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As I approached Bennett's Curse Haunted Attraction in Baltimore Maryland, I could already hear the screams from inside. Bennett's Curse consists of 3 individual shows under one roof. The main show has always been the House of the Vampyres, their flagship show and one that carries their primary theme. Entering the queue, you are instantly transported out of this world and into a realistic and well thought out medieval courtyard. Everything from film quality rustic buildings, a castle gateway with massive sliding wood doors, and a soundtrack of epic & haunting music lends to the feel of an actual haunted medieval village. As you enter under a gigantic, animated dragon, you are whisked away into a frightening world of talented & aggressive actors and tight theming. It’s no secret that Bennett's Curse is a notoriously scary haunted house, and they live up to their reputation. The placement of the actors and their skill at disguise is one of the best examples we've seen in any haunted house. Inside most scenes, there’s no clue of an oncoming scare or notion of a concealed hiding place, until it's it too late. Then instantly, the actors are right up on you. Whether overhead, emerging from dark corners, or blending in with the scenery, their actors use the distraction of lighting, sound, and the use of animatronics to assist them with a perfectly timed scare. Their amazing costumes were elaborate & detailed with the best collection of silicone masks, many even custom made for the theme. Some actors wore real armor pieces showing their dedication to the show.
Bennett's Curse Haunted House is known for their incredible collection of amazing props and large animatronics, many custom and all very unique. From the large Necromancer monster to older classics such as the winged El Diablo creatures, they have more than a dozen of the largest and most impressive large scale animated demons, vampires and other monsters in the country, all so beautifully blended into the scenery. Many scenes have props hanging in your path such as hanging vampire bats, severed heads, even bloodied and freshly tortured bodies. There are so many custom props in Bennett’s Curse not found anywhere else. The costumes on the props blended so well with the actors it was hard to tell them apart, all part of the Bennett's diabolical scheme.
Inside the haunted castle themed haunted house is one of my favorite scenes of all time…the dungeons. An authentic looking steel dungeon room with gory victims, some dead…some not so dead, awaits you. Making our way past the cells, we enter into another part of the dungeon with an incredible 13' tall animatronic executioner complete with death axe. This massive executioner overlooks a scene reminiscent of Vlad the Impaler's famous "forest of the impaled" with a very active victim thrashing for escape in a classic Iron Maiden. Because the theme centers around an impending battle of two evil forces, the Vampyres and their Demon rivals, there are many signs that the castle has already witnessed battles prior. One of the most impressive battle-scarred scenes housed leaning pillars, collapsing Gothic arches, & cleverly done wooden patchwork in the damaged stone walls that gave a quick peek as to what might be lurking on the other side of the wall. It's the first haunted house that we've seen take on a theme so completely, and we were thoroughly impressed!
Upon surviving the House of the Vampyres, you are now cleverly led into the next phase of the Bennett's Curse experience…a 3D attraction called Zombie Kingdom in 3D. We've seen dozens of 3D attractions from all over the world, most with clown themes, but this was the first all zombie themed 3D haunt. This alternative 3D theme was a breath of fresh air. Zombie Kingdom in 3D does an amazing job of using traditional painted wooden walls, but they also incorporate the use of many vacu-form panels and seamlessly placed props. From start to finish, the painting and level of detail were beautifully done. From the moment you enterZombie Kingdom in 3D, you feel as though you've entered a post-apocalyptic city full of zombie hordes looking for their next meal. Instead of the usual paper 3D glasses, here they use the sturdy plastic glasses. After making your way through some eye-popping scenes and a swirling vortex tunnel, you enter into a toxic waste dump with barrels leaking toxin (likely the cause for all the zombie mayhem). Next, is a zombie infested mechanic shop (my favorite 3D scene of all time) complete with car parts, hanging chains, zombie actor in painted overalls and a couple cars including one that lunges towards you before a loud blast of air scares everyone. Some other memorable scenes were the skull halls, the springy bridge in the forest and the playground engulfed in flames with zombie children, an extremely obese zombie mother and a zombie father enjoying a severed leg for lunch. The actors were top-notch at blending in even with the abundance of black light. My favorite was probably the zombie girl on the playground swing instilling fear in all who pass.
