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Corpse Barn Shock & Awe

Posted in 2014, Corpse Barn Shock Haunt, Review with tags , , , on October 12, 2014 by bluefall8

 

Corpse Barn Shock Haunt

It was a gloomy night as we departed from Allen Park bound for the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt in Napoleon. As we drove down westbound I-94 the skies grew darker and as the minutes passed the rain slowly but surely became more and more steady. The ground was soggy when we reached our destination, quickly we purchased our tickets and made haste for the entrance of the Corpse Barn!

Once inside the barn we were made to wait inside of a narrow passageway with an earthen floor; it felt as if we were trapped in a cellar and I thought it a great setting to stew for a few minutes. Fifteen to twenty minutes passed and like clockwork the groups in front of our own disappeared behind a wooden door at the end of the passage, soon it was our turn. We entered a second staging area where we waited a fraction of the time and then were thrust into a den of death.

The interior of the barn was littered with corpses indeed, it was as if the barn itself had been eviscerated. All about the floor in every direction laid piles of dummies; I wasn’t sure if this was the ritual site for a serial killer or merely the dumping grounds for plague victims, but the bodies were scattered, torn and in abundance.

The Corpse Barn was bolstered by a solid design that often wound circuitously which ensured that our sense of direction remained quite off-kilter. The various paths were separated by wooden planks, mesh fencing and plastic sheets; visibility was obscured which further served to disorient.

There was no shortage of actors either and while few truly stood out not a one of them detracted from the experience. Along the path we encountered several victims, one man had had his eyes removed, his eye sockets now a soulless void. Elsewhere we witnessed a skinny, screaming child carried off by a goon; the child must’ve broken free because we encountered him again although he was in no dire of a circumstance, now under the barrel of a rifle being brandished by a second youth. The former child, who we dubbed Aspy Boy, chronically shrieked and unceasingly flapped his arms. We pleaded with the aggressor to finish the job and end all of our suffering.

Once outside the barn we were approached by a dark-haired woman who was hidden amongst the brush. She was distraught with worry and asked us if we had seen her baby. We informed her in several ways that her baby had comically perished inside the barn; despite her professed anguish a smirk betrayed her true feelings. I couldn’t help but enjoy the moment and share a laugh.

We followed an outdoor path around the back of the barn until it descended into another, much smaller building. Once inside, we immediately came upon an armed murderous man who had cornered a whimpering damsel — I can only assume she joined the rest of the stiffs inside the barn in short order. Next, we traversed a series of passages built from cinder block and flooded with fog this soon gave way to a crypt where a ghoul or two pawed at us supple fleshies.

Through one final hallway we traveled, to my left was a window and then an arm shot through it accompanied by a cry for help! I had had enough of this mayhem and death and decided to lend a helping hand. The hand grasped at the air wildly for a moment before I could secure it in my grip, but with stout heart I pulled the damsel through the window and led her to safety.

Nestled into a wooded area, the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt turned out to be a very enjoyable attraction and with a few subtle improvements can be better yet. I loved the use of dummies to underscore the concept of a barn turned burial ground but it would’ve made for a great jump scare had some of the scenes had a creature or half dead victim amongst the meat bags. I’d also love to see more of a story told here — who is responsible for all of this gore? Such a premise could drive fun interaction as well, for instance, perhaps the party could encounter an escaped victim who has knowledge of a secret passage or could suggest that guests lie with the dead as a means of eluding an approaching menace?

One scene that stood out was an area filled with television monitors which displayed various parts of the Corpse Barn and the souls who attempted to navigate the twisting paths. The scene was visually striking but otherwise seemed disjointed, an odd scene to find inside of a barn but with the aid of a deeper story it’s the kind of setting that may just serve to propel the narrative.

Rating: 3.75 stars

As the Thunder Rolls, so too does the Haunt Fates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by bluefall8

Prior to heading out last night I was notified that several of Wiard’s attractions would be closed for the night due to the weather, so the scramble was on to find a suitable replacement. Initially we settled on the Shawhaven Haunted Farm in Mason, Michigan but after we toured the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt near Jackson the weather hadn’t improved and we were a bit pressed for time.

Shawhaven was set to close its gates at 11pm and I felt we’d be cutting it a bit too close and would also run the risk of their outdoor events also being shutdown. I attempted to call to clear up some details but there was no signal for my phone to be had. Ah, the simple joys of haunting. With the knowledge that Darksyde Acres was open until 12:30pm, we made the calculated risk to return to some old friends and were off into the night.

Full reviews coming this week.

Wiard’s Night Terrors, Corpse Barn Shock Haunt Primed to Titillate

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by bluefall8

There is a certain undeniable excitement that accompanies the first big outing of each season; my mind is a frenetic mass of anticipation, nervousness and memories. Tonight those feelings seem more potent than usual, likely due to the somewhat delayed kickoff of the 2014 season. I’m brimming, jonesing, aching for a haunt fix! Tonight, I feed and sate my lust.

Our first stop will be a long-awaited visit to Night Terrors at Wiard’s Orchard where we’ll experience The Asylum, The Ultimate Haunted Barn, Alien Caged Clowns, Hayride of the Lost and Mind Shaft. Billed as “The Grandaddy of Gore since 1984” the name Wiard’s is synonymous with Halloween throughout the region and it’s time Night Terrors and Horrorlust become acquainted.

