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2013 Star Ratings

Posted in Star Ratings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by bluefall8

In anticipation of the 2013 Horrorlust Haunt Awards Nominations, I present to any interested parties, a complete list of last season’s ratings. It should be noted that ratings, in and of themselves, do not determine awards.  This list is used primarily as a means of reference for my own archival purposes. I hope you find it enjoyable, nevertheless.

2013 STAR RATINGS

1. Hush – 4.75 (Westland, MI.)

2. Erebus – 4.5 (Pontiac, MI.)

3. Nighttime Spooky Hayride – 4.5 (Blake’s – Armada, MI.)

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

5. Exit 13 – 4.25 (Mt. Morris, MI.)

6. Village of the Living Dead – 4.25 (St. Charles, MI.)

7. Purgatory’s Revenge – 4 (New Haven, MI.)

8. Realm of Haunted Minds – 3.75 (Romulus, MI.)

9. Sinister – 3.75 (Utica, MI.)

10. Haunted Corn Maze – 3.5 (Slaughter House Adventure – Fowlerville, MI.)

11. Slaughtered at Sundown – 3.5 (Aramada, MI.)

12. Bloodbath on Biddle – 3.25 (Wyandotte, MI.)

13. CarnEvil 3D – 3.25 (Pontiac, MI.)

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

15. Slaughter House – 3.25 (Slaughter House Adventure – Fowlerville, MI.)

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

17. Dark Abyss – 3 (Darksyde Acres – Jonesville, MI.)

18. Funeral Home – 3 (Inkster, MI.)

19. Hillside Mortuary – 2.75 (Terrorfied Forest & Manor – Pinckney, MI.)

20. Jackson’s Underworld – 2.75 (Jackson, MI.)

21. Realm of Darkness – 2.75 (Pontiac, MI.)

22. 3 Story Haunted Barn – 2.25 (Blake’s – Armada, MI.)

23. Scream Machine – 0.5 (Taylor, MI.)

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Creepy Crawlers Infest Funeral Home

Posted in 2013, Funeral Home, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2013 by bluefall8

The fun and lively lyrics of “Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show delighted our ears as we waited in line to enter the Funeral Home in Inkster. We happened to be the only people waiting in line, an ominous quality crept into the air the longer we stood there — alone. A heavy door stood before us, firmly shut. A singular peep hole was inlaid into the center of the door and we began to get the impression that we were being watched.

No sooner had this unsettling realization crept over us, a voice called out from the other side — a woman, begging for our help. Madison and I weren’t in a helping mood and therefore the stranger’s plea were met only by mild amusement. Suddenly, there was a second voice. This one belonged to a man and he wasn’t happy with the owner of the first voice. We heard the sounds of a struggle and then silence followed once more by the male voice which said to us, “You didn’t hear anything.”

The door swung open with some force and before us stood a stiff in a suit, his skin a bluish gray hue. Silently he took our tickets and with a wave of his arm ushered us into the Funeral Home.

The dead heads inside were amped up the moment we crossed the threshold, after all, a pair of fleshies don’t simply wander into the domain of the dead without attracting a fair amount of attention. Shrieks and catcalls reverberated through the air, a raucous pounding caused the walls to tremble; an utter cacophony of noise exploded throughout the place and accompanied us for the duration of our journey.

The vast majority of the cast wore full face masks just as they had during a visit in 2011; a fact that I bemoaned at the time. I think this haunt would be much more frightening if the cast were in face paint or perhaps even half masks but I’ve come to accept the Funeral Home for what it is. Some actors appeared as horror icons like Michael Myers or Jigsaw’s Puppet while others portrayed a litany of common Halloween staples such as skeletons, clowns, witches, and ghouls.

The rambunctious cast succeeded in many startle scares and displayed fair improvisational skills. Our favorites included a talkative, agile goblin near the beginning of the haunt who lacked an understanding of personal space. We also had a fun exchange with an elderly harlequin who had an interesting collection of toys. Mid-way through the attraction a witch peered down at us from a top a wall and let loose a scream so full of primal rage it was almost comical, her face all aquiver. Elsewhere,  a skeletal creature clawed at us from behind a window and then suddenly appeared around the next turn to confront us face to face (okay, face to skull).

