Review: Despite a long wait, Fear Hollow is a good haunted attraction

By Gene Axton - [email protected]
Fear Hollow takes the ‘greatest hits’ of haunted attractions and uses them to full effect. The spinning light tunnel can be found in houses both fun and haunted but add a rifle-wielding clown to the mix and the trope changes. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Fear Hollow’s second attraction, ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ features a number of slow-burn scenes. Pictured is a bride who becomes slightly unhinged over the course of her wedding. - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Haunted attractions love homages, and Fear Hollow is no exception to the rule. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ is brought to life in ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ while ‘Halloween’ antagonist Mike Meyers claims another victim in ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’ - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Don’t let these faces fool you. Fear Hollow is a scary good time once you get inside. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Those suffering from coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may want to think twice before stepping into this portion of ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’ - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
If you’re locked in a prison cell with someone else, they probably aren’t going to be a zombie. This guy wasn’t so lucky. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Fear Hollow’s psycho-with-a-chainsaw gives guests a few seconds of rest before bursting into the darkened maze and giving chase. - - Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Fear Hollow combines the greatest hits of haunted attractions into a fast, fluid experience, but a few hang-ups stop it from hitting the top of the charts.

For starters, the wait is a long one. The only benefit to buying a $30 ticket over the $20 general admission price is the drastic drop in wait time – if you’ve got set plans for after Fear Hollow, you may want to pay a little extra.

Luckily, the experience is worth the wait. As you ascend the darkened staircase and enter the first room in “Mayhem on the Mountain,” a fortuneteller greets you and pulls the death card, then promptly makes sure her prediction comes to pass by summoning an evil spirit who pushes you through to the next attraction.

After the classic fortuneteller opening, guests are led through a checklist of haunted attraction mainstays including the chainsaw-wielding psycho maze and the spinning-light drawbridge room. What sets Fear Hollow apart is its attention to detail – the sets are well-made and the actors are well-coached, making it easy to buy into the experience until you reach its end. A good mix of jump scares and long-form acting make the house a varied, fun experience.

After exiting “Mayhem on the Mountain,” Fear Hollow’s second haunted experience begins. It’s hard to tell when exactly you’ve walked onto “Deadwoods Haunted Trail;” the two experiences aren’t separated even though they’re marketed separately, but once you get outside the fun truly begins.

The roomy outdoors gives Fear Hollow free reign to create elaborate set pieces, including a tranquil woodland wedding that turns ugly or a murder cabin that we assume looks photo-realistic as far as murder cabins go. Highlights include the walk down an ever-narrowing corridor and “The Tell-Tale Heart” inspired finale.

When it was all said and done, our wait to enter “Mayhem on the Mountain” and “Deadwoods Haunted Trail” was far longer than the actual length of both attractions combined, but Fear Hollow makes up for what it lacks with memorable experiences and expert atmosphere. Make it a stop this Halloween – just make sure it’s your only planned stop that night.

Rating: 4 Coffins out of 5

Fear Hollow takes the ‘greatest hits’ of haunted attractions and uses them to full effect. The spinning light tunnel can be found in houses both fun and haunted but add a rifle-wielding clown to the mix and the trope changes.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-1.jpgFear Hollow takes the ‘greatest hits’ of haunted attractions and uses them to full effect. The spinning light tunnel can be found in houses both fun and haunted but add a rifle-wielding clown to the mix and the trope changes. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Fear Hollow’s second attraction, ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ features a number of slow-burn scenes. Pictured is a bride who becomes slightly unhinged over the course of her wedding.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-2.jpgFear Hollow’s second attraction, ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ features a number of slow-burn scenes. Pictured is a bride who becomes slightly unhinged over the course of her wedding. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Haunted attractions love homages, and Fear Hollow is no exception to the rule. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ is brought to life in ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ while ‘Halloween’ antagonist Mike Meyers claims another victim in ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-3.jpgHaunted attractions love homages, and Fear Hollow is no exception to the rule. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ is brought to life in ‘Deadwoods Haunted Trail,’ while ‘Halloween’ antagonist Mike Meyers claims another victim in ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’ Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Don’t let these faces fool you. Fear Hollow is a scary good time once you get inside.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-4.jpgDon’t let these faces fool you. Fear Hollow is a scary good time once you get inside. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Those suffering from coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may want to think twice before stepping into this portion of ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-5.jpgThose suffering from coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may want to think twice before stepping into this portion of ‘Mayhem on the Mountain.’ Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

If you’re locked in a prison cell with someone else, they probably aren’t going to be a zombie. This guy wasn’t so lucky.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-6.jpgIf you’re locked in a prison cell with someone else, they probably aren’t going to be a zombie. This guy wasn’t so lucky. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader

Fear Hollow’s psycho-with-a-chainsaw gives guests a few seconds of rest before bursting into the darkened maze and giving chase.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_fear-hollow-7.jpgFear Hollow’s psycho-with-a-chainsaw gives guests a few seconds of rest before bursting into the darkened maze and giving chase. Amanda Hrycyna | For Times Leader
Wait time, actors and props are equally scary

By Gene Axton

[email protected]

Fear Hollow

Address: 1600 Church Road, Mountain Top

Details: fearhollow.com or 570-261-0333

Attractions: Mayhem on the Mountain, Deadwoods Haunted Trail

Review date: Oct. 1, 2016 (opening weekend)

Reviewers: Gene Axton, Travis Kellar