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Tortured Souls House of Horror
Westlake Park, 111 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City
Reviewed by Hauntmistress: 10/20/2006
Tortured Souls House of Horror has been in various Daly City locations for a number of years, less than a mile away from us, but this was our first visit. I admit it, I had doubts that it would be any good. It is a 32'x27' inflatable attraction, which left me with the image of a kid's jumper house, like you see in a lot of pumpkin patches or at children's birthday parties. I'm happy to say I was wrong, and unhappy that we missed out on a great haunt (only a stone's throw away from our house!) for so many years.
From the scare I got before we even entered the haunt to the very end, this was a non-stop fun, dark, and often scary trip through a maze of well thought out scenes of horror. There were more actors than I expected in such a compact haunt offering in-your-face scares and a handful of great animated and static scenes that were surprisingly effective.
I really liked several of the strobe lit scenes. In particular, there was a hallway in which the walls were covered in roaches. The strobe light made it seem like the roaches were crawling and coming to get me. Anyone who knows me knows I don't like anything en masse especially bugs so this was particularly creepy for me. Another hallway had a creepy corpse bride-type ghoul at the far end. At first I couldn't tell if she was real or a prop and it was only after it was too late did I realize the truth. The best strobe scene comes at the very end of the haunt but I won't give that one away. I'll just say they got me so good that I wanted to run for the exit. Unfortunately the exit wasn't where I needed it to be so I ended up just screaming in the corner much to the sadistic amusement of everyone else. The actor a moment later, without breaking character, took pity on me and pointed to the exit. Embarrassing but in hindsight, so much fun.
Tortured Souls has organized the scares well. On several occasions you'd get a scare from a prop or actor only to be followed seconds later by an actor driven scare coming from an unexpected location, doubling the fright. It's these double and triple whammy's that really get the heart pumping. It's a good thing that the haunt was inflatable, meaning the walls were nice and soft, as more than a few times I bumped into them when I screamed and tried to get away from one of these multi-scares.
Tortured Souls House of Horrors was short but oh so sweet and at $6 a great value. I highly recommend a visit!
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