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Frightmares IN

688 NW A Street, Linton, IN 47441
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Free Parking, Restrooms On-Site, Food/Concessions, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Indoor/Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction, Family Friendly

Team Zombillies reviewed this attraction on October 31, 2015.

Final Score: 8


2015 marks Frightmares’ 5th season and many different changes and additions have been made to keep the scares coming as you make your way through “Manchester Manor.” The fan-favorite 3D areas has been expanded, the exit has been re-routed and you “may” even get to meet Mr. Marvin Manchester himself this year! Tour guides have been added to fill groups in on the various aspects of the estate with some creepy flare, a dash of humor and in a way that doubles as helping to keep the groups spaced out for an optimal experience. To find out all of the dark secrets and hidden surprises that the ominous abode has to offer, be sure to check out Frightmares Haunted House… but, “don’t touch the furniture!”

Cast: 7.89

Around 30 cast members scatter throughout the property of “Manchester Manor” on a typical night and this number seemed to fill most of the voids pretty well. While these “dead spots” weren’t completely non-existent, our tour guide (“Rosa, the groundskeep”) effectively kept us entertained through theme-related scene explanations and verbal and physical interactions with us and the other actors. As she disclosed the various features of the Manor to us, our mutual encounters with the rest of the cast yielded some pretty enthusiastic performances! Madam Rue was debatably the most believable character during our journey and also used some of the best dialogue as she warned us of our impending fate… but the gorilla in the 3D area acted very appropriately as well and was obviously in need of some taming! A few other particularly-memorable characters include the several believable victims, the doomed witch, the cook, the zombies in the playground area and the girls in the laundry room. All in all, the actors did a good job during our visit, but adding more intensity, scene- and theme-related dialogue and elaborating on some of the iconic characters should help take this crazy crew to the next level!

Costuming: 7.46

The costumes at Frightmares are generally regular clothing articles that have been purchased and distressed, bloodied-up and/or painted to match each of the characters and their various scenes. Traditional makeup techniques are utilized, including face paint and blood, and helped give most of the actors and actresses a classic “un-dead” look. A few wounds were noticed here and there as well and a “nice one” was noted on one of the girls in the bathroom. The headless man and the gorilla stood out as the most unique outfits during our visit, but the effect of the former was lost when the actress revealed her real face from inside the chest area before we left her scene. Yet another creatively-concrete costume was noticed in the very beginning of the attraction and our groundskeeper chauffeur donned an appropriate costume as well with the added touch of a single, glazed-over eye! Each of the costumes seemed to match their respective scenes very well and, with the exception of a few modern street clothes being visible to us, helped reinforce the haunt’s antique, haunted manor theme.

Customer Service: 9.09

The haunt’s white hearse, illuminated sign and strobing, inflatable street waiver let us know we had finally made it to our destination. We always park near the exit of the attraction but, if spaces aren’t available, we have been told in the past that customers may park in the Southern Indiana Workwear parking lot nearby. The ticket booth was easy for us to find and navigating the rest of the attraction was manageable as well, even the outdoor sections despite the rain. A TV was playing trivia for those waiting in the indoor queue area and one roaming actor was briefly spotted upon our arrival. Friendly and helpful staff members were found in the ticket booth, at the beginning of the haunt, taking pictures in front of the building and each group’s tour guide is prepared to assist you should you need them for anything. One of the haunt’s owners informed us that he even doubles as one of the tour guides! Don’t forget to get your FREE picture taken by the haunt’s staff in front of their hearse! Concessions are available and located in the queue area in case you get hungry during your visit. This season, they built an extended segment to the exit of the attraction so customers are less likely to flee into the road upon exiting… which we’re told was needed due to the many terrified patrons that narrowly escape their intense finale (see “Fright Effect” below)!

Atmosphere: 7.33

The haunt’s hearse parked in front of the building, a sign and a strobing ghost made it apparent that we were at Frightmares. A graveyard in front of the haunt accompanied the queue line and overgrowth from the exterior part of the attraction can be seen from the queue area; other than that, there weren’t many other things that screamed “haunted house” to us. A loose actor was spotted momentarily but didn’t stick around the crowd for long. The exterior of the building was quiet except for the sounds oozing from within the attraction. As soon as we were guided through the Manor’s back yard fencing, however, the mood quickly changed as the groundkeeper and her “statue” welcomed us to “Manchester Manor!”