The final part of Bennett's Curse is their popular Sanctuary of Insanity haunted attraction. Here they don't use many of the sophisticated large animatronics or the use of new technology. Inside this haunt, it’s back to the basics…simple old-school scares instilling fear in all who dare enter. First, The Dominion of Darkness, classic dark maze and a feature of Bennett’s Curse for years, is a guest favorite with the well-timed use of flashes of light, a chilling soundtrack, and actors emerging everywhere. The actors in the DOD capitalize on a primal fear…the fear of the dark and what lurks within. Next is a classically themed asylum area with roaming patients and detailed holding cells. The escaped mental patient actors strapped into straight jackets were so over the top it had guests questioning whether it’s just an act or real. Next inside the Sanctuary of Insanity is the prison cell area. But instead of traditional prison cells, this was a confusing labyrinth of metal cell walls, ear shattering heavy metal music and the heavy use of fog & strobe lights. The hard core sound & environment ramps up the tension for fear. Actors were literally hanging upside down and standing over top of guests as they pass. The actors disorient their prey leading them down dead end parts of the maze and directly into the claws of yet another aggressive actor waiting to strike. As one rambling guest described it to me, “It feels like you’re hopelessly lost and that you will never escape, and panic starts to set in until you finally find yourself out of the maze but instead into a foggy path with the familiar, haunting sounds of the chainsaw, and that’s when I knew it was time to RUN!”
After catching breath, guests can celebrate making it out alive of Maryland and Washington DC area's best haunted attraction, Bennett's Curse! The combination of the three shows and a nice mix of themes really helps create an overall memorable experience. Bennett's Curse is truly one of the best Haunted Attractions in the nation and deserves all the accolades it receives each year. We can't wait to see how Bennett's Curse continues to grow and evolves in the future. One thing is for certain though, it will be a treat for anyone brave enough to enter the now legendary Bennett's Curse Haunted House.
Maryland Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in Baltimore, Maryland the haunted houses in Maryland where not many, very few in fact but now its one of the haunted house hotbeds of America. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Maryland from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Maryland here at Hauntworld.com
There are a couple really cool haunted houses that stand out in the Baltimore area such as Bennetts Curse or Creepywoods. The great thing about haunted houses in Baltimore Maryland is the close proximity to other cities like Philadelphia or different parts of PA putting you in arms reach of some of the biggest haunted houses in America. Baltimore is also close to Washington, DC another massive city which loves to attend haunted houses in Maryland.
Find the best and scariest haunted houses, real haunts, Halloween attractions, Hayrides and more near or in or around the Baltimore Maryland area.
As with many ships, many lives came to an end and many men lost the battle onboard and which causing several hauntings. The USS Constellation was the name of the ship and it was the very last of the all-sail warship to be built by the United States Navy. This magestic ship performed greatly from 1854 through the Civil War. It has been reported of ghostly figures being seen and yet other report of hearing horrific noises. The paranormal feeling and sctivity and very strong and yet the history of this amazing ship is one that will live in the hearts of many men forever. It has now been restored and is now open for tours to the public
One place that Baltimore is known for that is sure to scare you is the home of fear legend himself, Edgar Allen Poe. Poe lived here from 1832 to 1835 and during that short time he wrote one of his best first horror stories, "Berenice." Poe died in 1849, but the fascination lives on.
You can visit where Edgar Allen Poe was buried at the famous Westminister Church Cemetery. Some of these famous men are General Samuel Smith, who helped organize the defense of Baltimore in the War of 1812, and the Secretary of War under George Washington and John Adams, Colonel James McHenry, after whom Fort McHenry was named. On Halloween you will find many fans gathered for an evening of readings, complete with tours of the catacombs under the church. Both the house and cemetery are located in the western side of downtown Baltimore.
Another attraction that you just do not want to miss when you are in Baltimore is the Fright Fest event that happens every October at Six Flags America. Here you will whitness the park you love to have fun at transform into a spooky and haunted playground that is fun for both kids and adults! Come and experience all the excitment you can handle from gosts, goblins, haunted attractions and live entertainment! This is by far the biggest Halloween even in Baltimore and you don't want to miss a minute of it!
