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Reaper's Revenge - 2021 Review

Haunted Attraction Reviewed: Reaper’s Revenge

Location of Attraction: Scranton PA

Date of Review: 10/1/2021

Total Number of Attractions Available: 5

Overall Haunted Attraction Rating: 10/10!

Entertainment & Food Rating: 9/10

Atmosphere Rating: 10/10

Overall Costume & Makeup Rating: 10/10

Overall Cast & Crew Rating: 10/10

Overall Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 10/10

Overall Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9.5/10

Overall Feedback: Returning for their 13th year of providing FEAR, the Reaper’s Revenge experience for 2021 was nothing short of excellent! Reaper’s Revenge continually provides by far one of the most innovative, visually mesmerizing, and downright spine-chilling haunted attraction experiences we’ve ever encountered. You won’t get a better mixture of thrills and chills anywhere else, as Reaper’s Revenge has mastered the craft of providing an equally entertaining yet blood-curdling experience. Do you have what it takes to survive the Reaper?

After unfortunately having to close two attractions last season due to the covid-19 pandemic (Pitch Black & Sector 13), Reaper’s Revenge is operating at full-force in 2021, providing FIVE unique and spooky fun attractions! Boasting five world-class attractions, you should expect to receive 90-100 minutes of true in-attraction experience. You’ll have the pleasure of enjoying the Haunted Hayride, Lost Carnival, Delirium, Pitch Black, and Sector 13 - the first time all FIVE attractions are included in the same show! Don’t let the steep appearing admission cost deter you from visiting Reaper’s Revenge, they are worth every penny! General admission for 2021 runs $50 on Sunday’s, $60 on Friday’s, and $65 on Saturday’s. VIP skip the line passes can be purchased for an additional $25 on any given night!

As you arrive at Reaper’s Revenge you’ll be greeted by a parking lot attendant who will collect your $3 parking fee. As you exit your vehicle you’re immediately immersed into the spooky atmosphere as you can hear the audio effects from Sector 13 & the opening hayride scene echoing in the background! As you proceed forth you’ll first complete your waiver & pass through the security checkpoint. It is then when you’ll traverse up the dark pathway towards the ticket booth. After snagging your tickets you’ll be directed towards the midway area, which features a massive bonfire, several food vendors, multiple photo-op booths, games, merchandise shop, and ample seating! Once you’ve mustered up the courage for the experience that lies ahead, proceed forth to the cue line!

At Reaper’s Revenge you’ll experience the five attractions in a linear fashion, meaning in a back-to-back fashion with minimal to no wait in between attractions. With this setup you’ll likely have a longer initial wait, but once aboard the hay wagon you’re on the hook for 90+ minutes of continuous exhilarating entertainment and sheer terror! Each attraction flows seamlessly into the next, leaving nearly no time to control your adrenaline rush or catch your breath! Initially you’ll board the hay wagon to experience the Haunted Hayride, then you’ll proceed forth through the Lost Carnival, Delirium, Pitch Black, and ultimately wrapping up with Sector 13.

Haunted Hayride - As you board the hay wagon a ghostly host will prepare you for the experience that lies ahead. Shortly thereafter you’ll set forth into the dark & eerie woods. As you round the corner you’ll approach the opening scene, which effectively sets the tone for the rest of the evening's experience! The wagon comes to a halt, the scene fills with fog, booming audio effects swirl through the surrounding area, and the Angel of Death is seen hovering over the wagon. As nerves settle in perfectly timed blasts of fire go soaring into the sky, delivering a quick startle! From that point forward be prepared for an aesthetically pleasing and spine-chilling experience. You’ll be continually stunned as scene after scene is elegantly crafted with extreme attention to detail. You’ll experience a wide array of scenes like: Pumpkin Hill which features massive glowing pumpkins & pumpkin creatures, a zombie graveyard with an entertaining twist, a light show spectacular & eye candy galore in Alice in Wonderland, a slaughter barn with chainsaw wielding rednecks & a creepy puppeteer, security shack with all sorts of tricks & surprises, and so much more! You’ll also run into several horror film character favorites like Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Samara - each character possessing their own perfectly crafted scene to roam about - Samara with her deep dark well, Jason with his decrepit & horrifying cabin, Michael in the sinsiter suicide Forest, and Freddy within a hair-raising toxic wasteland! We can’t forget to mention the all new castle-esque scene with an ominous castle facade, man-eating dragons, and the formidable soul seeker - WOW!! Some of our favorite cast encounters include the folks within Alice in Wonderland, Freddy Krueger himself, Security Shack guards, and the Hillbilly Rednecks in the Slaughter Barn! There’s truly no shortage of entertainment or spine-tingling startles on this Haunted Hayride adventure, so hold on tight for what’s sure to be an exhilarating journey!

