3 stars out of 5
I had high expectations for Hysteria after hearing so much about this event from locals and reading so many great things about it online (including Bloody Disgusting and Hauntworld Magazine) so I was especially disappointed by my experience. To be fair I was only able to experience the actual haunt, although I know they also have a non-spooky cornmaze and zombie paintball.
When we purchased our tickets we were told it would be an hour wait for VIP and closer to two for general admission, but it ended up only taking 20 minutes to get into the haunt as VIP. We were placed in a group of about six people to walk through, however within a few minutes we were backed up into the worst “conga line” I’ve ever experienced. At least at a haunt like Universal Halloween Horror Nights when you get stuck standing in the haunt it is visually stimulating and the actors have been trained on how to continue to do their jobs as effectively as possible also it’s not that long, but here we spent the majority of the next 20 minutes or more standing completely stopped looking at nothing but corn with a handful of actors doing their best but not really sure what to do. There were a couple of stand out actors that shined even as we stood around waiting to move forward such as the monster with the especially long arms and the spider victim, but for the most part I felt bad for the monsters. The set and props were fine for a home haunt. The different scenes didn’t seem to connect and none really stand out in my memory.