|FACTORY OF TERROR:
The adventure begins even prior to the queue line as big
chainsaw toting brutes torment those waiting in the ticketing area!
The attraction itself is accessed via a deserted old machine shop that
serves as a walk-through area with a few scares of its own prior to entering
the Factory itself. Darkness abounds inside, as a mysterious
voice is heard coaxing scare seekers to “come and find me!” Loud
pounding, flashing strobes, and spooky music set the stage for the upcoming
Terror that includes large mechanical skeletons suddenly popping
out contesting the path; secret, surprise hiding, falling panels; and startling
monsters that spring up from a corridor of hanging bloody body bags!
Another surprise awaits in a spooky cornfield where a bloody, decomposing
leg hangs in the vines and millions of grotesque maggots drop down out
of trees finding it to be a most inviting home! Evil clowns, a death
defying morgue, and a hillbilly hideaway located in the midst of a frightening
cemetery all bring about their own brands of fear, as gunshots ring out
in the distance. Attacks originate from a legless ghoul who commutes
with the aid of a walker while cabinets and shutters open and close on
their own! A bloody hospital scene finds an injured Gatsby girl convulsing
unstoppably on a table with no doctors in sight to save her! Other
horrors on the horizon include a fog-filled Egyptian crypt that brings
about an encounter with a 1000 year old mummy; and spiders that crawl and
spin webs all over the walls, while a giant tarantula drops down blocking
the escape into a spinning vortex! Navigation brings about an onslaught
assault of ferocious fiends and a final animated skeleton surprise prior
to exiting the Factory of Terror!
LENGTH - 8, Just over 15 minutes
ACTORS - 8, Well hidden, but not nearly enough dialogue.
Crazed farmer warning of maggots is most memorable. Whispering is
quite intimidating, and a great beginning
SCARINESS - 8½, Spooky music and sounds throughout.
Surprising characters repeatedly spring onto the scene out of their darkened
seclusion. Maggot surprise is horrific, but terrific!
DESIGN - 8½, The factory’s in its first year at
this new location. Cemetery, maggot trail, Egyptian crypt, and graveyard
dwelling hillbillies are memorable scenes. Detailing is extensive,
and darkness hides a good number of unexpected happenings. Machine
shop walk-through of the abandoned aluminum foundry creates the expectation
that the haunt will have a mechanically inclined theme, but this Factory
manufacturers nightmare, not commerce.
PROPS - 8½, Plenty of animated skeletons and seasonal
décor. Dropping maggots are most unique. Added technological
advances would elevate the category.
VALUE - 8½, A little pricey on it's own ($15),
so take advantage of the combo ticket to enjoy the mirror maze for only
RATING: 8½ Our first trip to Canton’s premier
Halloween attraction rewarded us with a much better than average
experience. With only minor alterations and additions, and its phenomenal
growth opportunity, Factory of Terror has the potential to establish
a niche in the upper echelon of haunted venues. When visiting, make
sure you take the time to enjoy both fright chilling attractions!
|HAUNTED MIRROR MAZE:
The attraction consists solely of an elaborate, confusing,
"never-ending" maze of mirrors, inhabited by a several distracting characters.
Don’t be surprised if you accidentally return to the entrance before successfully
locating the correct exit to The Haunted Mirror Maze..
LENGTH - 8, Indeterminable due to the unpredictable nature
of the attraction, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 minutes on average.
ACTORS - 8, A handful occupy the confusing surroundings
and do a commendable job making sure you hang around for awhile.
Mirrors make them appear to be coming from one direction, then suddenly
they step right in your path from another. Good make-up and costuming,
but little dialogue.
SCARINESS - 7½, Not overwhelmingly frightening,
unless frustration sets in.
DESIGN - 9, Oak Island’s Mirror Maze is the best we’ve
seen, and this one is lengthier than most. Reflections create the
illusion that hallways extend to infinity, and also reveal “false exits”
when the escape curtain repeatedly appears to be close by, but turns out
to be resonate mirror images. Annexing it onto the main event,
possibly as the finish, would be the only option for improvement from a
PROPS - N/A, It’s a maze, so this category doesn’t apply.
VALUE - 7, $10 on its own makes it a little on the pricey
side. The combo ticket is the best way to go, but by all means don’t
pass this one up. There’s nothing else like it around, and there’s
a $1 discount coupon on their website making both attractions available
RATING - 8, The Haunted Mirror Maze presents
an alternately themed attraction at the Factory of Terror.
Its ability to draw repeat customers is likely its weakest aspect, which
would justify adding it onto the main event in order to lengthen the overall
experience. Regardless, it’s still a quite remarkable creation and worth