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2012 Star Ratings

Posted in Star Ratings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by bluefall8

For each haunted attraction I visit a 1-5 star rating is ascribed. This list is intended to reflect those ratings only and does not indicate any other type of rank such as favorite to least favorite. Nor is the star ratings system meant to pit one attraction against another it’s just my way of summing up the overall effectiveness and enjoyability of that particular haunted attraction.  A lot of factors are taken into consideration when I determine the rating such as — actor performance, theme, quality of props and special effects, originality, and level of excitement — just to name a few but at the end of the night the rating comes down to my raw gut feeling of the overall experience. Below is a complete list of the haunted attractions I visited during the 2012 Halloween season ranked by their corresponding star rating. Again, it’s important to note that the star rating isn’t meant to serve as a way to compare one attraction to another rather it’s a reflection of how well each individual haunt executed what it set out to accomplish.

2012 Star Ratings

1. Sinister – 4.75 (Utica, MI.)

2. Slaughter House – 4.5 (Slaughter House Adventure – Fowlerville, MI.)

3. The Rusthole & Catacombs – 4.25 (Darksyde Acres – Jonesville, MI.)

4. Blood Bath & Beyond Hayride – 4.25 (Slaughter House Adventure – Fowlerville, MI.)

5. Exit 13 – 4 (Mt. Morris, MI.)

6. Bloodview – 3.75 (Broadview Heights, OH.)

7. Dark Abyss – 3.5 (Darksyde Acres – Jonesville, MI.)

8. Dimensions of Darkness – 3.5 (Maumee, OH.)

9. Krazy Hilda’s Camp of no Return – 3.5 (Chelsea, MI.)

10. Haunted Laboratory – 3.5 (Akron, OH.)

11. Barn of Horrors – 3.5 (Erwin Orchards – South Lyon, MI.)

12. Hayride of Doom – 3.5 (Scarefest Scream Park – New Haven, MI.)

13. Haunted Schoolhouse – 3.25 (Akron, OH.)

14. Big Top Terror – 3 (Terror Town – Maumee, OH.)

15. House of the Dead – 3 (Terror Town – Maumee, OH.)

16. Haunt for Hunger – 3 (Allen Park, MI.)

17. Deadly Intentions – 3 (Warren, MI.)

18. Corn Stalkers Maze – 3 (Erwin Orchards – South Lyon, MI.)

19. Castle of the Dead – 2.75 (Scarefest Scream Park – New Haven, MI.)

20. Scream Machine – 2.25 (Taylor, MI.)

21. Nightmare Sanctum – 2.25 (Wyandotte, MI.)

22. A Nightmare on Elm Road – 2 (Webberville, MI.)

Average Rating – 3.36 Stars

Scream Machine, Haunt for Hunger

Posted in 2012, Haunt for Hunger, Review, Scream Machine with tags , , , , on November 28, 2012 by bluefall8

The final Saturday of October isn’t one to be spent sitting at home, it’s one of the last good chances for haunters to explore the season’s offerings. All of my usual running buddies happened to be out of town so I called up ole Deadly Ted who told me he had not indulged in a haunted attraction since his freshman year of high school (1996) — for shame. We didn’t have a lot of time, so we decided to hit a couple of local attractions — Haunt for Hunger, a yard haunt in Allen Park, and The Scream Machine in Taylor, a staple of the downriver haunt scene.

Haunt for Hunger is a yard haunt that benefits Gleaners Food Band, admission this year was a donation of four canned goods or $4. I was impressed by the detail that had been put into the facade, a back wrought iron fence stood before a grey stone wall. As it was a yard haunt, Haunt for Hunger was fairly short but that was to be expected. The small passages did feature a few neat props including a couple of full sized, high quality dummies. There was also a sound system which is more than some Jaycees haunts can boast and the 7-8 workers who prowled the shadowed corridors performed admirably. With some creativity and ingenuity, yard haunts like Haunt for Hunger can become quite special.

Rating: 3 stars


When we arrived at the Scream Machine the place was positively buzzing — I hadn’t seen it that busy since a visit ten years ago on Halloween. The Scream Machine still possesses some neat features like the Hellivator, and superb scenery such as the elaborate graveyard in the center of the attraction. In fact, the graveyard scene here is one of the most complete and well balanced sets I’ve witnessed anywhere. There was a new room near the end of the attraction as well — a medieval temple of sorts complete with windows that flashed red as if a terrible storm raged outside. All of this however wasn’t enough to mask what has sadly become a repetitive haunted attraction.

In recent years the Scream Machine has fallen into the trap of changing very little from year to year. All of the usual rooms, gags, and props were present once more and were scarcely different in terms of placement or location from a year ago. The saving grace of the Scream Machine has often been the solid performance of the actors, but that wasn’t the case during our visit this year. Unfortunately, the attraction seemed a bit understaffed and the majority of those present didn’t put forth anything in the way of an inspired effort — the scares were bland, predictable, and disappointing.

The oft lamented lack of a proper finale remains a glaring weakness of this attraction. I’ve suggested before that the Scream Machine relies far too much on past achievements and that has never been more apparent than this year. The foundation for a very good haunted house is still there, but the Scream Machine is in dire need of some fresh blood to shake things up.

Rating: 2.25 stars

October slips into November

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2012 by bluefall8

More than any other year before it the 2012 haunt season went by in a whirlwind blur. I am drained, exhausted, and spent. We ended the season last Saturday with a raucous visit to Darksyde Acres in Jonesville and the team there did not disappoint. I still have a number of reviews to write and by God they will be written — beginning with our trip to Krazy Hilda’s and return to Slaughter House Adventure for the Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride on Friday, October 26. I’m aiming to post at least one of those tomorrow evening by the latest and after that I’ll chronicle our visit to Haunt for Hunger and The Scream Machine which took place the following night. Reviews are also coming from our Halloween outing which saw us stop at Dimensions in Darkness and Terror Town, and of course I’ll record all of the outlandish nonsense that occurred at the indomitable Darksyde Acres!

In the mean time I’d like to suggest that all lovers of horror and Halloween check out the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, Our Muddy Nightmare — right here: Our Muddy Nightmare 

Haunt Fiend, Indeed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by bluefall8

My usual cohorts were out of town last night but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying a little night of local haunting. I called up my incomparable friend Ted, known to some as Victor Severus. We swung by Haunt for Hunger in Allen Park and then the Scream Machine in Taylor. Earlier today my sister and I took my nephew to the Friendly Monster Event held by the Wyandotte Jaycees — he was particularly tickled by a toilet comically overflowing with mounds of defecation. As always, I’ll post full reviews. However, the remainder of this afternoon will be spent editing the Mud Puppets Halloween Special before settling in with the wife this evening to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead.

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