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« on: October 11, 2014, 09:58:48 PM »

Date Attended: 10/11

Scare Factor: 4.5/5 - Lake Hickory Haunts has become much scarier this year than year's past. It is still just as entertaining as ever, but there are more in your face scares and more scares along the pathways between scenes, an area that seemed to be lacking a bit last year. The scares start as soon as you get in line. If you arrive early, which I recommend, you get to see the actor parade and, on Saturday nights, the character duel. These two things are awesome, a truly unique and nice touch, something I haven't seen in other haunts. My group was 7 deep, but they did a good job of scaring the entire group. The haunt starts with the trail, which doesn't have as many outdoor scenes as last year, however there is the new Butcher Shop scene, the new Haunted Boat Ride, and the Texas Chainsaw style room. These are all new, and are all really fun and intense, in your face scenes. There aren't any scares on the boat ride, but it's still a cool, unique touch I have never even heard of in any other haunts. The awesome clown house follows, and it delivered some great entertainment. The group of clowns works with each other so well, they really entertain everyone and still do a good job of scaring you. Then you go to the indoor section, but not before making your way past several clowns with chainsaws. The indoor section features some of the best scenes and effects around, and some truly unique scares.  

Actors: 4.5/5 - The actors here are always entertaining. There are more scene-centered scares here than pop scares, and they work. There are usually multiple actors in each scene, and they work with each other and do a good job of entertaining you and engaging you in the scene. The clowns impressed me the most, the way they work together and bounce around that clown house like they are actual circus clowns. The actors in the house always impress me, the way they engage everyone in the sets. The actors ad lib with people really well, and do a good job of keeping you interested. The Dr. Death actor is really good at selling his scene. The one thing that always impresses me about the Lake Hickory Haunts actors is the way they can interact with each other and everyone else to immerse you in the experience, so it's not just like watching a movie. This sets them apart from other haunts.

Set Design/Props/FX: 5/5 - Lake Hickory Haunts has some of the most detailed scenes I've ever seen. The indoor section is especially amazing.  There are so many awesome scenes with so much detail. The Freddy scene is quite amazing, it is one of the coolest effects I have seen at a haunt. The clown house looks really good, especially from the outside. There are a few prop oriented scares, and they work. LHH clearly puts a lot of work into their scenes and it shows. The scenes here are some of the best I've seen.

Length: 5/5 - Took us probably 35 minutes to get through, and that was moving at a fairly normal pace. No bare spots on the trail, they keep the scares flowing the whole time. The haunt feels longer than it actually is, which is as a good thing. They do a good job of keeping you involved and you feel really immersed in the experience.

Value: 5/5 - Its $15, which is a great deal, especially if you come early and see the parade and the duel. The haunt is fairly long, and you feel like you got your money's worth by the end. This is better than a lot of $20 trails I have been to. They keep you entertained from the moment you step in line to the moment you get in your car, and you feel like you are getting a true experience. One of the better values around.

Overall: 4.5/5 - Lake Hickory Haunts is a fairly new haunt; this was I believe their third year. They have their stuff down pat, especially for such a new haunt. There is no shortage of scares here, and no shortage of fun to be had. Our group laughed, screamed, and we even had one pee her pants. They had me jump a few times, especially in the woods sections; they seem to come out of nowhere! The actors here are some of the best around, they work as a team to entertain and scare you. The clown actors, as I said, are a standout. They are hilarious, and do a good job of selling a scare. The scenes here are extremely detailed, outstanding for a third year haunt. It's a good length, no bare spots. Its a great value, $15 gets you a nice experience, from the character duel to the haunt. Lake Hickory Haunts is so unique, and they had some things I had never seen of ever thought I would see in a haunt. It's definitely worth the visit.

Other - Free parking. If you can, get here early for the duel, meet and greet, and parade.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 01:29:55 PM »

Sounds like this is one of the fastest growing haunts in the unifor area of North Carolina. The boat ride is amazing. While you are on the boat, there is a huge fireball that rolls across the water towards the boat. You can actually feel the heat from it. I've never seen this type of boat ride, during your adventure through the haunt, anywhere else. You not only get the midway experience, but a long trail through the woods, boat ride, 5 buildings. The last building along is 4,000 sq ft with state of the art Pneumatics, animated props etc. This haunt is also a permanent structure year round. No re building at this one. They add more and more each year and change around the theme.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2014, 07:36:40 AM »

Sounds like this is one of the fastest growing haunts in the unifor area of North Carolina. The boat ride is amazing. While you are on the boat, there is a huge fireball that rolls across the water towards the boat. You can actually feel the heat from it. I've never seen this type of boat ride, during your adventure through the haunt, anywhere else. You not only get the midway experience, but a long trail through the woods, boat ride, 5 buildings. The last building along is 4,000 sq ft with state of the art Pneumatics, animated props etc. This haunt is also a permanent structure year round. No re building at this one. They add more and more each year and change around the theme.

