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Twisted Crypt is located in a storefront on State Street. The storefront itself is tucked away behind other businesses, but there is a lit sign that clearly reads "Twisted Crypt Haunted House" right next to the highway. After turning North on Newtowne Drive, we discovered a hearse parked in a brightly lit area in front of the building, which helped us find the entrance to the attraction.
We visited late on a Sunday evening at the beginning of the month, so we did not spend a lot of time waiting to get inside. Once our tickets were purchased, our names were put on a list and we waited for our names to be called. We were able to roam around their spacious waiting area, look at their merchandise booth, take advantage of their photo opportunities, and check out the Asylum Coffin Company display.
LPR Score = 5.253
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The groups were spaced out perfectly while we were visiting. We never ran into another group. It seemed apparent that these guys had a solid system to let each other know when they were ready for the next group of people.
Our group name was called through the waiting area when they were ready to grant us entry to the attraction. We approached massive double doors that were accented with stained glass windows and surrounded by ominous gargoyles and skeletal guards. The doors opened by themselves and we made our way into a library. We were locked in and shown the fate of prior visitors to the same space. After fair warning, a creepy doorman let us pass through his room.
We snuck through the dark and into a laundry room where we were warned by a psych ward escapee of the murderous creatures we would find ahead. We ventured into a dreary swamp where we met Fly Trap, who seemed to be a human-plant hybrid. We were approached by a barber, who led us into his shop. The barber and a doctor kept us contained for a couple minutes while they barked demands and insults at us, as well as at each other. We found a bloody dining scene where a mother-like character insisted that my friend had "it" and demanded that she hand "it" over. She was very persistent and intimidating and she eventually allowed us past. We found a large kitchen scene with a convincing victim and a couple of startling villains.
After sneaking through some disorienting hallways and effects, we came into a lounge area. The scene which played out in this room was one that I had never seen in an attraction before. Like every room before it, the actors in this room were interactive, comical, and intimidating. They stayed in character despite our comebacks and they forced us to comply with their demands. We left that room laughing and we found the exit soon after.
I have been to haunted attractions that get their actors to stop guests and interact with them. Very few of these attractions are able to pull it off without looking cheesy or desperate for scares. Twisted Crypt is one of them. They nailed it. Every actor in there was skilled at their craft and they knew when to stop. The costumes and make up were impressive; especially on Fly Trap. The scenes were detailed so much that we could even smell them. All of the pieces that make a good show came together at Twisted Crypt Haunted House during our visit.
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