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The Haunted => Member Reviews - 2013 => Topic started by: packbacker on October 27, 2013, 05:02:23 PM

Title: Forbidden Forest- Rockwell, NC
Post by: packbacker on October 27, 2013, 05:02:23 PM
Forbidden Forest
Visit Date: 10/24/13

Scare Factor: 4.5/5
Forbidden Forest delivers multiple types of scares- traditional pop scares, effective prop usage, disorientation, and placing you in situations that take you out of your comfort zone.  I don't want to give away some of their situations but there will be some things you encounter here that I have not found anywhere else in North Carolina.  Please note you are fully safe at all times.  Your scene guides sometimes lull you into thinking you are safe and then scares can explode from all sides.  Even if you are not scared you *will* be entertained.

Actors: 4.5/5
Multiple actors have long set-ups to deliver....and they do without faltering.  Junior, Nate-Dawg, and the actor whose name I can't remember before the last set piece were all tremendous.  They had very long speaking parts but cold also deliver on the fly as well.  They interacted well with each other when needed and set the scares up perfectly.  The pop scare actors were often relentless.  Scenes sometimes felt TOO long as they menaced people who were trapped in a scene.  The actors in the final set seemed more interactive and energized this year as well.

Sets/Props/Fx: 4/5
Again there didn't seem to be too many changes from last year but there are some things here I have not seen elsewhere.  I still clap with glee with the Saw scene.  Makeup and costumes are exceptionally solid, props are effective in their use, and I have to make special mention of their use of sound in the saw scene.  You could distinctly hear the music/dialogue switch directions as we entered a narrow hallway.  That's an attention to detail that is evidence of the passion of this attraction.

Length: 3/5
I wanted more!  I didn't time things but it's an adequate trail that simply leaves you desiring more of their wacky goodness.

Value: 5/5
It's a $15 trail that fully delivers.  The trail reminds me of Boogerwoods in the fact that it's going to deliver some scenes/scares you aren't going to find anywhere else.  Honestly I didn't find a huge number of changes from last year so buyer beware on return visits but believe me it's worth every single cent if you've never been before.

Free parking!  Concessions and souveniers available for purchase.  They even have free candy at the end....if you make it through. 

Overall: 4.5/5
I said it last year but the best description is "hidden gem".  It's a smaller trail that's only open 6 nights.  You don't hear about it in national publications but the trail is put together with the passion and ingenuity needed to impress even the most jaded customers.  Groups are sent through well spaced apart and timing is impeccable in scare delivery and scene-set up.  I feared that our experience last year was something I had built up in my imagination but my joy and wonderment was mirrored by my friend who was making his first trip this time around.  Forbidden Forest is a haunt you need to check out!