THE TERRORTORIUM

Nestled away in old historic Oxford, the Terrortorium has been one of my favorite haunts since I discovered them several years back when I first reviewed them. I make sure that they are always on my list of must-see haunts every year, even if I am not reviewing them and I was excited to get to do their review again this year.  If you are not familiar with the area, I do recommend GPS’ing the directions, as it could be quite difficult to locate on your own.   

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Midway/Que-line Experience 

As you drive into the parking lot, it feels as though you have been transported in time to a Halloween festival in a late 1970’s/early 1980’s horror film, complete with the wafting smell of funnel cakes and a creepy Ferris Wheel standing ominously over the haunt.  It is my favorite midway by far of any haunt I have visited in the past several years. Walking up to the ticket booth, I noticed that they had added another vintage carnival ride, The Bullet, as well as a big screen playing, appropriately, Halloween (2018).  Also new this year is on site ATM’s.  This is especially useful as tickets are cash only.  After purchasing your tickets, you receive tokens to your chosen attractions, of which there are 5 this year:  The Terrortorium (the main haunt), the Haunted Castle Ride, the Terror Tour Stagecoach Ride, the Ferris Wheel, and the aforementioned Bullet ride.  There isn’t a required order to these attractions, so you can wander the grounds and choose your destiny.  While wandering, I highly recommend you check out the funnel cakes and other yummy treats, including homemade chili that is to kill for.  And, if you're feeling lucky, you can try your hand at one of their carnival games.  The Que lines can get long on busy nights, but there are so many fun diversions that it doesn’t feel like all you are doing is waiting in line all night long and they do a great job of keeping the line moving. 

Walkthrough Experience 

As stated above, Terrortorium offers five different experiences. 

The old-school horror element of the midway continues into the main haunt.  It’s creepy, disorienting, and hella fun.  The path meanders through the darkness of confined hallways only to burst out into horrific scene after horrific scene and never really knowing what to expect. There isn’t a set theme, rather, it feels like you are wandering trapped inside of a nightmare.  It doesn’t make sense logically, but it is terrifying nonetheless.  The sets are fun and appear to be created rather than purchased. The costumes and make-up also evoke a vintage feel.   It is refreshingly fun to experience true creativity in a haunt and you can tell that these guys are truly passionate about bringing their vision to life.   

The Haunted Castle Dark Ride is something that really sets this event apart.  It is fun, playful, full of Halloween horror kitsch.  Formerly hailing from Miracle Strip in Panama City, Florida, it isn’t what I would call scary.  Rather it is a creepy little jaunt of horror themed fun that is great for adults and children alike.   

And then there is the Ferris wheel.  I do not like the ferris wheel, but that is only due to the fact that it absolutely scares the bejeezus out of me.  My husband, however, loves every minute of it and especially the true terror that it induces in me.   

New this year is the Bullet.  It looks pretty terrifying as it spins about, and I am sure that it is.  But, this reviewer sadly must admit that I chickened out, which is a first for me at a haunt.  After the Ferris Wheel, I just didn’t have it in me. 

And, finally, there is the Terror Tour Stagecoach Ride.  For this attraction, you and your party travel around historic Oxford in style with your ghostly tour guide.  This attraction is wonderful for the young and old alike. 

Eye Candy/Visuals 

From the moment you pull into the parking lot, you are inundated with “eye-candy” as you are transported to Halloween carnivals of days gone by.  The haunt itself has plenty to see, even a dead cat in a small glass coffin.  You won’t find any Hollywood style sets and animatronics here.  At the Terrortorium, the terror is delivered old-school.  There are some really cool and unexpected elements throughout the haunt, but I refuse to spoil anything.  You will just have to check it out yourself. 

Actors 

Unfortunately, the actors were the weakest part of my experience at The Terrortorium.  In a couple of the rooms, the actresses just stood there or just assaulted us with ear-piercing screams that didn’t do anything but make my ears hurt.  We were a small group of 5, yet in many of the rooms, only one person was targeted, usually the first person.  There were several standouts though, especially Michael Myers and the clowns.  You guys were awesome.  The guys at the end were phenomenal as well.  But overall, the actors were underwhelming and not what I have come to expect from the Terrortorium.   

Originality/Creativity  

This haunt is the definition of creativity and originality.  In all my years of haunting, both as patron and working haunts, I have rarely come across a such an original and creative event.  Everything flows and works together to create an overall experience.  Each year, they add more and more to their lineup and come up with new ways to inspire and terrify us.  This haunt proves that you don’t need to fill your event with the latest technology has to offer.  The creative team for this haunt presents their vision flawlessly and I am so excited to see what they come up with next year. 

Overall 8.6 

All in all, the Terrortorium is a one-stop shop for all of your Halloween needs.  There is so much to see and do and it remains as one of my favorite haunted attractions.  It is full of fun, nostalgia, and creepy Halloween fun.   

Personal Thoughts 

As I have stated in this and past reviews, this is one of my favorite haunts out there.  It is unique to any other event I have ever attended and always guarantees a great time.  As the Halloween season approaches each year, I am inevitably asked my opinion on local haunts and The Terrortorium always tops my list.  I personally feel like the actors were having an off night or were training some new blood, as this was the first year that they have not been on point the entire time.  I also want to take to time to applaud the sweet lady that works the concession stand.  The food is great and she is always so nice.  I had a great time this year and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year. 

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