Review of All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

Review of All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

Review of All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction Haunted Attraction

All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction

All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction is a Haunted Attraction located in Apple Valley, CA.

22521 Shawnee Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308
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Features:

Free Parking, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction, Family Friendly

Team Elm Street Dreamers reviewed this Haunted Attraction on October 13, 2018.

Special Note for 2018:

We’ve changed the way we give scores for this year. We are now using a weighted average that puts more emphasis on certain features of the haunt (IE: “How scary was it,” versus “Does the haunt’s location authenticate their theme”). That said, these scores should not be used in comparisons to previous seasons. For more information about this, click on the small “Score Sheet” link at the bottom of this review. We appreciate your understanding. Thanks and Happy Haunting! –The Scare Factor


Final Score: 9.04

Summary:

All Saints Lunatic Asylum was voted the #3 “Must-See” attraction for California in 2018 on The Scare Factor. We made the 2-hour journey from Los Angeles to Apple Valley to see what it was all about. This event started as a home haunt, and now has hundreds of guests per night driving from hours away to experience what it’s like to star in your very own horror movie.

Moving floors, tight spaces, excellent actors, moments of complete darkness, and professional-grade makeup will keep you immersed in this 20-minute adventure through an insane asylum. They have a great website that tells a huge backstory about the asylum, including personal files on some of the characters that you may run into within the haunt. From start to finish, we could feel the heart and soul that is put into this event. It feels so good to see a family-owned haunt with a limited budget that is capable of scaring you way more than a theme park with an unlimited budget!


Cast: 8.7

The haunt has an average of 40 – 50 scare actors per night. We felt like there were plenty of actors to help avoid any dead spaces, it feels like the perfect amount for the space they have.

They have a clown named Mr. Pickles that is a roaming actor out front and in the line. He is a fantastic actor and has become somewhat of a legend at this event. People were bringing him food and lining up to take photos, while others were staying as far away from him as they could.

Every actor was enthusiastic, and they do a fantastic job of staying in character. They made sure to stay with you in the current room all the way to the door, where a new actor would be waiting for you to take over, or hiding for a great jump scare. They weren’t only jump scares though; these actors have become fully developed characters whose lines and interactions will continue to creep you out long after the haunt. The victims look and sound like they are in serious trouble, and you may be their last hope.

The actors used their surroundings and props to keep things interactive. They were never where you expected them; one memorable scene even had an actor come down from the ceiling! One of the most standout actors was the butcher, we wanted to hear more from her, but also couldn’t wait to get away! She singled out an easy target in our group that was the most scared, and stayed with her as long as she could. The dialogue was very impressive, they wanted you to answer their questions, and they get in your face with genuinely creepy stories and suggestions. What’s even more impressive, is they are able to keep everything family-friendly. They are living proof you don’t need extreme vulgarity to scare someone. There was a wide range of characters but they were mostly patients from an insane asylum. Each one still felt fresh though, they remind you that there is a lot of ways to be “crazy.”


Costuming: 9.6

All of us were blown away with the details in the costumes. From head to toe, the actors portrayed realistic characters that definitely belong in an insane asylum. All of the costumes went perfect with the theme and looked like they were tailored specifically for this event.

The makeup was 100% professional grade, and to top it off, it’s all done by family members. Even when you were inches away, every detail in the makeup looked real. So real, that sometimes it was hard to look at, but equally as hard to look away since you can’t help but admire the work that went into it!

All the masks were terrifying and intimidating. They were always tucked into the costumes to avoid any distractions. On top of that, the actors had makeup underneath them to help blend in eye and mouth openings. An exceptional hybrid of makeup and masks made it hard to tell who had masks and who didn’t. This creates a realistic effect that helps keep things immersive.


Customer Service: 10

The attraction was very easy to find, they had it lit up out front with dark, eerie colors and strobe lights. There was also a large sign on the building, and scare actors roaming around out front. They have their own parking lot with plenty of room, so no issues with finding a spot. The queue line was indoors with a nice heated temperature since it was cold outside.

Even with the small maze sections, pitch black areas, and shaky elevators, the event was 100% safe and you can tell they really love their fans. We saw a few emergency exits that were hidden well, but we were glad to know they were there.

