Review of Outbreak Dread the Undead SC Haunted Attraction

Review of Outbreak Dread the Undead SC Haunted Attraction

Review of Outbreak Dread the Undead SC Haunted Attraction

Outbreak Dread the Undead SC

Outbreak Dread the Undead SC is a Haunted Attraction located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

1808 21st Avenue North, Unit B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Special Events, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction

Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 28, 2016.

Final Score: 7.97


Outbreak – Dread the Undead is an interactive walk-through, hi-tech haunt with locations in both Tennessee and South Carolina. We stopped in to review the South Carolina location, but we are told that both sites are very similar. Furthermore, it must be noted that the Myrtle Beach, SC location is beneath a large wax museum. The wax museum does have a small ‘monsters’ section with displays featuring Hellboy, the Xenomorph from Aliens, Predator, as well as Dracula, Frankenstein, and others. Furthermore, the basement also holds an interactive mirror maze geared towards younger children. It is possible to purchase one ticket to visit all three attractions, or individual attraction tickets. There is one ticket booth that also serves as the cashier stand for a souvenir shop that also sells soda and candy. In short, it is possible to visit and find something for everyone in the family to do. The location is open year-round, so if you wish, you can visit the haunt anytime during the year.

For the purposes of this review, however, we are focusing primarily on the Outbreak – Dread the Undead portion of the site except where noted.

Cast: 8.36

There is one physical actor inside Outbreak and one costumed attendant outside. Furthermore, there is a video with a number of actors that you watch as the haunt begins. All of the actors are believable; however, there is little direct interaction between the visitors and the actor. The attendant at the door is in costume to add some verisimilitude, but is not really in character otherwise. The video is entertaining and really helps to set the scene and mood for the haunt. The sole actor inside does a good job of providing some individual scares and interactions, but has little in the way of dialogue.

Costuming: 7.17

The costumes for Outbreak made sense overall and, in general, were authentic. There is a story element involving eye-color and identification of the undead. However, this element was not played out with the physical actor. There could be many reasons for this, but it was something of a let down.

Customer Service: 8.5

This haunt was completely handicapped accessible – something of a rarity for haunts in the region. The staff was very friendly and enthusiastic – from the young woman who sold us our tickets, to the photographer who took a picture of us being carried off by King Kong. Unlike a traditional haunt, there was no line or queue entertainment. However, as previously stated, the entire site houses several attractions if visitors need more things to do and see.

Atmosphere: 6

Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of atmosphere on-site building up to the haunt. Again, this is understandable given the nature of the attraction – being a haunt isn’t their main focus, but merely one aspect of their multifaceted business. That being said, there is the aforementioned monster section of the wax museum and the basement location of the haunt is played up in the introductory video as being an ‘underground laboratory.’

Special Effects: 9.55

Where Outbreak – Dread the Undead starts to really shine is in its props and special effects. The majority of the haunt consisted of detailed sets built around animatronics. Instead of pressure pads, all of these seem to be triggered by proximity and laser triggers. Hands reaching from behind walls, falling cages, rattling doors, and lots and lots of trapped but moaning and thrashing zombies are the center points of detailed set design, allowing visitors to move through and be the focal point in the scenes.

Theme: 9.2

The theme of this haunt is, of course, a zombie outbreak from an isolated laboratory. It’s a plotline used in multiple movies, books, and even other haunts. So, while it isn’t an original theme, per se, it is at least carried throughout the haunt from the lab-coat wearing ticket taker to the final explosive ending.

Fright Effect: 7.3

There were some very well done (and cunningly hidden) spots where the actor could pop out for scares that caused even our most jaded reviewer to jump in surprise. However, due to the mechanical nature of the majority of the props and effects, typically only the first few people in a group are getting the full effect of the scares. Be sure to keep close together while you go through as it takes a bit for some (but not all) of the effects to reset.

Value: 7.67

We were able to move through Outbreak in 10 minutes; though it would be possible to move through slower, we stayed moving at a steady unhurried pace. Single tickets for adults for Outbreak are $15, which comes out to $.66 per minute of zombie-lurching fun.

The all-access pass which gives visitors entrance to the wax museum, mirror maze, and Outbreak are only $28 for adults. Given the time you can spend wandering through these other attractions that are on site, we recommend stopping to see them as well and spending an hour or more experiencing everything the site has to offer.

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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