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The Haunted => Member Reviews - 2014 => Topic started by: packbacker on October 05, 2014, 08:44:47 AM



Title: 901 Nightmare- Edgemoor, SC
Post by: packbacker on October 05, 2014, 08:44:47 AM
901 Nightmare
Date visited: 10/4/2014


Scare Factor: 4/5
We had lots and lots of screaming in our group.  We went through the trail as a group of 6 which worked out fine.  While we didn't encounter any big scares what we did find was constant attention from the monsters.  There were very few chances to catch your breath.  Scares were spread out to all sections of the group.  Later in the trail (notably the clown section) if they smelled fear you got some extra work in your direction.  The majority of the scares were actor driven which fit with the settings- a farm in South Carolina (yes chicken coops are in the trail).  I should mention that we were their 1st group on the 2nd night they were open.....this bodes well for experiences later in the season/night. 


Actors: 4/5
They're everywhere!  One thing that is easy to say is that 901 Nightmare does not lack for numbers.  We entered a cemetery and I'd wager there were at least 15 zombies, ghouls, and skeletons emerging from the darkness to terrify our group.  The rest of the trail was also adequately staffed and then we found 3-4 folks scaring folks after the trail was done (there was no queue at the time).  Talent is quite variable.  We started off seeing multiple child actors with timing problems and the ubiquitous "Boo!" scream but later encountered folks great at going to the second level scare as well as verbal interaction with patrons.  The clowns and "large grandma" stood out in these regards.

Props/Sets/Fx: 3.5/5
In general it's more of an old school attraction.  I don't remember any major props/animatronics....but they weren't needed.  There is one set/scare inspired by "The Ring" which is beautifully done in its simplicity and effectiveness.  The train tracks were a unique set-up that was also quite effective.  Masks and makeup ranged from the fantastic (Jeepers Creepers) to the cheap/obvious discount Halloween masks. 

Length: 5/5
The trail took us about 20 minutes to complete.  Given their setting and the price-point this was just right. 

Value: 5/5
Normally $13 the trail was $10 on the night we attended.  This was more fun and scarier than several $20 NC trails we did last year.  It's well worth the regular price but for ten bucks it's a hard deal to beat.   

Other:
Free parking!

Overall: 4/5
I had zero expectations headed into this trail.  We were visiting the Charlotte area and decided it would be worth the 20 minute detour.  I could not have been happier!  We were the first group of the night, got the discounted $10 rate, and I left the trail literally clapping in child-like glee.  What the trail may lack in big scares or effects they more and make up for in heart, soul, and enthusiasm.  These folks wanted to be there and were "on".  We could barely turn around without an actor popping out at us and I was enthralled by their "Ring" set-up and was tempted to hug Hillbilly Mama.  Bottom line?  It's an old school, well staffed, affordably priced, FUN spook trail.  As I'm leaving the small little exit/concession tent I see a guy in a devil mask walking a goat on a leash.....and I know I'm in the right place.