2017-2018 Reviews

Pure Terror Screampark- 2017 Review

Location: 299 Museum Village Rd, Monroe, NY 10950

Web Page: https://pureterror.com


Pure Terror Screampark, spares no expense in constructing a first-class haunted attraction that continues to improve each season. Pure Terror Screampark is over forty minutes of nonstop action and a show that targets the diverse fears of each guest. Over the past two years, Pure Terror Screampark has undergone a complete overhaul, using critical reviews as the driving force behind its growth. Featuring six, interconnected haunted attractions, raising the bar regarding set quality and design, Pure Terror Screampark continues to grow and enhance its show each season. A budget intensive show, Pure Terror Screampark’s diverse attractions encompass a broad array of Halloween inspired themes. Haunt enthusiasts who visit many attractions are likely to be familiar with the of each attraction, but Pure Terror Screampark turns each common theme into an innovative, entertaining experience. Not many haunts have reached a level of excellence that allows the attraction to stand out among competitors. Pure Terror Screampark prides itself on presenting a quality show that focuses on “scaring” each guest. You will be hard-pressed to find many attractions that can compare with the production quality of Pure Terror Screampark. 

Each attraction at Pure Terror Screampark is an entirely different adventure, and this attraction does not disappoint. Any fan of horror will appreciate the movie-quality scenes brought to life, enhanced by immersive special effects and environmental scares that turn traditional haunt themes into innovative experiences. Attention to detail and commitment to providing the very best show drives the passionate, creative team in improving the attraction each season. Pure Terror Screampark is a haunt that pays close attention to customer feedback and uses guest responses to guide its short and long-term development. In the second year of a massive renovation and improvement campaign, Pure Terror Screampark is one of the premier haunted attraction, in the tristate area.

Why we have visited many large and small haunted attractions, very few pay attention to “detail” on a level that is presented by Pure Terror Screampark. Each attraction is all about “atmosphere” presenting an exciting, memorable experience catering to the diverse interests of Halloween fans of all backgrounds. While not the most “actor” driven show,  Pure Terror Screampark relies heavily on first-class animatronics,  immersive set designs and quality audio that go beyond the normal expectations of most haunted attractions. Those who complain or argue that this is not a first-class show, need to truly investigate the costs associated with these high-tech, high-impact designs, each aimed at bringing to life surreal scenes of nightmarish horrors.  Pure Terror Screampark is close to perfection and if it can implement a revised actor program, that encourages more interaction it can achieve a new level of haunt excellence.


Pure Terror Screampark features six interconnected haunted attractions completed in succession. While guests complete each attraction after another, diversity in attraction design and effective line management prevents bottle-necking or line backup. Last year one of the greatest problems of the attraction was associated with how it controlled customer lines. Pure Terror Screampark has vastly improved its line management and pacing strategies. Despite attending on a popular night, we never encountered another group on our journey, each actor was always in place, and at times we felt completely isolated in each diverse attraction. Improved line management and continued investment in immersive architectural improvements have once again placed Pure Terror Screampark into a professional haunt category the exceeds many of its competitors.


necropolis-newEntry into a haunting, yet chilling mausoleum, reveals endless catacombs of horrors that is the starting attraction at Pure Terror Screampark. “Necropolis” is disturbing, and built to create a sense of cautious paranoia. Each scene conveys a sense of fear, skeletons, rotting bodies and enhanced special effects create an appealing yet horrific haunted attraction.

22135556_1467969439906718_2934256531579724961_o.jpgPeriods of darkness, a sense of isolation and a downright creepy atmosphere allows the hordes of the “undead “scare-actors to terrify, and disturb each guest. “Necropolis” kicks off the attraction on a high note, quickly establishing to each guest that this is a professional, quality attraction focused on scaring right from the start. “Necropolis” also brings to the forefront the quality and level of interactive animatronics and props unlike those seen at other attractions.  “Necropolis” is an interactive, yet controlled attraction that relies on the quality props and atmosphere to create effective scares. If additional scare actors are added, this can greatly add to the “surprise” factor associated with this opening attraction.


the-coven-logo“Coven”, is a dark magic or a “witch” themed haunt, with an emphasis on the surreal, entertainment side of Halloween entertainment. Large animatronic spiders, horrifying witches, and set designs that bring to life one’s dark fantasies are the norm at “Coven.” ” Guests are forced to crawl, climb and escape from the horrific fantasy brought to life by this attraction. Guests must interact with the talented scare-actors who do a wonderful job at playing their absurd, but convincing roles as practitioners of the dark arts. “Coven” is best defined as a traditional haunt, and again scene design, lighting, and special effects are the focal points of the show.” A horrific yet entertaining attraction is a fantasy-based attraction that relies heavily on its creative design to tell its nightmarish story.

Terror In the Dark

terror-in-the-dark-logo“Terror in the Dark” is a “pitch-black” style maze that starts off as an entertaining, yet challenging attraction but has run its course. Of all attractions featured at Pure Terror Screampark, “Terror in the Dark” is the one that needs to be revamped or redesigned next season. While you cannot see what is ahead of you, and it is easy to become “lost” the experience lasts way too long and goes from being terrifying to annoying. Other attractions featured at this haunt are outpacing “Terror in the Dark,” which as it is, serves as a rest period in between more intense attractions. Perhaps this sounds slightly harsh as this is a well constructed “dark” maze. It is almost impossible to see what is next, but with limited scares, limited differentiation in design and extended periods of being lost really prevent any kind of exciting atmosphere. “Terror in the Dark” is the weakest of attractions featured at Pure Terror Screampark and one that perhaps needs a new design or theme.