We were treated with kindness and respect, even before anyone knew we were reviewers. This attraction has a loyal fan base, and you can tell the staff and owners treat everyone like family. The non-scare actors were dressed in nurse’s uniforms, so it was easy to find someone to talk to if you had any questions.

They also have an easy-to-use website, with all the information you could ask for like hours, tickets, FAQ, backstory, and more.


Atmosphere: 8.4

Right when we arrived, there was a creepy atmosphere surrounding the haunt. This was mostly due to the scare actors roaming the outside area. All of the guests waiting in line felt excited and entertained, taking pictures with scare actors and nervously waiting for their turn.


Special Effects: 8.4

The sound effects were mostly just a soundtrack throughout the haunts. We didn’t notice any sounds that were timed to jump scares or any other high tech effects, but this didn’t take away from the scares provided. They did have one large animatronic scare that got all of us very good, that one had us running out of the room!

As for the set design, every scene was detailed from the floor to the ceiling. They own this location, so they are able to work on the sets year around. The one that stuck out the most to me was the forest area. There was a thick layer of trees and the ceiling was lit with stars. This creates a beautiful moment of disbelief and feels like you are actually outside. Of course, that’s only for a moment before whatever is hiding in the woods comes out to greet you.


Theme: 8.6

The theme for this haunt is in its name, so we already knew what to expect before arriving. Once we arrived it was even more evident that we were about to enter an insane asylum.

These patients were ready for us, and we were advised that they hadn’t been given their meds in a few days. They did an exceptional job reiterating the theme, and nothing felt out of place. The location was part of a strip mall building, so, unfortunately, it didn’t represent the theme so well from the outside. But abandoned insane asylums are hard to come by, so they did the best they could do with their venue, and the inside looks amazing.


Scare Factor: 9

We can confidentially say this haunt had us scared from start to finish. They kept the groups small, we even saw people going in as little as 2 at a time. With the small group size and tight corners, they always waited for the perfect moment to scare the entire group.

The scares were well-hidden and never predictable. Each room felt like it found a new way to keep you afraid. They kept it very dark, lighting up certain scenes they want you to see, but that’s not always the same direction the scare comes from. This form of distraction mixed with darkness worked really well and we never knew what to expect next.

The finale was really great, and we were also told this was just added this year. I don’t want to give too much away, but we had to be rescued from the insane asylum. This intense ending scene extended the haunt a little longer than we expected it to be and took us by surprise. A finale we will not forget.


Entertainment & Value: 9.75

For the quality of scares, and the 20-minute length of this haunt, the price is a steal. Tickets are $10 online, and $13 at the door. At $10 entry, you are only paying 50 cents per minute. This is one of the best deals we have ever encountered in the Southern California area! And if you are lucky enough to go opening weekend, they have a charity night fundraiser for the Special Olympics. There was no upcharges or VIP options, just a gift shop at the end with T-Shirts and other memorabilia.

The line was about 30 minutes, but we stayed entertained with the classic black and white cartoons, the screams from attendees inside, and the wonderful scare actors roaming through the line.

All Saints Lunatic Asylum is open through October 31 for their Halloween haunt but they will re-open for Christmas, Valentines, Easter, and Friday the 13th. Dates for those are all listed on their website. We were so excited to hear that they have events year-round, and we will definitely be back for the next one!


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Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 10 out of 10

Tina B. – 10/10
Absolutely incredible experience. The building is so much bigger than I expected, which wasn’t good …show more for me. I was screaming and trying to hide for what seemed like forever! The sets are so realistic, and there was snow in the cemetery! It was all over us when we left! It really felt like I was living inside a horror movie, the characters are all so interactive and have such interesting personalities, this is seriously worth the drive (2 hours for us). We found a nice Italian place down the street for dinner, it was a perfect night! Go to this place, I promise you wont be disappointed!

Bob Roberts – 10/10
I nearly wet myself going through this! And I thought I’d seen scary haunted houses.. this one takes …show more the cake. Creepy. It looks like a real insane asylum (And I should know, I’ve been locked up in one hahahaha)

Paul H. – 10/10
Love this Haunted Attraction, its worth the drive up the hill. So scary, so much fun! Great bargain …show more for the price, its much bigger inside than it appears, and I love all the changes they make each year, and for the holidays.

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