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This isn't my first rodeo with Sloss. I've been an actor there for a number a years, and I've gone there as a patron some time afterwards. The past 2 years I had been away, so this go around with be with less familiar eyes. It's gone through it's ups and downs over that time, as much as any place with it's two decade long history as a haunted attraction. This is going to be a review to see what it is up to these days and how far it's come. This year they have a Post Apocalyptic theme with their Main Trail and Woods Trail. The website describes 5 different attractions: The Furnace Tour (the main trail) which is a tour in the Furnace itself. Outbreak 2 (the woods trail) explores the wooded area nearby. The rest, (i.e. Marathon of Horror, Roadkill Cafe, and Stages of Death) are midway attractions you can enjoy while you wait, with horror movies, food, and live performances.

ACTORS - 7.5

This category is very important as actors ability and talent can make or break even the best of haunts. On my walk through, it was quite easy to tell the new people from the veterans as far as ability, but there was quite a good amount of enthusiasm amongst the entire set. Sloss is a big place with quite a bit of ground to cover, so the amount of actors may seem sparse. However quite a few actors were able to work with the space available to make for some nice pop scares. Me being me, I tend to be reactive and quite jocular as a patron, and there were more than a few actors that played along, both amongst the vets AND the newbies. While some may have lacked a little in ability, I could tell that morale and enthusiasm was quite high, even this late in the season.

SECOND SCORE 7

THIRD SCORE 7

THEME/TRAIL- 6

The Furnace trail has pretty much kept the same flavor it always has, and that is a haunted industrial site. Brutal, bloody, and intense. The woods trail had an Apocalyptic theme, or so it tried to. When most people think of "post apocalypse" rust and sand come to mind more than thick brush and trees. It's a theme that I think would have worked well on the furnace trail easily enough, but in the woods it just didn't seem to take.

SECOND SCORE - 6.5

THIRD SCORE - 7

ATMOSPHERE- 7.9

Sloss itself has always been a big part of the atmosphere of the haunt. What's creepier than an old industrial site? One that is reportedly genuinely haunted of course! That alone is atmosphere enough for any haunt. From the boiling engine room through to the tunnel the lighting and fog effects were adequately placed to allow for shadows where they need them. The woods trail also had some great lighting for it. The biggest problem I could see would have been how much space there was compared to actors filling said space

SECOND SCORE 9

THIRD SCORE 8.5

COSTUMES/MAKEUP- 5.9

Makeup and costumes here is on two ends of the spectrum: it was either top notch, or it just didn't work.

For the most part, costuming was pretty good and makeup fit just as well. Then I ran into an actor wearing a complete Scream outfit in the woods trail. Bad costuming choices can really drive immersion out the window, and how Scream fits into a post apocalyptic wooded area just didn't really click.

SECOND SCORE  5

THIRD SCORE 5.5

CUSTOMER SERVICE- 8

Not much to be said about customer service. No one was rude to me or made me fell like I wasn't wanted, and all I really did was pay for my ticket, and I didn't have many questions to ask. The midway was enjoyable enough with plenty to do while you wait with the food vendors and palm reader, and of course having beer available isn't at all bad (speaking as a patron of course), but the prices were just a tad much for my wallet, but nothing was terribly overpriced considering the type of event. In short, customer service is about on par with what you'd expect out of any place of business.

SECOND SCORE 7.5

THIRD SCORE  8

SPECIAL EFFECTS- 6

Not much at all to say on special effects. They had air guns that would pop really loud and they were put to great effect, and smoke machines were placed quite strategically. However some of the scenery in a portion of the furnace trail, while seemingly looked like it should have some sort of function, simply did not. Given the mostly outdoor type of environment and the build up /tear down nature of of the place, it can be very difficult to use/re-use animatronics.

SECOND SCORE 6.5

THIRD SCORE 7

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK- 7.9

First is parking, which is $5 on site. There's really not much choice in the matter of parking if you want to be sure your car will be reasonably safe, but if you go as a group, I'd advise going in as few vehicles as possible. Now I'll break down the rates. General Admission is $20 Sunday thru Thursday, $25 Fridays Saturdays and Halloween. VIP and Extreme Scream tickets are $35 VIP meaning head of the line, and Extreme Scream getting a more "hands on" experience. VIP/Extreme Scream combined is $40 Not terribly bad as far as pricing goes. I went for the Extreme Scream tickets myself, just to get the full on experience, but front of the line didn't seem to be much of an issue the night I went. My score is only this low to reflect that the trails seemed to be too sparse which created dead space between scenes, both in the Furnace and the woods trails This has always been an Achilles Heel for this haunt but take it under consideration that the trail must be built/torn down every year as the site itself is a landmark/museum.

SECOND SCORE 7

THIRD SCORE 7

IS IT SCARY? - 8.5

Just the site alone can be intimidating, let alone the thought that there are actual accounts of the place being truly haunted. On my tour there were quite a number of "gotcha" moments that actors got me pretty good in a pop scare. From the first shack scene (one of my personal faves of the tour) out past the infamous Tunnel the pops were on point. One actor got me 3 different times due to conveniently placed scuttle points where he can pop out at a group several times and scare at least one person each time. Since I opted for the extreme scream upgrade, I was jostled about and sent into circles, sometimes being led into deeper parts of the furnace not on the trail. First timers will definitely have a good fright, and I'd highly recommend the extreme upgrade for returning patrons who are more familiar with the basic layout.

SECOND SCORE 7.5

THIRD SCORE 7

OVERALL

I do believe that Sloss Fright Furnace has come a long way from where it was a few years ago to what it has now. The actors show much enthusiasm and willingness to entertain and there's definitely some good scares. My biggest gripe would have to be that there's too much dead space. It needs to be filled in some more or condensed some how. I'd recommend someone to put it on their bucket list at the very least.

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