TERROR ON THE COAST
The drive for me to Terror on the coast was mostly interstate, I was coming from Gulf Shores, AL so I essentially went north on the interstate for about 2 hours and got there. You take the interstate exit and pull off the road into what looks like an industrial plant, There was plenty of parking in a little lot across the street as well as a lot in front of the warehouse the haunt is in. They had an officer outside directing traffic and helping people get in and out of parking spots since it is dimly lit. As you approach it is quite eerie because it looks like an abandoned warehouse with huge fuel tanks outside. I got an uneasy feeling approaching it at night in the dark, like I wasn’t supposed to be there.
The entrance to the warehouse was easy to find with a lit up sign, you squeeze between the building and another brick building next to it and wait in a little holding area to be let in, two characters came out while we were waiting and interacted with the crowd a bit, they did not say much, just creeped about. It was pretty dark in this area so it added to ambiance. You’re then let into the warehouse which is almost opposite of the holding area before, it is lit well and has music playing very loudly. The haunt is $25 general entry, and $35 for faster entry. After you paid and got your wristband you walk into a warehouse which I could only compare to a movie set. The warehouse has lots of buildings, stages, and seating areas built into it. You will immediately see a palm reading and tarot card reading table, which looked very authentic and had a beaded curtain providing slight privacy. There was a pretty stocked bar to the right which had a few beer options and liquor. The side of the warehouse is open and leads to an out door food court, they had a few different food options as well as covered seating and porta potties off to the side. As you went back into the warehouse the entrance to the haunt was directly in-front of you, and there were some little booths selling colored contacts and other spooky things. You see an attendant standing in-front of a black curtain, he checks your tickets and directs you to your corresponding line. I had the fast passes so I was ushered to the shorter line, the lines were set up like they would be at a theme park, the line snaked back and fourth leading to the entrance. They had a DJ set up on a stage that was playing pop, punk and rap music with the occasional Sweet Home Alabama (roll tide). The regular line was very long, but the faster line I was in moved rather quickly I was in line about 15 minutes. They had a girl dressed regularly that was taking wristbands and sectioning people into groups.
The eye candy that I saw through the haunt was on point, the characters looked good and the rooms did as well. The only negative I have in this department is the lack of lighting. You could tell they put time and work into the different rooms, because they had a lot of details and things in them, however there was not a ton of lighting, so I found myself squinting and straining to look at the details and what was going on in the rooms. I could not truly appreciate the rooms and the characters because I could not see them very well. They had a few rooms with strobe lighting that were set up very well, it was only bright long enough to see a bloody torso or creepy animal head. If this haunt would have had a slower pace, and or brighter lighting I would have enjoyed it more. They had a diversity of scenes from a serial killer section to a cave complete with a prop rock that is thrown from the top of a hill by an actor as you walk by, it was tethered to a string and caught itself and jerked back right before it would hit you.
-Walk Through Experience-
The walkthrough starts with your party entering the first scene through curtains. It takes you out of the club party vibe, however, from the beginning to the end I could pretty clearly hear the DJ’s music. It made the haunt a little less immersive when I was instinctively singing along to sweet home Alabama. They had a lot of strobe lights and some floor lighting and it was easy to navigate through. They did a good job of using both silent rooms and rooms with pop outs or interactions with characters. There were two stretches of rooms/scenes we went through without seeing any actors or having any scares, one of these included a completely black transition between rooms, I was on the figurative edge of my seat through the entire thing, eagerly waiting for someone to jump out at me but did not get startled or see any characters. There were a lot of original scenes throughout this haunt and it kept my attention trying to take it all in since they put so much work and detail into the scenes. Towards the beginning of the haunt there was one point two people who were not in costume were in the corner looking from behind a sheet and watching people go through, this also took my attention away from the haunt for a moment. We did not run into the group in front of us or get snuck up on by the group behind us. Though it had a few startling or creepy moments here and there, I would not say this was an overly scary haunt. It took my group about 25 minutes to get through, which is good bang for your buck.
The actors in the haunt were lively and often hidden. They played well with each other and did a good job of scaring me in the front, charging to the people in the back and then scaring me again from behind before I could get out of a room. They utilized yelling or speaking creepily, or staring in silence. The makeup and costumes looked great both inside the haunt and out. There was a woman on stilts who walked around the line and the rest of the building scaring people and taking photos. She was simultaneously eerie and friendly. None of them broke character and were very interactive talking to and taunting guests directly.
Terror on the coast excelled in originality. I have not had an experience like that at any other haunt. Though the Haunt was in a sectioned off part of a warehouse, it was very creative and flowed well. All of the rooms were extremely well thought out and unique. They had rooms and themes that I have not seen in haunts yet this year. I enjoyed all the diversity and appreciate the time they obviously put into the themes of each room and they had a ton of props you would not normally see as well as moving pieces.
The haunt was entertaining and I admire the work they put into it. Terror on the Coast has an immaculate midway and line experience, they had a lot of diversity in their scenes which would speak to everyone in some way. The environment was awesome.
-Reviewers Personal Notes-
I personally had a great time as this haunt, and it would be a good one for a date night. The food options, bar and shops made for a whole experience that was much more than walking through the haunt. It wasn’t overly terrifying, but raised the blood pressure as it should. I wish it would have been a little more immersive and separate from the DJ and club vibe you got while you were in line, and that there would have been a few more actors throughout, but with COVID haunts are running into this issue. Overall, I would visit again!