Lost Carnival - As we exited the hay wagon we made our way to the Lost Carnival. The Lost Carnival is exactly as it sounds, a carnival lost in the middle of the woods. Each and every year we are continually more and more amazed with the experience Lost Carnival provides! We’ve never encountered a haunt that truly makes you feel immersed into a demented carnival, yet alone doing so in the middle of the woods! Elegantly crafted scenes with extreme attention to detail were encountered throughout. You’ll encounter all aspects of a carnival from the games to carnival rides to food stands to the clown funhouse and much more! Leave it to Reaper’s Revenge to somehow have two operating carnival rides in the middle of the woods - a creepy carousel and equally creepy ferris wheel; how amazing! The Lost Carnival effectively attacks all your senses as they utilize uneven walking surfaces, disorienting lighting, a mixture of delicious and disgusting smells, and much more to heighten the scare factor! The scare actors throughout the Lost Carnival are always top notch! Their improv skills along with their spooky fun tricks certainly make for an equally frightening and humorous experience! We went from laughing in one scene to running out of the next scene in pure terror; they definitely kept us on our toes! Long story short, the Lost Carnival at Reaper’s Revenge once again provided a top notch experience! We have no doubts that the Lost Carnival will always rank #1 when it comes to our favorite circus/carnival themed attractions!

Delirium - Ready or not, you’ll be tossed into a world of multiple dimensions where blood-curdling surprises lurk around each and every corner! Prior to entering Delirium guests will snag their 3D glasses and then try to mentally prepare for the hallucinating experience that you’re about to endure. Right off the bat we were amazed by the detailed 3D paintings sumptuously plastered throughout the attraction. We also quickly took notice of the addition of props hanging from the ceiling, creating another layer of 3D effects. Drop panels were sneakily disguised allowing scare actors the opportunity to catch us off guard, delivering countless spine-tingling startles! Delirium was cleverly designed to allow the scare actors the opportunity to spook patrons from multiple different locations. Many of the spooks utilized noise makers and other props to enhance the startle! This year the spooks weren’t as predictable with their scare location, as they were roaming about the hallways, appearing practically out of thin air to deliver scares. They were truly relentless in their pursuit of delivering spine-tingling startles! Special kudo to the spook in the black polka-dotted suit who provided a hair-raising startle to several of our squad members, we nearly trampled on this spook as they were so cleverly disguised. Just when we thought we finally had our bearings, we had to stroll through a 3D vortex tunnel, which quickly disoriented our squad leaving us as easy targets for one final blood-curdling scare! Delirium definitely upped their game for the 2021 season, delivering a visually stunning yet spine-chilling experience!

Pitch Black - Next up guests head for one of the most terrifying attractions our squad has ever encountered, PITCH BLACK! We’ve experienced “pitch black” themed attractions many times before at other haunts but none can compete with the unnerving and horrifying experience that Pitch Black offers! As guests enter the attraction you’ll await in a small tunnel outside of a sketchy looking elevator. It is here where we encountered one of our favorite scare actors of all time; the janitor! This fellow had his skit perfected like nothing we’ve ever seen before, not to mention his incredible improv skills and witty engagement with our squad. As “blood” from the zombies being shot dead splattered all over our group the janitor “cleaned up” the area and so kindly wiped the blood & guts from the zombies all over our hoodies! Right on cue the elevator doors opened and the elevator attendant welcomed us in. This fellow also had a perfect skit as he thrashed around and interacted with the elevator as we plummeted to our near death. After nearly crashing into the basement floor the elevator doors opened and unleashed us into PITCH BLACK! Everything about this attraction makes for an unnerving experience. Even the bravest of souls will exit this attraction short of breath and likely shaken up. Safety in numbers doesn’t exist on this adventure, as you’ll often be split up into small groups of 2-3, or maybe even sent through solo. Our sense of sight, sound, and touch were repeatedly attacked. Just when we thought our eyes adjusted to the darkness we’d be awakened by a BRIGHT flash of light, which bestowed the gift of short term blindness amongst us. The audio throughout the attraction is at near deafening levels and you feel as if your whole body is rattling! After just a minute or two the intense audio effects really begin to mess with your mind and put you on the edge of mass panic. And what better than messing with your sense of touch/feel to top it all off! Perfectly placed scare actors along with many props are placed throughout the walkways. As you’re venturing down the dark path you’ll feel things touching your face, legs, sides, shoulders, etc. No one is safe from being startled in Pitch Black! Be forewarned that you may get a little wet on your journey as well. Nothing more disgusting than touching a wet object in absolute darkness! We truly don’t know how the scare actors can handle acting in this attraction all night (primarily due to the lack of lighting and intense audio) but we assume literally scaring the crap out of people probably has something to do with it! Do you have the courage to test your fate in Pitch Black? If not, proceed down scaredy-cat lane and pray that your “brave” friends don’t become Pitch Black’s newest wall ornaments!

