Review: Horror Hall adds three new scenes to its quarter mile of hell

Krampus is one of the new terrifying additions to West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall. -
Zombies and other scary creatures are free to roam the hallways at Horror Hall. -
This zombie girl is enjoying a feast of a slaughtered pig. -
This prisoner doesn’t have much time left at West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall. - -
Nothing says creepy and gross like a chainsaw-wielding crazed person going after visitors and half man/half pig creatures. - -
Creepy clowns crawl around Horror Hall in one of three new scenes added this year. - -

Horror Hall is an unassuming haunted attraction inside an old high school-turned firehouse in West Nanticoke. The only evidence that something scary has been going on inside for more than 30 years are a couple of creepy looking clowns that stand around the parking lot that quickly fills up with visitors.

After purchasing tickets, your group waits in a dimly lit, small auditorium sparsely decorated with scary looking props. Once enough people arrive, you’re escorted into a larger, dark auditorium where Plymouth Township Fire & Rescue Company volunteers help you find some seats.

As you sit and wait your turn to enter Horror Hall, “Thriller” plays on a movie screen. When the iconic Michael Jackson video is over, an old, eerie organ starts to play music, then you’re shocked by a big loud bang and bright white flash. The organ player, who is a zombie/Elvira type welcomes you and gives a brief rundown of the rules.

Finally the quarter-mile walk upstairs and downstairs through haunted hallways begins.

Horror Hall’s most memorable scenes are still a part of the show including the swamp, where monsters seemingly come at you at every turn and monster hallway, where famous, life-like villains are lit up in wall displays. They’re on either side of you and you may find yourself frantically looking back and forth anticipating which one will jump out at you. No spoilers here, folks, you’ll have to take the walk to find out.

A few new scenes were added to the 20-minute walk including Christmas with Krampus, some circus fun with Under the Big Top, and a slaughterhouse where you’ll see lots of dead pigs, a zombie girl protecting (or getting ready to slaughter?) one of those dead pigs and a pig/man wielding a chainsaw.

Horror Hall doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that other attractions boast, but the ones they use work very well.

The movable walls are really cool. You must walk through slanting walls where bloody body parts stick out and touch you as you go by. Then, there is a room where red laser dots flicker constantly, disorienting you as you try to walk through.

The movie theater portion of the walk was exceptionally well done. Resembling an actual movie theater on a smaller scale, the room is dimly lit and there’s a dense fog that obstructs vision just enough. Fake bodies fill some of the seats and you know that some of them are real. The fun is, you don’t know which ones until they’re chasing you.

The biggest downside to Horror Hall is that if you are with a large group, the front of the line gets all the scares. They’re good scares, but those bringing up the rear may find themselves asking “Wait. What just happened?”

Horror Hall is well done. The acting is impressive and the walk doesn’t drag on. Volunteers do a good job with the small space they have to work with.

Rating: 3 1/2 Coffins out of 5

Krampus is one of the new terrifying additions to West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horror-hall-1-1.jpgKrampus is one of the new terrifying additions to West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall.

Zombies and other scary creatures are free to roam the hallways at Horror Hall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horror-hall-4-1.jpgZombies and other scary creatures are free to roam the hallways at Horror Hall.

This zombie girl is enjoying a feast of a slaughtered pig.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horrorhall-2-1.jpgThis zombie girl is enjoying a feast of a slaughtered pig.

This prisoner doesn’t have much time left at West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horrorhall-3-1.jpgThis prisoner doesn’t have much time left at West Nanticoke’s Horror Hall.

Nothing says creepy and gross like a chainsaw-wielding crazed person going after visitors and half man/half pig creatures.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horrorhall-5-1.jpgNothing says creepy and gross like a chainsaw-wielding crazed person going after visitors and half man/half pig creatures.

Creepy clowns crawl around Horror Hall in one of three new scenes added this year.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_horrorhall-6-1.jpgCreepy clowns crawl around Horror Hall in one of three new scenes added this year.

Horror Hall

Address: 11 E. Poplar St., West Nanticoke

Details: horrorhall.com or 570-735-7899

Attractions: Haunted House

Review date: Sept. 30, 2016 (opening day)

Reviewers: Sarah Haase, Travis Kellar, Gene Axton, Jill Andes, Maria Genetti