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.  

Haunt Review: Haunted Overload

Haunt Review: Haunted Overload

Welcome witches and warlocks,

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire. For those who have never heard of it before, it is a haunted trail that has won ABC's The Great Halloween Fright Fight and also consistently ranks high on Hauntworld's list of scariest haunts. Given the fact that it was getting such high praise, I figured it was time I finally gave it a look to see what all the fuss was about. 

Haunt Review: Sinister Pointe's FEAR THE MARK

Haunt Review: Sinister Pointe's FEAR THE MARK

Sinister Pointe has always been one of those places I couldn't wait to visit.  Not only do they have events all year round, but I've been told that they have crafted some of the best haunt experiences in Southern California.  As Halloween started to creep closer, many of us wanted to know if Sinister Pointe would be putting on a haunt for the season, and though there were rumblings that it may not have happened, the haunt community was delighted when the creators announced it's return.  For me, this would be my first time attending any of their events, so I was excited to see what everyone had been raving about.  This year, their haunt, aptly called FEAR THE MARK, would allow guests the chance to travel through one or all four of the portals leading into different dimensions of terror. 

Haunt Review: Circus Circus Presents FRIGHT DOME

Haunt Review: Circus Circus Presents FRIGHT DOME

The weekend before Halloween, I had the chance to drive up to Las Vegas and experience one of Sin City’s most well known haunted attractions, the Fright Dome.  The Adventuredome at Circus Circus houses this mega haunted attraction that features 6 mazes, 5 scarezones, a 4D experience of the top kills in Friday the 13th, 2 live shows, and much much more!  It’s a sight to behold and an experience that must take forever to create.  When speaking with creator Jason Egan, he mentioned that they have already begun work on next year’s show and I don’t blame him, the amount of preparation and dedication to creating such an event is mind-boggling. This year’s festivities brought 3 new experiences featuring Krampus, the deadly animatronics from Five Nights at Freddy’s, and a solo experience through an insane asylum in Ouija.  Something that I have never seen in any haunt before was the use of a “guide” who led you throughout each maze.  At first I was taken aback but I soon realized how much of an added benefit that was.  These guides could signal to the scare actors when guests were coming through as well as join in on the antics taking place.  It was such a great added element that I wish more large scale haunted attraction would consider doing as it really helps with crowd control and pulsing the line.  With all that said, I’m sure you are curious as to what I thought of Fright Dome, so without further ado, here are my reviews of all 6 haunted mazes! 

Haunt Review: Horseman's Hollow

Haunt Review: Horseman's Hollow

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the haunted attraction Horseman's Hollow held at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  I am sure most of us hear the location and immediately begin to imagine The Headless Horseman from Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and on that score we would not be wrong.  In fact, Philipsburg Manor itself is just across the street from the famous Old Dutch Church so the entire event is steeped with legends of The Horseman.  How does a forty minute haunt experience centered on The Headless Horseman work, one might ask?  Well, read on to find out. 

Haunt Review: Busch Garden Tampa's Howl-O-Scream

Haunt Review: Busch Garden Tampa's Howl-O-Scream

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the pleasure of attending Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa this year and I thought I would offer up a few thoughts on the event.  To give a little perspective, this marks my seventh year attending Howl-O-Scream so, since they sometimes repeat a house with minor changes, my perspective may be a little different than that of a first time attender.  Like with my other haunt reviews, I will put the houses in the order I saw them, not necessarily from favorite to least favorite.  Now, onto the review!

Haunt Review: Freakling Bros. Presents THE TRILOGY OF TERROR

Haunt Review: Freakling Bros. Presents THE TRILOGY OF TERROR

Most people aren't willing to drive four hours out of their way for a haunted house, but I don't consider myself to be like most people.  For the past few years, I've been hearing about a haunt, located in Las Vegas, that was considered to be one of the best in the country.  This haunt, THE TRILOGY OF TERROR, presented by the Freakling Bros. Horror Show offered guests three houses of fear.  This past weekend, I made the trek to Las Vegas to experience what Freakling Bros. had to offer and see if I could push my limits by entering their R-rated, waiver signing experience, "The Gates of Hell."  

