Pure Terror Screampark 2023 Review

Introduction

Pure Terror Screampark (Monroe, NY) is one of the finest big-budget attractions that, with some pacing in between, each of its world-class designed attractions and perhaps more “acting” can get to another level. So much passion and hard work (as well as creative details and a seriously intense budget) is deployed to create unique movie-quality scenes/sets and attractions from start to finish. Nestled in Monroe, NY, Pure Terror Screampark stands as a testament to what can be achieved when imagination meets an almost limitless budget in the world of haunted attractions.

This vast, multi-themed scare park is nothing short of awe-inspiring, boasting state-of-the-art animatronics, meticulous scene design, and immersive soundscapes that transport visitors into a realm of terror.) is one of the most impressive, large-scale “scare park” style attractions this season and one of the top-tier shows we have ever seen. Featuring THIRTEEN unique interconnected “haunted houses”  (for the most part, other than the final two attractions), each attraction is the size, level, and scope of a single attraction at other locations. The entire “Screampark” has been completely upgraded this season and embraces animatronics, props, and scene design as the core focus of its scares. Not an “actor-driven” show, those featured performers do a great job of mixing in with lifelike animatronics that are far more “interactive” than many would expect. But this show is all about being larger than life, showing what a modern, big-budget “scare-park” can do, and is one of the finest you can visit and hopefully get to experience in a small group as it is worth every second of enjoyment.

Portions of the attraction have been rebuilt, and there is such a high level of detail and unabashed “big budget” design infused in every scene. It is almost hard to define the most impressive aspect of each attraction. There is simply so much to “see” and interact with: animatronics that we have never seen before in other haunts and new scenes/set designs that make each visit a new experience. While practically as close to perfect as one can imagine, with some more interactive acting, other sound effects/soundtrack in some areas, and an emphasis on guest control/pacing midway through the linear attraction, Pure Terror Screampark can quite possibly be the ultimate walk-through/hybrid outdoor haunted attraction not only on the East Coast but in the country. Pure Terror Screampark spares NO EXPENSE in design, implementing the most interactive, modern special effects/props that are lifelike and set designs of the highest quality. We only wish that perhaps more line management/control is implemented along the journey and that there is an increased level of acting.

A Next-Level Experience

Every nook and cranny of Pure Terror Screampark, down to the queue lines, is a visual and auditory feast for haunt/horror fans. The emphasis on design and modernity is so profound that it sets PTS apart as a next-generation haunt experience. While the park doesn’t heavily rely on actors, those present primarily offer jump scares, seamlessly blending with the intricate scenic designs. The commitment to innovation is evident, with each season bringing new enhancements that could keep enthusiasts engaged for hours.

Attractions

Each attraction at Pure Terror Screampark is a masterclass in design and interactivity. The Bedlam Asylum, for instance, reimagines the clichéd asylum theme, presenting a horrifying spectacle of grotesque creatures and unsettling scenarios, all set to a haunting 1950s soundtrack. The attention to detail in attractions like the demonic church, with its movie-quality scenes of devil worship and malevolent clergy, further underscores the park’s dedication to pushing boundaries.

The carnival-themed attraction is a riot of colors, sounds, and sensations. From psychedelic clowns to massive, caged gorillas, it offers a sensory overload, challenging visitors with its twisted designs and interactive elements. Legends of Horror pays homage to iconic horror franchises, with scenes dedicated to Jason, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Annabelle. The quality of these tributes is unparalleled, making them a must-visit for horror film aficionados.

The Crypt

Crypt is a journey into the depths of this skeleton-infested Crypt, where insatiable vampires lurk. Their ambushes come from unseen corners, challenging visitors to remain vigilant or become their next feast. “As you travel deeper and deeper into the skeleton-riddled Crypt, you will come face to face with bloodthirsty vampires that will be coming at you from places you sometimes won’t even be able to see with your own two eyes. Stay alert, or these vampires will make you their next victim.”

“The Crypt” is an interactive yet controlled attraction that relies on quality props and atmosphere to create effective scares. 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” starts 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!) During our visit, this attraction did not seem to be as intense as usual, but we did attend on an opening, rainy evening, and it is possible some of the more intense animatronics/scenes were not completely operational.

Resurrection Cemetery

Built around a notorious waterfall, legend says that those who venture beneath its cascade after sunset are cursed. With its overgrown vegetation and restless undead, the cemetery is a chilling reminder to heed such warnings. “This haunted cemetery was built around an infamous waterfall which is said to leave you cursed if you walk underneath it after the sun sets. Overgrown weeds, grass, and vines have taken over the tombs, and the undead remains are trapped in the cemetery. Don’t take your eyes off the coffins; you have been warned.”

“Resurrection Cemetery” emphasizes the first-class set design and heavy use of animatronics featured at Pure Terror Screampark. It is an interactive, traditional yet technology-infused experience; the undead comes 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 other 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 shine and be one of the most “terrifying” at Pure Terror Screampark!

