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Title: Forbidden Forest - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 31, 2014, 01:04:23 PM
Forbidden Forest
Submitted by: packbacker
Date visited: 10/30/14

Scare Factor:  5/5
They bring it!  Forbidden Forest is such a refreshing trail as they creep you out in a variety of ways.  The trail is unguided but functions based on fixed scenes rather than traditional pop scares.  Regardless you will find yourself in some unsettling, unique situations.  Afraid of the dark, claustrophobic passageways, being alone, chainsaws, loud noises, or a variety of crazy folks in the woods?  Good- they will getcha.  There is a good combination of actor driven and prop driven scares.  The screams echo through the forest in a beautiful cacophony that made me smile and is the best marketing any haunt can do.

Actors: 5/5
This is an all volunteer staff but they are dedicated to their art.  Those with speaking roles absolutely nail their roles with Junior being the highlight for me.  He gives a truly unsettling performance with an excellent use of names in his monologue.  Kudos should also be paid to Nate-Dawg and his chicken-dragon, the gentleman in charge of the asylum maze, and the hooded cannibal brothers.  The pop actors had fantastic timing and were relentless in pursuing the scare- releasing you only after they had extracted every last scream from their victims.

Sets/Props/Fx: 5/5
There are no big animatronics but you will find situations on this trail you don't encounter anywhere else.  Year after year these folks wow me with their ingenuity. Costumes, makeup, sets, and props are all done out of pocket but still look first class.  I always leave grinning like a fool because of how wowed I am at what this trail packs in its woods. I loved the little video surprise at the ending this year- such a lovely touch.  I realize a lot of this description is vague but that's on purpose---- the less you know going into this haunt the better for your first visit. 

Length: 4/5
The trail feels kind of short....only because you are left wanting more.  Well most of you want more while some of your group are shaking in terror and wailing to go home.  The length isn't too long but with more set scenes you spend a decent amount of time on the trail.

Value: 5/5
Tickets are $15.  This is a trail where all proceeds go to St. Jude's Hospital.  The value for your money is superb but if you have any qualms about the price also know you are helping out a tremendous cause.

Free parking!  Concessions are available on site and there are multiple photo oppportunities available at the end of the trail.  On busy nights lines can be several hours in waiting time so plan accordingly.  Thursdays seem to be minimal waits.

Overall: 5/5
This was my third year visiting Forbidden Forest and it never gets old.  They constantly re-work the trail to deliver new scares/scenes each year.  I've brought new "victims" each year who all leave sharing my thoughts that this is one of the most unique trails in North Carolina.  It's scary, it's fun, and it's for a helluva good cause. Forbidden Forest consistently ranks in my top 5 each year for their ingenious scares and hilarious antics. 

Title: Re: Forbidden Forest - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on November 01, 2014, 01:06:58 PM
Forbidden Forest
Submitted by: Screaming_Diana
Date Attended: 10/30/2014
Scare Factor:  5/5
Forbidden Forest has always been terrifying but this year was the scariest yet.  The trail is self-guided but has set scenes where the actors stop the group and interact with you.  They have the most precise pop scare timing of any haunt Iíve been to.  Your fears are tested time and time again.  I screamed so much my voice was gone the next morning.
Actors:  5/5
These guys are phenomenal.  They are all volunteers giving up hours of their time to do something they love for a great cause.  They know when and how to produce a scare and they know exactly which people in the group to target.  They can sense fear a mile away.  Junior deserves special mention.  He plays his part with perfection.  I got to pet a chicken-dragon.  Go see the Explorer while in the Forbidden Forest and you might get a chance to pet one too.     Another special mention goes to the overly hyper maze attendant.  I canít remember his name but heís flawless in his performance and scared me about 50 times before I even entered the maze.  The costumes, masks, and makeup were top notch.  I cannot talk these guys up enough they are simply amazing.
Set Design/Props/Fx:  5/5
The sets and scenes are incredible.  Jigsaw on a tricycle!  That alone is worth coming to Forbidden Forest.  The entire Saw set is chilling.  Jigsaw and the intro video all the way to the foggy chainsaw pig mask chamber is completely nerve racking.  ďAre you ready to play a game?Ē  I heard that and was almost in tears.  That was in the first room.  It only got more terrifying from there.  The hillbilly house was very detailed with a grungy kitchen set and a corpse on the table.  They were very generous and offered us a bite to eat from their pot of steaming gut stew or a section of intestine from their half eaten corpse.  Garbage chute, thatís all Iím gonna say about that.  Then thereís The Purge where you watch and wait and wait in silence knowing youíre soon to be under attack.  It was almost more than I could bear.  Youíll feel all alone hoping to survive a maze were clowns break free from their chains and hearing your screams being echoed through the woods is the only way your friends will know youíre still alive.
Length:  5/5
This isnít the longest trail but by the end I had endured all I could possibly take.  While the trail isnít extremely long youíll spend a decent amount of time on the trail because youíre often stopped at a scene to interact with the characters or stopped dead in your tracks from being scared half to death.
Value:  5/5
Itís a heck of a deal for $15.  Plus itís all for charity for St. Jude Childrenís Hospital.  Youíre getting an incredible haunt and supporting an awesome cause.  They also offer a fast pass option for $25.
Forbidden Forest is only open 6 nights during the Halloween season so lines can get very long.  They send through very small groups and space the groups out so you get a fantastic experience but youíll likely have to wait a bit to go through.  The fast pass option might be a good idea if lines are long.  Parking is free and the ticket staff were all very friendly.  Concessions and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Overall Impression:  5/5
Speechless, thatís what I am each time I go through this haunt.  They send through small groups, ours was 4 deep, so everyone in the group gets an awesome experience.  They target everyone in the group but certainly know how to pick out the scaredy cats. Once you finally survive the trail youíll have the opportunity to have your picture taken or just hang out with a rather large Michael Myers and the very creepy Jeepers Creepers.  Itís just perfect from start to finish.  This is one of the trails I look forward to all season and couldnít be more thrilled to have ended my Halloween season with Forbidden Forest.