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2009 Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020) Event Reviews


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Please note: this review is for the 2009 season rather than the current season.

Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by CC2 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Monday, October 26, 2009 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

The Dominion of Terror is located in an old multi-story building, so it has the natural aura of a haunt.



There are colored lights behind the boarded up windows on the outside overlooking the outdoor waiting area.



Once inside the building, you progress up a staircase to begin your journey through the attraction which covers several floors.



This year's version of Dominion features a walk through a graveyard, complete with a hearse as well as a stroll through a mortuary leading to a morgue.



There are also rooms devoted to a classroom scenario, abandoned mine, a torture chamber with screaming prisoners and ornery guards and a segment of woods with a waterfall into a pond.



There was also an ode to the Confederacy with several Southern voice affected actors sharing some opinions with us.



At one point, we passed through a room set as a barn of sorts with a very strong odor that was quite unpleasant.



Dominion makes good use of its host facility and is a well thought out and diverse event.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Consult website for directions. If unfamiliar with Sheboygan, it might be a little difficult to find. The sign at the approach has a flashing marquee to look for once in the area.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


One of the drawbacks of this event is that you must wait outside in the open to enter the attraction. In the event of rain/cold, dress accordingly as there is essentially no shelter.

There was one portable toilet facility available at the time of my visit.

While we waited, two actors in straight jackets gave very active performances interacting with those waiting in line.

Actors' Performance


During my visit, the actors gave good performances and were certainly conscious of trying to startle the visitors.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Dominion has fairly elaborate sets and props and a broad set of scenes in this year's haunt. Make up is better than average.

Length


It takes about 20-25 minutes to complete the trip through the attraction.

Crowd Control


As was mentioned, there is a rather small, outdoor corralled waiting area outside of the main entrance. Groups of about 4-6 are called into the house about every 5 minutes or so.

This event is not well set up to accommodate large crowds.

Most Memorable Moment


The most memorable character of my visit was a man in a top hat with a mouthful of needle teeth who met us at the inside entrance to the house. He led us into the graveyard after a brief speech posing under a blue light and he then triggered some scares during our walk through the graveyard.

Summary

Dominion of Terror has become a fairly polished event with the passage of time from it's early years in its current location. It is now an elaborate series of rooms with a number of different themes to experience. Care has been given to the construction of the sets and the appearance of the actors and it is a worthwhile haunt to visit. The scare factor is moderate, but it is an enjoyable haunt to attend, overall.

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Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by dirkadirka (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Always in my top three, this year Dominion of Terror is my favorite haunt in Wisconsin.   This non-profit event never repeats rooms and always has expert set design/construction.  What surprised me this year was the scare factor.   This is easily the most difficult aspect of a haunt to review because there are so many variables that can change an already subjective experience.
  
I was forced to go first and got the initial glance at each room.  Several times I groaned and sincerely dreaded uncovering what horror lay within.  In the worst rooms, (or best depending on how you look at it), we would all get an initial scare, then become disoriented, then frantically look for an exit which was never obvious.  It may sound strange, but this required team work by a group of strangers and there was a sense of relief every time we made it out together.
   
There is a difference between being scared and being fearful.  Big noises, surprises, and shocking gore may scare you, but being terrified requires a human element that monsters and props can’t deliver.  Dominion of Terror was terrifying to me because the actors got in my head and clouded the part of my brain that says, “This isn’t real, just have fun.”  Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that anyone else will have the same experience as me, but in my case it worked.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Day or night, rain or shine, Halloween or not, this hundred year old
warehouse is creepy and the outdoor waiting area sets up the terror to
come perfectly.   From the hearse to the lights flashing through
boarded up windows, the whole scene is appropriately ominous and heavy
metal music does nothing to cover up the roar of a chainsaw that awaits
your group.  Two mental patients roved the snaking line and
relentlessly scared a group of young girls.  Their fake screams turned
very real when they accompanied my buddy and I through the haunt.

Actors' Performance


The sheer number of actors made all the scares more successful.  This allowed these ghouls to come at intruders in waves and keep anybody from getting complacent.  They employed startling, screaming, running, dialogue, moaning, misdirection, chainsaws, you name it.  At one point my friend got separated from our group and the morbid janitor whispered to him, “It’s just you and me now.”  The gate-keeper that greeted us at the entrance to the graveyard unsettled our entire group and set the tone for the rest of the haunt.

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


Dominion of Terror has a unique way of continuing themes for three or four rooms before transitioning to the next idea.  The school setting was great, but the torture rooms are truly haunting.  We felt sympathy for all the victims and the image of one particular girl with a leg injury will remain burned in my brain.

The attention to detail is fantastic in every room.  This is also true for all actors.  I did not see a single store-bought mask and the gory makeup is almost nauseating, in a good way.

Length


Time stretches depending on how scared you are.  It took us 25 minutes, but seemed to go on forever and a tiny part of me was relieved to be finished.  No comedic or “pop culture” rooms broke up the action and the feeling of being in a horror movie persisted from beginning to end.

Crowd Control


Very good pacing.  We bolted through several rooms trying to get out as quick as possible and still did not run into the group ahead of us until halfway finished.  Some nifty misdirection by an actor allowed us to pass them and we never saw the poor souls again.

Most Memorable Moment


Of all the great actors, my favorite was the zombie in the graveyard.  He nailed his performance and should try out for the next George Romero:  ___-of the Dead movie.

Summary

I can’t guarantee you will be as scared as I was, but the $12 admission goes to a good cause.  The length is above average, the setting is above average, the scenes are above average, and in my opinion the actors are above average.  Might as well go find out for yourself, no?

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Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by globalbowler after attending on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Medium

Review

For 12.00 was a pretty good house to go to. Wasn't the scariest but did have alot of fun with the workers. They were interactive which is always fun to have when you go through a haunted house. If you have your choice betweent the Splatterhaus and the Dominion I would definately choose the Dominion of Terror

Summary

Was a fun place to go to I would consider it more of a interactive fun house with a few suprises throughout. Had fun.

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