The Scariest Place on Earth is a Haunted Attraction located in Albuquerque, NM.
Our Rating System
UPDATE FOR 2022: Our former “Atmosphere” and “Theme” categories have now been combined and renamed “Immersion.” Our intent with this is to give more appropriate credit to attractions that have shown a clear focus on achieving and maintaining better customer experiences (both inside and outside the attractions) and developing creative storylines.
Each of the category scores in this review are calculated using a weighted average of several questions that we rate on a scale of 1 to 10.
The following breakdown explains what these scores typically mean. All of our Teams use this as a reference for providing accurate ratings:
10: “Peak Performance”This score is treated as if it has a chastity belt on it. “10’s” are reserved for the best of the best; those that we feel could not possibly improve on what they’re doing.
9: “Innovative and Groundbreaking”It rocked! Nearly everything seemed to go as planned and it was one of the best we’ve ever seen! These guys are leaders in the industry, and attractions like this are truly hard to come by.
8: “Solid”A high score on our scale. They had a good handle on it and, overall, they knew how to use it well. Most attractions can learn from what these guys are doing.
6 to 7: “Good”We could tell that a good effort was made. However, we’ve seen this done much better at other places, or can detect areas where significant improvements can be made. This is about the top end of what we’d call “Family Friendly.”
5: “Average / Fair”Compared to the competition, they weren’t the best, but definitely not the worst. Scares and Special Effects in this range are usually considered “Family Friendly.”
3 to 4: “Below Average”We could see that a clear attempt was made, but most other professional attractions are doing a much better job at this.
1 to 2: “Poor”It appeared that very little time, thought or effort was contributed to this aspect.
0 (Zero): “Non-Existent”No apparent effort was made to make this a significant contributor to the attraction.
Afterword:This rating system is standardized across all of The Scare Factor’s official haunt review teams. However, keep in mind there will always be minor differences between Teams, as we all have varying levels of experience. Regardless, we do our best to remain true to our core values, which is to promote all haunted attractions!Perhaps the biggest thing to remember is: sometimes the score – in and of itself – doesn’t tell the whole story about an attraction’s merits. This is why we provide detailed explanations for each category… to help you better understand how and why we chose the score/s that we did.We do our best to not let feelings or emotions rule our judgement, while also viewing the attraction through the lens of the typical haunt-goer. But, because all reviews with ratings are inherently subjective, this is nearly impossible to completely prevent. Though, when in doubt, we tend to give slightly lower scores than our original “gut feelings” to account for this, and also give the attraction more room to improve over time.We also do our best to be fair and consistent across all of the haunts that we review. We know that you’ll be looking at these scores and comparing them to other attractions, so we hope this review helps you out in that aspect.Do you have some feedback about our review system? Contact Us Here to let us know what you think!
Final Score: 4.82
Final Scores – By Category
Final Scores – By Category:
Cast (20% of Final Score): 5.8
Costuming (10% of Final Score): 5
Customer Service (10% of Final Score): 9.1
Immersion (10% of Final Score): 3.4
Special Effects (15% of Final Score): 3.7
Scare Factor (20% of Final Score): 4.5
Entertainment & Value (15% of Final Score): 3
Final Scores – By Attraction
Final Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 4.82
When driving down a busy street near downtown Albuquerque, one might see smoke billowing out the door of a boxing studio. Worry not; the building is not on fire; this is The Scariest Place on Earth. This haunt has been bringing frights to the citizens of Albuquerque for many years.
Cast Score: 5.8
Cast Scores – By Question
Cast Scores – By Question:
Q1: Did it seem like there were enough actors? (25% of Cast Score): 6
Q2: How creative, believable, convincing were they? (35% of Cast Score): 6
Q3: How interactive (verbally, physically) were they? (20% of Cast Score): 5
Q4: Was there a good variety of characters (behavior)? (20% of Cast Score): 6
Cast Scores – By Attraction
Cast Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 5.8
The Scariest Place on Earth has a variety of minions that you can encounter. Some hide within the fog, waiting to pounce, while others are great at hiding in any nook they can find. Most of the actors I encountered had little to no dialogue. It was nice to not hear actors saying get out; most of them had some fairly creative noises they made. The actors that did not speak did a good job of creeping along and staring guests down.
The chainsaw actor was very intense, he was not afraid of personal space. At several points, I was surrounded by actors, which added to their intensity. One standout was an intense Michael Myers, that was intimidating and did a great job of creeping people out.
Costuming Score: 5
Costuming Scores – By Question
Costuming Scores – By Question:
Q1: How complete, unique, detailed were the costumes? (35% of Costuming Score): 5
Q2: Were the masks/makeup creative, detailed, realistic? (30% of Costuming Score): 5
Q3: How appropriate were the costumes for the respective scenes, themes? (20% of Costuming Score): 5
Q4: How believable-, detailed-looking were the queue actors? (15% of Cast Score): 6
Costuming Scores – By Attraction
Costuming Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 5
The costuming throughout the haunt was good. Each actor had a costume that fit with their makeup or masks. Costuming had little wear and tear. Some of the actors also had props that added to their characters.
