Dungeons of Delhi (Cincinnati, OH)
“The Curse Has Taken Over”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
The acting troupe known as M.A.U.L. has invaded Dungeons of Delhi tonight. Hide your children and lock your doors because the freaks have arrived. Bludzo T. Clown, Damien Reaper, Fatso the Clown, Calliope and other creatures of the night bring their unique talents to scare the customers at this Cincinnati classic. Both Damien Reaper and Fatso the Clown acted at Dungeons of Delhi years ago before moving to other haunts. The line was long, but this didn’t stop people from showing up. It’s Halloween season and there’s nothing better than a good scare.
The weather was unpredictable and the sky was dark and ominous. A little girl held her mom’s hand because she was too afraid to enter. I don’t blame her because when I was her age, I was afraid of anything and everything that moved. Dungeons of Delhi is one of the areas longest running haunts and celebrates their 21st year of operation this season.
Dungeons of Delhi begins as you’re confronted by Madd Matt who’s in a room full of fog. You must follow his orders or else. You’ll eventually witness a live execution that’s simply shocking. Dungeons of Delhi has a plethora of scary rooms that will put a chill up your spine. One of my favorite rooms features a very unique tea party where the beverage of choice is poison.
Dungeons of Delhi puts its own spin on traditional scenes. You’ll experience a cornfield where humans have been turned into scarecrows and one girl tries to fight back. You’ll walk through a junkyard where clowns have run rampant and want to show you who’s boss. This scene leads to a vortex tunnel that goes around and around.
Over the last couple of years, Dungeons of Delhi has become known for their Zombie Horde. Zombies try to eat you alive before you escape down a dark hallway full of the undead. The dead are alive at Dungeons of Delhi and Damien Reaper wants to take you straight to Hell. Dungeons of Delhi doesn’t stick to a certain theme. You’ll experience a hallway that sways back and forth as if there was an earthquake. School’s in session at Dungeons of Delhi and you better not be late. This evil teacher doesn’t put up with class clowns.
Dungeons of Delhi doesn’t overdo it with chainsaws since there’s only a single actor that uses one. The entire cast is volunteer and for the most part, they do a good job. There are a few that resort to screaming as loud as possible instead of using dialogue, but this only happens once or twice.
There could be some improvements made. The lighting in some areas is just too dim and some scenes could benefit from adding music. The acting is good, but it’s a bit inconsistent. Mad Matt, Damien Reaper, and a few other characters stand out. Dungeons of Delhi has great costumes and some unique characters I haven’t seen anywhere else. Watch out for The Strife Walker.
Tickets are $10 a person which is quite reasonable. Get $2 off admission when you bring in a canned good. Go through again on the same night for only $5. Lights on Tours are every night from 6-7 pm and tickets are only $3. All profits made go to The Delhi Police Explorers and The Anderson Food Bank.
Dungeons of Delhi has established itself as one of the best charity haunts in the area and seems to mix things up every year. The total tour time is around 15 minutes and the haunt is full of actors. The curse of the damned has taken over and you will relive the legend of Dungeons of Delhi.
Length-8 Design-7 Props/Animatronics-8 Acting-8 Scare Effect-8
Final Stab: 7.8