The Devil's Attic
Todd - If you want to experience a haunt with your favorite horror movie icons, go to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Too far? Too expensive? Then The Devil's Attic is the next-best thing!
Costuming and makeup effects are absolutely superb here. We've all been to that haunt where there's a Freddy Krueger and it just doesn't work. He's either stick thin, completely overweight or the mask looks like it came right off a CVS clearance rack. While there's no Freddy at The Devil's Attic, there a plenty of others replicated at incredible detail.
The star of the show is the man himself, The Devil, who will greet you with his infamous lore in which he explains that he has harvested the ultimate bringers of nightmares and stored them away, now to be unleashed upon you. This Devil is one of the few iconic haunt actors I've encountered that represents a haunt as a brand. Much like The Dent Schoolhouse's Charlie, when you see this Devil, you know exactly where he's come from. The costuming, like the others inside, is immaculate.
The bulk of The Devil's Attic is scene after scene ripped right out of the most famous horror movies, urban legends and historical horrors - each finely detailed. Each room is constructed much like a movie set with typically one or two actors inside each one. Some fan favorites you'll encounter include Jigsaw, Ash Williams, Regan MacNeil, Bloody Mary, some hot vampires and even Ed Gein - kind of. Just about every character inside should be familiar to the dedicated horror fanatic. If not, do some homework! A new addition this year was a fog swamp room which have quickly become common, however The Devil's Attic's setup is the best or second-best I have seen anywhere.
This year, the execution of the haunt felt a little more aggressive. The actors were a little more in our faces than usual (no complaints there). In the past, the pace was slower - we would walk into the room, take it in, then the actor would come out of nowhere and do their thing. This year, little time was left for observations. The actors were right in there, louder and more chaotic than ever. The entire walk through felt like an unrelenting gauntlet of nightmares; one right after the other. In one of the torture scenes I was sprayed with water so hard that I was re-adjusting my contacts through the rest of the scenes.
As an experience, I think I actually liked this more. The chaos, intended or not, brought the haunt to a different level. It came across more imposing than in the past. The only downside was that it gives the visitors less time to appreciate the top quality detail. It also felt shorter, simply because we were plowing through rooms faster than usual. I really wish the building was bigger - I want more! I can only imagine the things this talented group of people could build with a lot more working room. We were told they have enough room to add a few scenes which are in the works but otherwise they are at capacity.
So - going back to my Freddy Krueger example - that wouldn't fly here. Every year I say it but the costuming is damn-near studio quality. The Devil's attic almost comes off as an interactive horror museum as much as it does a haunted house which is why it remains entirely unique and worth your time and money. It will be hard to find this level of quality among so many characters and settings anywhere else in the vicinity.
Teresa - The Devil's Attic is a visual masterpiece. The sets and costumes, which are all taken from popular horror movies, are so impressive. You feel like you're stepping right into each movie. I love how they put a little clue as to what's coming up as you pass from one to the next. The actors play their roles enthusiastically, and they are pretty aggressive considering it isn't a full-contact haunt. At one point, they lined us up against the wall and for a moment, it felt pretty real. There are 2 nights they do offer full-contact, and I would LOVE to go! When we went in, we were welcomed by the devilishly-charming Devil himself, then walked through a number of movies, including The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, 13 Ghosts, Sleepy Hollow, Hellraiser, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And that's not all. Do you think you're a horror movie fan? See how many you can name! The ghosts banging on the glass in 13 Ghosts, and the Cenobites from Hellraiser were my favorites this year. If you are a horror movie fan, you have to see this place! I only wish it was bigger! It's so good, I always leave wanting more. It's also pretty fun to hang around outside, where the Devil makes occasional appearances, selecting a victim from the crowd. You'll also see Count Orlock stalking unsuspecting prey, along with this giant monstrosity that looks like something out of the ancient forests of Europe. So cool! Tickets are very reasonable, so there's no reason every horror movie fan shouldn't feast on the eye-candy in this place!
Paul - The Devil's Attic is a masterpiece. The sets, actors, and costumes are all nearly perfect and they'll scare the heck out of you from the beginning to the end.
When you enter the attic, you meet up with the Devil himself. He gives you a rough overview of the things you'll be experiencing in his attic and how to behave as you go through. From that point on you walk through some of the best themeing around and some of the best scares anywhere. The haunt is a mixed bag of themes but a majority of them are based on movies: Carrie, 13 Ghosts, Hellraiser, Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc... This year seemed like there were a few more non-movie areas than last year but they were equally well-done.
The actors do a great job and the costumes, like the sets, are amazingly detailed. There is a lot of looking around in amazement, then an actor jumps out and scares the heck out of you. It isn't the longest haunt on earth but the content inside is so good that you almost can't absorb everything anyway.
Louisville seems to be a hotbed of haunts and The Devil's Attic is one of the top ones in the area. I highly recommend visiting and seeing if you have what it takes to make the voyage through the attic.
Gayle - This is a very unique haunt in that it appeals to horror movie buffs especially. Every year, I love walking through each themed room, and am always amazed at how detailed and spot-on these room actually are. There are surprises around every corner, and the actors and costumes are truly phenomenal. There's so much going on inside, and I enjoy taking my time to look at every little detail so as not to miss anything. I look forward to this haunt every single year, and for good reason. This one is definitely worth the trip.