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skullman79
10-03-2010, 11:51 PM
People of N.E. OHIO BEWARE! I went to a "Haunted Attraction" in North Olmstead, Ohio over the weekend. It was AWFUL! I felt sorry for the actors, they tried, but the the Haunt as a whole just awful! They had props in their Haunt that even a Home Haunter wouldnt use. Their advertising claimed they had won these great awards for scariest attraction blah, blah... This attraction (and I hate even using that word) was just bad...Stay away!!

Jim Warfield
10-04-2010, 09:37 AM
In defence of the 1,000s of people on The Halloween Forum, maybe you should spend some time there before you make such a statement?
There are many very intelligent , gifted people doing incredible work there that might be "Home" but as good or better than anybody else is doing. Where do you think pro-haunters come from?
Yes, I totally agree with you that advertising has to at least somewhat bare some truth to providing customers a clue as to the actual quality of what they will be getting for their ticket dollar and nobody likes the feeling of being totally ripped-off by plain old lies.
Then again, maybe you are a rarer customer with higher expectations than their average patron? (I mean this as a compliment )

jakprintsHAUNT
10-04-2010, 11:07 AM
Being on this forum I assume you are a haunter in some capacity?

I have never thought it good practice to bash another's attraction/company in an industry which you are a part of or even a fan of. This falls in my opinion under the realm of "bad sportsmanship". While when I was a teen I might have been a little harsh on reviews and such, I know now that no good comes from it...

You did not state the name of this haunt, but in being from the area I know which one you are referring to, and you may want to look up some info and history on what you are bashing. I give amazing credit to this haunt for what they are doing and have done, and without seeing it myself, the fact that they were able to get an attraction up and running in itself is a feat that many of us cannot share the glory of regardless of what it looks like.

Do you own, run, or work for an attraction that others can make comments on? If so how would you feel if someone came on and bashed yours like this? It is better give give constructive helpful comments to an attraction you dont like directly so they can improve...

Just my 2 cents on it.




Mike "Pogo" Hach

Octoberalles
10-04-2010, 12:35 PM
I agree with Mike, though the house may not be what you expected, to openly bash them on a forum is in bad taste.

I've seen the reviews and their website, and though they in fact bash another house in their youtube video, this isn't the place to air grievances about quality/price.

It does take alot to get a haunt open, and i'm rather surprised that they pulled it off in North Olmsted. That city is notorious for fighting haunt plans in NE Ohio.

The mere fact that they pulled it off is something to applaude regardless of the quality.

Think of it as a foot in the door, though it may not be up to expectations this year, they achieved the task of getting permits and opening...hopefully in the future they will make it a destination for haunt enthusiasts.

Killer Katie
10-04-2010, 12:50 PM
As haunters most of us are very critical of others in our own circles, but outward bashing isn't good for the industry as a whole.
If you are in the industry, have you met with the owner/operator, explain who you are and offer advice and suggestions?
I had a similar experience recently, the advertising was misleading and was in general pretty awful, but I have been in contact with people about training actors and recruiting some experienced people, helping with makeup etc.
I've always been a firm believer in constructive criticism, since we as a community of haunters, are only as strong as our weakest links. And most of those links are just guilty of not knowing how to execute.
Besides, hauntworld isn't the place for reviews, in my opinion.

soultrkr
10-04-2010, 02:55 PM
a prop does not a haunt make.
I can scare someone or find a character creepy enough to scare someone with a sock if need be. This was the only argument you put up as to it being the worse haunt ever.

I don't mind reviews but if you make such a bold statement as This is the worst haunt ever, then there needs to be a very good explanation as to why.

a review like this one provides a negative connotation with no true critique that could be used by the reader or the owner of the haunt in which to review and enact change to help create a better haunt.

While the super haunts as I call them have great production value they did not start out that way. It takes many years for some haunts to work on their shows for them to get to those production levels.
Also many times haunts with a much smaller budget will be even more frightening by using what little resources they have around them.

I disagree about the reviews however I think they very much so have a place on the boards if done well and can help the industry strive to be better.

Killer Katie
10-04-2010, 06:08 PM
the reason I say they have no place is because I have yet to see anything productive come out of the posts I have seen, and it usually goes to the defensive in 0 secs.

skullman79
10-04-2010, 07:23 PM
I didnt mean to Bash his Haunt. I've been through dozens of Haunted Attractions but this one was sure not worth my $13.00. Remember--they are charging for a service and I feel like I should be getting something for my money in return or doesnt that matter? Its all about quality of a show, dont you think? Maybe all of you who made a comment should go pay the admission and tell me your review? Maybe I was there on a bad night?

soultrkr
10-04-2010, 08:31 PM
If I was in the area I would more than likely.
My issue with this review is you did not give any kind of critique for example.
As I entered the first scene there was a clown in a victorian mansion which threw off the illusion the haunt was trying to achieve.
Or the actors all wore black robes making the whole of the haunt look like Gregorian monks gone wild.

