Pure Terror Screampark 2021 Review

2021 Trailer

Introduction

Pure Terror Screampark (Monroe, NY), is premier multi-attraction “scare-park” that spares no expense in designing numerous innovative haunted houses that “immerse” guests in some of the finest scene designs and themes that never fails to impress. Featuring TEN diverse haunted attractions along the lengthy trail, each could serve as a standalone haunt, and an emphasis on tributes to “horror” icons and creating visually stunning scenes of terror bring a sense of dark foreboding familiarity to the entire experience. Each attractions’ distinct design and level of quality leaves a sense of constant anticipation and even when certain scenes “are expected” the payoffs are always on point. Special effects, atmospheric lighting, sound, and an environmental approach to scene design creates a full-fledged sense of immersion were around every corner and every direction is another disturbing site and, in many cases, interactive experience. With some modifications to the pacing of the attractions (adding in rest points or limiting groups along the trail), guests can experience the entire level of quality, interact with the creative, movie-quality sets/scenes, and best enjoy one of the most professionally designed “scream-parks” in the haunted attraction industry.

From a design and thematic perspective, there is an INTENSE level of careful detail placed into each of the numerous haunted attractions linked throughout this scream-park. Each hallway, corridor and scene designed to startle, features some of the most immersive/interactive animatronics (some that will grab and even TOUCH guests!), atmospheric sound, and scares that from ABOVE and behind each guest. The sheer detail of each scene is enough to shock even the most jaded haunt fan, and this season we found ourselves often looking above at the hanging bodies, possessed demons, and psychotic clowns that seemed to reach from the beyond to generate fear. Sound, lighting, and animatronic special effects are utilized so effectively that the “scare performers” featured blend in with what is “not real” and provide for an almost perfect experience that covers numerous horror genres ranging from fear of clowns to movie-authentic tributes to horror icons (with a special focus on “Jason Voorhees” this season).  An action-packed experience, it is almost impossible to count how many diverse scenes, unique features and the smallest of details that are featured in each specific attraction that breathe life, and genuinely transform each environment.

One of the finest “designed” haunted attractions one can ever visit, Pure Terror Scream park’s performers even stepped up their game in terms of theatrical performance and there is a constant track record of show growth and improvement each season. Pure Terror Screampark’s management is already planning to expand the show again in 2022 and add additional “interactive” elements to the variety of diverse walk-through attractions. While world-class in design, there does seem to be some issues associated with line management and back-up. Once inside the lengthy attraction, guests are allowed to progress at their own pace, and while the design of attractions and sometimes actors interact with groups to prevent large back-ups, we did encounter points where we ended up walking through attractions in a large line. Adding choke points or control areas that time groups, and prevent those that run-in fear, or those in some cases that appear to get lost or pause for no apparent reason. While not a significant problem on our visit, we can certainly see a busy evening line-back up, which could be alleviated with some pacing points/rest time in between the ten lengthy attractions. 

Stylistically the entire attraction relies heavily on scenery and environment to create scares. Massive budget intensive scenes transform the entire wooded area from a trip through “Ancient Rome” to a visit with horror legends such as “Freddy Kruger” each theme is diverse yet heavily detailed (and many are designed to disturb such as Satanic Masses, hanging bodies etc.). Pure Terror Screampark spares no expense in terms of set design and use of impressive technological animatronics. Pure Terror Screampark goes overboard each season in its build design and is a Halloween fans dream, especially for those who enjoy the budget heavy intensity and level of detail and careful thought into each room. Pure Terror Screampark can genuinely be a perfect experience if it can address its somewhat lack of quality scare acting. While the animatronics props and scenes are lifelike, most of the human interactions generally don’t go beyond simple or jump scares. Now not all attractions have to be theatrical or performance heavy, but there is so much potential for quality acting that can augment the first-class set design and overall environment featured at Pure Terror Screampark. From a resource standpoint, so much heart and dedication is put into changing this attraction, growing it, and improving each year and Pure Terror features some of the most impressive walk-through attractions we have ever visited such as a tribute to the movies such as “The Exorcist” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,”  “The Nun” and picture-perfect representation of a variety of movie quality horror scenes (with an emphasis on “Leatherface”) in “Legends of Horror.” With several brand-new attractions this year, we hope you get the chance to experience the “movie-quality” set design and immersive atmosphere created at Pure Terror Screampark.

Attractions

Pure Terror Screampark is a “scare park” in a sense that multiple, diverse attractions are featured during the roughly hour journey and features ten interconnected haunted attractions completed in succession. Following the attractions, an expansive midway is available with a gift shop, numerous photo-opportunities featuring props that are MASSIVE in scope as well as carnival style food.

