Visibility / Location:
Shock House is located inside of the QCCA Expo Center on 4th Avenue. It is a pretty large building, so it would be hard to miss. There is a large, lit sign for the haunted house out by the road to catch peoples' attention.
I had purchased VIP tickets online ahead of time, so I was not in the wait area for too long. I did see a bunny character riding a tricycle, and I did see a couple of spooky characters headed towards the wait area on my way out.
$15.00 for regular admission or $20.00 for VIP admission.
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LPR Score = 3.520
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The groups were split up pretty well here. I ran into a small group ahead of me a couple of times, but multiple actors held me back in their designated rooms/spaces when they noticed.
I was directed to enter the house through the front door of a façade, where I weaved through some wooden paneling walls and several scenes from inside of a home. There was a cluttered dining room and a gory kitchen where I was offered something to eat. There were a couple of scenes in this area where characters came out of different places in the walls, which I really enjoyed. The scene which held an obscenely large woman watching 90's era daytime reality TV was particularly disturbing.
Further into the show, I found a long maze made out pallets and eerie green lighting, as well as a claustrophobia effect where the walls are very tight as you walk through. I enjoyed my walk through the eerie green swamp area where a familiar horror icon was hiding, and a hallway where a very tall character towered over everyone as they shuffled by underneath him. There was a morgue area where I had to walk through body bags hanging from the ceiling, and a disorienting strobe light maze which is where another familiar horror icon was hiding and toying with us.
I found a booth where the haunt was distributing 3D glasses and I was sent in to see the effects. There were a lot of very impressive 3D black light paintings on the walls, and matching props filling some scenes. I enjoyed the room with neon splatters on the walls and the numerous clowns that interacted with me as I walked through.
It had been a couple years since I visited Shock House, and I noticed a significant improvement this year. There were more detailed scenes and there was ominous music playing through the whole show. There were a lot of actors and a lot of loud jump scares. They also offered a virtual reality experience, but I did not partake in that. It appears they are making changes for the better, and I am looking forward to seeing what else they add in the future.
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