The Beast is a self lead haunt that pioneered the “open format” concept where patrons wander through the scenes without a set path so you never know where a creature is lurking or a prop set poised to trigger. It takes about 45 minutes to walk through if you don’t get lost. I certainly did in the ¼ acre size werewolf forest. Thick with fog and sparsely light I wandered along seeking my exit calling “Marco” in hopes of finding my way out. After about 15 minutes I had found 17 other lost souls, 2 actors, 1 tech way and a several dark corners before pleading for directions. Within the haunt are several pitch black sections where your personal space is violated and roaming hands can make your acquaintance and if not careful you could miss step down the massive amount of stairs. There is a looping path in the mirror maze, an endless tunnel and a LIVE alligator in residence. The uber cool Telsa coil in the storm room will make your hair stand on end and the exit is a four story slide straight down! Yagaboggie - Got to love those slides.
Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe encompasses his nightmarish tales of The Raven, The House of Usher, Rue Morgue and The Black Cat along with his other dark tales & poems. Within the haunt you will be subjected to situations like being buried alive and suffocating. There will be stooping, crawling and maneuvering difficult paths in this four story building with faintly lit stairways, uneven flooring and walkways deficient in any illumination. And again, there were all those stairs to maneuver as this was the only haunt not to have a slide. The sets were well themed, nicely set and had proper audio tracks. Being a fan of Poe's writing I especially enjoyed the themes. Chambers of Poe is also rumored to be haunted by the building’s former owner who died in 2005.
Macabre Cinema you enter a 1930’s movie theater then advance through the screen into sets with original Hollywood props from contemporary and classic horror films. This 45 minute open concept haunt will have you navigating 4 floors (yep, stairs again) to meet Freddie, Michael, Jason and Pinhead to name a few from the 30ish scenes set inside. As a movie buff, I especially enjoyed the movie premise. There is a slow moving vortex tunnel that is the best I have ever experienced, an incredible starry night scene and classic soundtracks to forewarn of approaching fiends.
What I am not a fan of is the repeated occurrence of actors appearing just to scream in my ear. Screaming is not scary; the timing of the noise is what produces the startle. Also disturbing was the location of the appearances, as they seem to wait until you were about to traverse one of the many stairwells. This caught one in my group off guard and sent her tumbling down 3 dimly lit steps. Only after I demanded the actor to back off did he offer assistance and produced a flashlight to help her right herself.
I was covered in baby powder from the slide and my BFF was limping from the fall; we looked quite the sight after the evening’s adventure.
The Edge of Hell is Kansas City’s oldest haunted house and this year marked its 36th anniversary. This converted five story warehouse offers a quarter mile walk-thru with an open concept that challenges the design team when it comes to prop placement. If you do not know where the audience is coming from, you cannot judge the set back once triggered. We learned this first hand as Randy took the brunt of the hits with props smacking his chest, with us rambling behind, giggling. Inside we found the largest Anacondas in captivity. As I approached the snake’s enclosure I composed myself for a close look, knowing I was safely outside of the snake’s enclosure. But the rubber snake dangled between me & the tank produced shriek from me & my BFF.
Good job guys; 20 years in the haunt biz and I screamed at a rubber snake.
Not to be missed is the flying guy, the bat room, the jiggling floor and multitudes’ of creatures awaiting your arrival. You get to experience Purgatory, walk across a swinging rope bridge, crawl into the graveyard and scamper through the Vampire’s room. My ascent to Heaven smelled of cotton candy and then it was down the five story spiral slide.
With plenty of eye candy, cool FX and eager monsters to interact this haunt should be one of my favorites. But I left feeling perturbed about the uneven flooring, blackened walkways, crawling and all those stairs.