That’s a lot of haunting for one night — especially so early in the season, but portion control has never been my strong suit and I am chomping at the bit so if mother nature and father time are on our side we’ll springboard from Ypsilanti to Jackson. What’s in Jackson, you ask? Well, it’s actually what’s just outside of Jackson, in Napoleon to be exact, that has drew my gaze on this night.

Last September, after I had returned from Darksyde Acres in Jonesville and Jackson’s Underworld in the aforementioned Jackson I learned of another haunt in that neck of the woods and was aghast that we failed to realize that it was so close. That attraction is known as the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt and it has the look of a gritty, in-your-face, throwback. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — there’s a certain dark element that festers inside of barn haunts and I am drawn to it like moth to flame.

Here’s to the 2014 haunt season and endless spooky nights.

 

Horrorlust Radio Episode #003

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by bluefall8

Wrestler, home haunter and haunted attraction enthusiast Mike Marvel serves as co-host for episode #003 of Horrorlust Radio.

In the third episode of Horrorlust Radio, Mike and I discuss the tradition of home haunting in all its various forms and then dig into the pros and cons of multi-attraction venues.

This episode also features the second installment of Lost to Time, a segment that highlights haunts now departed; you’ll also hear the birth of a new segment, Hosts & Hotties where we pay respect to icons of the industry from horror hosts to scream queens and everybody in between. The luscious Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is our inaugural honoree.

Mike and I also banter about the quality of haunted attractions during the month of September and even delve briefly into the crossover elements of professional wrestling and the haunted attraction industry.

I’m actively seeking sponsors for Horrorlust Radio, if you own or operate a haunted attraction or are otherwise involved or connected to the haunt industry and are interested in such an opportunity you can contact me at the following email address: horrorlust@bluestarproductions.net

Email any questions or comments to the address above or feel welcome to post any reactions to this podcast in the comments section below.

HORRORLUST RADIO: EPISODE 003

SHOW NOTES

Mike Marvel isn’t just a wrestler, home haunter and haunted attraction enthusiast, he’s also the man behind the scenes at Michigan Haunt Central on Facebook.

Brandywine Cemetery, the prominent home haunt cited during this episode, is located at 2727 Brandywine St. Ann Arbor, MI. 48104. Brandywine Cemetery will be open Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 in 2014. For more information visit their website here: Brandywine Cemetery

I’ve included a scan of The Lab’s 2009 ad from the Fear Finder. My scanner isn’t quite large enough to capture the entire ad but you can enjoy 95% of this colorful, eye-catching advertisement.

Fear Finder, 2009

Fear Finder, 2009

And for those of you who live under a rock, here’s a picture of the gorgeous Elvira, the first honoree in Hosts & Hotties.

She puts the lust in Horrorlust.

She puts the lust in Horrorlust.

The songs and audio clips featured in this episode are listed below in chronological order:

1. “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993)

2. The Return of the Living Dead  Theatrical Trailer, 1985

3. “Living Walls” by Midnight Syndicate (The 13th Hour, 2005)

4. Trash from The Return of the Living Dead, 1985

5. “Born of the Night” by Midnight Syndicate (Born of the Night, 1998)

2014 Haunt Schedule: A Road Map to Horror

Posted in Haunt Schedule with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2014 by bluefall8

Never before has an October been so filled with a litany of events and that fact has made crafting the haunt schedule that much more difficult and tedious. In this never-ending quest to hit as many new haunted attractions as possible, things are set to be shaken up considerably. Below are listed a number of possible outings for the 2014 haunt season, but on which nights will we traverse those listed below? Of course, there’s also room for a wild card or an October surprise — there’s no telling where the haunts fates might take us.

In no particular order…

#1 – Corpse Barn Shock Haunt (Jackson) & Shawhaven Haunted Farm (Mason)

#2 – The Fear Experience (Cleveland) & Bloodview (Broadview Heights)

#3 – Hush (Westland) & Dark Legacy (Wixom)

#4 – Wiard’s Night Terrors (Ypsilanti) & Krazy Hilda’s (Ypsilanti)

#5 – Clio Manor (Flint), St. Lucifer’s (Grand Blanc) & Exit 13 (Mt. Morris)

#6 – Fear Factory (Mt. Clemens) & Salem’s Haunted Village (Capac)

#7 – Psycho Path (Flat Rock), Wyandotte Jaycees’ Fō-bē-ə (Wyandotte) & Woods of Darkness (South Rockwood)

9 of the 16 listed would be firsts for the Horrorlust team and yet old favorites niggle at the back of my mind. After five consecutive years of visiting Terror Town we skipped it last year and our last visit to the Haunted Hydro in Fremont, Ohio came some four years ago. Would this formidable duo not make for an enjoyable outing once more? Furthermore, the recent news from a friend regarding The Realm of Darkness has given me pause and now I find myself considering yet another trip to the aforementioned haunt and Pontiac’s other twin terror, Erebus. And what of my zany friends at Darksyde Acres?! It is times like these that I simply wish somebody would make these decisions for me.