You could say, The actors were energetic and powerful but could not overcome the cliche black plastic drapery.

I can understand you feel you wasted 13 dollars but what people are saying here is we try to be constructive in most things. without specifics there is nothing to work from. Did you express your thoughts to the Haunt owner? many haunt owners love to hear feedback both pro and con it helps them become better.

Try sending the haunt and email if you did not. who knows if you lay out the issues you had with the haunt in an objective manner the owner might even decide to refund your 13 dollars.

Biohazard
10-05-2010, 12:25 AM
Iím a home haunter and one of my main props at first was made out of fence board and tin foil and Iím sure it was criticized behind my back, 1 year from then its made out of 2by4s and sheet metal and people enjoyed getting there picture taken with it. After borrowing a chainsaw I eventually bought my own and a gas mask and now i enjoy taking pictures with women with rather "provocative" costumes :p . I started with one fog machine and 1 strobe now i have 5 of each. Iím building my own animatronics at the age of 16 and know my tools more than most people my age (I find that sad) I even cleared a space in high school for engineering class to learn more about what Iím working with. I scared a kid with autism and made him cry and his 21 year old bro thanked me for and I quote "breaking him out of his shell.Ē As crowds of Mexican families approach I run to the center and they scatter. Iím not trying to brag but what Iím trying to say is that we all start somewhere. After just making scenes on my lawn Im now attempting my first actual walk through haunt and Iím tremendously nervous about it and want to do anything I can to make it as least horrible as possible but if it is Iím just going have to accept that fact and learn off my failures to have successes like I have previously, I hope you understand were Iím coming from. ;)

Tater
10-05-2010, 09:06 AM
Is this guy bashing the Haunt that it says on there site Proceeds go to MAKE A WISH..really?

Octoberalles
10-05-2010, 09:19 AM
excellent post biohazard. keep at it, your spots going to be awesome!

NightmareAftershockLLC
10-05-2010, 10:20 AM
See, the issue is, people like BioHazard put their heart and soul into a passion that they have, and sometimes, people throw haunts up because all they want is the money. Which is fine, but it is just slightly annoying to see crap haunts thrown up by people looking to get rich quick, instead of taking pride in their passion....

Bio, trust me, your stuff is awesome. You have the drive and desire to become something great... keep it up sir.

mindtumor
10-05-2010, 10:50 AM
What if he isn't a owner but customer? What if it is a very unsafe haunt? Are you people saying its bad to have an opinion on a haunt that might not be favorable or are you saying these boards in particular aren't a good place to state this opinion? It definately sucks when someone says your haunt isn't any good, whether it be true or not. And as an owner I would never publicly state something like the OP did. That is bad taste. But if I was never a owner and just a customer I would.

Where is the line with some of you though? Some of you same people agree that someone should come on here and inform people of bad vendors but not haunts that give a bad name?

I am not talking about this haunt in particular because I know nothing about them, I am just talking in general. Lets say a haunt is very unsafe and could kill someone, do we not say anything because their proceeds go to a charity? Do we privately tell this haunt they aren't safe? Or do we warn people about dangerous situations?

Again, I'm not even talking about the place in the post, I just mean in general.

NightmareAftershockLLC
10-05-2010, 10:56 AM
I am not talking about this haunt in particular because I know nothing about them, I am just talking in general. Lets say a haunt is very unsafe and could kill someone, do we not say anything because their proceeds go to a charity? Do we privately tell this haunt they aren't safe? Or do we warn people about dangerous situations?


If they are unsafe, we are the LEAST of their concerns. ANY public attraction in almost every state is required to be inspected for both fire hazards, as well as public safety hazards. This is a moot point, and you're fishing for arguments. Move it along.

badass
10-05-2010, 11:45 AM
that was extremely creative use of black plastic

Killer Katie
10-05-2010, 02:39 PM
I don't think that calling a haunt unsafe or dangerous is bashing. I think it's responsible.
The review on here was about the waste of money and how not scary it was.
Both - really don't have a purpose on here, unless the owner/operator/manager is here to take advantage of all the expertise that the people on this board possess.
In my conversations with people, it sounds like this haunt has a case of the "anyone can do a haunt" disease and needs help, charity haunt or not.
Just because they are raising money for charity, doesn't excuse them from living up to the name "haunted house." The fact that they are charity, would encourage me even further to talk to them i person.
I think we need to help those haunts who don't quite get it, by saying "here's why you're not scary enough and here's how to fix it."
Vendor bashing, despite the fact i think it causes arguments more often than not, belongs here, because it's an industry wide issue, not a local issue. These reviews, like movie reviews, help you find out where to spend your money without hassle.
i'm just saying...

smasters
10-05-2010, 03:17 PM
I think this is all crap. Let people do what they want it do.

