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Sheer Terror Haunted House

St Louis, MO
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Sheer Terror Haunted House

Team Zombillies reviewed this attraction on October 31, 2015.

Final Score: 7.41

Summary:

Sheer Terror is “the Wabash Valley’s newest haunted house!” This season they have brought the FREAKSHOW to town with them! Before moving to Indiana, this haunted attraction started out as a home haunt in 2011 and was located in Central Illinois. 2015 is their first season as a pro haunt and they have created 4,000 square feet of twists and terror for your haunt-loving enjoyment. Although this is a small attraction, their price tag is rather small too at $7.00 per person. The ticket booth informed us that their home haunt was ranked 7th in the nation in 2014 and some of the cleverness that we fell victim to inside clued us in on why! If you’re interested in checking out a live Freakshow attraction filled with fun and frights, be sure to visit Sheer Terror if you get the chance!


Cast: 7.43

We were informed that around 15 to 20 volunteer crew members make it possible for this Freakshow spring to life on an average night. Training consists of one of the owners teaching the cast members and basing the lessons off of things that he’s learned at Halloween conventions and some of the actors build off of one another as well. While some of the characters used effective dialogue and interacted with our group, some of them resorted to short “war cries” and quickly reset after doing so. Among the most memorable and believable were the living doll, the clown up above us at the finale, the maggot-headed prisoner and Slappy the clown who went into detail about his dream that involved one of our group members!


Costuming: 8.55

This attraction utilizes three makeup artists who also double as actresses! Traditional makeup and bloody applications were noticed on some of the characters while several authentic masks were in play as well. The mask covered in maggots was very unique and left our group wanting to stare at the freak! All of the costumes matched their scenes and one matched its respective surroundings so well that it caught us off-guard! The life-sized doll had finishing touches of appropriate white face paint to go along with her elaborate attire. The clown at the end of the attraction seemed to be sporting the most realistic and complete costume, although it was hard to see him up-close since he was several feet above us!


Customer Service: 8.94

Our GPS led us right to a flashing arrow sign by the road that directed us towards the free and well-lit parking area. This haunt takes place behind the “Care Ambulance” building, so you will drive past many ambulatory vehicles before getting back to the attraction’s parking area. One sign on the building led us to the ticket booth where very friendly and helpful staff members were found and T-shirts were available for purchase there for $10.00. As we waited for a short period of time in line, one actor standing high above the attraction taunted and pointed at us which helped to keep us entertained before entering. A friendly security guard met us at the entrance to the attraction and clearly gave us the Freakshow’s rules. The overall property of the attraction was easy to navigate, just be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their sign when you first arrive.


Atmosphere: 6.07

This attraction takes place right next to “Care Ambulance,” so the multiple ambulances in the parking area had us a bit confused at first. As we parked, the only thing that really confirmed we were at a haunted house was the “Sheer Terror” sign hanging above an open entrance. There were no sounds apparent outside or décor of any kind. However, once we got inside, the atmosphere changed quite rapidly! The Freakshow façade, flickering, antique string lights hanging above us and the taunting clown quickly let us know we were getting in line for a hauntingly good time! We also didn’t hear any sounds playing in the queue area but there were many different and strange sounds exiting from within the show that increased our readiness to enter.


Special Effects: 7.71

We were informed that nearly all of the effects witnessed at the Freakshow have been built in-house. The walls of the scenes were detailed rather well and strategically-placed miniature lights were used to enhance some of the finer details throughout the facility. Doomful sound effects were heard in some spots while an instrumental “Pop Goes the Weasel” and other appropriate tracks were noticed as well. Further effects consisted of spiders, large playing cards, a popping light fixture, ultraviolet lighting, laser lights, multi-colored slatted walls and a clown CGI that packed quite a surprise!


Theme: 7.55

Sheer Terror has roped in a Freakshow that is open for business to the public during the Halloween season! Although this theme was in no way, shape or form apparent to us upon arrival, we assure you that once we took our place in the waiting line, the façade and security guard made it known to us. The décor and most of the specific characters and oddities that we came across matched this theme and brought it to life right before our eyes! Expect to see some abnormal beings, a life-sized doll, several clowns and more!


Fright Effect: 6.83

This Freakshow had numerous kinds of frights on display; some of which included blood-curdling screams, camouflaged attire, sinister dialogue, abrupt blasts, disorienting artwork and sudden noises. Scares were directed towards everyone in our group and not just the front or the back (although, there were only two of us). Several good hiding spots caught us off-guard and kept the scares unpredictable during our short journey. We underwent a rare finale at this haunt which consisted of a very energetic clown who was frantically taunting us as he was suspended above us on a mesh of steel wire! Although this wasn’t as terrifying as some of the finales that we’ve experienced this season, it was still the most intense portion of the attraction!


Value: 6.17

This Freakshow had numerous kinds of frights on display; some of which included blood-curdling screams, camouflaged attire, sinister dialogue, abrupt blasts, disorienting artwork and sudden noises. Scares were directed towards everyone in our group and not just the front or the back (although, there were only two of us). Several good hiding spots caught us off-guard and kept the scares unpredictable during our short journey. We underwent a rare finale at this haunt which consisted of a very energetic clown who was frantically taunting us as he was suspended above us on a mesh of steel wire! Although this wasn’t as terrifying as some of the finales that we’ve experienced this season, it was still the most intense portion of the attraction!


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2015 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - "Slappy the Clown" (Given by: Team Zombillies)