Special Effects: 7.56

Many of the effects used by Frightmares have been created and built in-house. The variety of original and unique effects at this haunt tends to expand each season, so be on the lookout for something new every year! Appropriate music and other various sounds were heard in a few scenes, but they mostly accompanied the funeral and the circus areas. The outdoor portion of the attraction was seemingly quiet other than the sounds of the inhabiting creatures. Some of the rooms of the mansion were detailed exceptionally well, such as the library, the hallway to the funeral and the funeral parlor, while others lacked in comparison. Some of the more original effects that we encountered were a floating table, a glowing Ouija board planchette, a walk-through refrigerator, 3D artwork, a broken toilet and a still-working gallows system. The shelf surprise, slowly-spinning vortex tunnel, effectively-placed air cannon, clever drop panels, elevator and claustrophobic passageway were among some of the effects that we have seen before at other attractions, although most of them have been constructed on-site so they showcase Frightmares’ creativity! We were warned that the claustrophobic passageway was tight, and they weren’t kidding! This tunnel was one of the most difficult that our group has (barely) squeezed through to date!

Theme: 8.5

Frightmares continued their theme of “Manchester Manor” this year, which is a multi-level dwelling built by “Marvin Manchester” who resided within the home while he constructed it. Portions of this story were explained to us upon entering, which helped get us ready for and understand what we experienced inside. For some unknown reason, it’s said that Marvin mysteriously vanished in 1924 during the abode’s assembly. Some say he is trapped within the Manor’s walls just waiting for his next meal. We were also informed that a traveling circus and others had vanished over the years and, we’re here to tell you, we’re pretty sure that some of the missing are, in fact, present within these walls! As the Grounds Keep guided us through the Manor, she informed us that this dwelling is “said to be one of the most haunted places around!” She later told us that it was best for her to sell the place and that everything we saw and experienced comes with it! The trapped souls within randomly referred to Marvin throughout our tour and properly-detailed sets that resembled rooms from a 1924 mansion also helped reiterate this theme.

Fright Effect: 7.96

Frightmares continues to increase their cleverness when it comes to delivering surprises! We were instantly warned of a new fright technique being employed by the cast at Frightmares this season; luckily, we were paying attention to the rules at the start of the attraction or else getting touched by some of the monsters really would have shocked us (not that we weren’t anyway)! Although our group only consisted of two (plus the guide), both of us remained in their line of fire from beginning to end. Additional scare methods consisted of dark areas, alarming sparks, a summoning of demons, acts of violence, dictatorial dialogue and ear-piercing screams. A few skillful distractions successfully caught our group off guard and one of which was achievable by incorporating our tour guide! One ingenious hiding spot in particular made one member of our group jump and, without spoiling anything; it didn’t come from the same level as the ground that we were walking on! Other effective hiding spots were put to use (one of which involving the inside of an unbeknownst-to-us costume) and also aided in catching us off-guard! Keep all of your body parts tucked against your body when exiting the manor, the exit of the attraction is home to an often-feared, 2-cycle-driven weapon!

Value: 8.23

Regular ticket prices to view “Manchester Manor” are priced at $10.00 per adult for the 2015 haunting season or $8.00 per child 10 and under. It took our group around 16 ½ minutes to assess all of the Manor and its shady secrets, putting the regular ticket value for adults at 1.65 minutes of entertainment per dollar spent (above average). VIP tickets are available for $20.00 per person and will allow you to skip the long wait in line on busier nights. This is our 4th season reviewing Frightmares and each year we enjoy the creativity that flows through this attraction. If you’re looking for a family-friendly attraction that won’t completely steal the contents of your wallet while providing plenty of hauntingly-horrific startles, stop by Frightmares in Linton, Indiana! Just remember, if they’ve interested you in buying the Manor, all of the spirits, creatures and evil beings within it stay with it… even if it becomes under new ownership!


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2016 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - Eyeless Lady (Given by: Team Zombillies)

2015 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - "The Gorilla" (Given by: Team Zombillies)

Actor Shout Out Award - Madam Rue (Given by: Team Zombillies)

2014 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - Dot Guy (Given by: Team Zombillies)

Actor Shout Out Award - Madam Rue (Given by: Team Zombillies)