|THE HAUNTED JUNKYARD:
Horror movies entertain the queue line outside The Haunted
Junkyard. The adventure begins down a steep, torch lit hill that's
lined with junked cars, and an abandoned motorhome that houses the first
surprise attack of the night. Soon the course encounters a detour,
and enters into a darkened structure highlighted by loud pounding on the
walls, and a crazed clown attempting to engage visitors in a game of "skin
the cat." Strobes and body bags lead to a hallway of florescent caskets,
and a room of doors. Selecting the wrong one results in some unexpected
surprises, and there's only one way out. Back outdoors, the path
winds down another aisle of dead autos, and into a skid maze. Exiting
back into the junkyard delivers a brief chainsaw chase, followed by a motorized
truck pursuit, a surprise at the hands of a worker blasting sparks from
a rotary grinder, and a trek through a pair of discarded school buses,
the second of which has been flipped upside down! The final section of
the trail brings about a confrontation with Michael Myers, sudden
noises from behind a series of barrels, a mysterious gravedigger, a surprise
from a screaming, half-dead girl whose torso has been ripped away exposing
her spine, and a chainsaw chase-out of The Haunted Junkyard
LENGTH - 7½, 13 minutes.
ACTORS - 6, Adequate costuming, but little meaningful
dialogue. The clown by default is most memorable, but his game of
"skin the cat" never materialized.. Total Characters = 15.
SCARINESS - 6, Nothing all that frightening other than
the sparks and the truck chase. Walking past the junked cars provides
the remainder of the scares, and it's just too uneventful.
DESIGN - 6, Lots of dead spots along the path. Indoor
events need to have some purpose. Coffin corridor, sparks, motorized
chase, and upside down bus are good building blocks, but the cars themselves
are just too inactive, and don't produce any other surprises or scares.
Skid maze offers no interaction as well. Michael Myers just
stands there and doesn't have a victim to "kill." Length could be
expanded as well.
PROPS - 6, This is the weakest aspect of the attraction.
There simply isn't much to look at for the most part, and animated props
are absent. Need to start filling in the dead zones, and detailing
the clown room, etc.
VALUE - 7, The price has remained unchanged for a number
of years now.
RATING: 6, The majority of the time
is spent outdoors alongside the abandoned old cars. If that's spooky
enough for you, then The Haunted Junkyard might rate higher.