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Welcome back for another installment of HH365.com. Last night the team took the very long trek up to Brighton Asylum for their One Night Only Night Of The Creeps Attraction.
This attraction brings all of your favorite Horror characters to life and throws them right into your face. This is something I always thought more Haunts should get on board with. Even if it is just one night. Surround the fan base with their favorite Murderers and Madmen. Torture them with the Villains of the movies that have made fans jump out of their seats for now approaching decades.
Well lets get to the review. The first stop at Brighton Asylum is The Tunnel. While standing in line to enter The Tunnel, we were handed fully automatic weapons. These were given to us to mow down the Zombie uprising that was terrorizing The Tunnel. Once we entered the building we were loaded into an elevator to take us down to The Tunnel. We were greeted in the elevator by a Southern Sheriff by the name of Hoyt. His job was to inform us that his nephew was looking for new faces to slice off and wear as his own. And at this point, I knew standing in the cold and the three hour drive was totally going to be worth every second of it.
This was our third trip through The Tunnel this year, as they did not change much of the design or decor of The Tunnel. They really did not have to. A lot of the Movie Maniacs fit right into the existing Facade. Brighton Asylum did a wonderful job using what they already have and mixed new characters into it flawlessly. From Historic Psychopaths to Modern Evil, The Tunnel brought it hard. Lets get to the scoring
After escaping The Tunnel, You are stripped of your weapons and head up to the door of Brighton Asylum. This was amazing because right out side of the entrance you are greeted by one of the little girls jumping rope in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Without saying a word she starts singing. 1,2 Freddy's coming for you, 3,4 Better lock your door. She continues with her song as she hands out the please touch necklaces. When she was done handing out the necklaces and finished her Nursery Rhyme she waves you on in and lets you know that Freddy is waiting for you.
The Night of The Creeps was the best attraction we have seen out of Brighton Asylum. And walking through the many corridors of the Asylum brought so many Movies we have all watched over and over again to life. In one case for the girlfriend it became a little too real. Having an already existing gigantic phobia of Jason Voorhees, This is what made everything so worth it. I am going to run through the scene. As you walk down a dark corridor you see Mr. Voorhees for a split second, then he disappears behind a door. Well, as you turn the corner. Mrs Voorhees is standing there yelling at you for letting her little boy drown. As you walk passed her you hop on a little bridge over looking what would be Crystal Lake per say. Well that is where my night went from good to great as Jason Voorhees jumped out of nowhere and literally tried to drag my Girlfriend over the bridge into his lake. This prompted a scream from her that probably woke at least 10 dead people. This was the biggest scream I have ever heard out of her. AMAZING JOB! That 15 second interval made the cold and the trip worth it.
Adding many movies into the Asylum, they did a fantastic job recreating New and Old Horror and bringing it to Life. Here are the Scores for the Asylum.
Not that this will be much surprise, but here is what we scored the Night Of Creeps Attraction at Brighton Asylum.
That is our coverage from The Night Of Creeps. Stay Tuned this week as we have FINALLY wrapped up our Award Winners for 2016. With Transworld coming up and all of the haunts looking forward to next season we wanted to get our Awards finalized. These will be posted by the end of the week to see who was BEST OF THE BEST FOR 2016. Stay tuned and thanks for reading.
Welcome Back To HH365 for the start of the 2017 Haunt Review Tour! Our first stop in 2017 brings us all the way out to Lancaster, PA and the Field of Screams Haunted Attraction. As you can see by the photo above, Field of Screams is celebrating their 25th Anniversary. This will be our second official visit to Field of Screams. With some Haunted Attractions, visiting the next year is usually the same visit as the year before. With FOS, they destroyed that stigma. Dead and Buried. Now, lets get into what we LOVED about FOS for 2017.
As you enter Field of Screams from the main entrance, you really just get blown away with everything that is going on. There is a live band playing, there is already a ton of excited customers waiting for the attractions to open. Then there is great food and unique games to keep you occupied if you arrive early and have to wait for attractions to open. In our group, we love Haunted Attractions but we really enjoy the night out aspect. We love a Haunt where we can stay the night and just wander around the fun of the Fall evening. FOS offers that experience and at very affordable pricing.
While in line waiting to speak to the ticket clerk we were able to see the line entertainment for the evening.
After turning in our ticket we are walked into a very large downhill decent into the underground of Philadelphia. This attraction is located deep in the basement of this old building. As you watch the building turn from brick to rocks you can see how deep you are under the Philadelphia Streets.
After reaching the ticket taker, you get your free photo taken that arrives on their Facebook page and you are on your way.
Fright Factory will be judged as an entire Attraction for our purposes. The biggest issue we found with Fright Factory is that you have no idea when you enter a new attraction. It is billed to have three different walk through attractions but the problem is you have no idea when you enter the next attraction. It is setup as one very long walk through. We could have used a sign, maybe a snack stand or something in between "attractions".
Fright Factory was a very interesting Walk Through. One minute you are looking at a very poorly painted and designed wall, the next you are staring a $20,000 animatronic prop in the face. We can tell this is an attraction that they are trying to grow through out the years. We are very interested to see what they do in the upcoming years. They have the right idea. But as we all know in the Haunt Industry, Ideas take money and time.
We also very much enjoyed the actors in this Haunt. They were all very talented and knew what they were doing. It was set up to have one actor set up 2 or 3 different scares from their one station. And if you ask our VP, they did deliver even though you knew it was coming.
The scenes in Fright Factory changed from room to room. Some of them were outstanding. Such as the Butcher Shop and Satanic Church, others...not so much. Our favorite scene was a moat designed with lasers and fog. This was an outstanding effect and want to see more of it in Haunts everywhere. It really plays with your mind and gives you the feeling of walking in waist high water. We kind of stopped traffic as we were trying to figure out how this effect was created. Sorry Fright Factory!
Did we hate this Haunt? Absolutely not. Is there some work left to do? Yes. We want to take this time and thank Fright Factory for hosting our team out to your Attraction. You guys were awesome! We had fun! We would suggest anyone in the South Philly area sitting at home bored to go check it out.
Now lets get to what will be difficult scoring of the Attraction as a whole.