Twisted- Terror Under the Big Top

terror-bigtop-logo“Circus” themed haunted attractions are commonplace in the industry, and at times this concept is slightly overdone and has lost its effectiveness. Every single haunted attraction features at some point “clowns,” and the theme is generic. However, Pure Terror Screampark’s “Terror Under the Big Top” attraction takes this tired, generic concept and injects a sense of insanity, and intensity that at times creates true fear. “Terror Under the Big Top” has evolved into a truly insane fun-house style attraction.  Traditional fun-house style concepts such as slanted rooms, rooms of misdirection and trick rooms, create an interactive house of the insane.

c700x420 Clowns are not of the general sort, these scare actors are truly psychotic, brutalizing each other, and working tirelessly on stalking each guest. Clowns carry a variety of weapons such as hammers and “tasers” and create a sense of pure chaos that adds a new level of horror to a generic concept. Pure Terror Screampark is again masterful at creating an authentic “atmosphere” or backdrop to create unique scenes. Sounds of the circus permeate the air, and props that look exactly like their “living” counterparts. At times we thought we were looking at an impressive statute only to be suddenly chased by these freakish clowns that truly take pride in creating a fun yet intense scares.

22549049_1485827468120915_3078137426402223228_oPure Terror Scream Park presents an authentic, genuinely twisted trip through a carnival of insanity, nonstop intensity and pure evil displayed at this violent visit to the “greatest show on earth.”


quarantine-logo“Quarantine” is the least “actor-driven” show at Pure Terror Screampark and instead relies upon gory scenic design, a sensory-based experience that caters to those fans who enjoy a post-apocalyptic theme. “Quarantine’s” theme is one that is shared by other haunted attractions but thrives off of detailed set designs that embrace depictions of violence.

22553358_1487542117949450_1693662850919300077_oThe vile, mutant-infested wastelands found throughout “Quarantine”, scream of pure insanity. Interactive animatronics and the few actors present create a sense of madness and high energy as one attempts to escape. With a few more actors “Quarantine” can become an interactive and immersive horror experience. For those who enjoy the “zombie” or fallout themed attractions, “Quarantine” is a horrific display of the nightmares created by post-apocalyptic fallout. The dungeon-like wasteland and freakish displays of medical horrors create an intense, realistic experience. Those looking for a sci-fi based horror experience will find there fix at “Quarantine.”


Legends of Horror

legends-of-horror-logo“Legends of Horror” is our favorite haunt featured at Pure Terror Screampark, an absolute masterpiece that is a tribute to modern and vintage cinematic horror. Ionic horror villains vividly come to life in scenes that are ripped right from their respective classic movies. No other haunted attraction, perhaps outside of Universal Studios has paid such close attention to the “details” associated with each horror movie and creates the illusion of if walking into a “living, breathing” movie.  “Legends of Horror” takes its theme seriously, recreating the scenes and sets of horror movies right down to the smallest of details.As one enters the “boiler room” of “Freddy Krueger” it is almost an immediate shock that this attraction strives to create movie-authentic experiences. Each scare actor works tirelessly to bring to life their respective characters, and it is almost impossible not to enjoy the passion, and nostalgia that fills each scene. Movie-specific scenes from “Halloween,” “Stephen Kings It,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Annabelle” are featured in this attraction, and each tribute is designed to almost perfection. Every single scene shows deep reverence and respect these iconic franchises and is as close to a “Hall of Fame” for horror icons that one can ever dream of. “Legends of Horror’s” scenes do each movie characters justice, is a true joy for any horror fan and one of the best indoor walk-through attractions featured at any haunt this season.

Final Word 

Pure Terror Screampark does not truly “rock the boat” so to speak in innovating new themes in its show, but instead focuses on perfecting each of its unique haunted attractions to stay ahead of its competition. You will be hard-pressed to ever find a more detailed, special effects-laden haunted attraction like Pure Terror Screampark. A commitment to excellence has guided management in a quest to achieve design excellence with some of the most impressive animatronics and scene designs you may ever see in a haunted attraction. While Pure Terror Screampark is an exciting adventure, the attraction could still improve by allowing it scare-actors to play a more interactive role with customers. Generally, except for the “Legends of Horror” and “Terror Under The Big Top,” attractions, scare-actors remain affixed to their predefined scripts. Increasing the number of actors, as well as allowing for more “personal” interactions adds a level of surprise and immersion to the show. Furthermore, the “Terror in the Dark” attraction has run its course and was more annoying than scary. Innovation and creativity drive the success of each other attraction and “Terror in the Dark” feels out of place.

imageAfter a few stumbling blocks and questionable design decisions made two years ago, each season Pure Terror Screampark improves all aspects of its show from scene design to enhanced special effects. “Legends of Horror” caps off an amazing haunted attraction “journey” over forty-five minutes of diverse attractions that each are approaching new levels of excellence.

Pure Terror Screampark is by far one of the most impressive attractions visited this year from an artistic and design standpoint. Not many haunted attractions can compare to the quality of show presented and with improved scare acting Pure Terror Screampark can truly reach its potential as a destination haunt.