Jungle Rot – NEW FOR 2023

Traverse dim corridors and dense foliage, where the air is thick with mist and the distant beat of drums heralds danger. Cursed creatures, their forms grotesquely altered by the jungle’s rot, lurk in the shadows, waiting for their next victim. While we picked up on some jungle-cannibal-style themes, it was difficult to differentiate this new attraction from the journey. It does have a tribal theme, and we wish it was longer.

Woods of the Dead

This forested path reveals abandoned cabins and caves, once teeming with life. Now, unseen entities watch from the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. “As you go through the woods, you will discover caves and old cabins once filled with life. Along the lonely path, you will be watched by creatures who lurk in the dark, waiting to make you their next victim in the trees.” Woods of the Dead” is a classic werewolf movie 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 horror themes, “Woods of the Dead” is a solid new addition that, with a few more performers, can stand out as “unique” in the industry.     

Bedlam State Asylum

The legend/story tells the tale of an asylum of pure hell, and the design, the strangeness, and the disturbing nature do not relent or disappoint. Constructed in 1942, this now-abandoned mental institution was notorious for its experimental treatments. Visitors often report unexplained phenomena, from slamming doors to unsettling vibrations. The spirits of patients and staff still haunt its corridors, and escaping might not be as easy as entering. “The Bedlam State Asylum was built to house the criminally insane on Pure Terror property in 1942. This was abandoned, and the eerie mental hospital was known for its experimental treatments on patients. Many visitors have reported hearing unusual noises, such as doors randomly slamming shut and a shaking sensation coming from the floors below. Patients and nurses who never made it out continue lurking in the “Bedlam State Asylum halls.” Will you be the next patient to never make it out?”

Asylum attractions are not exactly innovative. We always feel specific themes are played out, and we initially felt that would be the case with this new attraction at Pure Terror Screampark. However, as soon as we entered this custom-built “hospital” of horrors, the level of detail, innovation, and downright crazy props/animatronics and scenes that came to life left us in complete shock. Some of the most medically disturbing, demented props, scenes, and animatronics are featured in this maze-like attraction that challenges those brave enough to escape. Pure Terror Screampark has raised the bar in attraction design by building an entire mini asylum that rivals even the REAL asylums we have visited previously. Imagine an “asylum” of your nightmares, and this is brought to life at Pure Terror Screampark. Sites, sound, and interactive rooms that feel like an abandoned, evil hospital bring to life this theme in a manner that freshens the genre, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and focuses on the twisted “fear” underlying this theme. Bedlam Asylum is gory; it is at times twisted and authentic; it is designed to be a nightmarish vision of an “asylum” theme and is so well constructed, with world-class visuals, site sounds, and nightmarish actors, that it alone has become a highlight in itself at Pure Terror Screampark.

Terror in the Dark

This attraction challenges all senses. In its pitch-black corridors, unseen monsters lurk, waiting for the perfect moment to reveal themselves. They’ll spot you long before you see them. “All 5 of your senses will be tested in this completely blacked-out attraction. As you try to feel your way around the dark halls, you will come a scary close to many terrifying monsters waiting to make their presence known in the pitch-black. They will see you before you see them.” “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,” as well as added new sound effects and sensory attacks that create constant paranoia and diversion. A great “dark” maze, use of “cattle prod” style lighting, just the right amount of help, and some pop/jump scares make for another great addition, adding another layer of diversity to the scares.

Psycho Circus

A cacophony of colors and sounds, this twisted circus is home to deranged clowns and mind-bending mazes. The disorienting spinning tunnels and vibrant hallways ensure visitors are constantly off-balance. “Are you ready to visit the Psycho Circus? These killer clowns await your arrival as you navigate spinning tunnels and long, vibrant hallways. This circus experience will leave you feeling disoriented and frightened. These clowns love to clown around!”

Pure Terror Screampark has the BEST clown/circus-themed haunted attraction of those we have ever visited. We still wish we could see all the crazy, innovative clown animatronics and props that move, torment, and perform some of the most unique special effects we have ever seen. For example, one animatronic “magician” pulls a rabbit out of a hat but then turns himself into an evil demonic rabbit, and the fluidity of motion is genuinely realistic. 3D artwork, actors that do a great job at “mixing in” with the props/special effects, crazy sound, misdirection, and an intense feeling of chaos and paranoia are a horrific joy to experience.

“Circus” or “carnival” themed haunted attractions are commonplace in the industry, and at times, this concept is slightly overdone and has lost its effectiveness. At some point, every haunted attraction feature is “clowns,” and the theme is generic. However, Pure Terror Screampark “Psycho Circus” attraction takes this tired, generic concept and injects a sense of insanity and intensity that sometimes creates genuine fear. “Psycho Circus” 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. The sounds of the circus permeate the air, and props look precisely like their “living” counterparts. We sometimes thought we were looking at a special statute, only to be suddenly chased by these freakish clowns who genuinely take pride in creating fun yet intense scares. A twisted soundtrack adds to 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.” “Psycho Circus” 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. 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.

