Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror (Springfield, OH)
“What’s Your Phobia?”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
The pale moon light shines on an old hotel that’s believed to be haunted. A large tree surrounds this house of fear where grim reapers stand guard. A sign reads “Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror”. A movie screen is seen playing Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow as people sit around a large fire ring. Tombstones and a guillotine decorate the outside, but are you ready to face your fears?
Face Your Fears welcomes brave visitors and you’ll notice changes before you even park your vehicle. There is of course a brightly lit sign and a bus that’s been taken over by zombies. But, now there are many flesh eaters and various creatures that lead you to the haunt. The zombies in the parking lot dressed as parking attendants was a nice touch. You’ll definitely notice the unique laser lights that are off in the distance.
I will say it once and I’ll say it again. The building that houses Face Your Fears is bone chilling. It genuinely feels haunted and it’s downright creepy. Face Your Fears does a good job in making the haunt resemble an old dilapidated hotel. You’ll take a ride on a broken down elevator. Enjoy the cheesy elevator music before going to straight to hell.
Face Your Fears features an old fashioned bar where one poor soul has lost his head. The library is haunted and books mysterious move. True evil lives at this hotel. A bed violently shakes and the possessed are wanting to swallow your soul. An intense confrontation leads to gun fire. There are many victims that live at this hotel. One is in a bathtub full of blood and another hangs himself because he just can’t take it anymore.
Face Your Fears has some unique characters. My favorite was the half man, half bore creature that walked on stilts. The actor wearing a light up costume in the hazardous waste section definitely got my attention. There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The basement featuring Leatherface is pretty spooky. I definitely wasn’t expecting actors to confront me while entering the vortex tunnel.
The outside steps are better lit this season which makes Face Your Fears a very safe haunt. Total tour time was around 15 minutes. But this depends on how fast you walk, how long actors interact with you and other factors come into play. Face Your Fears is a pretty scary haunt with an incredible building that definitely looks haunted. The elevator is pretty intense, but it could be scarier if there was an actor inside terrorizing people. The basement is creepy, but there are too many actors in that area. But these are just minor complaints. At $12, it’s a good deal and you’re going to have a scary good time. Face Your Fears is definitely worth the ticket price.
Length-8 Design-8 Props/Animatronics-8 Acting-8 Scare Effect-9
Final Stab: 8.2