Review of The Uninvited Haunted Attraction

Review of The Uninvited Haunted Attraction

Review of The Uninvited Haunted Attraction

The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a Haunted Attraction located in New York, NY.

151 W 116th Street, New York, NY 10026
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Team Crypt Creepers reviewed this attraction on October 1, 2016.

Final Score: 7.31


Come join the dwellers of Limbo, the space that lingers after death that belongs to neither Heaven nor Hell. In The Uninvited: Awakening, you will journey through Purgatory, and come upon inhabitants whose days of the flesh may be done, but their desire to feel alive once more keeps them searching for human hosts. Set in the basement of an old NYC building that has been left untouched for many decades, this haunt is an immersive experience that allows guests to wander as they please and come upon the rooms at their own pace. Part of an ongoing story which will be traveling around the world, The Uninvited: Awakening takes its patrons through a clouded world of suspended moments, where those who linger for too long may just find themselves as an offering to a higher power.

Cast: 7.5

The cast of creeps here are very much in character from the moment the haunt starts. Each has a role to play, and each does so with conviction. Since this is an immersive experience, the entire goal of the cast is to interact with the guests as they wander through this limbo. You choose rooms to walk into, and each room has a different scene inside, a small set with an actor inside, who pulls you into their story, into their small slice of everlasting torment. The rooms are mostly small and cubicle-like, with a high ceiling, but the actors make good use of the space they are given. The dialogue is mostly scripted to fit the theme of the room and overall story, and not much improvisation was seen. There seemed to be a good number of actors used overall, since most of them alternated between their room and the abyss, but I counted at least 7 designed rooms, some with really interesting designs, but with no actors. I’ll admit I was stuck in the void for a long time, and may have missed what was going on in these rooms, but it still felt a little disappointing to pass by a room and have questions as to what would be happening in there, and leave with no answer.

Costuming: 7.2

Well, if I say anything about this haunt, it’s that they have no problem getting authentic for their art. Since most of the rooms had themes, the clothes the actors wore were fitting to those themes, even if it called for modesty to be thrown to the wind. There were a handful of actors who didn’t seem to have any makeup used on them, which worked if they were a simple nun or writer. There were prosthetics used on those who were more than human that looked realistic. Overall though, it seemed as if costuming was done with a minimalistic approach. It made some of the looks believable, but did not have anything that really stood out or captured attention.

Customer Service: 7.25

Management is extremely helpful, and happy to go out of their way to answer your questions and assist you where they can. Unfortunately when I went on opening day though, management was busy getting everything ready, and instead there was only one worker from The Uninvited to try and answer guests’ questions and take care of tickets as well. It didn’t help that she shared a table with two others who didn’t have any ties to The Uninvited, and therefore had no answers for any guests that entered. Security was friendly and helpful as well though, and tried to help guests who waited in the line outside. It is a bit hard to find, since it begins in an alley on the side of a NYC building, with no signage, but once you get past security they guide you to where you need to go. It may be a bit dangerous in the fact that for a while you are wandering around in a room that is either so dark or so foggy that you cannot see anything in front of you and, if you have two left feet or walk a bit too quickly, you may just bump into someone (or something) as it darts by you.

Atmosphere: 7

There are no sounds or music outside, aside from the normal sounds of NYC. The building itself is pretty big and old fashioned though. Just on first glance, it is not obvious you are at a haunt. In a small way, that works out for this attraction, since it is meant to make you feel as if you have stumbled into Purgatory and must find your way out. But, ultimately, the outside does not prepare you for what you are about to embark on.

Special Effects: 7.5

My favorite thing about this haunt, and possibly my least favorite thing at the same time, is the use of lighting. As you walk into the haunt and go deeper into the belly of the beast, the lighting starts to shift. You go from seeing clearly, to seeing the silhouettes of figures moving around you, sometimes charging at you, to not being able to see at all. For the first few minutes, this is a very cool effect, only catching glimpses of shadowy figures from the corner of your eye, or not seeing something until you are right on top of it. The downside is that since this is mostly a “choose your own adventure” experience, if you wander too deep into this abyss, you may find yourself at the end of your experience without having seen much of the actual attraction. A number of guests, including myself, were stuck lost in the fog and darkness for over half of our time there, and some people were pretty vocal about it at the end. There was a lack of sound effects, which caused some people to follow the sound of a dripping pipe, which turned out to be just a dripping pipe, not an actual effect. The mini-themed rooms that they had spread throughout this labyrinth were small, but very well detailed. From a writer’s block with pages spread across every surface of the walls, to a nuns classroom with lectures written on the board, and even a clowns den with a very anatomically correct balloon person being hung by a balloon noose, the mini rooms seemed very well done. Unfortunately a good number of these rooms were either closed off with police tape, or had no actors in them when I passed by.

Theme: 9

The overall theme of the haunt is laid out for you on the website, and briefly explained in a small skit which starts you on your journey. You have wandered into Purgatory and, in order to get out, you have to traverse this abyss and avoid the denizens of this world who are doomed to live through a single moment of time over and over again and will do anything to feel the semblance of life one more time. Without background info though, the normal guest will walk through knowing only that they are stuck in Limbo and must get out. The actors do a good job in their own little mini-themed rooms, and the abyss-walkers also do well making you feel as though you have to avoid contact, unless you wish to join them in their eternal anguish.

Fright Effect: 6

While you are wandering around the main area, bodies will run at or by you, sometimes whispering, sometimes yelling, sometimes not saying anything and just being plain creepy. Other than this main area though, the scares are few. The actors have scenes to play out and rooms to work in, and that is what they do. They will try to interact with as many people as possible, but they are merely interactions, not so much scares.

Value: 7

This immersive haunt hosts a slew of different ticket prices depending on online vs in person purchasing, student discounts, chicken add-on tickets (if you do not want to be touched), etc. The base price is $60 for a half hour experience, which means you pay $2/minute. Just make sure you don’t spend too long being lost in the abyss, to make the best of those $2 you gotta keep on moving and try to see as much as possible, since if left to your own devices, you may miss more than half the haunt. There is a lot of mini-rooms inside of the haunt, but a handful of them were closed off, leaving guests to wonder what would happen in them if there was no tape preventing entrance. The $150 Skeleton Key package lets a guests choose one door, and spend up to an extra 30 minutes in the haunt experiencing a personalized fright.

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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