on the road, on the right. If you are traveling towards Carrollton you may have a little more difficulty seeing the entrance, but there are employees waving you in to the parking area in case you don't see the sign . Either way, if you miss it you can make a U-turn easily and backtrack. There is limited parking near the front and a large parking area at the back of the building, but parking was free.
We arrived at 9:10 and waited for about 15 minutes for the ticket
window to open. This was their second night so we give a little leeway for
opening weekend snafus. We hope that the posted 9pm opening time will be the rule for the rest of the season. Clearly posted on the website and wall are disclaimers that inform you that you will be forced to crawl & squeeze
through tight spaces, that you will be disoriented by bright lights and loud
noises and that at times you will need to rely on your friends to figure out
your next move. In short, you're going to experience Chaos. Yay!!
The setting of the Haunt is industrial with loud music and aggressive sounds greeting you in the queue and chasing you throughout the attraction. This haunt is scene and actor driven and we love that. Each scene is self contained and not on a single story line. The sets and rooms are the sort that you want to really check out. They are really incredibly detailed. There are a lot of really tight spaces, odd angles and unexpected corners to creep around. Since the theme is Chaos this worked well and added to the disorientation and unexpected nature of the attraction. The actors truly seemed to be having fun and that fun was contagious. I found myself laughing out loud several times and grinning throughout the path. The sets were very cleverly dressed and well executed. I won't go into detail, but the bathroom scene was by far the best one I've ever seen.
We won't spoil the meat of the show, but there are many things that I haven't seen in other haunts (or haven't seen in many years). There is a definite Carnival feel to some of the sets and acting and a general sense of insanity permeated the entire path. One actor actually "got me" with his metal stool, and it takes a lot to startle me in a haunt. Kudos! For the most part the actors relied on tried and true scare techniques but a few did what I consider a scare "no-no" by screaming directly into our ears as we first walked in and then when they didn't receive the desired result did it again. I'm a firm believer that the most important thing is that the guest is enjoying themselves. If a guest isn't screaming in terror, but they're smiling then the actor is doing a good job and there is no need to rupture any eardrums to make a point.
This is a very large haunt, deceptively so and several times we thought we were almost done only to find another twist in the path. This kept us on our toes both figuratively as well as literally. Make sure you wear appropriate shoes and for the ladies...miniskirts would be a definite "No" ;). There are a few points that are not clearly marked and since the haunt specifically says they are engineering chaos we found ourselves heading down paths that we were afraid were leading us backstage. That being said at one point we did head down a backstage hallway and had to be stopped by an actor. Unfortunately, the actor broke character to stop us but we chalked that up to early season jitters and moved on.
There seemed to be a few spots that had no actors and then others that felt heavy with them and we hope that this uneven disbursement will
evolve into a more balanced path. There were a lot of really energetic actors near the end in a caged area that could be so fantastic in some of the quieter spots in the house. They were very vocal and character specific, but there were so many that you almost became desensitized to their antics.
The ending was a bit confusing (again, chaos) but it also felt a little anti-climatic. Almost like being dumped out of a car at the end of a wild chase. There was a chainsaw (because what is a haunt without one?) but he didn't chase us out of the haunt, just around a small turnaround at the end and then we were left to stumble out to the car. However, after such a fun experience we just shook our heads clear of the Chaos and marked it as a part of the crazy experience.
All in all a great experience! It's so early in the season that we know with another week or two under their belt these energetic actors will soon be rendering haunt goers in West Georgia senseless and destroying their sanity with glee. Well done, Chaos!
*Of special note, if you are truly claustrophobic, have a bad back or have bad knees you are going to want to steer clear of this attraction. You probably want to avoid it if you are pregnant as well.
On a scale of 1 to 5 we give Chaos Haunted House 4 bats.