepy situations in excellent detail. This haunt enjoyed to startle you along the way. The props and the detail they put into creating the sets was amazing. It worked against you as you were busy checking out a tomb, a morgue or a butcher shop and actor was hiding somewhere to startle you. Hence the name Ambush. Even as you wandered into a battle field, a gun nailed you with a blast of air to keep you on your toes as if the battle sounds weren't enough. The most memorable part was the walking around a hospital. Where you walk around the outside before heading inside. It was just amazing to see a creepy building exterior while you are inside a complex. I heard constant comments of "oh wow" from members of our group throughout this haunt. It was quite an experience.