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Title: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 19, 2014, 01:15:58 PM
Trotterville Horror
submitted by: packbacker
Date visited: 10/16/14

Scare Factor: 4.5/5
Screaming, urinating, and running off the trail.....our group experienced the works at Trotterville.  The scares here are a good mixture of actor driven versus prop driven.  Without giving too much away there was a fantastic diversionary scare where what I thought was a missed opportunity or broken prop turned into half the group screaming in terror at the unseen actor.  The gargoyle, a couch gag, a well timed chainsaw, and more left a few in our group kind of petrified.  There is very little downtime between sets so you stay on edge throughout.  Scares are also not always brief- if they smell fear they are going to get in your face and let you move forward when they are good and ready.  The missing 0.5 points comes from a bit of a let-down at the end.  The last set, while creepy looking, features zero scares and misses that big finale scare that caps off the experience.  I'd love to find a final scare that sends grown men running like little girls into the parking lot. 

Actors: 4.5/5
The woods were pretty full the night we attended.  One set was empty but otherwise each one had an appropriate number of actors.  A few settled for just a quick pop scare with no follow-up but when they worked in pairs (or more!) these guys had a great timing and interplay.  One would assault the front, one the back, and then they'd meet in the middle when the chicken person started screaming.  They also did a good job stalking or circling behind their scene to re-pop at the end.  The corn maze folks verbally interacted well with guests. 

Sets/Props/Fx: 5/5
Trotterville does an execellent job of mixing old and new.  The majority of the trail is lovingly "old-school" utilizing dark woods, plywood buildings, and an eclectic junkyard treasure trove- old cars, rotten couches, big metal drums, and so forth.  It doesn't sound all that great but it gives an authentic backwoods / "House of 1000 Corpses" vibe to the trail.  Peppered throughout the trail, though, are some high quality props that can catch you by surprise including a vibrating floor and the immensely awesome gargoyle.

Length: 5/5
One and a half miles through the woods and corn.  It's probably the longest trail I do all year.  You get your exercise and it's never dull.  I left the woods covered in sweat and happily exhausted. 

Value: 5/5
Trotterville admission runs $15 to $20 depending on when you visit but there is a $5 coupon available on the website.  I'd wager that this is the longest $15 trail in the state and it's constant action and fun.

Free parking!  There is a concessions stand and a last ride simulator on site as well as a loud sound system kicking out Rob Zombie while you wait in line or recover after the haunt. 

Overall: 5/5
Long, brutal, fun, and visually stimulating, Trotterville Horror delivers an eclectic mix of old school and new school scares.  A long walking trail, two mazes, a plethora of actors and some great props will leave even the most jaded haunt-goer smiling at the end.  Excellent line management keeps groups well spaced so that you get the enjoyment of a bigger haunt with the smaller haunt feel.  You're also going to get a work-out for your money!   