Desecration

The faint chime of church bells haunts this ancient cathedral. Once-holy clergy, now corrupted by malevolent spirits, roam its halls, seeking to ensnare visitors in their dark rituals. “The church bells ring faintly throughout the night at this hundred-year-old cathedral. The once pure nuns and priests have turned evil from the spirits that continue to haunt this old cathedral site. These twisted nuns will make you a sinner before your visit ends.” “Desecration” has received extensive scenic and theme upgrades this season, featuring an incredible new entryway and demonically evil facade. 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 dread permeating each corridor’s walls. “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, the “spirit” and attitude of the scare actors suddenly became ominous. 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 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 of additional scare actors were featured. However, “Desecration” perhaps features 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! The realistic, haunting demonic church brought to life is so unique, and the movie quality, like Bedlam Asylum, is again reason enough alone to visit this scary park.

Camp Killmore

This former campsite, once filled with joy, now echoes the horrors committed by a crazed killer named Jason. Abandoned buses, cabins, and boathouses are grim reminders of his reign of terror. “Camp Killmore” is a lengthy, movie-authentic tribute to the “Friday the 13th” franchise, featuring an authentic “campsite” including a boat dock, camp bunk, and tents that feature the ominous presence of “Jason Voorhees” that is focused on the slaughter of helpless campers. It features NUMEROUS massive, hulking “Jasons that blend in perfectly with the “real” killer who surprises and jumps out in the most surprising of locations.

An authentic “campsite,” the level of detail is impressive and brings to life the iconic movie franchise, placing the guests in live-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

Your deepest fears materialize in this forsaken factory. Rumor has it that a deranged serial killer named Freddy traps his victims here, subjecting them to unspeakable torments. “Your worst nightmares are about to come to life in this old boiler factory. It is believed that a deranged serial killer imprisons his victims in tanks and then burns them alive inside the boilers in this old factory. Locals say that he goes by the name FREDDY.”” Freddy” has escaped the “Legends of Horror” attraction and now has a 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 for unsuspecting house victims, and “Nightmare Factory” is an industrial nightmare, a tribute to the iconic horror villain with a unique twist on the industrial style scares and horrors.

Legends of Horror

This attraction pays homage to iconic horror films, meticulously recreating chilling scenes from classics like The Exorcist, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “

“Legends of Horror” is a tribute to iconic horror cinema from the Universal Horror age to today’s modern horror films such as “Scream.” While several 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 is brought to life in disturbing reality. “Annabelle” and “Michael Myers” also return, as well as one of the most gruesome vial representations/tributes to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which places each guest in the middle of a gruesome evolution of Leatherface scene. Authentic from period-specific props to soundtracks straight from each series, “Legends of Horror” is a masterful tribute to horror cinema. “Legends of Horror” takes its theme seriously, recreating the scenes and sets of horror movies to minor details. Every scene shows deep reverence and respect for these iconic franchises and is as close to a “Hall of Fame” for horror icons as one can imagine. “Legends of Horror’s” scenes do each movie character justice, are pure joy for any horror fan, and are 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.

Pumpkin Alley – NEW FOR 2023

Enter a world where pumpkins come alive, their eerie glow revealing tales of ancient curses and dark secrets. This is a creative, brief, artistically impressive through a hall of pumpkins, pumpkin props, and other themed designs; it is short and part of the ending, not a full-fledged attraction but a nice visual experience for the season.

Monster Midway – NEW FOR 2023

Stand alongside legendary monsters and capture unforgettable moments with these iconic creatures. The attraction features a large photo area and shop, part of this ending attraction, with food items and massive scenes. A photo-op/merch area, by and large, it again adds to the value of the entire scarepark.

Final Word

Pure Terror Screampark spares no expense regarding set design and the use of impressive technological animatronics. 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, larger than life facades, brand new artwork, and themes around every corner, etc.). Pure Terror Screampark goes overboard each season in its build design. It is a Halloween fan’s dream, especially for those who enjoy the budget-heavy intensity level of detail and careful thought into each room. 

Pure Terror Screampark can be a perfect experience if it incorporates more scenes acting in a few locations and also keeps lines from becoming bottlenecked. While the animatronics props and scenes are lifelike, most human interactions don’t go beyond superficial jump scares. 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.

Pure Terror Screampark is not just another haunted attraction; it’s a spectacle of horror. Its grand set designs, captivating soundtracks, and unparalleled attention to detail set a new standard for haunted attractions. For those seeking a modern, meticulously crafted horror experience, Pure Terror Screampark is the ultimate destination. With some additional interactive actors and a focus on online management inside the attraction, Pure Terror Screampark can be practically perfect, one of the ultimate Halloween experiences.

Location:1010 NY-17M, Monroe, NY 10950

Website: https://pureterror.com/

Credits: Rogues Hollow Productions