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2015 Star Ratings

Posted in Star Ratings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2016 by bluefall8

This list is not meant to compare one haunted attraction to another. The star system (1 – 5 stars) is merely meant to reflect how well I felt each individual haunt executed their particular show. Haunted attractions are a unique breed of entertainment and the quality of a show can vary from night to night, hour to hour and guest to guest for a great many reasons.

As you’ll notice, haunts are listed below in descending order. Where there are multiple haunts with the same star rating those attractions are listed alphabetically.

Again, this list should not be used to gauge which haunt is better than another. Primarily, I use these lists for archival purposes so that I can have a record of the haunted houses I visited and how those attractions performed in a given year.

2015 STAR RATINGS

1. Rotten Manor – 4.75 (Holly, MI.)

2. Research Labs – 4.5 (Dreadlands Haunt of Davison – Davison, MI.)

3. Clio Manor – 4.25 (Clio, MI.)

4. Dark Legacy – 4.25 (Wixom, MI.)

5. Exit 13 – 4.25 (Mt. Morris, MI.)

6. Hallowe’en Nights at Greenfield Village – 4.25 (Dearborn, MI.)

7. Abandon – 4 (Melvindale, MI.)

8. House of Horrors – 4 (Past Tense After Dark – Lapeer, MI.)

9. Hush – 4 (Westland, MI.)

10. Krazy Hilda’s Trail of Terrors – 4 (Ypsilanti, MI.)

11. Zombie Sniper Arena – 4 (Dreadlands Haunt of Davison – Davison, MI.)

12. The Deadland – 3.75 (Warren, MI.)

13. Haunted House – 3.75 (Haunted Farm of Terror – Lenox Township, MI.)

14. The Dark Box – 3.5 (Pinckney, MI.)

15. Haunted Hayride – 3.5 (Haunted Farm of Terror, Lenox Township, MI.)

16. Proving Grounds Trail – 3.5 (Dreadlands Haunt of Davison – Davison, MI.)

17. Psycho Path – 3.5 (Flat Rock, MI.)

18. Terror on the Blvd. – 3.5 (Lincoln Park, MI.)

19. The Freak’s Show – 3.25 (The Boneyard – Stockbridge, MI.)

20. Terrorfied Forest – 3.25 (Terrorfied Forest & Manor – Pinckney, MI.)

21. Cornmaze of Fear – 3 (Past Tense After Dark – Lapeer, MI.)

22. Deadwood Forest – 3 (The Boneyard – Stockbridge, MI.)

23. Fear Factory – 3 (Mt. Clemens, MI.)

24. Hayride of Despair – 3 (Past Tense After Dark – Lapeer, MI.)

25. Realm of Haunted Minds – 3 (Romulus, MI.)

26. Tunnel of Terror – 3 (Rochester, MI.)

27. Total Blackout – 2.75 (Exit 13 – Mt. Morris, MI.)

28. Bubbles’ Fun House – 2.5 (Terrorfied Forest & Manor, Pinckney, MI.)

29. Delirium – 2.25 (Wyandotte, MI.)

30. Scarecrow Hollow – 1.75 (The Boneyard – Stockbridge, MI.)

31. Route 666 – 1.25 (The Boneyard – Stockbridge, MI.)

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Delirium Gets Lost Inside Mind of a Madman

Posted in 2015, Review, Wyandotte Jaycees with tags , , , on June 15, 2016 by bluefall8

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As a citizen of the City of Wyandotte and an avid haunter, it would seem sacrilege to fail to visit the Wyandotte Jaycees Haunted House each fall. Indeed, since 2007 not a season has passed in which I haven’t checked out the haunted happenings of my local Jaycees. No matter the result — be it good, bad or indifferent — a trip through the Wyandotte Jaycees Haunted House has become a tradition. Last October, Delirium came to the former City Hall on Biddle and it echoed the successes and shortcomings of previous Jaycees’ haunted houses.

It was clear mere minutes into our voyage that Delirium was badly short-staffed which caused the meandering dark, empty halls to seem that much more like a gargantuan waste of space. There was a scene or two with actors right off the hop but after that it was a painfully long time before anything of substance happened again; wandering through darkened passages will lose its effect if there’s no pay off and this seriously hampered the first third of the haunted attraction.