Title: Re: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 19, 2014, 01:30:41 PM
Trotterville Horror
Submitted by: Screaming_Diana
Date Attended: 10/16/2014
Scare Factor:  5/5
I’d like to say I walked right through this haunt without screaming, running, or being scared but I’d be lying.  The truth is I went through terrified, screaming, hands over my ears, with my eyes tightly closed for a large portion of the trail.  At one point I was crouched on the ground unable to move while surrounded by monsters.  Even the name Trotterville sounds scary.  They’ve changed the trail up this year so even if you’ve been in previous years you’ll experience new props, sets, and scares this season.
Actors:  5/5
There’s a lot of ground to cover but they’ve got enough actors to keep this long trail alive.  The actors work together to produce much more effective scares than any actor could do alone.  The actor hanging out by the ticket booth didn’t appear very scary until we were leaving and he followed me to the car and proceeded to terrorize me until we finally drove away.  As we were driving off he ran back for one final scare.  Even the little line monster scared me a half dozen times popping in and out from behind the privacy fence.   Most pop scares were immediately followed by another pop scare or usually a much more intense scare.  Most actors continued to terrorize my group after the initial scare even if that meant following us to the next set.  One monster followed me through several sets and showed back up at the end just to let me know he hadn’t forgotten about me.  I hadn’t forgotten about him either.  I don’t know what he looked like but I can clearly remember his voice.  Someone in my group mentioned seeing clowns but I never saw them.  I guess my eyes were closed through that section.  All of the masks I saw were great and the big bunny costume was fantastic.  The zombies look amazing and make some really really strange noises.
Set Design/Props/FX:  5/5
It’s not fancy but it’s perfect.  Who needs fancy when you’ve got dark woods, lots of old partially dilapidated barns, old car parts, barrels, and all kinds of other fantastic junk.  Don’t get me wrong they’ve got some great sets and some really cool animatronics but the best part is the natural setting with all the random stuff thrown around.  It’s old school and it works.  Several times they used simple basic props to distract you so an actor could appear from another direction and scare the crap out of you.  The sets are designed with lots of visible hiding spots for monsters which make it very difficult to know where the next scare will be coming from.  More than once I looked around cautiously trying to see where a monster might be only to discover he was hanging right over my head.  The vibrating ground was a cool added touch this year.  They’ve got two mazes.  One is a corn maze with some crazy Wrong Turn looking creatures that are great at misdirecting you.  I’m not exaggerating when I say these guys are crazy.  The other maze is less monster inhabited but it is very dark, long, and narrow in places.   Oh and Gargoyle I will always remember you.
Length:  5/5
I was exhausted by the end.  We were told it was 1.5 miles of wooded trails.  Wear your hiking shoes and you should be just fine.
Value:  5/5
No complaints on price here.  It’s $20 general admission on peak nights and $15 on Thursdays and Sundays.  They have special pricing for kids, police, fire, and EMT personnel and military get in free with proper ID.  They offer special group rates and have a $5 off coupon on their website.  It’s worth every bit of $20.
Parking is free!  We went on a Thursday night and there was very little wait time in line.
Overall Impression:  5/5
Trotterville is a long, dark, self-guided, terrifying adventure through the woods.  It’s the perfect location for an old school type haunt.  They were allowing people to go through in small groups so everyone in the group had the chance to experience the scares.  I will say I was hoping for something more at the end but maybe that’s part of the thrill.  Waiting and waiting with anticipation for something to happen.  Even though the trail didn’t end with a bang there’s a ton of amazing props and well trained actors to keep you entertained throughout the trail.  My group had a great time and I will be back next year.  Good job Trotterville you scared the pee out of me…again!

Title: Re: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 20, 2014, 03:50:14 PM
Trotterville Horror
Date Visited: 10/16/14
Submitted by: jonesm

Scare Factor: 4.5/5
Trotterville has always had sort of a brutal feel about it.  Everything is delightfully old school, and while I can think of other haunts that take glee in your fear, I've always thought that this one seems like they'd like to keep you there and, you know…do things to you.  It makes for a more heightened sense of looking over the shoulder, just to be sure.  The found, rough hewn feel of everything just keeps you more on your guard.  And I mean that completely as a compliment!

Actors: 4.5/5
Same thing as above, you always feel the disappointment from the actors when they have to (eventually) walk away and let you go forward, and that gives them an edge you feel as you go through the trail.  Also, I noticed several occasions where the actors worked well in pairs, with one nailing the front of the line, and another coming up from the back or side to capitalize on the misdirection.  It's clearly a well coached cast across the board.  Special bonus points for the best chainsaw guy of the year!  I was a little behind the scare, but this guy comes shooting out of an old building and the chainsaw bursts into action in mid air, no windup or telling cranking beforehand.  So far, it was the best pop scare of the season for me, so kudos to that guy!

Sets/Props/FX: 5/5
Can't say enough good things about the sets at Trotterville!  As I said the first time I went years ago, they have the best trash around!  There's so many piles of old rusted out parts of things that it can really get tough to keep your bearings at times.  This year I noticed an entire truck cab that looked just lining the trail that looked like an elephant took a seat on it.  Stuff like that helps with the tone of the place so very much, and this really is the best at that.  Great corn maze, excellent shacks throughout, really good misdirection built right into the sets…I really love this place!

