|7TH STREET HAUNT:
The Chainsaw Rejects eagerly greet new arrivals at 7th Street
Haunt, and a quick choice of paid photo-ops leads into a thrilling
introduction that takes place at Fort Harmony, where a rather irate
D.I.-like Sergeant explains house rules beside an imprisoned captive,
then ejects recruits into Ward 9 - a maniacal medical facility highlighted
by multiple body bags, an attack from the aforementioned hostage, and a
number of dead bodies. A deranged physician claims to able to "smell
your fear" inside a bloody autopsy room that houses more detainees, and
yields through spiders and webs into a baby nursery that gives rise to
a straight-jacketed loony calling everybody "piggies," and going absolutely
berserk! From there, a brief pause in a circus filled with stuffed
animals introduces a pair of interacting clowns, followed by a jack-in-the-box
surprise in the midst of a jovial birthday celebration that yields past
a blue-eyed monster into an underground cavern discovering an infuriated
miner laying claim to all the gold. A deadly cave-in traps one of
his co-workers as the course moves into the clutches of an angry butcher,
then exposes OVH's 2012 most memorable character recipient, The Old
Creeper, who readily invites us to sniff a large pair of panties, asks
to do the same to a female member of our group, offers to lick her butt,
and happily invites everyone to "stroke" on the pole of his trusty broomstick!
Comedy aside, finds an innocent girl burning in a raging inferno, then
a promiscuous proposition within a decrepit bathroom. Barrels lead
the way through a baby's room, then out to a scarecrow infested cornfield,
and onto a sanctuary of skeletons that provokes a rampant voodoo assault
at the hands of a diabolical Witchdoctor and the reincarnation of
Laveau! With mojo on our side, their curses are avoided only
to suffer the attack of a giant serpent along the entrance to a frightening
cemetery that accesses an ungodly church, where a nun is bound and being
persecuted by some sort of unholy ceremony! Promises of "no escape"
soon bring about a spooky looking mansion, where a man has done himself
in, another poor soul hangs in the hallway, a disgusting dining room unleashes
an unexpected startle, and a beheaded individual seated at a desk clings
to life as the remainder of the residents rant and rave hysterically, along
a rib-exposed skeleton-like monstrous send-off through dispersed lighting
from 7th Street Haunt!
LENGTH - 7½, 14 minutes.
ACTORS - 9, Intensity is up, and practically the entire
cast does its best to provide good scares. Many performers are extremely
irate, and carry their enthusiasm throughout their scenes. Costuming
is adequate, with Headless Man being most visually stimulating.
Old Creeper remains a favorite with his twisted brand of humor!
Physician was missing his syringe like appendages, straight-jacketed
loony is out of place in the nursery, and was better last season when seen
hurling a gurney, a walker, a stretcher, and various other pieces of medical
equipment into the path. Useless hillbillies have been replaced
with much more impressive and intimidating voodoo segment.
Playful clowns need to meet a similar fate, or have their demeanor
adjusted. Chainsaw Rejects relentlessly terrorize arrival
and departure. Total Characters = 39 (up from 29 in 2012).
SCARINESS - 8, As previously mentioned, outdoor Chainsaw
Rejects are relentless in their pursuits. Irate characters are
responsible for the majority of scares inside the attraction itself.
Briefness of the experience limits the opportunity to develop quality frights.
DESIGN - 8, Course has been lengthened by 3½ minutes
in comparison to their debut season. Scenes remain random in nature
with no central theme, however non-scary hillbillies have been replaced
with an active voodoo scenario, and the uneventful funeral wake
has surrendered its space to an out of control butcher! Stuffed
animals and bedrooms need to be eliminated as well, and clown attitude
addressed as discussed above. Bouncing around from Old Creeper
to inferno, to bathroom proposition, then barrels, baby's room, cornfield,
skeletons, and finally into the voodoo installment makes no sense.
Military beginning is effective, but not scary. A stronger, more
memorable finish is needed to reach the next level, and leave customers
talking about the attraction. Continued expansion will prove beneficial.
PROPS - 7, Static décor heavily adorns the entire
attraction, but nothing impresses to the point that it stands out.
Mine cart doesn't move, scampering bugs weren't noticed, and vortex is
gone. Mechanical surprises are few and far between, and need to become
more widespread in order to score higher.
VALUE - 7, This is one of the area's most expensive attractions,
despite cost of admission being reduced by $2. $18 is a lot to expect
with more established, higher profile haunts located just minutes away.
By all means, visit their website and take advantage of the $5 discount
coupon that's readily available by liking their Facebook page!
Photo-op at beginning is a novel idea, but comes with a $10 upcharge, which
might not set well with local haunt goers that are accustomed to free pictures
readily available from other area attractions via their social media outlets.
RATING: 8, One of Lou-evilís newest haunted
attractions, 7th Street Haunt returns for its second season bringing
an old-school style into a hotly contested market. Over 13,000 square
feet of scares have been improved upon for 2013, and they still have plenty
of room to grow and expand in the coming years. OVH's recommendations
in last season's review of a lengthier experience, and a more affordable
price have both been implemented, and make the attraction much more customer
friendly! They had one of the larger crowds of the night on the evening
of our visit, so they must be doing something right! Check out our
friends at 7th Street Haunt!
Note: We visited on a night of torrential
rainfall, and they were the only attraction that offered us a free poncho!