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This year, I found myself returning to Nightmare at 3008 in Fultondale,Alabama.  I had visited them several years ago and had a blast, so I was curious to see what they had come up with this year.  

It is easy to find and parking is free, though their lot is somewhat small, so it fills up quickly on busy nights. 

Atmosphere 

The atmosphere is great.  They have a pizza parlor and indoor bathrooms.  While you wait for your food, your are serenaded with the sounds of axes striking wood at their ax throwing attraction.  Needless to say, it definitely puts you in the mood for frights and scares.  Once you head out of the restaurant, you are greeted with pounding rock/metal music and various wandering creatures ready to pounce at the slightest indication of fear.

SFX/visuals 

Nightmare at 3008 does it old school.  You won’t find elaborate store bought animatronics here and once again, it is a breath of fresh air.  Everything appears to be conjured straight from the demented psyche of the creative team.  I loved seeing the ingenuity and depth of what they have created.

Trail experience/theme  

Nightmare at 3008 offers 3 trails this year:  The Underground, The Witch’s House, and Sketchy’s Toxic Wasteland.  If I had to describe them in one word, it would be Chaos.  A terrifyingly fun chaos.  The trails are each unique and offer terror, chills, and thrills for everyone.  My favorite this year was Sketchy’s Toxic Wasteland, which felt like a walk through demented Wonderland.

Bang for your buck 

Nightmare at 3008 is $25 per person for all three attractions.

 

It is absolutely worth every penny.   The attractions are unique and scary fun.  

Costume/makeup 

Nightmare at 3008 does a fantastic job with costumes and makeup.  I was especially impressed to see a majority of them were hand created costumes and masks that led to very cool and believable characters. 

Is it scary?  

Yes.  The group we went the the two inside trails with was absolutely terrified and kept scattering in all different directions.  As for Sketchy’s  Toxic Wasteland...they were even better.  It was only Tina, Drew, and I for that one and they got me several times when I never saw it coming.  

 

It is also worth mentioning that while there, I saw and spoke with several patrons who couldn’t make it all the way through the trail because it was just too scary for them.

Did I feel safe? 
Yes.  Before you are able to buy tickets, they require a temperature check.  You are not required to wear a mask, but are free to do so if you choose.  The groups are kept small and it seemed to me that they were only sending you in with the people you came with, unless you did like I did and request to combine with another party.  They also give you the option of waiting in your car until your group is called via your radio.  

Actors 

These guys and girls know what they are doing.  They use their scene to get the best scare possible.  There was one scene in Sketchy’s Haunted Wasteland that drew my attention to a piece of set that appeared to be the obvious place an actor would be.  Just as I started to get disappointed that no one was there, I was blindsided by a goat/horse creature that came barreling out of nowhere.  That is how it is done.  

 

There were also several speaking roles that were pulled off flawlessly.  The actors were scary, entertaining, and funny.   

 

Throughout all three trails, all of the actors were game on all the time.  This is one of the best overall teams of actors that I have encountered at any haunt.

Originality/creativity 

From original characters and makeup/costumes to the awesome sets and scenes, this haunt is overflowing with creativity and originality.  One of the things I love about this event is that they CREATE rather than purchase their sets, costumes, etc.  It leaves the patron with a unique fun filled experience.

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Overall 

secret rep score 1 - 9.5

secret rep score 2 - 9.3

secret rep score 3 - 9.2

All in all, Nightmare at 3008 is packed with  thrills, chills, and a great time.  I had a blast, and it seemed like all of the other patrons were also having a great time.  I highly recommend that you check them out .  They are definitely one of my favorite events and you are guaranteed to have a good time...of you are brave enough.

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