Camp Killmore

“Camp Killmore” is lengthy, movie-authentic tribute to the “Friday the 13th” franchise, featuring an authentic “campsite” including boat dock, camp bunk and tents that features the ominous presence of “Jason Voorhees” who is focused on the slaughter of helpless campers. Featuring NUMEROUS massive, hulking “Jason’s that blend in perfectly with the “real” killer who surprises and jumps out in the most surprising of locations. An authentic “camp site” the level of detail is impressive and brings to life the iconic movie franchise placing the guests in life action scenes. By and large one of the “finale” attractions a rest period in between could have prevented some line back-up issues which does hurt the “immersive” nature of an adventure style attraction. However, despite a minor hiccup this is such an amazing recreation of an iconic horror “franchise” it feels as close as possible to being a visitor to “Crystal Lake” during Jason’s various rampages. Dripping with authenticity, this looks, sounds and feels like a campground of horror!

Nightmare Factory

“Freddy” has escaped the “Legends of Horror” attraction and now has residence in his “boiler-room” and a factory of the undead. A movie-quality layer brought to life, the gritty metallic dungeon is a pit of hell and the perfect location for “Freddy” to taunt guests. Containment units are stored that house unsuspecting victims and “Nightmare Factory” is an industrial nightmare brought to life.

Terror Under the Big Top

“Circus” or “carnival” 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 genuine fear. “Terror Under the Big Top” has evolved into a genuinely 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. Insane “clown” animatronics reach out from walls, grab at guests and mix in with the crazed, chaotic “performers” brought to life in this attraction.

Clowns are not of the general sort, these scare actors are genuinely 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 genuinely take pride in creating fun yet intense scares. A twisted soundtrack adds to a level of disorientation and creates an almost nightmarish experience.

Pure 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.” “Terror Under the Big Top’s” is a lengthy funhouse filled with classical components of a funhouse such as slanted rooms, mazes, vortex tunnels, and 3D imagery that creates a chaotic atmosphere. As expected, “clowns” are the stars of the show, and terror clowns are of the violent type. Pure Terror Screampark utilizes a variety of hanging or prop-based obstacles in a majority of its attractions, and each one has a life-like “weight” to it to spur authenticity as well as manage lines. At one point, we waited for what we thought was a clown blocking our way only to figure out it was a large, life-like prop. Clown “props” yield a variety of disturbing weapons and those that squirt water and taunt guests appear to come to life out of nowhere, and a sense of controlled insanity fills the big top of this dark carnival. The entire mind-bending experience is enhanced by brand new 3D art effects and maze-like elements that create the perfect twisted experience under the “big top!”

Coven

“Coven” is dark magic or a “witch” themed haunt, with an emphasis on the surreal, or “fantasy” entertainment side of Halloween entertainment. Giant animatronic spiders, horrifying witches, and set designs that bring to life one’s dark fantasies are the norm at “Coven.” Guests must interact with the talented scare-actors who do a fantastic job at playing their absurd (witches and their victims, spider-ghouls and more), 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. “Coven” has vastly improved as an attraction since last season, improving the level of interactivity between guests and the variety of witches and goblins that inhabit this attraction.  Creepy rooms of spiders, their offspring and scenes of sacrifice are featured in this attraction and while we generally are not a fan of “witch” themed haunts the attraction did feel much more intense and violent than previous years. Again, strength in animatronics coupled with creepy scene designs featuring shrunken heads, warlocks, and other minions creates a unique atmosphere designed to unnerve and disturb.

Resurrection Cemetery

“Resurrection Cemetery” emphasizes the first-class set design and heavy use of animatronics featured at Pure Terror Screampark. An interactive, traditional yet technology-infused experience, the undead come to life, coffins seem to pop open and shut at will, and each scene feels like a nightmare (it is easy to be distracted looking above at the massive set designs only to be hit with a jump or startle scare). An extension of the “Crypt” attraction, the additional hanging bodies, Satanic worship, and dark imagery featured on this oddly engaging yet disturbing trail make the “cemetery” one that breathes sinister fear. With a few more “performers” this attraction can really shine and be one of the most “terrifying” at Pure Terror Screampark!

Woods of the Dead

“Woods of the Dead” is a classic werewolf movie brought to life at Pure Terror Screampark. Bloodthirsty creatures, animatronics that “eat” the flesh from victims and a foreboding sense of darkness build throughout this new attraction featured at the haunt. Adding additional themes of horror “Woods of the Dead” is a solid new addition, that with a few more performers can really stand out as “unique” in the industry.       

