The Mayhem Mansion (Morning View, KY)
“Reading Can Be Deadly”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
A spooky old mansion is enveloped in darkness and the past will soon come alive. Welcome to Mayhem Mansion where the sick and depraved will find you. This is City Blood’s review of Mayhem Mansion in Morning View, KY.
Mayhem Mansion has a new entrance this season. You’ll enter on the bottom floor near the ticket booth and exit through the window. In previous years, you entered through the window. Mayhem Mansion is a charity haunt and its main focus is on acting. It’s very intense and quite interactive. The characters are physical which makes the haunt even scarier.
A satanic priest stands near a casket with poor Elizabeth inside. He won’t let you leave unless you get on your knees and pray. You’re in for a wild and crazy night at Mayhem Mansion. The library has a twisted librarian who isn’t playing around. Put her books in alphabetical order or suffer her wrath. Hallways are dark and confining and characters are hiding where you least expect them. The wine cellar seems like a safe place, but watch out.
Scenes are quite realistic and you’re not going to see many high tech props. This is a scary haunt and you might even get separated from your group. One group of girls was shoved in the closet of the nursery. They screamed in terror as they tried to escape. The actors are up close and personal and aren’t afraid to grab a hold of you. I was touched numerous times and even had a mad scientist pull on my head. A large clown frantically laughed as he bumped me with his stomach.
I was forced to clean the floors and make the bed in the bedroom scene. In the blood bar I was given a shot glass, but this time I didn’t take a sip. Mayhem Mansion features a plethora of scenes such as a body bag room, slaughter house, laboratory and much more. We were inside of the mansion for about 17 minutes. Tour time can be different depending on how long an actor interacts with you or if you’re separated from your group.
Mayhem Mansion is much different from any haunt I’ve toured in Kentucky. The building looks haunted and the actors are quite unpredictable. One second you’re looking at a prop and then all of a sudden an actor is pulling you into the next room. A few scenes need some work as far as set design goes. We wish there were a few more rooms that focused on the haunt’s storyline which takes place in the 1930’s prohibition era. There are a few actors that rely too heavily on touching and screaming in your face instead of using memorable dialogue. But with that being said, this is a great haunt with some intense scares. The actors are out to get you.
Tickets are $15 a piece which is $1 more than last year. Children 10 and under get in for just $10. Same night re-entry with proof of purchase is $5. Fast passes are $20 a piece. Proceeds go towards FOP’s Shop with a Cop program which helps out needy children during Christmas time. Extreme Night is on November 5th. You must have an ID to show that you’re 18 years old or older and you must sign a waiver. Tickets are $20. Haverford’s Hollow Trail is unfortunately closed this season. We definitely miss this haunted trail and of course the hillbilly known as Remus. There’s Mayhem Mansion apparel available at the ticket booth. This is one of the most hair-raising haunts in the state of Kentucky. It’s up close and personal and unique. We definitely recommend that you pay them a visit this Halloween season.
Length-8 Design-7 Props/Animatronics-7 Acting-9 Scare Effect-9
Final Stab: 8.0