2013 Reviews

Containment: Atlanta, GA
As the story goes…

An assortment of demonic artifacts collected by the mysterious Frightmares Inc., was to be safely transported by train through Atlanta as part of a convoy of secured cargo containers.  The train derailed, causing the containers to crash onto the Atlantic Station property, followed by a series of unexplained incidents, disturbing behavior and mysterious disappearances.  
This was from the Containment website.
As always I base my reviews not only on the scare factor but also for value.  Do you get bang for your buck?  Ticket price is $25 per person.  They do not have a separate parking area so you will be required to pay to park.  I did attend on media night and went through twice.  
I had been curious on this one for a month with a question in my head on how to create a haunt using shipping containers.  You learn right away that you are not going through actual shipping containers. This haunt has a lot of animatronics, a lot.  Three are great, great placement and great timing.
Through this haunt you will be going in and out of buildings, there is stuff to see outside as well to keep victims entertained.  Your first room sets the scene up well for the theme of this haunt, plenty of artifacts to see then it goes a little all over the place.  The second room was very plain with just empty picture frames and no actor.  This trend repeats through this haunt, either filled with stuff to see or not really anything to see.  You will walk through a long padded room, I guess the guy in there had already escaped- not there on both trips.  Some rooms have a lot of space with not much to see and an actor that cannot carry a room.  There are rooms however that do work very well.  The finale is good with an animatronic that really rocked. Containment has potential, this is their first year.  I, and others did speak to some of the execs there and have invited us back to see how some changes were implemented.
This trip down the tracks gone horribly wrong gets a solid C.
Bloodwood Trail: Rome, GA

If you have not read a haunt review of mine before, I base my score on two things- Level of scare and price, do you get Bang for your Buck?

Can a haunt in the middle of no where, far off the highway be a success?  If you build a haunt without high price animatronics, would people come?  In today’s computer age of you cannot buy tickets online, should you go?

Friday night I was on my way to a different haunt.  I was recommended by people on Main Street in Rome, Georgia to check out Bloodwood Trail instead.  This was not an easy find.  The signs are small and hand painted with a lot of wooden arrows but you do arrive in an open field to park.  There was a lot of cars out here tonight.  Warning: if you go, bring cash.  You can use plastic for the food vendor or to get a t-shirt but it is cash only right at the entrance to the trail.

Ticket price is $13 or $18 for VIP express lane.  This is a 35 minute walk. This is an outdoor trail.

You cannot even get a hint of what is to come as you stand at the entrance, a big clown mouth. Immediately they unsettle you because to enter into the clown mouth you have to get on your hands and knees. The actors are pretty well timed.  Their is not a lot of screaming, “Get Out” over and over again that bigger haunts use.

You will walk through many scenes on this trail including having to walk through an abandoned camper, not a fake, a real camper.  Their is a holding zone in the middle of this walk.  Females in the group are armed with pool noodles cut in half.  Your mission: to protect the men and fight your way out as zombies come at you through the next phase.

This is a classic haunt that I would definitely attend again.  It may not have scared me but I applaud any haunt that  can entertain me and well worth the price of admission.  If you are in Rome, Georgia this stop is a must.  I give Bloodwood Trail a ‘B’ and my favorite haunt thus far this year.

   Happy Haunting- “Rock”