Makeup was also done with unique details for each character. One unique feature of some of the actors was the use of makeup with a mask. The makeup was well-blended into the mask. When an actor was wearing a mask, it seemed like the actor had makeup around their eye area, adding to the believability of the costume.
Customer Service Score: 9.1
Customer Service Scores – By Question
Customer Service Scores – By Question:
Q9: How easy was it to find, park at, navigate the premises? (25% of CS Score): 9
Q10: Safety (30% of CS Score): 10
Q11: How professional, helpful, friendly were the staff members? (25% of CS Score): 9
Q12: How easy was it to find pertinent information before arrival? (20% of CS Score): 8
Customer Service Scores – By Attraction
Customer Service Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 9.1
Customer Service Review:
Using the haunt’s Facebook page, it is fairly easy to find the address. Using Google Maps or another navigation app makes it easy to locate the haunted house. On the night I visited, there was plenty of street parking in the neighborhood.
In front of the haunted house, there is a ticket counter and a headstone with the rules. The customer service was great and they will happily answer any questions you might have. Once you have purchased your ticket, there is a single queue for the haunt. There are regular posts on their Facebook page for any updates for the attraction.
Immersion Score: 3.4
Immersion Scores – By Question
Immersion Scores – By Question:
Q13: How well did the pre-haunt areas (“vibe”) prepare you for the attraction/s? (25% of Immersion Score): 3
Q14: How obvious, creative, believable was the storyline? (20% of Immersion Score): 3
Q15: Were you completely, consistently immersed inside the attraction/s? (40% of Immersion Score): 4
Q16: How well did the “vibe” flow after, between the attraction/s? (15% of Immersion Score): 3
Immersion Scores – By Attraction
Immersion Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 3.4
When walking up to The Scariest Place on Earth, you can see the fog billowing out of the door. Once you enter this old-school actor-driven experience, you navigate through several blood-stained plastic sheets and notice the writing on the walls.
I was not able to notice any theme while walking through. This attraction is focused on actors popping up for a scare while you navigate through the thick fog. I appreciated the music while walking through the indoor portion, it added to the creepiness. Throughout the walkthrough, there are several static props of clowns and creepy dolls. Once you enter the outdoor section of the haunt, there are some very interesting junk yard props, including some that seem to come from a haunted attraction from days past. There are several tents you navigate through with some constricting areas to navigate. These areas were great for some effective scares.
Special FX Score: 3.7
Special FX Scores – By Question
Special FX Scores – By Question:
Q17: How effective were the sound effects? (20% of SFX Score): 5
Q18: How realistic were the scene designs, details? (30% of SFX Score): 4
Q19: How effective, realistic were the props, animatronics? (30% of SFX Score): 3
Q20: How well did they use creative, special, sensory FX? (20% of SFX Score): 3
Special FX Scores – By Attraction
Special FX Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 3.7
Special FX Review:
The Scariest Place on Earth is an old-school-style haunt. The use of a combination of thick fog and well-timed strobes are spread throughout the indoor portion of the haunt. There is also creepy music playing throughout. There were also some shadow projections used that were great for a distraction.
In the outdoor portion, several tented areas had several hanging props and a maze of bungee-like material to navigate under.
Scare Score: 4.5
Scare Factor Scores – By Question
Scare Factor Scores – By Question:
Q21: How scary was it? (35% of Scare Factor Score): 4
Q22: How well did they provide scares for everyone in the group? (15% of Scare Factor Score): 5
Q23: How predictable were the scares? (25% of Cast Score): 5
Q24: How well did they provide a wide variety (types) of scares? (10% of Scare Factor Score): 5
Q25: How strong was the ending/finale? (15% of Scare Factor Score): 4
Scare Factor Scores – By Attraction
Scare Factor Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 4.5
Scare Factor Review:
The Scariest Place on Earth is a great haunt for families and first-time haunt goers. The scares are not too intense and are more of the startle-type scare. The actors do a great job of distraction scares and I really liked how close the actors can get to you.
When going to haunted attractions, it is rare to be completely surrounded by actors, which is called a monster hug, and the actors definitely were not afraid to get into customers’ personal space without contacting us. The haunt also has a good chainsaw finale.
Entertainment & Value Score: 3
E&V Scores – By Question
E&V Scores – By Question:
Q26: How satisfied are you with the entertainment from the Main* attractions? (50% of E&V Score): 
Q27: How satisfied are you with the Other* entertainment (incl. w/ ticket price)? (25% of E&V Score): 
Q28: How appropriate is/are the ticket price/s? (25% of E&V Score): 
E&V Scores – By Attraction
E&V Scores – By Attraction:
Attraction 1: 3
General admission is 15.00 dollars, and the haunt lasted 6 minutes from beginning to end, bringing the MPD, or minutes of entertainment per dollar spent, to 0.4, which is lower than what we see most often (one minute per dollar, on average).
Overall, The Scariest Place on Earth is a good first-time visit or for families that want to introduce their children to a haunted attraction experience.
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