Sector 13 - To finish out the evening we headed for Sector 13, the 5th and final attraction at Reaper’s Revenge. Sector 13 is the final bridge to the “normal” Western US after a massive bio-nuclear attack created cannibalistic mutants of all varieties! The facade to Sector 13 truly does a phenomenal job at setting the unnerving tone for the entire attraction. As guests wait in the queue lines security guards can be seen scanning the property for any cannibalistic mutants trying to sneak their way in. Once inside the main gates guests must go through some intense high level security. A word of advice would be to “keep your hands across your chest” until you exit decontamination! The decontamination process was surely an exhilarating one. Once being decontaminated all guests need to do is make their way through Sector 13 while avoiding the numerous blood-thirsty and man-eating mutants! This certainly sounds a lot easier than it actually is! To no surprise the impressive and immersive set design has carried itself into Sector 13. In the first few scenes we truly felt as if we were in a doctors lab. Several of us appeared “sick” and needed worked on by the demented doctors and nurses staffed at Sector 13. Another word of advice is be prepared to exit the attraction with a completely different group of people. Guests WILL be split up from their group which really takes people out of their comfort zone. Several of our members were locked in a body freezer where we received some one-on-one attention from a manic mutant. While others were laid down on a table and rolled into a mortuary cabinet! Scene after scene we were continually impressed by the immersive and terrifyingly life-like set design! While venturing through Sector 13 you truly are made to feel like your life is in danger! As we rounded the corner and could see the exit to the “normal” western US we were assaulted by a perfectly executed finale featuring two components; a massive man eating mutant and a chainsaw wielding maniac! This finale certainly had a large portion of guests running through the doors looking rather horrified as they tried to recall what they just endured! Our entire squad was truly blown away by our experience in Sector 13 this season, so major kudos to the scare actors for being hands on and truly providing an immersive and blood-curdling experience!

After just experiencing nearly 100 minutes of legitimate in attraction experience our squad was once again BLOWN AWAY by the experience Reaper’s Revenge provided! Reaper’s Revenge is always innovating and never fails to step up their game year after year, providing an entertaining and nightmarish experience that you’ll never forget! Reaper’s Revenge boasts top of the line sound equipment utilized throughout all of their attractions, which helps elevate the experience and immerse guests into a whole new horrifying dimension! We also can’t forget to compliment their first-class set design, elegant usage of pyrotechnics, and shocking special effects. Not to mention their exceptional cast and crew who are always on-point, providing a truly top-notch experience! As our squad gathered back in the entertainment area we were able to grab some munchies and kick back by the bonfire. We even had the pleasure of sharing a few words at the cast & crew meeting at the end of the night. As always, we were pleased to share with the Reaper’s Revenge team how awestruck we were with our experience! Thank you Reaper’s Revenge for stepping up your game once again and continually providing a TOP NOTCH and truly WORLD CLASS haunted attraction experience! If you’ve yet to visit Reaper’s Revenge we strongly urge you to pay them a visit. We have no doubt that you’ll be exSCREAMly satisfied with your experience! Be warned that Reaper’s Revenge is not for the faint of heart and always remember to FEAR THE REAPER!

Individual Attraction Ratings:

Attraction Name: Haunted Hayride

Overall Attraction Rating: 10/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 10/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 10/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 8.5/10

Attraction Name: Lost Carnival

Overall Attraction Rating: 10/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 10/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 10/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9/10

Attraction Name: Delirium

Overall Attraction Rating: 9.5/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 9.5/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 9.5/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9/10

Attraction Name: Pitch Black

Overall Attraction Rating: 9.5/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 9.5/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 9/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 10/10

Attraction Name: Sector 13

Overall Attraction Rating: 10/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 10/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 9.5/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9.5/10

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