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2013 Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020) Event Reviews


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Please note: this review is for the 2013 season rather than the current season.

Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by Kerry Koeppen after attending on Friday, October 25, 2013 at about 3:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

One couldn't ask for a better night attend a Haunted House! First the weather; perfect setting! Ominous, foreboding winds stirring up decaying leaves to the point of whirling eddies within the parking lot of Sheboygan's 'Dominion of Terror'; October, gearing its grinding teeth full throttle right at my face! ... This alone made it the perfect night for a Halloween haunt! I could've traveled 350 miles south to one of those 'most feared' places to take a ghost tour such as 'Bobby Mackey's in Wilder, Kentucky, to get my adrenalin rushing, but I didn't have to, WE have a true gem right in our backyard in the DOT. The opening sequence initiated 'panic mode' from Mother Goose having our group sit down in linear fashion while heeding us to obey the rules which were magically 'appearing' on the wall in front of us! I knew, as well as my group that we were in for a wild ride ahead! My intuitions were dead on of course; the monsters within seemed to be in their niche, almost to the point knowing their role for eternity, from slithering zombies to skulking sycophants of the dead, the 'fairy-tailed' theme decked itself out with full atrocity, with one thinking..'Can all fairy-tails be so bad???'' True to be known, as I myself had witnessed, they can take a sour-turn for the worst! I have been to over 100 different 'haunted house's throughout my 38 years, but what really stood out with the DOMINION OF TERROR is that the rooms and themes are different EVERY year, so if you come here expecting the same from last year, leave your underwear at home or bring an extra pair. This was by far with in the top 5 haunted houses I personally stepped into. Well done and thoroughly recommended!

Summary

Awesome! Was entertained and well put in my place as far as fear from the onstart! All monsters were dead-on (no pun intended..) in their roles, it was almost like each and every form within that place where in their collective niche, meaning to be there to scare all intruders who have to guts and bravado to come through. The entry-fee was very reasonable compared to other haunts, others who keep the same based theme year to year, that is..Overall, I give this years Jaycees 'Dominion of TError' spectacle an 9/10! Keeping that one point not reaching a TEN in my back pocket for next year!! ;) Very good acting, great atmosphere, monsters outside scaring the people in line were like the ones who broke their shackles within to come torture or commence fear into the ones wanting to enter. From the concessions outside, to the security, everybody knew their role and performed to job well! Sincerely Mr. Anonymous ;)

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Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by DarkWolf1088 (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Friday, October 18, 2013 at about 5:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: High Fear Factor: High

Review

Oh man. Friday the 18th was my first visit to the Dominion of Terror and let me just say it was an awesome experience. The Dominion of Terror is based in an old factory. From the roadway you can’t miss this building. The attraction has effects (like flickering lights and a soundtrack) on the exterior of the building. Even the building, without all the effects, is imposing in nature. Just the look of the building and that creepy feeling that the special effects give you, make a perfect combo for putting anyone in the mood for some scares.

I was with my fiancée and as we got in line we were immediately welcomed by the freaks and ghouls of the haunted house. I almost did not get in because an escaped insane asylum inmate tried to steal my ticket. Then he made the mistake of attempting to go through my fiancée’s purse. Needless to say the actors are already very committed at what they do before you even get inside the house. Furthermore, nobody in the line will be left alone. Everyone, at some time before they get inside, will get to deal with a dedicated actor. It provides for some immediate fun and scares, and even some laughs.

The wait was nothing dreadful. I believe my fiancée and I were only in line for 10mins at most before we got inside. Unless you ask to be by yourself or just you another person, the staff will generally pair small groups up. So if you are a major scardy-cat this may benefit you. My fiancée and I went with another couple inside the house. Once we were inside we were met with a sweet old lady that told us a story. What is unique is the story was really the rules of the attraction but presented in a fairy tale format. This is no safe zone. All I will say is be weary of the mice!

Once you receive this story you proceed on to the rest of the house. I was pleasantly surprised with the first few areas which took a detour from normal haunted house layouts and instead provided a wide open area. Be forewarned this does not mean that it is less scary. As we went through the house I began to pick up on the theme of this attraction. If you ever wanted to know what it would be like if you ever dropped some of your favorite childhood fairy tales into the pits of Hell, well the Dominion of Terror will show what that would look like.