Also on the negative side of the ledger is the chronically bad soundtrack — a disparate collection of weird and repetitive screams, bestial cries and silence. It’s outdated and borderline corny. It doesn’t enhance the atmosphere or mood of the attraction, in fact, it detracts from it. The soundtrack is also deficient at covering the movement or idle chatter of the actors who sometimes need to communicate with each other. It is, in effect, a complete failure at everything a soundtrack is supposed to do for a haunted attraction. If it can’t be replaced by something more dynamic and modern, simply eliminating it would be an improvement.

Despite these setbacks, Delirium did showcase several enjoyable scenes and characters. In one room a young girl sat on a bed and tapped out an inexpert tune on a toy piano. She wasn’t pleased with our presence and expressed her displeasure when she forcefully threw a baby doll against a wall. The miniature monster did this with such quickness and violence that she gave our group a genuine shock — most impressive.

Next, we suddenly found ourselves in a large room completely decked out for Christmas. This was another authentic surprise and the overall effect was melancholy and haunting in spite of the cheerful yuletide tune that played on an unseen radio. A lone teen-aged girl roamed the room holding a small present. She was hyperactive in her love for the holiday and possessed a frenzied, strangled laugh.

Another favorite area was the freak show complete with sideshow banners and the absurd Lobster Boy. Much to our delight the freak show led us to a game of chance where I was afforded the chance to throw the head of a baby doll at some stacked bottles! With my life on the line I wound up, my aim was true and that baby’s head sent those bottles clattering in all directions. The clownish carneys who were in charge of the game were the finest actors in all of Delirium, their interaction and vocalizations in stark contrast to the amateurish deliveries found throughout much of the attraction.

There were also several other areas of note that had the seed of a good scare but the aforementioned lack of actors derailed what might have been. Included in that list were a brightly-lit laboratory that featured an empty desk, a threadbare playground and an appropriately detailed ritual scene.

Delirium concluded with an above average chainsaw gag in which we encountered the scientist who was responsible for the state of affairs. He was determined to right all of his wrongs and he was willing to get bloody to that end. Needless to say, he thought we were as good a place to start as any.

Once we exited Delirium we were introduced to the inimitable Murray the Clown who emerged as a bona fide mascot for the Wyandotte Jaycees Haunted House. The man behind the greasepaint is a true credit to the organization.

Rating: 2.25 stars

“I’ve heard of being eatin’ out but this is ridiculous.”

-My artful reaction to an enormous rat devouring a corpse

Horrorlust Radio Episode #018

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by bluefall8

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In episode #018 of Horrorlust Radio, I’m joined by author, Kasey Pierce.

In this installment of Horrorlust Radio, Kasey and I continued our discussion of her horror anthology, Pieces of Madness.

This edition of Horrorlust Radio also featured a brief chat on conspiracy theories which is the topic of Kasey’s vlog, Dark Blend. There’s also an interview with Murray the Clown, a most curious character at the Wyandotte Jaycess Haunted House, Delirium.

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 018

SHOW NOTES

For more information on Pieces of Madness and all things Kasey Pierce visit her blog: Kosmic Kasey

Pieces of Madness is available for sale on Amazon.

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Before the hit television series of the same name, there was the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow that starred Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane and the gorgeous Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel. The film was directed by Tim Burton.

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

“Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs (Single, 1966)

Sleepy Hollow Theatrical Trailer, 1999

“I Want to Be a Vigilante” by Calabrese (Born With a Scorpion’s Tale, 2013)

Magistrate Beheaded from Sleepy Hollow, 1999

“Coffin of Ruins” by Calabrese (Dayglo Necros, 2012)

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Gerkins & Friends

Posted in News with tags , , , on October 26, 2015 by bluefall8

Sunday night capped off an excellent weekend of haunting when my alter-ego, Gerkins, joined his friends at Delirium — the 2015 Wyandotte Jaycees Haunted House. Last year I was fortunate enough to volunteer on several nights and was delighted to have the opportunity to work an area of the haunt referred to as the dollmaker’s keep. Last night, however, my services were needed elsewhere and so it was that Gerkins entertained waiting patrons inside the lobby and also stirred up odd conversations with folks on the sidewalk outside Delirium.