Haunt Review: Forest of Fear

Haunt Review: Forest of Fear

Hello again, ghosts and ghouls!  Taylor Terrible's back with another review, but this time it's going to be a little different than what I normally do...this will be my first haunt review!

Now, let me give you a little backstory here.  The last time I was at a haunted house, I think I was about twelve years old.  I remember it like it was yesterday, because it was one of the worst days of my life.  It was a daytime children't haunted house, and this was long after I had discovered my love for horror, so I thought I would make it through just fine.  I did, and we got to the very last moment of the house, where the guide took us into a little room that looked very much like a Victorian-style bedroom, furnished with old, tattered window trims and chairs with ripped seat cushions...the works.  It looked great.  Except I got stuck next to the night table.  Well, let me tell you, I triggered something and the night table popped open revealing one of the scariest demon faces I've ever seen in my life, causing to pee myself and run out of the house screaming. 

Haunt Review: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Haunt Review: Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

There's something simply magical about the turn of the seasons this time of year.  The first tickle of chill in the fall air, leaves lining quiet residential streets, hell, even the air smells different.  While life in LA doesn't exactly afford one the true autumn experience that you're most likely to get in, say, the North East, that just means we savor every inkling of it that we can get.  When offered to attend the LA Haunted Hayride this year, we jumped at the opportunity.  What better way to ring in the Halloween season than a haunt in a hayride!? So when the day came, my lovely girlfriend, Elissa, and I headed out to the Griffith Park Abandoned Zoo to see what the hayride had to offer. This review is a combination of both of our thoughts, however, I will notate Elissa's comments to differentiate from my own. 

Haunt Review: Winchester Mystery House Candlelit Tour

Haunt Review: Winchester Mystery House Candlelit Tour

The Winchester Mystery House is something I've always wanted to go to as the name has popped up many times throughout my life.  From the first time my grandparents told me about their trip to all the ghost-hunting and paranormal experiences I've seen on TV or read about, it would be an understatement to say I was excited to be experiencing The Winchester Mystery House Candlelit Tour.  My fiance and I arrived promptly at 5:20pm as we had been instructed to arrive an hour early for check-in since our tour would be departing at 6:30pm; however, it didn't go down that way. 

Haunt Review: 2016 Northwest Terror Tour Seattle/Tacoma

Haunt Review: 2016 Northwest Terror Tour Seattle/Tacoma

Troy Crivellone and Nathan Fultz of the Northwest Haunters Association have really stumbled on a great community building effort with their Northwest Terror Tour.  The genesis of the idea was Crivellone and Fultz searching for a way to expose the Northwest haunt family to a variety of haunts in one night in a new and unique way.  From that inspiration came a fun party bus adventure to three local haunts in the Seattle/Tacoma greater area, with a similar tour of Portland area haunts happening just the night before.  With great enthusiasm and blown vocal chords, Crivellone and crew ushered us all on our chariot through a windswept Seattle evening. 

Haunt Review: The 17th Door

Haunt Review: The 17th Door

I’ve been going to haunts since I was a kid, so now at the ripe age of 33 I have a pretty good idea of what to expect when attending haunted attractions.  When you go to as many haunts as I do, you start to become desensitized and I could tell that this was beginning to happen to me.  At the urging of a friend, I was told to go to a new haunt that had just opened last year called, THE 17TH DOOR, located in Tustin, CA.  From the exterior, it’s quite clear that looks can be deceiving, you would never imagine the horrors awaiting inside as it’s located at the bustling Marketplace, a popular outdoor shopping plaza.  

Haunt Review: The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor

Haunt Review: The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor

One event that we were looking forward to the most this year was the return of Queen Mary's Dark Harbor.  This season, a lot of the fan's favorite haunts would be returning, along with their beloved spirits - Scary Mary, Graceful Gale, and Samuel the Savage; however, a new icon was introduced to mix things up, the commanding Iron Master, along with a new maze, INTREPID, that would give guests a glimpse into the world of their new master.  As with last year, Dark Harbor impressed us with their characters, their attractions, their immersive elements, and some of their scares.  They know their fans love them and it's apparent that they love their fans. This is a place that has passion and drive in not only their designs but in wanting to please and impress their guests as much as possible. So without further ado, lets take a closer look at their haunted mazes this season!