In additional there are many ghost tours, and other real haunted house places throughout Maryland. Find the best haunted houses and more here at www.Hauntworld.com
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Maryland Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Legends Of The Fog is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Maryland Haunted Houses have become big business over the last couple of years especially in the Baltimore Washington DC area. Legends of the Fog is one of the best and scariest haunted houses in Maryland. Read the full review and story of the Legends of the Fog in the Baltimore Maryland area.
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“What did that sign say?” the girl next to you asks ducking into her fleece jacket and burying her legs in the straw.
“Avian flu,” says her boyfriend wrapping his arm around her while pulling into a dark agricultural building.
“What does that mean?” she whispers...
At that very moment, the barn doors on either side of the building begin to close, isolating you from the tractor that’s supposed to be taking you to safety. The sudden sound of light escaping is soon trumped by the screech and caw of a thousand crows. They seem to swarm the wagon.
Fog permeates every square inch of the room. A flash of light reveals the true horror of the moment. A ten foot vulture is looming above you. The strobe light flutters and the colossal bird soars into the wagon drawing screams from its innocent victims. As you survey the room, you notice you are surrounded by terrifying, old farming tools and the bodies they desecrated. Some left whole, some in pieces.
Will you make it out? Of course. Are you safe? Of course NOT.
As the fog begins to dissipate, you can see you’re not alone. Birdlike creatures follow you out of the building and proceed to torment the girl next to you. She screams. You smile. THIS is Legends of the Fog!
Legends of the Fall? No. This is not a Brad Pitt and Hannibal Lecter–Anthony Hopkins movie about four men and one woman living in seclusion in Montana. Legends of the Fog is Maryland’s premier haunted attraction.
In 2007, Legends of the Fog entered the haunt scene offering a haunted hayride, a postage-stamp sized haunted corn maze and a 6-acre traditional corn maze. Nearly a decade later, the Fog has expanded and includes Sinister Circus, a completely revamped haunted hayride, and Carsins Manor, their famous orphanage. The haunt is on the grounds of a working agricultural operation, Aldino Sod Farms, located in Aberdeen, MD, about halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. The name comes from the low-lying, slow-to-dissipate natural fog that engulfs the land.
Sinister Circus has been scaring the masses since 2009. Though it started as a traditional “clown house,” Sinister Circus has evolved into an early American side show. Every room in the circus is designed to pommel all of your senses with unsettling imagery, exchanges, and experiences. It’s an intensely researched, character-driven series of vignettes.
Within seconds of entering Sinister Circus, you find yourself transported into the center ring of a big top show. Fog consumes the enormous room. You are bombarded by performers who invade your personal space with their props and acrobatic movements. You become the show! The music is exactly what you would expect to hear in a circus, but deafening and out-of-tune. All six of your senses are assaulted, and this is just the beginning.
As you meander your way through the circus, you encounter a savage Wild West show, a horrific trapeze accident, the most disgusting donakers (bathrooms) you’ve seen since summer camp, and a cage maze where wild animals stalk you. Every detail is designed to bore its way through your senses and into your psyche so that you become their captive, not just for the circus, but for the bumpy ride that lies ahead.
Your hayride journey begins inside a train station where you watch video footage of a soldier who has set up surveillance to document the strange behavior of the locals. “Beware of the fog!” he warns you. In the midst of his last transmission, you see him beaten and dragged into a large industrial building where a shadowy, mowhawked character executes him. It is now your fate to retrace his trail and piece together the rest of the story.
As you venture farther and farther into the woods, you find the local village decimated beyond the soldier’s reports. Will you survive a massive junkyard filled with burning cars, tractor trailers, and blood-thirsty inbreds? As the fog consumes the land, the trail twists and takes you on a horrific journey through treacherous landscapes, trapping you at times in buildings where you fight to escape the clutches of a massive vulture, a den of venomous snakes, and the deadly grasp of Frostbite, the freezer demon.
If you manage to survive the hellacious hayride, you and the rest of the survivors may continue onward. Next, you’re dropped off in the middle of a corn field, abandoned to navigate the trail with no direction or illumination. The corn disguises the imaginary monsters (or real ones) as one by one you reach your final destination, an abandoned orphanage.
