Review of Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction

Nightmare Dungeon Haunted Attraction is a Haunted Attraction located in Greenville, SC.

645 Old Anderson Road, Greenville, SC 29611
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts


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

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

Final Score: 8.08


Nightmare Dungeon in upstate South Carolina is set inside of a huge, sprawling, two-story farm house. Though you aren’t too far off from the interstate, there is plenty of empty, open space surrounding the house to give it that feeling of isolation. This attraction features a main haunt ($25) and a smaller add-on haunt ($5) all contained within the walls of the old farmhouse – that allegedly has some frightening stories of its own! It’s an old-school haunted house that does more with less and if you have the time, you should swing by and give it a shot.

Cast: 8.35

There are comparatively few actors inside the Nightmare Dungeon. Around three dozen actors lurk inside, performing small scenes and frightening guests. Visitors are led through the haunt with the aid of a guide – probably helpful given the twisting passages, tight hallways and the overall journey up and down again. We wish that the actors in the various scenes would have had more interactive dialogue, but with as many visitors as there are pouring through the Dungeon each night, it must be tough to keep up with more than a growl. We especially liked the plaintive cries of the caged girl before the buzz saw apparently split her from her words. The guides were entertaining as well.

Costuming: 8.4

Just like the details within the haunt itself, the costumes at Nightmare Dungeon are tailored to provide that extra layer of realism. Beyond the makeup and a few of the masks, there was a great deal of care applied to the costumes that the actors were wearing. A few of the individuals were wearing complete character costumes, from the top of their creepy heads to the bottom of their scary, stomping toes!

Customer Service: 8.95

The staff at the ticket booth are friendly folks and quick to help. Inside the haunt there are some steep steps up and down as well as some narrow passages, but nothing that is unmanageable. The only thing of concern was a scare from above while traversing a set of stairs down to the first floor of the house. It’s one that you can see coming so it shouldn’t be too startling; just remember to keep your eyes on your path and pay attention to your guide! They’ll keep you safe while you navigate the house.

Atmosphere: 8.6

Outside, the Nightmare Dungeon is beautiful. No façade, no warehouse walls – just an old house and some effective lighting to get you in the mood. There is music playing – on our visit it was decidedly non-standard haunt music that was still appropriate. From the time you pull up til the time you leave, you can tell you are at a haunted HOUSE. That was a refreshing change from the vast number of trails that we’ve visited across the state.

Special Effects: 8.28

Nightmare Dungeon does some interesting things with set design. As you move through the haunt, you can actually see glimpses of scenes through small windows or cut-outs in the walls. These glimpses are usually from different angles than when you actually reach the room/scene and let you get little previews that are full of details. The actors work within their scenes but can also use those little windows to not only let you have a small vignette of what’s to come, but also launch part-way through them to reach out for you! From the creepy initial interaction with your guide to the final blaring scare at the end of the second haunt, Nightmare Dungeon does quite a bit with what they have.

Theme: 7

This haunt actually changes its theme a bit every year, so if you went this year, be prepared for something different next year. If you went some years ago, visit again and see what’s changed. It won’t be the same experience again.

Nightmare Dungeon this year is mostly an old-school haunt. There are some traditional scenes and scares as you move through the haunt; some of these are executed particularly well. Though there are lots of dark or dimly lit hallways, you know there’s always something else coming around the next bend that will serve to make you jump or set you on edge.

Fright Effect: 7.73

There are lots of sudden shocks and jump scares scattered throughout the Dungeon. Some of these you can anticipate if you’re a frequent visitor of haunted attractions, but some come at you like a barreling car in the darkness. You do get some little preview glimpses of things as mentioned before, but honestly, those little glimpses don’t do a lot to ease the fear because you approach scenes from different angles. We would have liked more scenes or even more time spent in them because of the details hiding in plain view.

Value: 7.33

This haunt moves you through very quickly. From the front door to the back is probably a 12 minute trip. At a cost of $30, that only comes out to .40 minutes of screams per dollar. However, given the size of the house and the twisting nature of all the passages, we’re not sure how much more can be fit inside. In the future, we hear that the haunt is going to start to expand back out into the yard or even have additions built onto it; that’s something we look forward to. The line for Nightmare Dungeon can be long. It winds around two sides of the house and across a small yard. Even with pulling groups of 6-10 people through with alternating guides, it can take a while to navigate the line. Since there’s not a fast pass option, be sure to get there early!

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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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2017 Awards

Most Improved Attraction (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Front Room Crew (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)