The Crypt

Entry into the mausoleum, quickly reveals endless catacombs of horrors that is the starting attraction at Pure Terror Screampark. “The Crypt” 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 that create an appealing yet horrific haunted attraction. Life-like “dead” animatronics reach out and grasp for guests and the use of “sound” plus intense lighting effects create an atmosphere of fear. The attraction uses periods of darkness, strobe lights and a variety of other fog/special effects to create a surreal, terrifying atmosphere, and as usual sets the tone for the entire attraction.

Periods of darkness, a sense of isolation, and a downright creepy atmosphere allow the hordes of the “undead “scare-actors to terrify and disturb each guest.” “The Crypt” 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. “The Crypt” also brings to the forefront the quality and level of interactive animatronics and props, unlike those seen at other attractions (animatronics WILL reach out and grab, and pop out of the most disturbing places, and demons will fly from above to torment!).  “The Crypt” is an interactive, yet controlled attraction that relies on the quality props and atmosphere to create effective scares.

Terror in the Dark

“Terror in the Dark” is a “pitch-black” style maze that effectively features moments where guests cannot “feel” their way to escape. Items block passageways; claustrophobia is combined with startle scares, and guests can quickly feel trapped in this lengthy effective maze. Darkness” created a chaotic atmosphere and added to the overall “package” presented at the attraction and their focus is on isolation and sensory deprivation as tools of “fear” which are far more effective sometimes than even the most impressive of animatronics.

Desecration

Partially inspired in part by New Line Cinema’s “The Nun,” “Desecration” is for the second season genuinely one of the most “atmospheric” disturbing haunted attractions we have ever visited. Pure Terror Screampark has built an almost picturesque, haunting abandoned “Abbey” possessed by a demonic presence and an ominous sense of dread that permeates the walls of each corridor. As soon as we cautiously entered the church, we, disturbing “nuns,” and their subordinates bellowed to us to “get out” and as we continued our journey the situation took a turn for the worse. “Desecration” is carefully constructed to be authentic in its design, taking guests to an entirely different universe and designed to build a continuous sense of pure, unadulterated terror. As we cautiously explored the haunting abbey suddenly the “spirit” and attitude of the scare-actors began to develop an ominous tone. We would continuously hear whispers to leave, almost taunting us as demonic symbols, overturned “real” church pews (obtained from a closed church) build anticipation to a meeting with a Satanic priest, presiding over a hauntingly realistic sacrifice scene. 

“Desecration” is a transformative experience, demonstrating the best in scenic and attraction design to create an entirely different, immersive adventure that totally displaces one’s reality. “Desecration” is perhaps best described as an adventure, boasting the finest scare actors, set upon a backdrop of scenes rich in authentic sound and lighting that influences the tonal development creating a one of a kind, genuinely terrifying haunted attraction, one that can be taken to a new level if additional scare actors were featured. However, “Desecration” does feature perhaps the “best” acting of all the houses at this attraction. Creepy nuns and satanic imagery (there are some crazy scenes such as an evil nun “spanking” demon school children) create an effective sense of fear, moments of disturbing excitement, and terror!

Legends of Horror

“Legends of Horror” is a tribute to iconic horror cinema from the Universal Horror age right up to today’s modern horror films. While several of the iconic movie characters have moved “elsewhere” on the property, new movie-legends take center stage. “The Exorcist” clearly is the “star” this season with numerous scenes, soundtracks and themes inspired by the iconic movie that are brought to life in disturbing reality. “Annabelle” “Michael Myers” also return as well as one of the most gruesome, vial representations/tributes to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” places each guest in the middle of the insanity. Authenticity from period-specific props to soundtracks straight from each series “Legends of Horror” is a masterful tribute to horror cinema.

“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. Iconic horror villains vividly come to life in scenes that are ripped right from their several 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 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. Every single scene shows deep reverence and respect for 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 character justice, is pure joy for any horror fan, and one of the best indoor walk-through attractions featured at any haunt this season. Any fan of horror will appreciate the movie-quality scenes brought to life.

The Final Word

Pure Terror Screampark prides itself on presenting a quality show that focuses on “scaring” each guest using world-class set design, and interactive animatronics to create a high level of immersion in each attraction. You will be hard-pressed to find many attractions that can compare with the production quality of Pure Terror Screampark. While 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 one’s typical expectations of most haunted attractions, and truly targets the diversity of scares and horrors of the season.

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