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2010 Haunt Trinity Haunt Awards

Posted in Awards with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by bluefall8

As promised here is the 2010 Haunt Awards. The Haunt Trinity recognizes seven dreadful categories: Monster, Killer Automatons, Eerie Vibrations, Pulse Pounder, Dark Horse, Rotten Pumpkin, and of course Haunt of the Year.

Rotten Pumpkin – The Rotten Pumpkin award is given to the haunt considered to be the most disappointing of the season. Disappointment may be the result of an over hyped marketing campaign or the failure of the haunt to live up to expectations set forth in previous seasons. Whatever the case may be let there be no doubt that the haunt receiving this unwanted distinction truly dropped the ball, failing to provide a worthwhile show.

2010 Rotten Pumpkin: Leo’s House of Horror

Dishonorable Mention: Lair of Scare (Haunted Hydro)

It had the feel of a modular haunt stuck in the past. The scares were premature and there was little to no attention paid to the fine subtleties that can make or break a small production haunt. The barely five minutes we spent inside the attraction weren’t worth the $7 Craig and I paid. To put it quite simply, Leo’s House of Horror was bland and uninspired.

Eerie Vibrations – The Eerie Vibrations award is given to the haunt considered to exude the best overall atmosphere. Atmosphere is defined by the mood of the haunt itself but can also be fostered by immediate grounds or even the surrounding area.

2010 Eerie Vibrations: Demonic Demons

Honorable Mention: The Haunted Farm

From the moment we arrived this place had an altered vibe about it and it would only get more intense as the night wore on. The old building seemed alive, truly a character unto itself, the soundtrack was suffocating and endless, the actors were superb.

Dark Horse – The Dark Horse award is given to the haunt considered to have the most potential for growth. Criteria for this award include the ability to deliver an entertaining show at a relatively small venue and at a reduced rate. Think of the Dark Horse award as the Haunt Trinity’s way of recognizing the little haunt that could.

2010 Dark Horse: Woods of Darkness

Honorable Mention: Thrill Kill (Westland Jaycees)

A haunt built right in the forest had just the right mix of fun and fright and with plenty of room to expand the Woods of Darkness was the obvious choice for this award.

Killer Automatons – The Killer Automatons award is given to the haunt that best integrates animatronics into its attraction. When determining this award several factors are considered including timing, prop placement, realism, and sheer wow effect.

2010 Killer Automatons: House of the Dead (Terror Town)

Honorable Mention: Haunted Hoochie (Dead Acres)

The army of android abominations is as large and breathtaking as any assembled at any haunt we’ve visited. In 2010 they stomped, howled, lurched, and gnashed their teeth. The robotic innovations inside House of the Dead are as varied as any assortment you’re sure to find.

Monster – The Monster award is given to the haunt considered to have the best live actors of the season. In order to claim this award workers must display a certain level of intensity as well as a refusal to break character. Also crucial is the ability to improvise lines or actions when adapting to an individual guest or group.

2010 Monster: The Realm of Darkness

Honorable Mention: Demonic Demons

In 2010 the strength of this fine haunted attraction was not the pursuit of the Wizard but rather the professionalism of its actors. Filled with energy and charisma this team of dark entertainers demonstrated a firm grasp of improvisation, timing, and dedication to the scare.

Pulse Pounder – The Pulse Pounder award is given to the haunt considered to be the most intense attraction of the season. Intensity can be gauged by a number of factors including commitment of actors, gory or realistic scenes, and harsh or loud music and sound effects. However, the most important element when considering this award is genuine fear factor.

2010 Pulse Pounder: Demonic Demons

Honorable Mention: Haunted Hoochie (Dead Acres)

Demonic Demons was flat out scary, most of the screams issued here were less out of fun and more out of fright. If you don’t believe me just ask my good friend Brad who attempted to ward off the man of the house with a human shield. Indeed so frightened was he that he desperately choked yours truly with my own damn hoodie. Excellently paced with just enough quiet time as to make the next assault seem that much more intense.

Haunt of the Year – The Haunt of Year award is given to the haunt considered to be the best overall attraction of the season. When deciding on this award several factors are taken into consideration including the timing and intensity of actors, the pace and length of the haunt, attention to detail, use of special effects, realism of props, and most importantly the lasting imprint left on guests.

