THE EDSON INCIDENT
1680 Martin Street, Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 402-5071 or www.EdsonIncident.com
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WICKED WOODS OF TERROR
2912 Ross Road, Caro, MI 48723
(989) 252-3398 or www.WickedWoodsofTerror.net
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2018 - FREAKY FOREST DELIVERS THE GOODS
This is a young haunt, yet has all the markings of seasoned pros with a slick, seamless presentation from start to finish.
Colorful lighting and hard rock music accent the queue line area, and fog rolling over the top of the structure immediately sets a spooky mood.
The sound is loud and clear, with powerful tightly defined bass. We didn’t see the speakers, but we felt them!
Pro audio for sure. Any haunt that knows what they’re doing does NOT skimp when it comes to sound.
Nowadays, people are used to hearing world class sound at all venues large and small. Whether it’s DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATER (PINE KNOB) or a haunt makes no difference...people want great sound.
Given what’s available with even discount brands like BEHRINGER, there’s no excuse not to have a killer sound system!
Like the name implies, this is a forest haunt but there’s lots of mini structures too.
A wide variety of scenes and primo GOTCHA MOMENTS await...
NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST
The path is NOT brightly lit with tons of rope lights! Instead, you are gently guided by suspended ropes on both sides. It’s more like you’re “roaming” around, vulnerable to creatures of the dark that could be hiding almost anywhere!
And hide they do, to great GOTCHA MOMENTS throughout!
PINT SIZED JUXTAPOSITION ROYALTY
One scene especially blew us away! A giant GLORY HOLE suddenly appears, complete with a hanging chicken...but then a pair of performers steal the show with a fabulous routine.
There’s a young female clown wielding a giant mallet nearly as big as she is, and she knows how to use it!
Excellent sound accents various scenes appropriately, and we totally loved the PIG HEADED MONSTER with some twisted concepts he throws down. GREAT STUFF.
This was recommended to us by another haunt operator, and we can see why. So now, we too at Zioptis also recommend you hit the WICKED WOODS OF TERROR!
23984 Gibralter Road, Flat Rock, MI 48134
(734) 782-0563 or www.facebook.com/The-Psycho-Path-424251947622278/
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PHANTOM FOREST HAYRIDES
21803 West River Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138
(734) 676-2444 or www.WestcroftGardens.com
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GROSSE POINTE WOODS
HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS
19520 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(313) 407-7979 or www.HauntedGarageProductions.org
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2018 - OUTER SPACE COMES TO DETROIT HAUNT WITH DISNEY EDGE
Get ready for a VISUAL FEAST like no other here!
The first stop is some really close encounters with an amazing array of ALIENS FRESH FROM AREA 51 the likes of which we’ve never seen before.
(still being wriiten)
13245 Dixie Highway, Holly Michigan 48442
(248) 894-6558 or www.RottenManor.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2018 - WHAT’S THAT BUZZ, TELL ME WHAT’S A HAPPENIN’
This is NOT a review. Unfortunately, we missed this haunt in 2018 after having been there every year since it started in 2015.
But we feel it deserves commentary, due to everything we’ve heard in talking with scores of haunters across the state. We often ask what haunts they’ve been to, and what it was like...holding the recorder up to them like a microphone so they know it’s being recorded...
The haunt mentioned the most was ROTTEN MANOR, hands down!
One especially avid haunter said he liked that it looks giant upon arrival, and that the length of time it takes to go all the way through is giant too.
We don’t know the exact length of the 2018 show, but for comparison we can state that in 2017 the only haunt it took us longer to go through than ROTTEN MANOR was JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD.
The facade at ROTTEN MANOR is a masterpiece, and a sight to behold. They spent a small fortune on it, and it sets an atmosphere that simply can not be achieved by a haunt at, say, a strip mall.
And they negotiated a deal in the sale of the property to great advantage, resulting in their FAMOUS TUNNELS guaranteed to blow your mind!
We predict a continued big success at ROTTEN MANOR, and we can’t wait to see it next year.
HAUNTED FUNERAL HOME
3880 Inkster Road, Inkster, MI 48141
(734) 922-5542 or www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001614513583
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2018 - OLD SCHOOL LIVE AND TO DIE FOR w.t. or
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
Small but mighty is this haunt!
I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN
When it comes to putting on a great haunt, no matter what your circumstances, one thing is for sure. You can NOT do it, unless you believe that you can.
“HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!”
No, not MIGHTY MOUSE...
AZRA CHAMBER OF HORRORS HAUNTED HOUSE
31401 John R, Madison Heights, MI 48071
(734) 718-0088 or www.AzraHaunt.com
ZIOPTIS SEZ 2018 - NEW KID IN TOWN SLAM DUNKS IT!
This is only their first year, but it’s clear they were more than ready to HIT THE DETROIT HAUNT SCENE IN A BIG WAY.
Massive crowds and FOX 2 TV coverage are some of the happy results...
Upon entering the haunt, we met a fast talking guy who’s a little too friendly...wait, make that MUCH too friendly with something he definitely should not be. HILARIOUS!
This sets a recurring theme that reaches a frenetic peak later, in a disorienting romp through a fun house like mirror maze. GREAT STUFF!
Costumes and makeup are top notch; we saw only a few masks.
Monster interaction and delivery were excellent too. All the fabulous props and settings in the world don’t ensure a good show, and AZRA knows it.
Excellent sound and lighting show they’ve done their homework there too. We especially liked the UV blacklight strobe lighting with polka dots painted with fluorescent paint.
It creates a motion effect that wasn’t possible with earlier generations of black lights using 4 foot long fluorescent tubes. SMART!
LEAVE ‘EM WANTING MORE
It’s quite a journey through this haunt, but not so long as to be tedious... it took us about 20 minutes.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
In the best HOLLYWOOD TRADITION, they save the biggest guns for last with a thrill packed exit that sustains the exhilaration and cranks the shared experience factor.
SOME WISE GUY ONCE SAID:
“People often forget what people said down the road, but they always remember how you made them feel.”
So now let’s turn on the FUTURAMA MACHINE...years from now it’s October and some old friends are reconnecting on the phone: “...HEY! Remember that CRAZY AZRA HAUNT with the wild ass ending? Tony’s girlfriend actually...”
Ah, future memories...made from the present...
But that’s then and this is now... so give yourself a present right now and GO EXPERIENCE what from all indications looks like the MAJOR NEW BREAKOUT HAUNT OF 2018 - AZRA!!!
6069 North Saginaw, Mount Morris, MI 48458
(810) 858-9768 or www.Exit13HauntedHouse.com
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