The conclusion of the Funeral Home put a welcome spin on an old troupe, Maddie and I were led into a room were a flash of light offered us a brief glimpse of our surroundings — we weren’t alone. A ghoul with a bloated face was armed with a chainsaw and as the room plunged once more into darkness, his weapon roared to life. I made a conscious effort to drag my feet as to allow my fiendish friend ample time to terrorize my beloved sister-in-law. I believe it took all of two seconds before she she jabbed her hands into my back and urgently yelled, “Go! Go!”

The design of the Funeral Home won’t win any awards and the overall length definitely left a lot to be desired. With those shortcomings in mind the Funeral Home still offered an enjoyable, if not standard, haunted house experience.

Rating: 3 stars

Fade to Black

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by bluefall8

Despite rain and falling temperatures the 2013 haunt season came to an end last night on a high note. In St. Charles we battled our way through the Village of the Living Dead, one of the most truly frightening haunted attractions we’ve visited in some time. As the midnight hour crept near we pulled into Mt. Morris where the cast at Exit 13 churned out a fantastic haunt romp punctuated by their unique blend of unbridled madness.

We also collected a lead from Pete at the Village of the Living Dead about another area haunt, Garage of Terror in Chesaning. If time had allowed we would have ventured there as well, we’re always up for a surprise visit, but the clock was ticking and we had an appointment to keep with Exit 13.

As always, full reviews will be posted. Currently I have nine reviews in the works, the first will be released tomorrow night which will detail the trip I took with my sister-in-law through the Funeral Home in Inkster. I’ll also share the details of our Halloween yard haunt in an upcoming post; and as always I invite each of you to subscribe to the zany antics of the Mud Puppets.

Mere days before Halloween we released Our Muddier Nightmare, a Halloween Special. In our latest video, simply titled Happy Halloween, yours truly can be seen dressed in drag doing my best Buffalo Bill impression of Silence of the Lambs fame. It’s been called weird, awkward, horrifying, and just plain wrong. So it’s definitely worth a watch!

Devil’s Trap

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by bluefall8

When you go haunting as often as we do, there’s bound to be some good nights and there’s bound to be some bad nights. And then there’s nights like tonight; it was interesting to be sure, rare even. Devil’s Night 2013 will go down in the books as a memorable one indeed, for on this night we experienced both extremes of the haunted spectrum — ranging from excellent to awful.

Ironically it was a rookie that exhibited the former and a veteran of the scene, the latter. Hush Haunted House in Westland gobsmacked us from beginning to end with a high intensity show complete with detailed scenes and top notch cast. Shockingly, The Scream Machine, a Downriver staple for more than a decade, sunk to an unbelievable low with what can kindly be called a listless dud.

We also toured Bloodbath on Biddle by the Wyandotte Jaycees and I’m happy to report that the volunteer effort succeeded on many fronts; it was easily the best effort from this group since our 2009 Devil’s Night foray at Hellblock 13.

As always full reviews will be posted and for those keeping track, yes — there’s still full reviews coming for Funeral Home, Purgatory’s Revenge, Blake’s, and Slaughtered at Sundown. Much haunted goodness yet to come from Horrorlust this haunt season.

Happy Halloween.

Colossus of Armada

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2013 by bluefall8

In the time since our haunted travels began we’ve toured just about every major haunted attraction throughout Michigan, but one monster of the scene has evaded us and tonight we’ll finally add it to our collection — and the name of that location is Blake’s. We’ve made various attempts over the years to visit but inevitably some factor arose to thwart our plans, but not tonight.

First, we’ll make an inaugural stop at another location, Purgatory’s Revenge in New Haven, and then we travel to storied Armada where we’ll experience Blake’s 3-Story Haunted Barn, the much heralded Nighttime Spooky Hayride, and perhaps even stuff our maws with the various vittles I’ve heard so much about. Once done there if time should happen to permit we’ll waltz right on down the road and cap off the night at Slaughtered at Sundown, yet another maiden haunt for us. Slaughtered at Sundown has a haunted barn of their own as well as the Slaughtered Town Hayride.

Also, reviews from the Realm of Haunted Minds and the Funeral Home will be posted this weekend; and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, Our Muddier Nightmare!

