The Devil’s Attic 2014 Review

Explore the Gothic Glory of the Most Detailed Haunt in the Ville!

Do you like the British Hammer Horror films of the 1950s through the 1970s that featured horror legends like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing? Does your October heart beat faster just thinking of those films that literally dripped with garish Technicolor blood, built around cobwebbed castles and haunted by wild eyed vampires lusting for pulsing throats? Are you a fan of the Gothic Edgar Allan Poe films of Roger Corman staring Vincent Price?

If your answer is yes, then The Devil’s Attic is the haunt for you.

Located at 647 West Hill Street, the Devil’s Attic is evocative of the mood and atmosphere of those classy, lush horror pictures that chill the blood when the chill fills the air. This is no grungy haunted house with black walls still reeking of cheap paint decorated with props purchased at the Dollar Store.

Oh no, this is the labor of haunted love of Jason Besemann and his dedicated crew, who have spent the last five years turning this building on West Hill Street into a Gothic wonderland and filling it with the most evil souls ever to torment your nightmares in legend, literature and horror movies.

You won’t find better set design, make up and special effects anywhere in the Ville. The Devil’s Attic is covered in floor to ceiling detail to the extent that one can barely take it all in on a single trip through the twisting, turning maze. You’ll pass through skull covered hallways, foggy crypts and forgotten dungeons as you make your way past some of the most evil characters ever created.

First you must confront the Devil himself in his wretched throne room, who will open the door to a portal that will transport you into the Devil’s Attic where he keeps his most fearful minions. Down the dark rabbit hole you’ll go into the Victorian era of horror where you’ll encounter Dr. Frankenstein working on his greatest creation, the lusty and seductive brides of Dracula and the caged fury of the werewolf.

Just around the corner, you’ll find a new Victorian Christmas scene which will introduce you to Santa Claus’ demonic sidekick who punishes the naughty children, Krampus! Also new this year is a period piece torture chamber straight out of an Edgar Allen Poe nightmare, complete with an iron maiden and a swinging pendulum blade. Don’t stick around long or you might end up strapped to one of these instruments of pain.

Moving forward in time, you’ll find yourself lost in one Jigsaw’s disorienting traps where you’ll need to discover the right way out if you want to ever see the sun again. You’ll also pass through the glass house seen in “13 Ghosts” and confront the completely insane specter known as The Jackal. Then be prepared to taste the glorious pain and torment inflicted by Pinhead and his cenobites. You’ll also have to risk your head on a quest to cross the bridge in Sleepy Hollow before the Headless Horseman finds you and finally,  you’ll be heading down south to meet the sickest family in Texas.

Did I mention Pumpkinhead? You’ll be meeting him as well.

As elaborately detailed as the Devil’s Attic is, it isn’t the longest haunt in town. A quick stepping group might be able to complete the maze in 12 to 15 minutes, but if you get lost in Jigsaw’s maze and take a more leisurely paced trip in order to fully appreciate the impressive set design, it could take as long as 20 minutes to complete. If quality of set design, make-up and acting are more important to you than length, then the Devil’s Attic should definitely be at the top of your list of haunts to experience this Halloween.

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