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2013 House of Bathory (CLOSED) Event Reviews


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

House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by jenpie after attending on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

awesome

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by jessiepribnow after attending on Friday, October 18, 2013 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This was one of my favorite haunted houses that I attended this year! The fact that they can touch you makes it much more better and scarier! I think having it a little longer would be better. The whole Disney theme was cool, I love how interactive they were too. It really matches up with the scare factor, if only they had an insane scare factor! But overall this was a great haunt and I suggest it for everyone who loves haunted houses!

Summary

One of the best, make room for it next year!

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by jenni314rce after attending on Friday, November 1, 2013 at about 2 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

Rad. Thats all. Nothing better. This is so original and I loved it.

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

by Dave to the Grind (Newbie Review Crew Member) after attending on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at about 4:30 p.m.

Fun Factor: Very High Fear Factor: Very High

Review

This has been my 3rd year attending the House of Bathory. It’s always been one of the most scary and unique haunts I’ve attended. This haunt is heavy on dialog, interaction and intense scares. Once again, I wasn’t disappointed.

There’s indoor waiting in the basement area of the building, with plenty of room and a movie playing. What’s unique is if the wait is long, you can leave your cell number and they’ll call you when you’re next up. Which is great if you want to check out an area business or location. Once ready, you head to the front of the building and inside you’re explained the rules. Which are different for the House of Bathory than most haunts in which touching is allowed. No inappropriate touching but actors will grab ankles, grab a shoulder and get pretty close to you. It adds to the intensity.

The theme to this year was a loosely based Disney theme. Though it’s not the Disney you’d expect, unless you expect Snow White with a chainsaw or a creepy chant of “It’s a small world after all.” You start with an excellent scene of a hotel lobby, with faulty electricity and great dialog. Then the scares start and you’re off. Coming across various scenes, some scary, some disturbing but all of them entertaining. Creeping out guests or leaving them screaming. The woman we walked through with several times covered her face and tried to get out of the room as soon as possible. The House of Bathory also requires interaction on your part. Whether it’s talking back to the actors, crawling over a cage, sliding down a ramp or sitting down next to a freak. It keeps this haunt intense and is not uncommon to see guests running up the street screaming.

Once again, the House of Bathory has been my favorite haunt so far of the season and I strongly recommend it. It’s a unique and intense haunt that will stand out this Halloween season. 

Signage / Visibility / Location


Easy to find with simple directions. There's a big sign and a creepy store frontage to let you know you're there.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


The wait area is indoors with a movie going for entertainment. You can also leave your number and go to a local establishment to wait.

Actors' Performance


The acting once again was some of the best you'll find. Including intricate dialog and interaction. 

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


The decorating and scenes were once again awesome. Pitting you in to all kinds of situations and settings. In some cases you're almost challenged to conquer a fear to move onto the next room.

Length


It took about 15 minutes to get through. 

Crowd Control


They offer plenty of time between groups so you never come close to another group or the actors aren't set in time for you. You never hear anyone else but the actors intending to scare you. 

Most Memorable Moment


 Meeting Buffalo Bill from the move The Silence of the Lambs. He had some choice words for us and a member of our group couldn't get out of there fast enough. If only she would have put the lotion in the basket sooner. 

Summary

Once again, this is my favorite haunt of the year so far.  The House of Bathory includes a lot of dialog, interactions, intense and unique scenes. Since the actors are allowed to grab and touch you in this haunt it adds more depth to the scares. There's constant heart pounding scenes and situations you are put into around every corner. Highly recommended. 

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House of Bathory (CLOSED)

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

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Very High

Review

The House of Bathory made me fear for my life.  I am not referring to the unexpected jump or shriek I make when something catches me off guard.  When I say that it caused me to "fear for my life", I mean that I actually feared for my life!  The haunted attraction industry has become far too commercialized and the focus has led astray from the main goal of actually making you afraid.  Unlike most haunted attractions, the House of Bathory isn't consumed with entertaining  attendee's by adding donut stands and rooms full of miscellaneous ghouls that grunt and growl.  In all honestly, not many of us over the age of 13 really get scared at Haunted Houses anymore.  I would highly recommend NOT attending the House of Bathory if you are under 13!  The House of Bathory also does not spend hours and tons of money working on marketing their attraction.  In fact, I think that they could care less if 2 or 200,000 people attend.  The only thing the House of Bathory cares about, is that you are truly frightened.  Imagine your worst fear, or a time in your life when you were so scared, that death seemed like a far better alternative compared to your current situation.  That, is the feeling you will experience during your time inside the House of Bathory. 

Finding the House of Bathory is difficult, primarily due to the one way street it is located on in downtown Manitowoc.    You will not find HUGE signs or spotlights that light the way, you will need the address.  There are no people standing outside waiting in a long line (similar to past years).  The wait for the House of Bathory has been moved inside, which is a huge relief on a cold or rainy evening such as the night we attended.  During your wait, you can expect to sit down, relax and watch an old fashioned scary movie on a large theater like screen.  It is warm and cozy while you wait, so enjoy the show and catch up with friends.  They wait until each group has completed the entire haunt before sending another through in order to make certain that the actors are prepared for their next victims.  The haunt also plays out like a real horror movie, so it is imperative that there is no overcrowding that might give away the ending.

I do not want to share too many details about the House of Bathory, as I fear it would take away from the plot.  I can tell you, that if you have been to the House of Bathory in the past, or any Dead by Dawn attraction ... this year is even better!  The House of Bathory is a FULL CONTACT haunted attraction.  That means the rule of "they can't touch me" does NOT apply and reminding yourself that they can't hurt you is OUT THE DOOR!  Humans may be harmed during this attraction.  I do not think that referring to the individuals inside as "actors" is fair, because I don't think they are "acting". They are truly twisted individuals, that live year round to divulge and release on you during the Month of October. 

In summary, if you are tired of being disappointed by haunted attractions that entertain more than they frighten you, then go to the House of Bathory.   The House of Bathory is unlike any other typical Haunted House and rephrasing the words of those who attended with me ... "HOLY CRAP (not exactly the word they used) I don't think I could do that again"! Thank you Dead by Dawn for bringing fear back to haunted attractions!

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