a brief introduction from Mortimer Sneed, the adventure begins beyond
Hell with an immediate pig-faced, chainsaw initiation into an isolated
cornfield. Bilateral flames burst skyward upon entrance, as the melody
of Jeepers Creepers foreshadows an imminent, horn-honking assault
by a delivery van driven by The Creeper himself speeding up from
behind! A giant, illuminated
jack-o-lantern points the way
to a cannon-firing pirate ship, then onto a succession of scares
witnessing victimizations from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees,
and Leatherface, each accompanied by the appropriate themes from
their movies. Additional confrontations soon follow, beginning with
a tractor that thunders out of the corn; The Headless Horseman charging
past the hayride, then circling back and riding up along both sides; evil
clowns that climb aboard wagon; gunshots; an axe-carrying fiend
threatening to make BBQ out of everyone; and a hotrod pick-up truck shooting
fire from its dual engine exhausts! Additional skits include a lethal
run-in with Lizzie Borden anxious to deliver more than 40
whacks, before concluding in a snowy Christmas extravaganza that
finds Santa Claus separating naughty from nice at Sandyland Acres'
The wagon pauses to insure everyone
gets to enjoy the various skits. Interaction is good throughout,
and often consists of meaningful words. Movie slashers are
best, as each one witnesses a victimization, with Jason running
an arrow through his casualty! Reenactments have been relocated this
season, and characters bear striking likenesses to their original counterparts!
Soundtrack is present to compliment these segments, but absent elsewhere.
Scenes themselves are adequately decorated and lit, especially the lengthy
engagement with The Headless Horseman that finds his initial emergence
well illuminated. Three distinct, well-hidden motorized chases are
present this year, and appreciated for the enthusiasm of their pursuits.
Fire is also utilized to legitimize scares, and some characters actually
climb onto the wagon further strengthening their conflicts as well.
Cornfield is mostly unadorned, and connection zones are quiet outside the
chases, which is likely attributable to a decline in cast size. Pirate
ship is new, as is Lizzie Borden, and Santa makes a much-anticipated
return! His scene is an appropriate finisher in the sense that it
foreshadows the upcoming holiday season that soon follows Halloween,
but it doesn't really provide an ultimate climax for the event.
Now celebrating its 10th year, The
Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride is a most enjoyable experience, and
one that's suitable for the entire family! It's always a highlight
of the season, and a tradition not to be missed! Cost of admission is only