2010 Haunt of the Year: Demonic Demons

Honorable Mention: Erebus

What else can I say? Demonic Demons certainly had some stiff competition during the 2010 haunt season but when all was said and done the Detroit legend flat out deserved this award. I’ve never witnessed a haunt do so much with so few warm bodies and the layout was a stroke of quiet brilliance. Our minds roamed while we groped our way through a claustrophobia inducing darkness. The operators allowed us to freak ourselves out and then the monsters delivered intense, precision scares. The execution was cerebral, the experience primal.

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New Blood Rising: 2011 Haunt Season

Posted in Haunt Schedule, Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by bluefall8

Well my haunt brothers and sisters, it is that time of year again. The kiddies have gone back to school, the air has adopted a crisper quality, and the leaves will soon burst into full radiance for this wonderful season of magic, fright, and laughter. Here I ponder the memories we’ve made and yearn for those yet to pass as I craft the blueprint for this latest season of screams.

The haunt season will officially kick off tomorrow evening when myself, the Disco Devil, and possibly others pay a visit to the formidable Scream Machine — a perennial stalwart of the Downriver haunt scene located in Taylor, Michigan. And if weather permits we’ll make our way to South Rockwood where we’ll enjoy the dark stylings of the Woods of Darkness. Oh October, how you roll in with such atmosphere and presence. Let us consider then shall we the haunted possibilities for the Haunt Trinity and friends this October 2011.

Jason and Disco have both expressed an interest in another overnight haunting experience. Last year we traveled to Columbus, Ohio where we soaked in the wild and outlandish show at Dead Acres: Haunted Hoochie as well as the farm fresh fear of The Haunted Farm. This year two trips vie for our haunt bucks but only one can be chosen. 7 Floors of Hell near Cleveland and The Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory in Akron both have been ranked by various industry publications as top haunts in America. However the Land of Illusion in Middletown, Ohio and the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati have drawn similar praise. It’s hard to say at this time which of these two trips we’ll choose but I can say with confidence that when all is recorded to time it will have been one hell of a journey.

A bit closer to home a litany of first time visits loom on the fog swept horizon. In Chelsea horror has returned to the fairgrounds where Pigman’s Lair once resided. This year it will host a show most promising entitled Chelsea Feargrounds. I’ve thoroughly checked out the website and this one sounds Grade A. Here they have exploding zombie heads that reportedly shower guests with blood and guts, no joke. I’m sold. Not far from here in either direction lies The Boneyard in Stockbridge featuring three tantalizing attractions — Deadwood Forest, Scarecrow Hollow, and Tent of Terror — and in Saline, Krazy Hilda’s Barn of Doom which taunts haunters from the pages of the Fear Finder with the phrase, “Be there if you dare…my pretty.” Oh, how we dare Hilda!

Even closer to home there is of course the latest offering from the Wyandotte Jaycess — Lockdown. This year the community group has secured what looks to be a derelict bar just down the street from our old apartment on Ford Avenue. There’s also 2008 Dark Horse Award Winner Realm of Haunted Minds in Romulus, the temptingly obscure Psycho Path in Flat Rock, and a slew of others including Apple Charlie’s Barn of Blood and the Lincoln Park classic Anxiety Alley.

Rounding out the haunt season will be a mix of fresh locations and old crypts. The Deadland has come to Warren, in Deadly Intentions old stomping grounds to be precise, a great companion it shall make with Demonic Demons in Detroit for a night of hardcore haunting. If that isn’t enough of a treat for you then venture with us on our long awaited return to Adrian’s The Haunting, in addition experience the Haunt Trinity’s first look at Darksyde Acres in Jonesville. Also not to be forgotten is Blake’s in Armada and perhaps a return to the fabled monster in Pontiac known simply as Erebus.

There is no denying that a number of favorites will fall to the wayside this season — Realm of Darkness, Terror Town, and the Haunted Hydro to name a few — but the new blood refuses to be ignored. Stay tuned to Horrorlust for additional information while the season unfolds. As always my fellow haunt fiends, your thoughts and suggestions are encouraged and welcome.