Review of Nightmare Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Nightmare Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Nightmare Haunted House

Nightmare Haunted House is a Haunted Attraction located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

1001 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Paid Parking, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction

Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 29, 2016.

Final Score: 9.26


An institution for Myrtle Beach visitors and residents, Nightmare Haunted House is a small upstairs haunt that has recently had a terrifyingly effective remodeling with the help of a guest engineer. Open all year long, Friday through Sunday during off-season, Nightmare Haunted House is a terror that you can experience over and over again after October has come to a close. They also open for holiday weeks to help you celebrate in bloody style. A series of dark twists and turns, detailed rooms, and snappy monsters wait for you at the top of Nightmare’s stairs. This may be a small haunt, but it packs one hell of a punch and the monsters and staff are proud to offer the beach with an excellent source of horror. Bring your friends and prepare to scream.

Cast: 9.53

The ghouls at Nightmare Haunted House create such an entertaining and dialogue perfect experience that our team was required to coin a new word to properly describe their interaction with us: verbical. This is a no-touch haunt, but the conversation is on point and the monsters cannot be stumped. One of our members happened to be falling behind and had the pleasure of meeting the “prettiest” monster she’s ever been shocked by. Even the rules were delivered with wit and charm while managing to be ominous and intimidating. Not all the monsters had clearly defined roles, but their performances were terrifyingly perfect. The monsters are a bit spaced out to cover the entirety of the place, but they come together in one cacophonous scare at the end that had our group rushing for the exit, and the group behind us screaming in terror.

Costuming: 9.44

Our team did not see any makeup used at Nightmare Haunted House, but we were able to witness some of the best utilized masks of any haunt that we’ve been to this season. The zombie that greeted us outside and then chased random passer-bys was highly believable and the shrieks that rang out were a delight to hear. The monsters did spend quite a bit of time in the darkness, so we weren’t able to judge their clothing as well. We were able to see two of the creatures during the incredibly tense finale, and while we weren’t certain of the costumes fit into the general theme, they were executed very well and not comprised of street clothes under the masks.

Customer Service: 9.6

Customer service at the Nightmare Haunted House was professional and efficient. Buying tickets was a simple and clear process, signs proclaimed pricing with no confusing language, and parking is well labeled. The parking is a short walk away, but that’s common for properties across from the shore. We noticed that for this weekend at least displaying your receipt to the parking attendant did get you a refund of your five dollar fee. Every member of the staff that we talked to was friendly and helpful, and they’re all very proud of their haunt and its constant evolution. The dark maze does have several exposed beams that fingers can get hit on, and the stairs leading up to the entrance/exit are fairly steep so it’s best to follow all the rules and never run no matter how much they’ll make you want to.

Atmosphere: 9.53

Nightmare Haunted House is a creepy little gem in a strip of stores and attractions directly across from the water. The looming gates that guard the steps squeal like a horror movie scene and the lobby is filled with details and running a dire news story that helps to underline the theme of the haunt. They are well-marked and obviously a haunted house from the outside. There isn’t much in the way of music, but we figured this is because of the sounds from the strip in front of them. Stepping up to the front of the building is an experience that puts you in the mood for a good scare, as all haunted houses should be.

Special Effects: 9.01

The majority of the sound effects in Nightmare Haunted House are byproducts of the practical special effects that exit within the house. There’s not a lot here in the way of animatronics, but the creators did pack in quite a few visual effects that set the scene and tone very well. The motley crew of monsters make up for the lack of flashy effects by utilizing the detailed and dread-inducing scenery that has been hand-crafted within the haunt’s walls. Everything here is obviously well-loved and thought out, and it communicates beautifully the imminent danger a visitor is in. A few scenes could use additional lighting , but dark mazes further utilize space and keep guests from being able to judge where in the building they are or how far it is to the safety of the light.

Theme: 8.78

The theme of Nightmare Haunted House is heavily zombie outbreak and is well executed and intricately carried out. While it may not be the most unique of the themes, it is handled here better than at most of the houses we’ve visited this year. We did spot two monsters that didn’t exactly fit in with this idea, but the rest of the house is perfectly unified in zombie madness.

Fright Effect: 9.38

Our team was delighted to see that the monsters at Nightmare Haunted House were hungry for the entire group instead of just the front or back. Scares were somewhat predictable since our group is so experience, but never repetitive. Distractions were plentiful and actors used ACTUAL dialogue instead of just screams or “Get out.” We don’t want to give too much away since the experience is one that should be had by all without much warning, but we cannot say enough about the finale and its effect on us. It was utterly unique and specific to Nightmare Haunted House and had our pulses racing as we fought to stay walking instead of running. We were particularly pleased to see the group behind us exit and actually stuck around to listen to their sheer terror as they fled the haunted house only to be scared one final time by the zombie greeter.

Value: 8.83

Nightmare Haunted House is $12.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids before tax. At a roughly ten minute walkthrough time this averages out to $.77 per minute which is a pretty good value considering the level of entertainment visitors are receiving. The location does restrict the size of the haunt and causes the walkthrough to be a bit shorter than you want since the place is so very well done. On the other hand, they have utilized their space well and made sure to confuse and mystify you with dark mazes, detailed rooms, and ridiculously verbical monsters.

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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