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Please note: this review is for the 2019 season rather than the current season.

Dominion of Terror

by PaigeBerrier (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at about 8:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Dominion of Terror has been one of my longtime favorite haunts! This haunted house, located in Sheboygan, is an incredible volunteer-run nonprofit, with a very reasonable ticket price, AND the only haunted house to do a special encore every spring (seriously thank you for giving me my fix halfway through the year)! It’s amazing to see how they completely redo the whole thing again and again, creating a new path to walk through and unique sets every time. This is one I definitely look forward to!

My spouse and I visited DOT on Saturday, October 26, which is traditionally one of the busiest days in the haunted house season. We got there around 8:30PM, and elected for their speed pass (VIP) option, which I would definitely recommend given availability for those who don’t want to wait! However, DOT does have a partially indoor waiting area, refreshments, and a little shop to provide entertainment while you wait in line. With the speed pass, we were able to bypass most of the regular line, waiting only minutes before we entered into the haunt with another pair, making us a group of 4.

This is a multi-story, long, and intricate haunt - there are a few flights of stairs up and down, and one very memorable slanted room! I loved their campfire area as they explained the rules - the actors in there were amazing and really set the scene for the night. There were several other awesome “outdoor” (they were indoor for real) scenes, including some spooky, dark, shiny water and a really nasty little outhouse! There was a movie theater scene I thought was super unique as well, and we really liked an area with tight, dark hallways and a slow, creepy strobe. One other thing we really enjoyed this year was how funny some of the actors comments were! They were really quick witted and made us laugh in between our screams!

Signage / Visibility / Location


This is a very visible, easy to find haunt located in a big, 3-story brick building with lots of signage. One area I always have felt they could improve on a little is the parking, as it’s not very clearly labeled, and there is no direction, but it’s not hard to figure out!

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is half indoors, half indoors, with a booth next to the ticket area for refreshments. They also have a nice shop with branded merchandise and some other jewelry and accessories. While we didn’t encounter a lot of actors personally during our very short wait, I saw them walking around interacting with the general crowd!

Actors' Performance


The actors at DOT have good timing, although at the front of the line, I did feel just a few too many of the jump scares were saved for the end. However, there were some amazing screamers, and a lot of scary humor in the mix, which we loved!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


There is a ton of variety in DOT’s sets, with some memorable ones being “outdoor” scenes, tight hallways with fake doors, a weird movie theater, a religious living room, and a room full of boxes we dubbed “Moving: The True Horror”!

Length


This haunt is nice and long, taking at least 30 or 45 minutes to go through!

Crowd Control


I thought they did a great job controlling the crowds, especially for such a busy night. A few times we encountered other groups, but always we were held back by actors in character, or they stalled the groups behind us.

Most Memorable Moment


My most memorable moment was a bathroom scene that seemed to happen again, and again, and again… ;)

Summary

Dominion of Terror has been a long time favorite haunt of mine, and once again, they have produced a haunted house that is long, creative, fun, and scary! I love what they do for their local community, and I really look forward to seeing their new ideas year after year! I can’t wait to revisit the horror this spring for their Terror in April!

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August 5th, 2020 5:04 p.m. CDT 11.13b