Review of 13th World Haunted Attraction

Review of 13th World Haunted Attraction

Review of 13th World Haunted Attraction

13th World

13th World is a Haunted Attraction located in Cumberland, RI.

4097 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864
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Haunt Type(s):

1HauntedTrail

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Features:

Free Parking, Food/Concessions, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, All-Outdoor Attraction


Team Hallowoosh reviewed this attraction on October 8, 2016.

Final Score: 8.08

Summary:

Starting stronger than ever in their 15th season, Haunted Hill was beyond what I was expecting. I first experienced the horrors of Haunted Hill back in 2012. As I walked to the ticket line there was a little girl in a ghost mask staring right at me waiting with her mother and aunt. I didn’t know if she was afraid of me or if I was supposed to be afraid of her. When I came within reach of her she threw up her arms and screamed “BOO!” and I laughed too hard to speak. Her mother told me she was getting people all night but they were not part of the show. We talked about how much the girl loved going to different haunts all over the place and the ones she was traveling to next weekend and we all went through the haunt together. I remember leaving Haunted Hill loving it just as much as they did and before they drove home I reached into the trunk of my car and pulled out a Haunt World magazine, a few fliers for a couple local haunts, a simple makeup kit that I was never going to use and a rubber snake as gifts to this seven year old girl who clearly was on the right path. Does that have anything to do with Haunted Hill? No, but it’s a heartwarming story that happened there. I was so impressed with the amount of work they put into their 2012 season I had to put it on the calendar for 2013. That year was a little bleak to me so I haven’t been back since but I never felt good about that decision. 2016 was great on all levels. The bus ride to start the night is always a treat and it seems to change themes every year. When boarding the bus that takes you to the start of the trail you might be asking yourself, “Do I really need to walk through these bloody guts and skin curtains to get onto this bus?” I’m here to tell you, don’t worry … you do!


Cast: 7.8

Walking through Haunted Hill I spotted somewhere between 40 to 50 actors. All are volunteer positions and the majority of them have significant characters. Very few times I spotted an actor popping out for a scare and running back to their hiding spot. Unfortunately, I did come across one chainsaw actor who thought it was appropriate to rev his saw once or twice and then dodge back behind a fence all the while having a lit cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I really didn’t appreciate that. I also can’t stand the times when a voiceless actor gets right in your face for a few seconds before walking away. However, there are quite a few actors who have established themselves as key figures to the attraction. Haunted Hill has been the home of “Buddy” the ventriloquist doll for several years now. He is always there to get your hopes up that maybe things won’t be as scary as they sound. But he lies, or he just doesn’t know. This year a whole section of the trail was dedicated to Buddy. He gave me a lollipop and a hug … it was kind of creepy so good job I guess. A doctor and his assistant invite you into the trail after your terrifying bus ride drops you off. One or two demented patients were laughing hysterically in their asylum scene. The majority of the second half of the trail was given chainsaws. Chainsaws to me are becoming a thing of the past. They are used way too much and it seems like they are used to compensate for lack of acting sometimes. I’m recalling at least 10 actors with chainsaws spread out over the latter half of the trail. There was even another chainsaw that was supposed to get you at the very end as you made your way back to the parking lot but he didn’t seem to want much to do with me.


Costuming: 7

From the meat wagon bus to the clown room at the very end, every actor was sporting a costume. Not too many painted faces can be seen but they all are representative of their respective areas. This year Haunted Hill had a Purge themed area where every actor had a different mask from the series. I found that to be quite genius since the masks themselves represent characters who don’t speak and are creepy enough to just be a mask. Just like Michael Myers and Jason. Other than one clown in the mix at the end there were a few mental patients in the asylum scene with Michael Myers that had face paint. Every other actor was wearing a mask.


Customer Service: 8.5

Cumberland Rhode Island recreational department is fortunate enough to have the best staff on hand for any and all emergencies. There are law enforcement officers positioned at the ticket booth all evening long engaging the customers with friendly talk to ease any tensions. They had plenty of staff organizing the lines and making sure the show ran smoothly. Show operators Zeek and Richard were constantly running around taking care of their actors and staff. Exiting the haunt there is an “I Survived” billboard with an accompanying actor for free photos. Popcorn and candy were for sale while waiting in line for the meat wagon bus, which is just fun for me to say, I have no idea if they call it something else.


Atmosphere: 8.2

The fog that emanates from the attraction mixed with the overwhelming natural fog on that particular evening made everything that much more creepy. Everywhere I turned I wanted to take a picture of the lights making cool fog silhouettes in trees and barn houses. One of the first things you see when you park is all the colored lights through the park. A splash of blue in the dark distance and a strobe light even further up the hill are just some of the sights to see. Almost every scene in Haunted Hill is accompanied by its own music. For some reason the sounds that stood out while you walk toward the ticket line was the Purge scene. That buzzing emergency broadcast sound followed by the female’s voice talking about the Purge rules. I had to laugh because of how well it worked with the crowd when they all started getting worried after hearing it. The trail itself is spooky enough but very well-lit with all different colored lights. Buddy’s fun zone is a great way to break up the scares with a functioning bouncy house and inflatable yard decorations. After exiting each scene you have a chance to process the fact that you are about to enter a different scene. A proper amount of normal trail walking, sometimes accompanied by a spook or two, builds up the next world you are about to walk into.


Special Effects: 7.7

The fog plays an essential part at Haunted Hill. The first real “go through here” moment you experience is a giant fog maze. There is no way you can possibly see anything in this maze other than the light that is reflecting off the fog. Eventually you find your way out of the maze and you are in Buddy’s Fun Zone. At some point in the trail a body might happen to fall on you but you won’t see it coming. The clown room is accompanied by a few laser lights that are fun to watch for a while. The lights have always seemed to play a part in the effect of Haunted Hill. The colors are so powerful that it makes you feel like it’s a dream world.


Theme: N/A

Haunted Hill has never used a singular theme for their attraction.


Fright Effect: 8.4

What is lacking in some actors they gain in the atmosphere and the timing and spacing of each scene. You might hate chainsaws before you enter but you will actually hate chainsaws leaving this year. Jason, Michael and the people of The Purge are a few familiar faces you can bump into. Just the sound of their iconic music is enough to creep out some people. The original characters of Haunted Hill are fantastic and if they don’t scare you they will entertain the hell out of you.


Value: 9

Tickets are only $15 per person and they offer a fast pass for $25. When purchasing a fast pass know that you are only purchasing a skip the line ticket to the bus, not the rest of the attraction. The walk took me about 30 minutes but I know I’m pretty fast when it comes to the mazes. You could find yourself trapped in there for a while. With only a few minor things I wouldn’t mind seeing them do better, I can honestly say that Haunted Hill is a great attraction and puts on a great show. It’s hard to go wrong for this ticket price!


Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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