Visibility / Location:
The Factory of Fear was easy to find. Even without GPS, this event was very visible from the street. There was a large illuminated sign atop a chain-link fence on the corner and the building was lit up by several colored floodlights. Also, there was an old hearse parked in front of the building to get your attention.
There was an actor walking up and down the main queue, stalking the people waiting in line. To add to the atmosphere, the indoor waiting area was themed with distressed, drab grey walls with thin horizontal biohazard stripes. There was also a photography booth set up, where patrons were encouraged to have their picture taken.
LPR Score = 3.247
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They did a decent job of crowd control, but there was a little room for improvement in this category. There were a couple of times when my group caught up with the group ahead of us.
The Factory of Fear featured a wide variety of scenes, most of which were well detailed fairly well.
The butcher shop had a pentagram painted on the wall and a glass case sitting in the middle of the scene was filled with "meat". As we were walking through, a character wearing a bull head mask attacked from a clever hiding spot. Continuing on, there was also a refrigerator with bagged sides of beef hanging from the ceiling.
The bedroom (one of a few they had) featured a character with numbers on her face. Being completely obsessed with them, she had scribbled numbers on nearly every square inch of the walls. Another bedroom was inhabited by a Russian "lady" who asked me for money, in return for a show. After leaving the first bedroom, my group entered a narrow, twisting pathway. The dim red lighting shining through horizontal wooden slats made it appear that we had walked into a secret passageway behind the walls. There were a couple of these hallways in the attraction and they served as good transitions from one scene to the next. Also, parts of the attraction were constructed in such a way that you could see through openings into other scenes that you would eventually go through. That was very cool.
In many areas they used LED pin spots effectively for accent lighting; however, there were several scenes that were so dark, you couldn't see the detail in the room. It wasn't a big detractor from the overall experience, but there were scenes (like the kitchen and bathroom) where I had to look very carefully to see some great detail work hidden in plain sight. The most prominent example was the room with what looked like a workbench and electrical boxes, but it was too dark to tell for sure what the real theme was.
Another area was the insane asylum. In the asylum doctor's office, the doctor approached asking if I had a physical lately. After a little banter back and forth, we arrived at an open casket with surprise ending.
Other notable areas included the front porch, swamp and a kitchen scene with nasty food on the stove and a rack of clanking pots. Some of these scenes had hidden exits, which made the attraction more interactive and interesting.
One of the most memorable parts was the clown room. The "walls" were constructed of an empty framework of 2x4's wrapped in chain-link fencing so you could see through them. There was a slow flashing strobe light and the entire area was painted with a red & white checkerboard pattern. As we walked through, a clown climbing on top of the walls taunted us.
The Factory of Fear had a strong team of actors. Their enthusiasm contributed greatly to the high-energy feel of the attraction. Most of their scares were right on target and they never broke character. Also, some of the dark areas mentioned above worked in the favor of the actors, as it gave them plenty of places to hide.
Going through the Factory of Fear was a lot of fun. Be sure to check this one out if you get the chance.
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