Haunt Review: NIGHT SHIFT

Haunt Review: NIGHT SHIFT

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending the haunted attraction Night Shift and figured I would offer up my thoughts for fellow haunt enthusiasts.  To best describe the plot at play, I will use my own story summary:

"We are pressed into service as the new overnight crew at a warehouse where mysterious goings on have occurred."

Haunt Review: SCREAM-A-GEDDON

Haunt Review: SCREAM-A-GEDDON

If you have been to Orlando, Tampa, or anywhere in between on I-4 in the last three years, you have surely seen their billboards. Scream-A-Geddon started delivering scares to Dade City in 2015.  While the event has only been going here 3 years, the folks that run the event have also run an event in Indiana so they are no newcomers to the scare industry. The event features four mazes, a hayride and a midway. Adam Sala, manager at the event, told us that they wanted to create an environment that offered more than just going through the mazes and heading home, they want their guests to be able to spend an evening here. The midway features food, drinks, booths like caricature artists and 3D photos and fun diversions like Zombie Paintball and other games. Of course, the mazes are the stars of the shows, so let’s get to them!

Haunt Review: MABLE'S 6 FEET UNDER

Haunt Review: MABLE'S 6 FEET UNDER

MABLE'S 6 FEET UNDER brought its A-game in 2017. Not only did seasoned haunt visitors in our party absolutely quake in the presence of scare actors, but the maze itself was cohesively, beautifully crafted. Recommended for ages 12 and up, MABLE'S 6 FEET UNDER may be the best family-friendly haunt in Anaheim (if not all of Southern California). 

Haunt Review: SINISTER VALLEY

Haunt Review: SINISTER VALLEY

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending visiting the haunted house Sinister Valley in Temecula, California and figured I would offer up my thoughts for my fellow haunt enthusiasts.

Haunt Review: THE QUEEN MARY'S DARK HARBOR

Haunt Review: THE QUEEN MARY'S DARK HARBOR

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the pleasure of attending The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor this year and figured I would offer up a few thoughts on the event for my fellow haunt enthusiasts.  Just so everyone knows where I am coming from, I have never attended this event in the past, though it has been on my radar for quite some time.  Like my other reviews, I will be putting the houses in the order that I saw them with some random thoughts on the other going ons thrown in for good measure.

Haunt Review: SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN FRIGHT FEST

Haunt Review: SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN FRIGHT FEST

A few weekends ago I had the chance to travel up to Valencia, CA for Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest. Though I wasn’t overly impressed with last year’s event, I went in hoping that this year’s haunts would wow me and convince me that Fright Fest should not be missed. Though there were some bumps along the way, Fright Fest definitely proved that they are on the right track and are making the changes needed to become one of the go-to haunted attractions of the season. The following is my review of each of the haunts and scare zones in the order that I went through. 

Haunt Review: THE SCREAM ZONE

Haunt Review: THE SCREAM ZONE

The Del Mar Fairgrounds in sunny San Diego gets transformed into the menacing Del Mar Scaregrounds where it hosts the yearly The Scream Zone. Preparations for this event begin immediately after the San Diego County Fair concludes on July 4th. They spend 2 and a half months creating the haunts, hiring actors and getting everything else ready to make sure they put on a fun and great show. I attended this year, it’s 20th year to be exact, under a full Harvest Moon’s light.

Haunt Review: KNOTT'S SCARY FARM

Haunt Review: KNOTT'S SCARY FARM

Recently, Craig, Melinda, and Megan had the chance to attend Knott's Scary Farm's opening night and offered up a few thoughts on the event for all you haunt enthusiasts. All three had never attended Knott's Scary Farm before so they were eager to take on the granddaddy of theme park haunted attraction. The following is their recap of each of the haunt mazes and scare zones they took on. 

Haunt Review: THE 17TH DOOR

Haunt Review: THE 17TH DOOR

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the pleasure of attending THE 17TH DOOR: LOCKED UP this year and figured I would offer up a few thoughts on the event for my fellow haunt enthusiasts. Just so everyone knows where I am coming from, I have never attended this event in the past, though I am well aware that it is a semi-continuous story. I also was able to participate in their VR experience too so I will be putting up some thoughts on that to boot. 

Haunt Review: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Scare Zone

Haunt Review: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Scare Zone

As promised here is part 2 of our review of Halloween Horror Nights 27 at Universal Studios Orlando:  The Scarezones and the shows!  If you haven’t attended HHN before, you may be confused about what exactly a scarezone is.  Scarezones are different than houses or mazes because they are in common walking areas of the park.  You do not wait in line and are able to move freely, as do the scare actors.  These areas can be extremely immersive, placing you into the story they tell.  A lot of people rush through on their way to houses or restaurants, but I feel it is very much worth checking these out for a while.  Watching the scare actors in these zones scare others is one of my favorite pastimes! 

Haunt Review: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS HOLLYWOOD

Haunt Review: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS HOLLYWOOD

Welcome witches and warlocks,
 
I had the pleasure of attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this year and figured I would offer up a few thoughts on the event for my fellow haunt enthusiasts. Just so everyone knows where I am coming from, I have only ever attended the Universal Studios Orlando version of this event, so I was eager to go to this event.  That being said, I did only get to go through each house once, so my thoughts are limited to a one time view which may not account for any bad runs or improvements made over the course of the event.  Like my other reviews, I will be putting the houses in the order that I saw them with some random thoughts on the various shows and scarezones I saw thrown in for good measure.