The silhouette of Carsins Manor in the moonlight gives way to the squealing iron gates, as you’re greeted by an angry doorman, whose breath reeks of the raw smell of death. He warns that the house is not empty. Quite the contrary…it’s filled with the lost souls of its headmaster, Edwin, and the children who used to populate the old farmhouse. Inside the massive foyer, you find that all the doors are locked. Suddenly, a dismal-looking statue moves and reveals a dark, fog-filled passageway. As you enter, the statue quickly closes the door behind you, and you are trapped inside the walls of Carsins Manor.
You find yourself inside a maze filled with secret doors, splitting paths, and vicious characters lurking around every corner. Some ask you to stay. Others ask you to leave. None of them can be trusted. When you reach a dead end, you turn to realize you’ve lost your friends. You retrace your steps to find yourself right back where you started. And now you must face your fears again. Alone.
Finally, a clue… You find the door to a hallway you haven’t seen before. You take it and find yourself in the middle of a massacre where you discover the terrible secret of Carsins Manor. You finally find the door to leave when a masked marauder wielding a weapon of mass destruction chases you out to a familiar place.
As you catch your breath, you realize the whole experience mirrored a nightmare. You see your friends laughing as they calm their nerves by the fire. You join them for an after-party of sorts in the midway, a great place to reflect on your experience, play a few games, take your “last ride” in our coffin ride simulator, grab a bite of award-winning food and listen to music.
It would be great if everyone involved in the production of Legends of the Fog could come out at that very moment to take a bow and soak up a well-deserved round of applause. But, all are still working. In fact, they never stop.
At the core of the who’s who of Legends of the Fog is the Barberry Family. They have combined their talents in agriculture, business management, prop design and fabrication, interior design, visual and performing arts, creative writing, education, and good old-fashioned ingenuity to form a unified front of fear. Over the past 8 years, they’ve built a staff of more than 200 “Foggers,” comprised of actors and support staff with talents ranging from emergency management to moulage to unicycling. Everyone is passionate and committed…and slightly disturbed.
The show is as dynamic as the people who give it life (or death). Every year, you can expect a bigger, better Fog because they never stop scheming. As of right now, the Fog only occupies a fraction of the 100-acre footprint dedicated to scaring a rapidly-growing audience, and they’ve already started planning trail haunts, corn mazes, and other attractions that will take haunt enthusiasts into places yet to be explored. For 2015, the hayride has some shocking new additions that are sure to “grab” the attention of frightened haunt-goers this season.
Legends of the Fog is more than a place to scare and be scared; it’s a place to have that “near-life experience” you’ve been waiting for. It’s an experience that expands wider than you know. Legends of the Fog is proud to have contributed more than a quarter million dollars to local charities and organizations. A portion of your ticket price goes to making a little part of the world a little bit better. Think about that every time you jump, scream, or dribble a little in your drawers.
We asked Patrick Barberry why the haunted house attractions at Legends of the Fog are so successful…
“We’re only open 6 weeks out of the year, and there are so many things that can wreck a season. We can’t control the weather or the economy, but we can control how we do business. At the core of our management model is building and maintaining good relationships. For us, this means keeping the authorities (and neighbors) happy, knowing everyone on our staff and listening to their needs and ideas, and ensuring that just about every customer walks away with a smile and a plan to come back.
Before each season, we personally meet with neighbors to discuss traffic, noise, and litter concerns that coincide with our business. We are transparent about who we are and what we do so that local government officials trust us and allow us to keep going. Safety is always a priority. We go out of our way with preventative measures to make sure everything runs smoothly. Assembling an effective team is another part of that defensive strategy.
We have a little over 200 actors and support staff, and I make it a point to get to know every one of their names. We get together throughout the year for trainings and social events. Creative input is encouraged. We help actors develop their own characters. Everyone feels a sense of ownership in the Fog, and it shows in their performance.
If we can keep the powers that be happy so that we can stay open, and motivate the actors and staff so that they’re primed to entertain, pleasing the customers becomes much easier. We can shift our attention to observing the crowds. Is the line well-managed? Are people lingering in the midway at the end of the night? We study their responses to each scare during the show. Afterwards, we survey their perceptions of the entire Fog experience with exit polls. We value their feedback and make changes to reflect the kinds of things they want to see on their next visit.”