Review of Blind Scream Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Blind Scream Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Blind Scream Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Blind Scream Haunted House

Blind Scream Haunted House is a Haunted Attraction located in Rohnert Park, CA.

1500 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts

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Features:

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction


Team In-Corpse-A-Rated reviewed this attraction on October 8, 2016.

Final Score: 8.69

Summary:

Tucked away in the Sonoma County wine country is a haunt that is not for the timid or faint of heart. Blind Scream Haunted House is the brainchild of Drew Dominguez and Judy Groverman Walker and it delivers scares in various ways. From actors startling you from around every corner to the numerous visual effects, Blind Scream will not disappoint. The haunt consists of three main attractions: The Slaughter Shack, Uncle Chuckles 3D Mad House, and Blackout. The Slaughter Shack features the home of a hillbilly family whose culinary secrets are slowly revealed to its gruesome and shocking end. Uncle Chuckles is an insane asylum that evolves into a circus atmosphere, where the clowns taunt and disorient the audience. Blackout is an exploration of a common phobia: walking alone in the dark and not knowing what lurks ahead. By far, we enjoyed The Slaughter Shack the most and Uncle Chuckles second. As veteran haunt attendees, we left Blackout wishing it was a little darker and a little scarier.


Cast: 8.5

There were plenty of actors bringing their A-game to Blind Scream. The hillbillies in The Slaughter Shack would interact with us… describing how they wanted to kill and eat us. I was even given a marriage proposal by a hillbilly girl who wanted a new corpse husband! The victims were fairly believable, but not as convincing as the hillbillies as they brandished their knives and circular saws. At the end, we were chased out by a man revving his chainsaw. Uncle Chuckles made good use of physical interactivity. There was a section of netted rooms where actors were both throwing balls at us and firing an air cannon, which caused us to duck. Also, there were actors telling us to follow them… only to disorient us as we walked in circles. However, there was a girl who screamed at us a little too close to our ears, which took us from being startled to annoyed. The actors in Blackout played their parts well, as they would quietly await and startle us as we turned through the different corners. Yet, there was another girl in Blackout who screamed too close to our ears… ouch!


Costuming: 8.75

The actors were dressed very appropriately for their various attractions. Farmer attire is what the hillbillies wore in The Slaughter Shack (some splattered with blood) and a few had burlap masks. Uncle Chuckles starts with two nurses at the hospital reception area wearing the traditional nurse’s uniform of white dresses and hats. As you walk into the circus, everyone is dressed as clowns, with the appropriate makeup. The actors in Blackout wore all-black clothes, which allowed them to blend in with the dark. Some had ghostly makeup and others wore masks. We couldn’t find anything in costuming that wouldn’t be appropriate for the three respective attractions. Overall, the real standouts were the custom-designed, burlap masks.


Customer Service: 9.25

There was no large, dominant sign outside of Blind Scream for customers to see. Instead, there were only small signs on stakes which pointed us to the location. The haunt had plenty of “Exit” signs for emergencies. All three haunts are wheelchair accessible except for Uncle Chuckle’s vortex tunnel, which wheelchair customers must bypass. At the vortex tunnel, there were a couple of staff members warning us about the steps; but, despite the warnings, I almost took a fall. The only queue entertainment while waiting in line was the background music. The staff members were very helpful… giving clear rules and regulations when entering each attraction. Blind Scream had restrooms, a concession stand, a gift shop, a photo shop, and visible security. The Zombie Paintball Shooting Gallery was fun, but we had a hard time aiming the paintball guns due to our poor abilities. A final bonus was the Creature Features Show with Al Omega. Anybody who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970’s will remember Creature Features on KTVU Channel 2 with Bob Wilkins. Al Omega carried on that spirit, inviting customers to his living room to watch bad movies, listen to his worst joke, and eat free popcorn.


Atmosphere: 8

Blind Scream is located in the Sonoma Mountain Village redevelopment area in an office building. There is no façade outside, no music and no actors. However, with the “Creepy Clown” hysteria of 2016, Blind Scream can’t have any of it’s actors outside for their safety. The only visible indicators are the small signs on stakes pointing to Blind Scream’s open door; but, once you step inside, you know you have arrived at a haunted house. Facades of the three main haunts are visible, as well as the ticket booth and Zombie Paintball Shooting Gallery. The scary music in the background only reaffirms the notion of a haunted house.


Special Effects: 8.75

Blind Scream was a feast for our senses. The Slaughter Shack really stood out with its props, from the dismembered body parts to the table saws that were cutting people down the middle and a person being fed into a meat grinder. Upon entry, we saw a porch with a forced-perspective view of a cornfield (complete with scarecrows) including one that moved. Lights flashed on and off to the sound of lightning and, as we entered the front door of the porch, we discovered that each room was furnished with 1950’s-style décor. The kitchen and slaughter rooms took the horror level up several notches. In one hallway, body bags dangled from the ceiling… still twitching from the victims inside. The blues music in the background added to the hillbilly vibe. Uncle Chuckles was an attraction that required 3D glasses, which were provided by the nurses at the start. The circus atmosphere had vibrant, fluorescent colors under black light. The vortex tunnel effectively disoriented us as we walked through it. There was a room with explosives all around, followed by a dark room with loud, firecracker pop sounds. When we exited Uncle Chuckles, the nurses took back our 3D glasses, and we left through the claustrophobia tunnel. This was probably the closest we’d ever been to a birth canal since our actual day of birth! Blackout was very quiet. The only music was the ambient sounds from outside. We received a glow stick upon entry as our only source of light. The walls were painted black, and some of the hallways were narrower than others. We would hear sporadic banging on the walls, crackling sounds and heavy breathing as we traveled through the attraction.


Theme: 8.75

Blind Scream has an overall theme based off of their original character (Doc Hunter) and his cannibal family. Doc Hunter has his own Facebook page, where you can get background information of the characters of the haunt. The Slaughter Shack was a look at Doc Hunter’s hillbilly family house. It started as a normal, 1950’s-style home; but, as we entered different rooms, the horror and carnage got more intense, which gave us the point that we were next on the menu. Uncle Chuckles 3D Mad House took a look at where Doc Hunter’s Uncle resides: the insane asylum. But, once we got past the lobby, we entered into his mind: the psychotic circus. Truth be told, if we hadn’t asked, it wouldn’t have been clear that the two attractions were thematically tied together. Blackout was the more subtle theme: the darkness. It explored the things that go bump in the night. For those who have a fear of the dark, Blackout will be a very effective test of their phobia.


Fright Effect: 8.25

There were various scares throughout Blind Scream. The actors focused on Debbie more, because she was a little more visibly scared than me. However, in Uncle Chuckles, a girl startled me as I walked through one of the drapes. Some scares were predictable and some were not. The Slaughter Shack’s scares were based off of threats and chasing. Uncle Chuckles’ scares were startles and taunting. Blackout’s scares were based off of quiet suspense followed by startles.


Value: 9.25

The time it took to walk through the three main attractions of Blind Scream was approximately 30 minutes. With a General Admission price of $20, we feel it’s a very good bargain. The Fast Pass is $30 and you’ll have to contact the managers ahead of time for group and charity discounts. All available space was used in the building and there were no “dead zones” to be found.


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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