Visibility / Location:
Factory of Fear is located in a large brick building right off of 4th Avenue. The building was illuminated with colored lights and it was very easy to see from the road. I parked around the backside of the building. There were plenty of places to park in the lot. Off street parking was also available.
The line to purchase tickets wasn't long. There were multiple actors moving through the area, talking and engaging with guests. After purchasing tickets, I went into the next room where someone took a group photo that would be posted to Facebook later. Directly after this photo, I entered the haunt.
General Admission: $25 VIP Fast Pass: $30
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LPR Score = 4.032
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Crowd control was managed very well. I only bumped into another group once and the actors in that room sent the group out right away. They held onto us for a while to space us apart we didn't run into them again.
We started out entering a large room filled with church pews and listened to a pre-recorded evil eulogy, then attended a funeral service-complete with a coffin and corpse. The actors were immersed into their characters and guided us through their rooms. I felt like I was taking a tour through the facility and the actors lived there. The actors were the strongest part of their haunt-many had a story to tell that made their room feel complete. At one point, an actor told us to watch out for Billy the ghost who likes to play tricks and tickle anyone who wanders through the cemetery.
The first part of the haunt was very quiet-I could hear other groups and actors talking from previous rooms, which was distracting. I think the beginning of Factory of Fear could really benefit from adding some background sounds or music to keep guests focused on the rooms they are in. We constantly had to bend or crouch down to enter the next room due to the smaller entranceways, which was neat.
The later part of the haunt did have speakers and ambient music. For example, the cricket sounds in the swamp were fantastic and I didn't realize a group was right in front of me until I saw them. We encountered an actress who was convinced that the birds were watching her. She tried to sell us some of her homemade candy, but we said no thank you and went on our way. Beware a large-toothed beast right after the candy lady! This giant animatronic prop was very believable and memorable.
We went up a flight of stairs, where an actress gave a monologue explaining that all of the girls from the town were sent to live with her, but they had contracted some type of disease. She had tried getting rid of the girls with rat poison, but it didn't work. She wished us luck in not getting the disease from them and then sent us inside. We twisted and turned around through hospital curtain room dividers and from time to time someone would be right on the other side. All of the actresses did a great job of acting insane and each had some type of scare involved.
We ended the haunt being led down a long tunnel with a spinning vortex. We went through a merchandise area where they had clothing available for purchase. After that was a gift shop that included plenty of spooky goodies to take home as a souvenir.
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