Review of Madworld Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Madworld Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Madworld Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Madworld Haunted House

Madworld Haunted House is a Haunted Attraction located in Piedmont, SC.

147 Country Manor Road, Piedmont, SC 29673
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1EscapeRoom1HauntedTrail

Links:

Madworld Haunted House Facebook PageMadworld Haunted House Website

Contact:

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Features:

Free Parking, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Special Events, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction


Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 22, 2016.

Final Score: 9.42

Summary:

MadWorld is a sprawling attraction in upstate South Carolina. Though they have only been in business for six years, they are well on their way to becoming a major haunted attraction for the region. The amount of progress, the quality of additions, and the level of detail that they have been able to add in the past few years are astounding. If you haven’t been to MadWorld in a few years, you owe it to yourself to pay a return visit soon.


Cast: 9.01

The cast of monsters, madmen, and miscreants haunting the scenes at MadWorld are great. There are haunters popping out from all manner of places around you. There are a few actors that roam the large waiting area that you need to take some time to interact with or even just watch – they love chasing visitors back and forth across the area. The actors in the initial entrance are interactive and entertaining; but, after you pass through an elevator, most of the monsters are of either the sudden scream or silent looming variety. Despite that, they do make good use of the props and scenes around them to provide scares. Be ready for the distraction of the laser tunnel and watch for the monsters that appear and disappear within it.


Costuming: 9.48

Masks and costuming are given a lot of attention at MadWorld. While makeup falls just a little behind, it’s likely a factor of the sheer number of actors (nearly 100) scattered across the haunt. Costumes and actors all fit well within their respective scenes and, like the scenes around them, many of the actors have lots of details and little touches that really help to bring things to life. We really liked the attention to detail paid to the queue entertainers’ outfits.


Customer Service: 9.85

MadWorld’s haunt is mostly outside, but you’ll occasionally enter small rooms and scenes that are enclosed in small shelters. The combination of dim lighting and stepping up or down from little floor edges can sometimes be daunting, so be alert when entering and exiting scenes. Also, be sure to wear appropriate footwear for navigating nighttime woods. The staff themselves (differentiated by staff t-shirts) are friendly, approachable, and eager to help. Before or after you traverse the haunt itself, there is still plenty to entertain yourself at MadWorld. A big roaring fire pit, concessions, a large projector screen, music, photo ops, a gift shop, and even escape rooms (an additional $25 per room) surround a huge waiting area where you can just soak up the variety of entertainment.


Atmosphere: 9.87

Music and masked actors stalk the waiting area and a huge façade helps to get you in the mood for some scares. The entrance to the site is decorated with a huge, gaping skull from whose mouth guests exit. Occasional bouts of flame erupt from somewhere near the site entrance and beckon people in. The music and movies playing inside are of a more carnival-like atmosphere, but they are still entertaining. With creatures like vampires, living dolls, giant monstrosities and more wandering around, you firmly feel like you’re within a haunt while you wait.


Special Effects: 9.28

There are a lot of effects inside MadWorld that you have probably seen or experienced somewhere else. However, they are being used in a variety of ways here, such as being integrated into their scenes instead of standing apart. An elevator journey, a crazy floor that walks under your feet, squeeze tunnels and vortex lasers are all here… blended with attention to detail into the sets. In addition to sights and sounds, there are scents drifting through the obscuring fog as well.


Theme: N/A

There isn’t really a unifying theme across MadWorld’s haunt. At first, it seems as if there will be when you check into a decrepit and crumbling hotel, but once you descend into the hotel’s rickety elevator, you venture through a variety of scenes from traditional horror scares – asylums, haunted woods, butcher shops and so on.


Fright Effect: 9.23

We ventured through MadWorld as part of a group of eight. Scenes worked to push scares through the whole group and, though some scares were predictable, they were still very effective. There were even times that one of our reviewers had to go back to fetch one of our group members who was cowering or hiding from a monster.


Value: 9.2

Moving through the haunt itself was a 30 minute walk and base tickets are $25. However, given the length of the lines that can form at MadWorld, we recommend the $40 fast pass ticket so that you have more time to spend visiting the gift shop, hitting the concession stand, hanging out by the fire pit, or just watching the crowds. The base ticket gets you just over 1.2 minutes of screams per dollar.
There are a lot of haunts scattered along the I-85 corridor in upstate South Carolina; MadWorld is establishing itself as a definite highlight among them. Be sure to visit them at your earliest opportunity.


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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

Grossest Scene - Restaurant (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Most Interactive Queue Entertainers (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Most Atrocious Scent (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Character Makeup (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Entrance Nurses (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Everyone in the Cafe (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Gunther (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2017 Awards

Most Interactive Queue Entertainers (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Cleetus (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)