This is Labyrinth's second year of operation and this year
they are presenting Temple of the Dead, a 15-20 minute walk past
spirits all wanting you to be as dead as they are.
The Labyrinth consists of two trailers that you walk inside,
under, and around. At first I didn't even realize it was
made up of trailers because the decorating was so well done and
the lighting was perfect - it looked far from trailer-like.
Labyrinth is a very original production; they have actors,
acrobats, stiltwalkers, and soundscrapers - all of whom are suburb
in their roles. As I said in last year's review, the
acting is really what makes the haunt go from good to
great. The actors stay in character, offer good scares,
and the make-up is very well-done.
My main gripe, which I'm sure some would actually like, is
that in two different sections you have to bend really close to
the ground and walk underneath the trailers. I thought I
was just bending down to go underneath a railing and could stand
right up (you can't see anything because it is very dark).
I ended up banging my head because I wasn't warned not to stand
up immediately. For the Hauntmaster, who is 6'2", it
was a little uncomfortable to have to get that close to the
ground and still walk forward. Also, if anyone has back
problems, it could be impossible for them to go through those
sections. Having said that, I do think it is an excellent
addition and something new and unexpected. I would have
just liked a warning for my little head.
I appreciate that they keep the groups small for touring the
haunt. The Hauntmaster and I went through by ourselves
because the groups in front of us and behind us were large, but
typically you go through the haunt in groups of 4, 5, or
But like last year, the timing was off. I could hear
the people in front of us and behind us screaming in the same
rooms we walked through, but we didn't get a scare. Certain
actors did try to regulate the timing, but that can't always be
controlled. For example, my favorite part is a pitch-black
hallway, and you inevitably end up running into the group in
front of you that has come to a standstill, just hollering and
Labyrinth does a good job of pulling people on the Boardwalk
into the haunt (and entertaining those waiting to go in) by
having characters roam the front of the haunt. The ones we saw
were very well done in excellent make-up and original costumes.
One was even on stilts with arms almost as long as his body and
a creepy costume.
The thing I appreciate most about Labyrinth, aside from the
acting, is that they are not afraid to try new things. I
think you'll find this haunt interesting and scary.
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