The scenery was solid. With every area you knew where you were. With this fact and solid acting by the performers you will never be asking yourself, “what kind of area am I in now?”  The actors were committed to their roles which only deepened the immersion that you will experience  at this haunt. The actors also knew every nuance of how to scare. From yelling, to ambush tactics, to creepy portrayals, the visitor to the Dominion of Terror will experience it all. I have to give major kudos to the actors that lied in wait right in the open and were still able to make scares because people thought they were just a prop. Excellent job.

Dominion of Terror, however, does not just rely on great actors and great scenes to get the job done. Like all modern haunted houses, Dominion brings some of the latest technology out to help scare those that venture inside the house. You will certainly not be disappointed with what this house has to offer. Even better is that, even though this attraction is roughly 30mins long, the pacing was so good that the time spent inside felt longer and the pacing allowed you to take in each room and everything that the actors had to offer.

This was all around a fun and scary attraction. There was one point that an actor, knowing exactly what he was doing, almost got my fiancée to fall down onto her butt because he scared her just at the right moment. If you want the experience of escaping to different worlds than the Dominion of Terror is right up your alley.

Summary

In conclusion the Dominion of Terror is a full immersion haunted house. You will feel like you are someplace else and there are sights, textures, and smells which are all there to bring that feeling full circle. The actors are dedicated, committed, and good at what they do. They hold back no “punches” and they pick on everyone that walks through the house. Call me and tell me that I am wrong if you do not at some point get an actor in your face. Dominion of Terror was a great way to wrap up my Friday night, and it was a haunt that my fiancée and I were talking about all the way home.

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Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at about 2:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: High

Review

A creepily lit, old, multi-floored warehouse building greets you as you walk up to the Dominion of Terror. Which acts as the perfect backdrop to a solid haunt. Along with clowns and other creepy fellows taunting you as you wait to enter. 

The entrance and rules is like nothing I’ve seen before. They used a fairly tale theme. Having a sweet old lady, with perfect diction, sitting you down for a fairy tale as she explains the rules. With the book projected on the wall. Ending with a good fright. Sending you on your way. 

The most striking thing about this haunt is the elaborate sets and scenes you are sent through. A lot of rooms with trees, props, ghoulish sites. Whatever needed to take you into another world. All the while you deal with actors jumping out, interacting and scaring you along the way. One of my favorite aspects is you’re sent though dark hallways and dead ends. You feel constantly lost. You also encounter many rooms where the exit isn’t clearly known. Many times you had to feel around the walls and find a moveable wall, or some other way, to move on. It was a great way to make the haunt more interactive. Another wonderful aspect of the Dominion of Terror is the size of the haunt. It exists through multiple floors of a fairly large building. The haunt is huge and takes a long time to get through, especially with all the tricks and hidden exits. Making it a great value for a haunt. 

Overall I really enjoyed the Dominion of Terror and was pretty impressed. It has some great thrills, chills and surprises, even for an experience haunt goer. 

Signage / Visibility / Location


The haunt is easy to get to and find with lit up signs and an easy to see building. 

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is outside with beverages and food available for purchase. The were several costumed actors walking around to give you a fright. Especially the interactive clown. 

Actors' Performance


The acting was pretty solid. Some gave some great interaction and dialog. The effort was great to get a jump out of you. 

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The scenes were awesome and very detailed. Along with perfectly costumed actors to put you in the world they created.

Length


It took us at least 25 minutes to get through. 

Crowd Control


The opening sequence to explain the rules took a few minutes. Giving the other groups plenty of time to get ahead. We never heard another group at all. 

Most Memorable Moment


Trying to make our way through a vortex after feeling disoriented by figuring out our way through the haunt. 

Summary

This was a good, long haunt with plenty of unique scares around every corner. If you want some great bang for your buck I'd suggest hitting the Dominion of Terror.

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Dominion of Terror (CLOSED IN 2020)

by AndreaRose89 after attending on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

First off I have to say that I loved that they had a theme. Haunted Nursery Rhymes! Wicked! Some weren't as recognizable as other ones, but it was cool once you were able to pin point what some of them were and what they were trying to "re-create" in a sense. The decorations were very well thought out and put together. Especially the Hansel and Gretel scene. The exterior of the house looked so neat! Probably my favorite set! However towards the end of the haunt there was a maze filled with hanging clothes that was so confusing, we ended up running into another group and just walked with them. On a different note, the elements of surprise were very well done and my favorite character/actor is definitely Mother Goose. Her accent was awesome! She couldn't have done better.

Summary

Overall a haunted house worth going to. You get to see the nursery rhymes you loved as a kid....go wrong!

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