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To put it bluntly, we don't really care for horrors, frights, or bumps in the night even when we know what is about to happen. The best horror scenarios to us are left to the movies- ones that are contained to a DVD, shrink wrapped in a case, and on the back of a store shelf far, far away.
But when Hundred Acres Manor came knocking and asked if we wanted to visit their haunted attractions just south of Pittsburgh for a review, we were in. Well, I was at least, and Angie came along kicking and screaming all while threatening to fake a heart attack to get out of it.
As it turns out, the reason we don't really care for haunted attractions is not because we don't like being scared I may be speaking for myself on this onebut rather no one has done a good enough job to date to make us excited to visit a haunted house in the first place.
That Social scenes in 1 000 acres, until now. Six Haunted Attractions to Experience One of the highlights of Hundred Acres Manor is that it is home to six uniquely themed haunted attractions. Some themes are recurring from previous years, while others are rotated out for new features each season generally one or two change every year.
During the season when we visited the attraction list was the following: Dead Lift — A haunted elevator at the start of your visit to the manor.
The Host — A plague themed haunt in the streets of old London. Torture Tank — A dive into the realm of human torture.
The Breach — An alien-esque inspired attraction focusing more on ambiance than shock. Hallows' Eve — A more conventional haunt featuring scenes from classic horror genres.
The manor itself is set up in such a way that guests wind their way from one haunt to the next over the mile-plus long course, and the various themes present themselves as you go with no respite from the scares of the last area.
Outside of the line at the entrance, which we'll talk about in more detail below, the overall experience at Hundred Acres Manor lasts about 45 to 60 minutes.
The first thing you'll notice after entering the manor is the attention to detail. The attractions themselves are designed with such fine detail in order to enthrall you, engage you, and shock you at just the right time. If I had free reign of the haunted house, and was promised not to be stalked by a knife wielding maniac the entire time, I probably could've spent three or four hours just looking at the designs- they're that good.
In The Host, for example, we caught ourselves admiring the complexity of the London scene so much that the infected residents caught us by surprise several times. In The Breach, we found ourselves so engrossed in the backstory insofar as a haunted house has a backstory that the scares and surprises were only just minor part of the overall experience.
And in Vodou, well, that one was just down right intense and is something I'd rather just leave for the movies but the water element of this one was simply fantastic. As someone who prides himself on never being startled during haunted attractions a gift and a cursethe fact that the haunts got me to jump no fewer than a half dozen times is a testament to their quality.
As for Angie, on the other hand, we lost count of how many times she jumped during the six attractions as the ghouls took a particular liking to her fear from time to time.
On our way out she had some choice words I can't publish online about me asking her to do things like these for a review. A good scare indeed. We do have to admit that a number of the shocks we encountered were best tailored to the front of a group, but the manor does have many spooks in store for those in the middle and back as well to ensure that no visitor is safe.
But really, if there is one thing you need to know about Hundred Acres Manor, it is that it is full of over highly motivated individuals who do their best to scare the living daylights out of everyone who walks into their domain, and they're quite good at it.
Throw in that the manor itself is a work of art in its own right and a non-profit donating all proceeds to local charitiesand you have a spot that will have you returning time and time again for a journey into darkness- if you dare.
We'll leave it to you to find out what else this haunted house has in store for you when you visit. You'll thank us for not spoiling it later. We were originally going to visit on a Saturday night to put these tickets to the ultimate test; however, due to an unforeseen schedule change we ended up at Hundred Acres Manor on a weeknight the week before Halloween and quite literally walked right in as soon as we arrived.
This is important because while we do not think the VIP tickets are entirely necessary on a weeknight when the manor hosts roughly 1, guests in an evening and an average of 30 minutes waitingit is likely the front of line pass could save a substantial amount of time time waiting during a weekend visit where they host upwards of 6, in a single night and the wait varies from one to three hours.
But as the attraction itself features all six haunts in succession, rather than independent lines for each as is the case at other spots nearby, the idea of having to wait for entry could be a whole lot worse.Michelle Pfeiffer nude scene in A Thousand Acres.
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