Review of Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction

Review of Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction

Review of Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction

Deceased Farm

Deceased Farm is a Haunted Attraction located in Lexington, SC.

382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington, SC 29072
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts

Links:

Deceased Farm Facebook PageDeceased Farm Website

Contact:

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Features:

Free Parking, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You may be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction


Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 1, 2016.

Final Score: 8.18

Summary:

Deceased Farm is huge and winding self-guided attraction beckoning you for an evening of scares and entertainment. It is filled with a huge number of effects and lots of cast members that are ready to personalize the experience. Every year, DF keeps growing and adding little twists and turns to keep you guessing. Your path through the farm will lead you from the disorientation of a 3D house and then in and out of buildings, scenes, and the surrounding corn field as you venture to make your escape.


Cast: 8.21

Staff and cast are clearly differentiated at DF; the cast are in-character and there to provide scares. From the up-close and in-your-face cannibals in the Junkyard and Red Riding Hood’s banter to the creepy marionette and kids playing on a bus in the distance, the haunt cast of DF are good at what they do. Deceased Farm is a “light-touch haunt;” touching was not over-done and was never uncomfortable. Some areas seemingly had nothing but screaming. However, overall, the cast was very interactive. The corn field trail was even staffed with jump scares, chainsaws, and distant howling to foreshadow the appearance of the Big Bad Wolf – as if Little Red’s presence didn’t give it away already.


Costuming: 8.29

The scare crew at the Deceased Farm rely more on makeup than masks and, for the most part, the makeup is done to good effect. The makeup in the Junkyard scene, for example, was very well done on one actor; at least he appeared well-done (he did mention something about a stove, dinner, and an escape). Most of the costumes were detailed and fit in well. Little Red Riding Hood was immediately recognizable, despite the damage done to her face – what big eyes she didn’t have! The actors that were scattered throughout the graveyard and the interior rooms of the house (there are really multiple structures you enter and leave, not just one house) were typically in costumes with lots of small touches and details.


Customer Service: 7.88

There is minimal street signage pointing you to the Deceased Farm; but, once you are on site, it is easy to find your way around. Staff are friendly and welcoming.

There aren’t really any monsters working the queue line; however, in the large waiting yard, there are places for photo opportunities, a zombie shoot ($5 extra), concessions and a beer garden! There’s plenty of rock and metal music occasionally interspersed with Halloween favorites that are sure to get the blood pumping and get you in the mood.

Inside the haunt, there are a few places where you are going to have to get down low. If you’ve got someone big in your group – even just an average-sized adult – they’re probably going to have to bend over pretty far or get down on their hands and knees to crawl. Be forewarned and bring clothes you can get dirty!


Atmosphere: 7.67

Outside of the Haunt at Deceased Farm, there is a definite carnival- or fair-like atmosphere, but all of it is heavily influenced by Halloween. The beer garden has several haunt-, fall- and farm-themed names for various brews and our Team Member (who tried three different ones) found them to be “good, good, and veeeeerrrrrry good.” The farm yard is a fun place to hang out and talk, either before or after you go through the haunt itself.


Special Effects: 8.94

Some scenes at Deceased Farm were very loud – loud to the point of distracting us from the rest of the experience. If you can’t hear a haunter saying creepy things to you, you’re less likely to be scared. The 3D house, which used to be a separate attraction, has been integrated into the main haunt very well… giving you time to get disoriented before the first actor looms out at you from the background. The artwork inside the 3D portion of the haunt is done very well. The animatronics are well-timed, and there are even some custom-built effects on DISPLAY that are well done. We enjoyed the laser-light room as well. There were some areas that we wanted more lighting in… if for nothing else than to look at the detail on display from the static props and wall décor.


Theme: N/A

There is not a single theme used across the Haunt. There are different areas that are tied together with a theme, but these are not separated or delineated from one another into separate haunts. As a result, there are carnivals, graveyards, junkyards, a broken down bus, spooky deserted houses, strange electronic rooms, and more… all tied together by a creepy cast of spooks, ghouls, wolves, dolls, cannibals, and freaks that are ready to bring you into their own little worlds.


Fright Effect: 7.96

There are lots of different scare effects going on at Deceased Farm – everything from distractions, jump scares and small spaces to big 3D portraits, walking through a corn field, being chased by monsters and trapped in a junkyard with crazy cannibals. Sometimes, the haunters seemed to focus on the front of our group, which was partly an effect of narrow passages or walls of corn. Be sure to stick your jumpiest friend in the front for the best result!

We’d like to see the cornfield turned into an actual maze with some dead-ends and loops, but we’re not sure how much of the field they’re allowed to cut down for the haunt. One member of our crew remembers a time when the cornfield was more maze-like. But, as stated, Deceased Farm changes up a number of things every year to keep the scares fresh.


Value: 8.33

Deceased Farm is a self-guided walk-through; but, moving steadily forward, we were in and out in 35 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person, $35 for fast pass. If you get there late, you may definitely want this, as lines at DF can grow sizably later in the evening. Still, $20 for 35 minutes of fun comes out to 1.75 minutes of entertainment per dollar spent.

They make great use of their given space to pack in as much as they can, so you should pack up your car and head over to the Deceased Farm when you get the chance.


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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2018 Awards

Best Original Scene - Bunny Worship (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best In-Haunt Corn Maze (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best 3-D House (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Scooter the Clown (Queue Actor) (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2017 Awards

Best In-Haunt Corn Maze (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Accident Victim in Junkyard (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)