I was amazed at how much things changed this year! Seemed almost like a whole new haunt.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 03:16:27 PM »

Visited Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scare factor: 3.5/5 – Lake Hickory Haunts seems to be a sprouting player in the Hickory, NC haunt market.  The midway is up-and-coming. It’s a wide downward-sloping pathway with a few permanent entertainment enclaves along the way including a carnival high-striker game area.  Not a ton of FX or sound in the midway until you get down to the entrance corral. The concession stand is all the way at the bottom of the midway, which could be cumbersome to reach when it's jammed with patrons. Somebody might think you’re breaking in line to get a diet coke or a pumpkin funnel cake (yum, y’all).  This place has distinctive flair: a boat ride and a consistently violent, scary theme. I’ve only been to one other haunt that scared me in a boat in the Upstate, but not in NC. Lake Hickory Haunts boat gloat is different: it’s alive with color, entertainment, and unique creep.  Although this haunt has fewer than ten key sets (boat ride is one); these were some intensely memorable sets. What makes them most memorable was the potent actor power and elaborte detail each one eeked out. And, the chilling boat ride across the eerie lake.

Actors: 3/5 – Why the “3”? Not because actors aren’t the angriest bunch of folks I’ve ever seen - hooping-up fist fights and murdering each other in nearly every scene - but because the sets they owned were too seperated out, especially the first four (counting the intro video).  No queue actors. No actors in the intro area. We were escorted to the introduction set by a thoughtful staffer in jeans and sweatshirt. The introduction is delivered via a television set where we get a glimpse of key characters in the show. During the intro, I was waiting for a pop scare while sitting there with our group of eight who mostly spent that ten or so minutes yelling over each other with excitement. There are few actors that lurk in between each distinctive set, although only one stands out for me…The actor with the bloody stubs on the pathway who appeared after we left the first set. His "see what he did to my arm?" and respective gore gear served to carry the horror further along. Costumes and characters were impressive (except the token Freddy who was such a fantastic actor that doing the “Freddy” seemed to be selling his talent short) – the clowns and boat host, especially. These characters used voice very effectively. The wireless microphone worked very well in a set that was off-the-charts loud with at least six actors shouting and carrying on like total madmen (the female actor was silent and staring) in a space about the size of a master bathroom.  The amputation show and the human stretcher scene was distasteful in my opinion because I’m not entertained watching women being tortured. That is simply not funny or scary to me – put a man actor in there for a change. Although effective actors rule their parts well, they are assigned to their respective sets which confines actor scares to specific places and zones.  Therefore, more actors are needed to drive (and carry through) the overall Lake Hickory Haunt experience. Actors and the special freakshows they offer get a 5 but the disconnect given the layout reduces this score to a 3.

Set design/props/FX: 4/5 – LHH is special because it has an incredible phosphorus lake (including a splashy boat ride across it) and several terrific permanent sets. The boat ride was about ten minutes. Considering the time it takes for the boat ride, the tv show, and the relatively small sanctions of space allotted to view angry scare scenes, there’s some set deign concerns here. But, it’s got the guts for a splendid haunt; hence the 4/5. The trail itself is well manicured yet it stood out as being too manicured to be truly spooky. There are limited props along the path and the dimmed streetlamp glow reminded me of taking a moonlight stroll with my pal. Several chainsaw chasers followed past their sets, but not too far.  However, the sets here are extremely well done: not cheapo feeling with some very cool interior (and exterior) haunt surprises. Excellent use of sound and actor-generated noise – this could easily be the ‘angriest’ haunt I’ve ever attended, no question. Tiptoe[ing] Through The Tulips was completely wicked!  Overall, great use of FX in specialized sets including strobes, fog, and terrific detail. Even with a Classic Freddy scene-stealer, the smoke and mirrors were deliriously fun.  Relying on actors (vs. props/FX) to deliver most of the intensity creates throughput and consistency challenges.  Actors can’t possibly stay at a “ten” all night, all season long.  But, they sure did a great show the night we attended! Bravo!

Length: 4.75/5 – It’s a rather long haunt (about 45 minutes from the intro to the end) with trail space in between sets, so there are noticeable actor (prop and FX) holes in the creepshow traversing from one set to the next.  This haunt could easily be a 5 if the design were adjusted to fill in some scare drops and the connecting pathways spiffed-up. Some of the theatrics seemed to stretch a hair too long and the angry theme got repetitive.
                                                           
Value: 5/5 – We paid $13 each because we happened to attend on customer appreciation night – see their web site for all discount options.  Any haunt that considers customers as worthy of appreciation is going to be valuable to a hauntgoer. Regular adult fare is $15 with a fast pass option for $22.  The line is slow because the show is meticulous.  Parking is free, so use the extra $8 towards a fast pass if you see a pile-up in the midway.

Overall:  4/5 – This is a fresh haunt with a flair for the extremely violent, so it’s scary  Although it’s got the footprint to be a destination haunt, it’s got some layout and design considerations. I hope LHH can pull off keeping the nifty scare package they offer without turning into a different kind of haunt in order to address these issues. The concession shed and its operators, the personalized customer service, and the professional appearance of the operations team (they had matching outfits and those earbobby things) indicates these folks have big plans to make our haunt dreams come true.  LHH is the top choice for this area in my opinion and located within ten miles of four other haunts. Don’t miss this special haunted treat!
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