Length: 5/5
They always tell you it's a mile and a half walk through the trail, and I always think, no way is it that long.  Then when I get done, sweaty and breathing hard, I think maybe they're right on with that.  The trail is long. Really long.  You won't have an issue with that whatsoever.

Value: 5/5
I think it's a great value!  $15-20 depending on when in the season you go, and there's a $5 coupon online and free parking.  I think it presents like a church-league trail, but performs like one of the heavy hitters, and is good and long.  I think it has excellent value.

Overall: 4.5/5
Trotterville is a highlight every year.  It's not pretentious at all, and it functions like spook trails ought to, on heart and ingenuity.  It's not really near anything, but if you can get out to it, I think it's totally worth the trip!  It's the best purely old school haunt in the area.

Title: Re: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 21, 2014, 07:23:39 AM
Trotterville Horror
Date visited: 10-18-2014
Submitted by: krb187

Scare Factor: 5/5
So far, this has been the most I’ve jumped all year at a haunt. I would say 5 or 6 times they got me very, very well with perfectly time props and actors. The trail keeps a pretty constant flow from the moment you step in until the very end with very few dead spots and a near constant barrage of horror from every angle. The overall feel is pretty creepy in itself and it is just amplified by effective props and sets and unrelenting actors that seem to fill every dark corner. One thing is for sure, if you go through Trotterville they are going to scare you, it’s just a matter of when.

Actors: 4.5/5
The actors at Trotterville (and trust me, there are plenty of them) are very invested in their craft. You can tell from the moment you arrive that they love what they do and are very good at it. The clowns were hilarious and cackled with glee at every scare, the hillbillies had that perfect southern draw, and others made some of the most inhuman noises I have ever heard come out of a person. They are very good at attacking from all angles from the front to the back, both sides, and even from above. I do feel that some of the actors could have been a little more aggressive and in your face instead of just getting the pop scare and then going back to position. I have to give a special shout out to the line actor with the long hair and two machetes. He literally just walked by these two girls in front of us and gave them a passing glance and they left before the haunt even opened. He then proceeded to chase them both all the way back to their car at a full sprint and that made my night before I even got into the actual haunt.

Set Design/Props/FX: 4.5/5
Trotterville is another one of those haunts that has that backwoods old-school flavor that I love so much. The sets are so beautifully dirty and detailed that they have this decaying feel to them that is, in my opinion, downright intimidating. There were a lot of clever usage of set design for the actual way you navigate through the haunt, with fake exits and a few rooms that seem to have no way out, only to open up in the most unexpected places (with the fridge being my absolute favorite). The couch gag is ingenious and got me to jump and the gargoyle is a favorite as always. The corn maze is my favorite of any haunt and there’s no feeling quite like coming out of the blackout maze and seeing nothing but rows and rows of corn in front of you with the moonlight shining in rays over the top of it; gives me chills every time. There are 2 reasons that this isn’t a 5: first of all, my group ran into another group in the corn maze because we were both lost and I feel that if they had one actor at the end to re-split the groups and correct the spacing it would really help the timing of the rest of the trail, my group just stood at the end for a while and waited for the other group to get ahead of us. Secondly, for as awesome as the entire haunt was the ending fell completely flat for me. The last room, while incredibly creepy (I HATE dolls) had zero scares and left me literally asking ‘Is that it?’ as I walked out. I would love to see it end with a great scare like was had in the rest of the haunt to send me out with the same adrenaline and excitement that I had through the entire thing.

Length: 5/5
We were told that Trotterville was 1 and a half miles long this year, and that is the longest trail that I’ve done this year if I’m not mistaken. That is an amazing length and the trail is stellar every inch of it. By the time I got out I was tired and sweaty and couldn’t have been more pumped up.

Value: 5/5
Ticket prices are $15 and $20 depending on the night that you go and there are $5 coupons on the website. Even if you paid the full $20 that is still a steal for Trotterville and you are going to get every single cent of your money’s worth.

Parking is free, very organized, and has probably the nicest parking attendant I’ve ever seen. There are concessions as well as merchandise for sale and a last ride simulator all on site.