Gerkins played a subversive game in which he offered suckers to children and parents alike while he playfully proclaimed, “Candy from strangers is fun, you never know what you’re going to get!” And would you believe that most people happily accepted those dubious treats? But the carnival barker of old was not satisfied with merely stirring the pot, he slyly entered the haunt on occasion and offered a brief jump scare to some groups and for others was found on the outside of the building near the exit primed for one last bit of interaction.

Alas, Gerkins was not alone in such Halloween hijinks; he was joined on this night by an interesting harlequin known as Murray the Clown. Equipped with a nasally voice and the polished vocabulary of a simpleton, Murray told stories of his youth that drew both laughs and awkward glances. He and Gerkins were quite the pair as the duo reveled in all of their bizarre synergy.

It was another memorable night and a wonderful excuse to uncork Gerkins once again. Many thanks to Jon and Danielle who welcomed me back into the fold and allowed me to let loose as Gerkins, horrible Gerkins.

DreamCorp Stutters then Starts

Posted in News with tags , , , , on October 24, 2015 by bluefall8

Delirium started slowly but settled into a methodical pace with a series of intriguing rooms, a handful of engaging characters and some surprise bits of interaction. While it largely remained a collection of disparate scenes, the DreamCorp angle allowed each section to be playfully broken into zones which helped to pull it all together into a singular narrative.

There are still areas where improvement is badly needed — perhaps the most glaring is the ineffectual and out-of-date soundtrack. However, the Wyandotte Jaycees faced unprecedented challenges this season and managed with a small but dedicated crew to create a worthwhile haunted house.

Murray the Clown was a little stroke of brilliance and one of my new favorite characters, but be forewarned — DO NOT INQUIRE ABOUT FARLEY!

State of Delirium

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , on October 23, 2015 by bluefall8

First work, then play. A trip through Delirium, the latest incarnation from the Wyandotte Jaycees, will mark the ninth consecutive year that I’ve toured the annual haunted attraction. The group is well-documented here on Horrorlust for a history of hit and miss productions. Most memorable over that course of time was Hell’s Hospital (2007), Hellblock 13 (2009) and Bloodbath on Biddle (2013) which won the Horrorlust Dark Horse Award.

It would seem that DreamCorp, a shadowy pharmaceutical company has conducted bizarre research in the old city hall building on Biddle. The group developed a pill called AWMP that the company heralded as a cure-all miracle drug. Has DreamCorp found the tonic to thwart the inconsistency that has plagued the Jaycees or is AWMP little more than a placebo?

PAST REVIEWS FOR WYANDOTTE JAYCEES HAUNTED HOUSE

2007: Downriver Haunt Review

2008: Templin’s Night Terror & Nautical Nightmare’s Vanishing Act

2009: Season Concludes with Devil’s Night Frenzy

2010: Jaycees Underwhelm, A Star is Born in Detroit (N/A)

2011: Thursday Outing Leaves Something to be Desired

2012: Nightmare Sanctum another Mixed Bag from Wyandotte Jaycees

2013: A Bloodbath on Devil’s Night

2014: Fō-bē-ə Fractured Friday

Haunt Til You Drop

Posted in Haunt Schedule with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2015 by bluefall8

As with any season of haunting changes to the schedule are inevitable and 2015 is no exception. What I have posted below is an ambition if not all together insane flight to the finish. The haunt season has concluded with a flurry of activity in years past but the 8-night, 15-haunt gauntlet listed below is the stuff of madness. It may prove to be too ambition in the end; I may be found on November 2nd lying face down in a corn field with frayed nerves and a vacant expression, but damn it, I’m going down swinging.

10/22 – Hallowe’en Nights in Greenfield Village

10/23 – Delirium

10/24 – Clio Manor, Exit 13, Dreadlands Haunt of Davison

10/25 – Shawhaven Haunted Farm, Slaughter House Adventure

10/29 – Dark Legacy, Rotten Manor

10/30 – Terror on the Boulevard, Abandon, Hush

10/31 – Slaughtered at Sundown, Terrors of Resistance

11/1 – Erebus or Wiard’s Night Terrors

And if all that doesn’t kill me I might just attempt to hit Scarefest Scream Park which will be open on Saturday, November 7th.  Why? Because haunts.