If you've never been to Camp Blood be sure to pack your GPS. We found ourselves on winding dirt roads and asphalt paths leading back into parts of west GA that didn't look like they had electricity or running water. The directions warn not to let your navigator drink before reading them and we couldn't agree more. Nonetheless, we found the very visible signs and breathed sighs of relief as we pulled into the pasture/parking lot...
At the ticket booth we were greeted by two of the friendliest people ever, the owners and given the attraction options. While we only did two of the attractions (Lakeview Asylum and The Camp Blood Trail) due to time constraints, we hope to go back and check out the Nightmare Hayride and Zombie Shoot. We were given a card with a letter and invited into the World of Camp Blood.
Once inside the compound there is plenty to see and do. Being opening weekend and so early in the season there weren't a lot of visitors, but when things get jumping guests will be pleased to know they can pass the time in a fun way. There was a fortune teller, carnival style games, a concession and souvenir stand and a lot of interesting props and characters.
We waited less than 10 minutes for our letter to be called and were escorted to the gate to read the Redneck Rules. We were then set loose to follow the path, unguided. At a second ticket area we turned over our paper tickets and entered the Haunt proper. This Haunt has a definite retro feel, but that's said with full affection and appreciation for what it has to offer. There are quite a few unexpected spaces that had us grabbing for the walls and exclaiming, "OH, cool!". The first part of the trail is the "Lakeview Asylum". There is a lot going on in a very tightly constrained maze and that gives the guest a real sense of disorientation. Many of the actors are behind cages much in the fashion of old style haunts, but it works. I mean, who wants the inmates on the outside? We took our time walking through this section and the actors were great. They stayed in character long after we were out of sight. In one section an actress snarled and growled as we walked past three different sections of her scene and continued to growl at us even after we'd walked around the corner. If you have Coulrophobia then you'll love this place. ;) It was crawling with psycho clowns. Another actor of note that I just loved was a doctor that just wanted to perform a little surgery on us...just a little...
The Lakeview Asylum blends seamlessly into the Camp Blood Trail and you gradually realize that the inmates have indeed escaped...and now they're totin' guns and wearin' overalls. This part of the attraction was longer and more meandering. A good portion of it was on the open trail . I love to laugh when I'm in a haunt and so many things about this attraction are just plain fun. There were a lot of good actors out on the trail and everyone seemed to be having a good time. There were several really funny characters (the guy in the outhouse cracked me up)as well as a Werewolf that did actually give me quite a start.
The sets are great on this trail. This was years of work, hours of planning and tons of heart and soul on the path and a really energetic and enthusiastic team to bring it to life. We found ourselves stopping to look at the details in the scenes and so a path that could have taken a terrified running victim 25 minutes probably ended up taking us 45. But it was worth every minute.
I don't believe there was an animatronic in the entire haunt and you know what? We never missed them. This is a 100% Actor Driven Show...and we give it two thumbs up for that. Acting is the lifeblood of a haunt and we're glad to see that blood pumping strong at Camp Blood.
When you visit Camp Blood make sure you wear appropriate footgear. It is mostly outdoors, but even the "inside" sections have rough terrain. Besides, it would be really hard to run from the Werewolf if you're wearing flip-flops.
On a scale of 1-5 bats we give Camp Blood 4.25