Haunt Review: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Haunt Review: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

For the 27th year in a row, Halloween once again descends on Universal Studios Orlando, bringing with it thrills, chills and even a few laughs now and then.  For the second year in a row, we have 9 houses (mazes for you west coasters), 5 scare zones and 2 shows to entertain and terrorize us.  As you may know, mother nature treated us to her own horrifying event with Hurricane Irma just one week prior to the event starting.  While the houses sustained little damage, the street zones and shows have felt the effects of the storm.  The Academy of Villains were performing an abbreviated show on a small temporary stage.  Some of the scarezones did not feel complete and there were visible technicians working on lighting and set pieces every night of the first weekend.  Because of that, this review will focus on the houses for this year’s event with another article featuring the shows and scare zones making its way to you early next week. 

Haunt Review: THE IT EXPERIENCE

Haunt Review: THE IT EXPERIENCE

Last night, I had the chance to preview the new pop-up haunt, THE IT EXPERIENCE, located in the heart of Hollywood, in anticipation of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's upcoming IT film. Situated on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, this two-story home was designed to mimic the look of the infamous Neibolt House where It lives. Guests are guided through each room by little Georgie, where they get to experience fully immersive set designs, unique props, and surprising scares. 

Haunt Review: Santu Deliria Inductio

Haunt Review: Santu Deliria Inductio

SANTU DELIRIA: INDUCTIO appears to be the first chapter in a much larger, staged series of immersive experiences. Clocking in at about a half-hour, you enter a rift so contained and peculiar you are shocked the tickets are not thrice the current asking price. And I must say, when there is another chapter from SANTU DELIRIA, I will be among the first to hold out my hands demanding, "more, more." 

Haunt Review: Motel 6 Feet Under

Haunt Review: Motel 6 Feet Under

My last haunt of the year ended up being one of my favorite haunts of the Halloween season; Motel 6 Feet Under, which I personally think is one of the best independent haunts in all of Southern California.  This is one of those rare haunts that has the best of everything - heart and soul, passion and drive, impeccable set design and quality scares.  Last year was their inaugural year and I unfortunately I did not get the chance to stop by, but I made it a point to get there this year and it was well worth it. 

Haunt Review: Field of Screams The Haunted Stadium

Haunt Review: Field of Screams The Haunted Stadium

Last year, one of the first haunts I heard about in Southern California was Field of Screams The Haunted Stadium, and ever since going to their event I've had a soft spot in my heart for them. I was really looking forward to experiencing their haunt this year because it's clear that the people putting this on love the haunt community and work hard at making the best haunts that they can; however, this year was a lot different than last year.  Putting aside the fact that when I went it was right at closing time, resulting in not as many scare actors around, I felt like the overall tone of the event was much somber than the previous year and it was missing a lot of the fun and over-the-top, spooky shenanigans I had become familiar with.  Pushing those feelings to the side, I went into each maze with a clean slate hoping for the best.  In the end, though this event fell short for, I at least got to experience a few mazes that left me grinning and spooked.  

Haunt Review: Sinister Pointe's NOT SO MERRY HOLIDAY HAUNT

Haunt Review: Sinister Pointe's NOT SO MERRY HOLIDAY HAUNT

Are you Naughty or are you Nice?  I was definitely on the Naughty list at Sinister Pointe's "Not So Merry Holiday Haunt."  Last weekend, I finally got a chance to go to a haunt representing the one and only Nightmarish Conjurings which got me in the mood!  For the holidays of course. Seriously, what were you thinking? 

Haunt Review: The Hyde Street Massacre

Haunt Review: The Hyde Street Massacre

I've been a fan of the Bloodshed Brothers, Zachary and Jeromy Ball, since I attended their joint haunt along with Twisted Scare at Lake Elsinore's Haunted Stadium last year.  However, this year the Bloodshed Brothers branched off, and what seemed like a last minute decision, decided to put together their own haunt in Temecula, CA.  Initially I was pretty bummed that they weren't going to be with the Haunted Stadium anymore, but I knew these twin brothers had talent and I wanted to make it a point to check out their latest endeavor.  I'm happy to report, that even with a short time span to make everything come together, they ended up putting together one hell of a haunted attraction. 

Haunt Review: GORLESQUE!

Haunt Review: GORLESQUE!

There is something to be said about a haunt that combines terror, gore, and hot men and women. For some reason, it seems to just go together, like two puzzle pieces meant to fit into each other perfectly.  When I first heard about GORLESQUE! I was attending Monsterpalooza and was very intrigued with their marketing.  In front of me stood a large cage, around 8 ft tall, which housed a dancer scantily clad and looking a bit worse for wear.  The reason being is that she's not exactly alive, but that didn't stop the hordes of men (and women) from taking selfies with her as she tried to make all those that got near her into a little snack.  Fast forward a few months to Midsummer Scream and guests had the chance to experience their mini version of what they would be offering come Halloween time.  Having had the chance to go through their mini experience and come face to face with the world of Dr. Weltschmerz, I can say with certainty, that this was one of the haunts I was looking forward to the most.  

Haunt Review: Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream

Haunt Review: Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream

There is something to be said about a haunt that combines terror, gore, and hot men and women. For some reason, it seems to just go together, like two puzzle pieces meant to fit into each other perfectly.  When I first heard about GORLESQUE! I was attending Monsterpalooza and was very intrigued with their marketing.  In front of me stood a large cage, around 8 ft tall, which housed a dancer scantily clad and looking a bit worse for wear.  The reason being is that she's not exactly alive, but that didn't stop the hordes of men (and women) from taking selfies with her as she tried to make all those that got near her into a little snack.  Fast forward a few months to Midsummer Scream and guests had the chance to experience their mini version of what they would be offering come Halloween time.  Having had the chance to go through their mini experience and come face to face with the world of Dr. Weltschmerz, I can say with certainty, that this was one of the haunts I was looking forward to the most.