Review: Shocktoberfest’s ’Prison of the Dead’ is excellent; hayride and ‘The Unknown 2.0’ are OK

Creepy clowns are part of Shocktoberfest’s ‘The Unknown 2.0.’ So are thousands of stuffed animals, rats and roaches. -
Shocktoberfest’s ‘Prison of the Dead’ is its stellar attraction. -

If you’re itching for some undead thrills, Shocktoberfest has what you’re looking for.

With several attractions, including “Zombie Safari Hayride,” “The Unknown 2.0,” and “Prison of the Dead,” you’re taken through Zombie World, an obvious nod to the “Jurassic Park” franchise, where zombies escape instead of dinosaurs.

The “Zombie Safari Hayride” is a typical haunted hayride and the attention to detail is incredible. The scenes were immersive and the side story that accompanies the ride gives an additional dimension. You are on a tour to see “natural and genetically engineered zombies” when, of course, things go awry. The electric fence keeping tourists safe breaks down and the zombies are on the loose.

Actors’ costumes were awesome, but their acting fell a bit short compared to their surroundings.

For an additional fee, hayriders can try their hand at killing zombies in a paintball shooting gallery as they shamble toward the wagon.

“Prison of the Dead” was a real showstopper with an immersive, frightening prison that truly felt like it was overrun by the dead. Make your way through a rundown prison, exploring cells, an execution room and an escape tunnel. Smoke machines and debris add to the ominous settings and the well-placed actors capitalize on that with well-timed frights.

“The Unknown 2.0” plunges you into total darkness at times. There is a room devoted to creepy clowns and disorientation which helps create a surreal experience.

While creeping through the dark, you may feel a hand brush against your face or chest.

Sometimes the actors resort to screaming in an attempt to force scares; that’s just annoying. Actors playing zombies also talked to us at times which sort of cheapened the idea of being chased or harassed by mindless corpses.

There are some rooms and sections of the venues that are intimidating — if you are afraid of being plunged into total darkness or are claustrophobic, some of the rooms might be too much.

Nevertheless, the attractions at Shocktoberfest provide genuine scares. Whether it’s being harassed by zombies in spooky settings, chased by chainsaw-wielding ghouls or grabbed by someone (or something) in the dark, even the most resilient will find their hearts racing at some point.

Rating: 3.5 Coffins out of 5

Creepy clowns are part of Shocktoberfest’s ‘The Unknown 2.0.’ So are thousands of stuffed animals, rats and roaches.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_ShocktoberCLOWNRESIZE.jpgCreepy clowns are part of Shocktoberfest’s ‘The Unknown 2.0.’ So are thousands of stuffed animals, rats and roaches.

Shocktoberfest’s ‘Prison of the Dead’ is its stellar attraction.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_ShocktoberTABLERESIZE.jpgShocktoberfest’s ‘Prison of the Dead’ is its stellar attraction.
Escape the prison, shoot zombies and watch out for rats at Shocktoberfest

Shocktoberfest

Address: 94 Park Ave., Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

Details: shocktoberfest.com or 610-375-7273

Attractions: Prison of the Dead, Zombie Safari, The Unknown 2.0, Zombie Paintball Hayride, (Almost) Naked and Scared Challenge, Zombie Night Run, Zombie Experience

Review date: Sept. 17, 2015 (opening weekend)

Reviewers: Travis Kellar, Jeric Foulds and Sarah Haase