If its not to your expectations then who cares as long as the people who created it are happy. Get a life and worry about your own crap

smasters

drfrightner
10-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Let me chime in... personally I don't think its in bad taste what so ever to expose a REALLY REALLY BAD haunted house when those haunts are charging the same as you or myself, clearly out to make a quick buck, false advertise especially when they say they are the best in town. Its almost always the new ones some moron trying to make money on the awesome industry we've all built up... I personally get offended that these people try to ROB people with false claims and take shots at haunts in yoru area trying to make a quick buck. I'm not offended not at all.

However on the flip side any haunt can suck one night and be awesome the next ... what makes that haunt suck because of a bad performance by the actors well I can look past that but or is it because the haunt just sucks with no money invested, unsafe, false advertisement, blah, blah...

I would never say a haunt sucked because the actors did bad I will always base my opinions of marketing they said this and it was really that... place is unsafe, no effort just a money grab.

Check this out... these guys in my city opened a haunted house look at this and YOU TELL ME should they be charging $20.00 same as the Darkness, should be they saying they are the scariest haunted house in town, blah, blah...

YOU TELL ME should this haunt be exposed are they a money grab do you think there is any chance they will make it, do you think people say anything other than they feel ripped off??? You can't let these haunts slide because this hurts our industry.

http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d158/brushedred23/drip/

Tater
10-05-2010, 03:47 PM
Because all it takes is one little accident and the whole industry is screwed...If it is unsafe then by all means we need to take the initiative to help them make it safe. The review that I read was just bashing it not saying it was not safe but instead saying it sucked and wasnt scary...That is what I have the problem with...not that fact that it might be unsafe...hell weve all been thru unsafe haunts before and wondered how the heck they get away with it

BruiseMuse
10-06-2010, 11:40 PM
I visited the haunt in question while they were constructing it and I really think your comments are undeserved, especially since you didn't give specifics that the owners could actually use to try to improve their haunt. It's a temporary charity haunt that is put together by two young men that have managed to open their own haunt at an insanely young age.

Is the haunt at the level of detail like Netherworld or DreamReapers? No, but it is a young haunt that is slowly growing and expanding. If you felt so unhappy about the money you spent, talk to the owners about your issues with their show.

oakhillshaunterTHEFEAR
10-07-2010, 10:21 AM
Oh snap this entire thread was about your haunt Nick?!?!?!

I know two things that aren't true. Nick wouldn't make an unsafe haunt first and second he is younger than me and has a better haunt than I do(nothing :(). I've never been to his haunt but I can tell you that alot of my beliefs on haunts and how to do them right come from Nick.


PS. I like the new name Nick ;)

Tom
10-07-2010, 01:18 PM
Check this out... these guys in my city opened a haunted house look at this and YOU TELL ME should they be charging $20.00 same as the Darkness, should be they saying they are the scariest haunted house in town, blah, blah...

YOU TELL ME should this haunt be exposed are they a money grab do you think there is any chance they will make it, do you think people say anything other than they feel ripped off??? You can't let these haunts slide because this hurts our industry.

http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d158/brushedred23/drip/

I don't know Larry, give credit where credit is due...
the background on their "photobucket link" has colorful stuff on it. More color than the haunt has (according to pics from the photo bucket link provided).
That could be a sign of effort. nahhhhhhhh
LMAO

Octoberalles
10-07-2010, 02:35 PM
@fear experience - you shouldnt get so upset about that guys review, hes one customer in a very big market. Ive lived and haunted in the cleveland area my whole life and have seen my fair share of less than great haunts and terrible owners and i can tell you unequivocally that everyobe i know in the area as far as haunt talent supports you and what u are doing.

The OP obviously didnt give much thought to his original post and everyone here quickly took him to task about it.

I personally plan to come out to your haunt to check it out if for no other reason but to support you (im not super old, but old enough to be able to appreciate what youve pulled off at a relatively young age). Ill give feedback to you if youd like, no bashing involved, just thoughts that will give you an honest non-judgmental customer opinion. Im sure others would do the same for you as well.

Bottom line, those that are happy...rarely speak up..but those that are unhappy about something will yell at the top of their lungs. Its the old "if you give one person good customer service,one other person may find out. If you give one person bad customer service,ten people will find out" adage.
Keep doing what you're doing....one bad review isnt worth your breath.