Overall: 5/5
Last year Trotterville was my favorite haunt that I attended and so far it’s looking to be my favorite again this year. Everything about this place is firing on all cylinders from the gritty sets, to the insane actors, to the ingenious props that you won’t see coming. Nearly every second is packed with aggressive in your face scares that will leave you catching your breath and begging for more. Trotterville Horror is not one to be missed!

Title: Re: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 21, 2014, 03:33:14 PM
Haunt Name:  Trotterville Horror Attraction
Date Attended:  October 16th, 2014
Submitted By: Bethyboo

Scare Factor 5/5
This is an “old school” style haunted attraction.  They make great use of the woods and have many actors hidden throughout the attraction to scare you when you least expect it.  The trail is very dark and you cannot anticipate where the scares are going to come from.  The front of our group received the most startle scares, but no one was safe in Trotterville. 

Actors 5/5
These actors have energy and lots of it!  They are great at interacting with the groups and detecting who is most scared and targeting them.  There are no guides on the walk through the woods, and actors (monsters) are everywhere.  There were some relentless monsters in the corn maze and you won’t get out until they are ready for you to. No actor broke character, and that really adds to the fear factor and makes this group of actor’s top notch.
Set Design/FX/Prop 4.5/5
This haunt relies on the outside elements to pull off a lot of the scares. There were some new sets for 2014 which really add to the overall attraction.   There were a few new automated props in this attraction that were unexpected and plenty of “live action” as you make your way through.

Length 5/5
This is a very long trail so be prepared for plenty of walking. It takes about 45 minutes to walk through the attraction.

Value 5/5
The cost of this attraction is between $15-$20 dollars depending on which night you attend.  They also provide a discount for Fire, EMT, or Police and free for military with proper ID. There are also some discount coupons on their website.  I think this attraction is an incredible value because it has great scares, the length is good and the prices are reasonable.

Other 5/5
There is free parking at this attraction and has concessions if interested.

Overall Impression 5/5
This attraction has it all.  If you are looking for great scares, in an “old school” haunt setting, Trotterville Horror is a must see haunted attraction.  This haunt is a great value and still has the ability to keep groups spaced enough so that everyone feels they are all alone in the woods.  Trotterville is definitely worth a visit in 2014.

Title: Re: Trotterville Horror - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 21, 2014, 06:16:36 PM
Trotterville Horror
Date attended: 10-18-2014
Submitted by: weresheep

Scare Factor: 5/5
This place is an adventure.  It’s a long trail with a wide variety of different sets and things to explore.  There are plenty of places where you can be distracted by one thing only to be scared by another. We never knew what to expect next. In more than one room we were trapped and only allowed to exit when shown which way to go which was great at disorienting our group. The whole place gives a feel of being trapped in a horror movie with no escape.

Actors: 4/5
They have a great number of actors all appropriately placed which is impressive for such a long haunt. The actors are very in your face and play each character well. The characters in the carnival give that demented jovial vibe and the junkyard hillbillies actual looked like someone you’d see in such a place. Some spaces that could have used a good scare lacked an actor, such as the building after the junkyard and a campground area.

Set Design/Props/FX: 5/5
Trotterville is excellent at “working with what they have”.  A lot of the sets are simple yet so wonderfully organized that it gives it an even creepier vibe. The whole thing gives you that dirty, grimy feeling. They have the works, a crazy hillbilly junkyard complete with trash can fires, a blackout maze, corn field and even a creepy carnival with games. There were several well placed and very unsettling props throughout. However, the end was a bit lacking. My favorite thing though was the area with the bunnies. I have been waiting to see a haunt use animals somewhere.  It amplified that nasty feel even further and gave you a feeling that they might just throw you in a cage too!

Length: 5/5
At a mile and a half long, it’s definitely one of the longest haunts but it’s not a difficult trek. There are few dull spots and it seems like you are walking further and further into madness.

Value: 5/5
Ticket prices range from $20 to $15 and they also have coupons and special pricing available. You definitely get the full experience here and it’s worth it.

Overall: 5/5
This was my favorite last year and it’s even better this year. It’s long, gritty and has an old school feel to it that makes you feel like you stepped into a movie. Even waiting in line here was a pleasure. Be prepared for an exciting adventure with relentless actors in a horrifying environment.