|NIGHT FRIGHT HAUNTED TRAIL AT SILVER
LAKE BEACH: An immediate surprise
initiates the descent into this year's Night Fright Haunted Trail.
Thunder clasps ring out in the otherwise stillness of the night, and lightning
flashes illuminate the twilit sky, casting unnerving shadows in the surrounding
trees. Midway down the incline rests an isolated electric chair that
offers an interesting proposition - risk having a seat, unless "fear is
a factor." Accepting this curious challenge results in an immediate
surprise we choose not to reveal. Spooky music and witches haunt
the surrounding forest while human remains, a mysterious carriage, and
a relentless chainsaw attack wait at the bottom of the hill. Hungry
monsters pursue, climbing onto and jumping over a nearby fence, and giving
chase onto a bus that's occupied by corpses, skeletons, and a few unexpected
startles. Other sights include distraught doctors murdering unsuspecting
patients, and the debut of 4 separate "Scare Dares." These interactive
features engage a single volunteer from each group in a variety of activities
that include searching for a severed hand, a gallows incident, public hangings,
and a mysterious riddle. Successful completion of each task results
in the earning of stickers, the full collection of which can be redeemed
for a prize at the conclusion of the Trail. In addition, more
chainsaw assaults must be negotiated, as well as a falling ceiling; a zombie
infested cemetery; a haunted junkyard; a pair of storm pipe entrapments;
and a series of misdirected "wrong door" encounters with a number of evil-minded
clowns. Surviving these delays takes the course through spiders and
snake infestations, and into a dark maze conclusion of The Night Fright
Haunted Trail at Silver Lake Beach.
LENGTH - 10, 34 minutes.
ACTORS - 9½, Outstanding dialogue this season
from practically the entire cast! Clowns are best, but everyone is
doing a tremendous job. Total characters = 35
SCARINESS - 8½, The adventure is more active this
season with a number of sudden noises and surprises originating from the
darkness, and serving to further compliment the contribution of the highly
DESIGN - 9+, The course has been revitalized this season
with the introduction of the 4 Scare Dares, multiple storm pipe entrapments
and their resulting confrontations, and the clever use of the doors to
repeatedly deliver visitors back to those menacing clowns! A few
uneventful areas exist that need to be addressed, although one sets up
an unexpected "gunshot" surprise.
PROPS - 8½, A lot of original, home-made decor
make up the trail, but they're utilized to their fullest benefit bringing
about a number of sudden surprises, and delivering excellently timed scares.
A few higher impact props would push this category into the next level.
VALUE - 9½, The price remains unchanged for the
third consecutive season, costing just $10 with their website coupon and
permitting access to half a mile of bone chilling terror!
RATING: 9 Now in it's twelfth season, this trail
caught our fancy the first time we visited, and is one you never get tired
of. Night Fright is annually one of the best trails around,
and arguably the most fun! The 2010 trail is fresh and inspired with
novel ideas, and clever surprises that combine to produce their strongest
effort in a number of years! That in conjunction with inspired acting
and reasonable pricing is responsible for their high rating. Great
job! Enjoy a haunting good time at the Night Fright Haunted Trail!