Killer Katie
10-07-2010, 03:21 PM
I really, honestly wouldn't worry about this post hurting your haunt. And don't take offense (as hard as that is) to the words spoken here. Customers are gonna show up at your haunt no matter what anyone says about it here (trust me - there are haunts that are bashed and are awful and makes a ton of money)
The problem with this forum is that everyone cares ALOT about the industry and that breeds great passion! With great passion comes very, very strong opinions.
Be confident in your haunt, and learn and grow from both good and bad comments.
On a cynical note, you can't always believe what people say when they come out of your haunt. In general, whether it's a good time or not, they will say it was good because it's easier. I've followed people through our haunt - they screamed and laughed, but told us we sucked as they left. And there were those who said we were awesome at the end, then as they walked away told their friends we sucked. Who knows? LOL
Just stay true to your vision, do the best with what you have, and go for it with all you've got. Develop a tough skin, take in all advice (using what you need) and remember to keep the customer in mind when you design your haunt, and you will go far!

Tom
10-07-2010, 08:36 PM
Your feedback will tell the tale....(I check mine as well....)
If you get good feedback, don't look back. (but look for improvements/changes in the future)
If you get bad feedback, learn from it and make it right. (I don't think that's the deal here)
Feedback from your patrons tells the story....
End of story.

chuck weber
10-08-2010, 12:08 PM
that charged $25 bucks to get in. ( a local haunted attraction) It was stuffed with wal-mart and k-mart props. Not one animatronic. NOT ONE ! Lousy actors (only a few) we even saw the SAME actor changing masks and running between the rooms to the NEXT scare, that's how short-handed on help this place was- or- was it just general cheapness on the owner's part to SAVE $$$. (who knows?) I was EXTREMELY dissapointed, and would never reccomend this place or ever go back there again. Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me. I was pissed because they got my money and ran with it. NEVER AGAIN. As I recall, the place is STILL open. Live and learn I guess. You don't have to be a HAUNTER to know if a haunt SUCKS or not. I'm not sure I agree that posting it here is proper either. I guess if a haunt is bad enough, people will just stop going. This place I am speaking of is STILL OPEN. Has it gotten any better (in my opinion)???? Who knows? Remember as someone once said, "There's A Sucker Born Everyday". I did however tell everyone I knew not to go there because it was a ripoff. (in my opinion) I've been to the Bates Motel. (enough said!) The best haunt I have ever been to. Nothing else in this area compares to it. So, I know something about QUALITY and VALUE and bang for your buck in a haunted attraction.

smasters
10-08-2010, 10:15 PM
Just seen you on TV (news5). Great job! You kids are doing a good thing here.


Smasters

Jim Warfield
10-12-2010, 06:43 PM
Being open all year, we basically see almost no azzwhole customers the rest of the year and very few the rest of the year that will be as stupid and demanding as the ones we see in the fall.
The "Winner" this fall so far is the woman arguing with my Wife on the phone telling her we are in Savanna, instead of Mount Carroll! ? As if WE don't know where we are located or are telling her a lie.
Sort of like the person that asked:"Is all of this cave underground?"

mindtumor
10-14-2010, 09:09 AM
Let me chime in... personally I don't think its in bad taste what so ever to expose a REALLY REALLY BAD haunted house when those haunts are charging the same as you or myself, clearly out to make a quick buck, false advertise especially when they say they are the best in town. Its almost always the new ones some moron trying to make money on the awesome industry we've all built up... I personally get offended that these people try to ROB people with false claims and take shots at haunts in yoru area trying to make a quick buck. I'm not offended not at all.

However on the flip side any haunt can suck one night and be awesome the next ... what makes that haunt suck because of a bad performance by the actors well I can look past that but or is it because the haunt just sucks with no money invested, unsafe, false advertisement, blah, blah...

I would never say a haunt sucked because the actors did bad I will always base my opinions of marketing they said this and it was really that... place is unsafe, no effort just a money grab.

Check this out... these guys in my city opened a haunted house look at this and YOU TELL ME should they be charging $20.00 same as the Darkness, should be they saying they are the scariest haunted house in town, blah, blah...

YOU TELL ME should this haunt be exposed are they a money grab do you think there is any chance they will make it, do you think people say anything other than they feel ripped off??? You can't let these haunts slide because this hurts our industry.

http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d158/brushedred23/drip/

You get over there an help those people! They are your neighbors Larry and you know what they say about neighbors. Get a phone number and call them up and offer your services. Do it NOW! Your fantasy roster can wait a few minutes.