Reaper’s Revenge continues to scare in terrifying ways and it’s not far-fetched to say the four attractions on the 60 acres in Olyphant are some of the best around.
After signing a waiver that states the attraction isn’t responsible for numerous things that may happen to you, you get in line for the “Haunted Hayride.” While in line, you may meet Candy, who wants you to play with her doll. You might also meet a friendly tourist who needs a little help with his camera. These creatures help pass the time while you wait for the hayride. While in line, you’ll be offered a glow necklace. If you don’t want to be touched, take it — otherwise, facial hair, pony tails, attire and more are fair game.
Even if you’re not a first-timer, the Reaper’s route still scares because of great acting and impressive props. Being in a dense, foreboding forest is frightening. Add in gigantic spiders and giant pumpkin creatures that hover above you, and the hillbillies, hags and woodsmen who enter your personal space, and you’ll be anxious to get off the ride.
When you do, you’re funneled right to a haunted walk. This year, the skit is completely new. It’s a gimmick to pass the wait time faster and it works — really well. It builds anticipation, anxiety and suspense before you’re let loose into the “Lost Carnival.”
Set on land that was once an amusement park, the natural setting, complete with broken down rides, is spectacular. The scares keep coming one right after another. Prepare to be on edge the entire time at “Lost Carnival.”
“Pitch Black” is next and forces you to use your sixth sense as you feel your way through a maze in complete darkness. The scares from actors are enhanced by the constant noise echoing throughout the dark maze, assaulting your senses.
If your heart can take it, enter “Sector 13.” This is the final attraction at Reaper’s Revenge and it gives you a terrifying glimpse of what life could be like if the United States suffered a massive bio-nuclear attack. You are among the survivors who must make it to “Sector 13,” but as luck would have it, cannibalistic mutants and zombies now overrun the place. Hold on to your group members in this one. Empty cages are waiting to be filled and sadistic guards and doctors have no qualms about separating you from your loved ones.
Rating: 5 Coffins out of 5