Actors Impress at Funeral Home, Realm of Haunted Minds

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by bluefall8

It was a short night of haunting but a fun one as well. The Realm of Haunted Minds proved once more to be a fun for all ages event. The grounds that surround the haunted house are populated by a miniature town that featured a school house and saloon, among others. The charming country store where guests procure tickets was a feast for the eyes and stomach alike; the whole place simply exuded a classic Halloween atmosphere.

The Funeral Home offered some fun and fright — a mysterious voice begged for our help from behind a door while we waited in line (we offered only our laughter). Soon we were whisked away into an echo chamber of screams, shrieks, and mocking catcalls. As always full reviews will be posted.

Meanwhile over at Mud Puppets Studios, Horror Month is in full swing. Today, we unveiled our behind the scenes trip through Bloodbath on Biddle from the Wyandotte Jaycees. We’ve even created a separate playlist, entitled Horror Month, for easy navigation of all our spooky videos. I’d like to welcome all readers of Horrorlust to check out The Mud Puppets on YouTube and subscribe; your views, likes, and shares are immensely appreciated.

This is Alice, and she wants your head.

This is Alice, and she wants your head.

Big Weekend Brewing, Haunt Schedule

Posted in Haunt Schedule, Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by bluefall8

This Friday the original gang will be back in the saddle when the Haunt Trinity hits the road to experience a triple threat of terror. First, we return to Pontiac to conquer world famous Erebus and the Realm of Darkness. We last visited each of these during the 2010 season; both locations have provided us with many fond memories over the years including instant classics on Halloween Night 2006 and 2008. Each has earned Haunt of the Year distinction — Erebus did it in 2006, Realm of Darkness took the top prize the following year in 2007. These are two very different haunted attractions and each execute their particular blend of haunting very well. It will be interesting to see how each has changed since our last visit and just what is in store for haunters at Realm of Darkness’ new second attraction, CarnEvil 3D.

Once we have survived Pontiac’s twin terrors we’ll make the short drive to Utica where we’ll witness what’s sure to be another knockout effort from the excellent team at Sinister. Last season Sinister was nearly flawless and beat out a couple of very worthy competitors to be named Haunt of the Year. It was by no accident that Sinister blew us away either, remember this was produced by many of the same wonderful weirdos who put on one of the best haunted displays we’ve ever witnessed — I speak, of course, of Haunted Hollows in Armada circa 2009. It should come as no surprise that this twisted gang snatched the Haunt of the Year Award that year as well.

2013 SCHEDULE

I continue to tinker with the haunt schedule but with so many exciting new prospects and the unknown status of some locations it’s been difficult to nail down definitive dates and times. Listed below are a few possible trips, which as of now are in no particular order. All attractions are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

Night #1 – Terrorfied Forest and Manor (Pinckney), Slaughter House (Fowlerville)

Night #2 – House of Fear (Hazel Park), Blake’s (Armada), Slaughtered at Sundown (Armada)

Night #3 – Scream Machine (Taylor), Funeral Home (Inkster), Hush (Westland)

Night #4 – Exit 13 (Mt. Morris), Village of the Living Dead (St. Charles)

Night #5 – Bloodbath on Biddle (Wyandotte), Realm of Haunted Minds (Romulus), Psycho Path (Gibraltar)

Night #6 – Lake “Eerie” Haunted Hayride (Brownstown), Woods of Darkness (South Rockwood)

I’m open to suggestions for any of these nights and there’s various other places I’d like to visit as well. I’d be happy to return to the Haunted Hydro (Fremont, Ohio) this year but I’m unaware of a second haunt that we could hit that night. Usually I’d suggest Terror Town but I think I’m a bit burnt out on it after five consecutive years of visiting.

I also have interest in Dimensions of Darkness (Maumee, Ohio) which John and I experienced for the first time last year on Halloween. It had a very cool old school approach and put us in mind of the treasured Extreme Scream. However, I’ve yet to read whether or not it will be operating this season.

Finally, there is the decision to be made regarding an overnight trip. John and I have discussed the possibility of renting a room near Flint and carving up the local haunt scene. On the other hand I’ve been itching to see the Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati, Ohio) for a couple of years now; my fellow haunters and I will undoubtedly have a tough decision on our hands.