Terror in the Corn 2011

Scare FactorActingSets/FXLengthOverall
Alex G8910109.25
Alex K8109109.25

Kris Kropelnicki

Anderson farms has come up with a real winner this year! Terror in the Corn is back and bigger and badder than ever! I would have to say this is their best season ever! This has always been one of my favorites because this is so much more than a haunt. This is full day family fun and fantastic scares at night. This season, they have outdone themselves!

As I entered the farm gate I was immediately immersed in fall activities that took me back in time to my childhood. Hot cider, hot chocolate, campfires and the smells of homemade goodies on a crisp fall night really set the mood. I was shaken out of my trip down memory lane a bit when I came across an undead actor; his burial clothes were mere shreds and his bones were showing everywhere. This is one fantastic costume that looks great even in well lit areas.

As I walked through the festival area and headed to the back to the haunt I began seeing more and more undead characters that had equally amazing costumes. The man dressed all in black, including his cowboy hat is really scary. He just oozes creeper. Off in the distance I can begin to see the outlines of the ‘Night Stalkers’ and it seems to get a bit cooler suddenly. Look for shockingly tall scarecrows and you will see what I mean.

There is a tractor pulled wagon ride into the corn fields and out to the haunt. This is something no one else has and it is always a spectacular start to the haunt. Don’t settle in during the ride too much. They have plenty to see and experience long before you get to your destination. This is no serene ride into the corn. Numerous sets built in along the way make for some outstanding startles and scares. At least ¾ of the guests on the wagon ride were screaming, some near hysteria before we even got close to the actual haunt. One scene I really enjoyed was the woman who was speaking and there were shadows of a man and a skeleton on the window behind her. I can’t say more without giving it away. Every set has some unique surprises so keep your eyes open.

Once we arrived at the entrance and exited the wagon I was in line for only a few minutes before the group I was with went in. Right away there are a few good props and then there is a snake scene. This is done really well in spite of being able to see some of the working mechanism. I really liked this.

Moving from scene to scene through the cornfield, I was continually amazed at the effects and costuming that I saw. One actor had this insanely huge head that was quite gruesome and a wolf in the field effect was done very well and got great jumps out of our group.

The mine shafts here are very good and I was constantly brushing things off my face that were touching me. By the time I was out of the mines my skin was crawling head to toe! I loved it! There are some great props in here along the way as well as well placed actors.

The ghost town is superb and if you take a minute and read the signs on the shops you will get some good chuckles and outright laughs. This makes a haunt great to me because levity in between scares makes for a much better experience. Fear and laughter both get the heart pumping and when an actor can catch someone laughing with a great scare, it’s that much more effective. They know this here and use it well in numerous locations with great success!

The butcher shop was positively repulsive and fascinating at the same time. The butcher is chopping meat, but this isn’t beef, it’s a young woman and from the looks of things, he isn’t very skilled. He takes another whack at her right in front of us and it was frighteningly realistic! Well done!

This is definitely one of my must see haunts this year, and while there are a lot of family activities both day and night, I would keep the younger ones out by the campfire sipping hot chocolate. This is a fantastic scare machine that would be too intense for the younger crowd.

Pros: Sets, Costuming, Acting
Cons: A couple of actors lacked energy

Ryan Acker

Terror in the Corn is an outdoor haunt located in Anderson Farms. This one of their primary attractions and I can understand why. The detail found within the haunt is great as they successfully transport you into an abandoned ghost town in the middle of a corn field.

When you first get to the line for the haunt, you don’t find anything scary in sight. The beginning of this haunt is a wagon ride which twists and turns throughout the corn and into a variety of sets. Last year, we were the only people on board this wagon ride but this year was very different. We were packed tightly with a lot of teenagers and watching them scream and try their best to escape the sides of the wagon was a great sight to see. Many of the sets along this ride were well designed, although having them built up to be parallel with the wagon ruined most of the effect, especially a newly built cemetery.

When you exited the wagon you were dropped off at an old motel type entrance. You then spoke to a man asking for your ticket who, in the end, was just messing with you to help separate the groups. This section of the haunt is entirely in the corn and I enjoyed it for the scenery found within and not the acting. Some of the scenes in the haunt contained fire which I loved and others contained some run away wolves!

After finishing the corn section you have to wait in line, again. This was by far the shortest wait but it still drove me crazy that they had you stop and start throughout the haunt letting the scares you just experienced die down and become a thing of the best. Anyway, when you enter this section of the haunt you are sent through a mine shaft which popped out in the old western ghost town. This is the best section of the haunt in terms of detail and I loved the effects that happened within here. Air cannons hit your feet constantly and actors banged on walls pretty much the entire way through. If it weren’t for the great props and some unique ideas involving slaughter and butchery, this haunt would have gotten a much lower score.

Instead of hating on the actors for most of my review, I want to point out some of the good experiences I had with them. A woman in a wedding dress provided a blank stare of hatred whenever you laid eyes of her beloved and decaying face. I found this great as she did not to do anything else but just resent you for silent judging her because of her looks. Sometimes the best actors are the ones that don’t do anything! Also, a highlight and my favorite scene was when an actor ran to you out of a swamp towards the end of the attraction. This was a unique idea and I love those in every haunt.

When you go to Anderson Farms, there is a variety of attractions you can participate in. Pumpkin launching, corn maze, barrel trains, animals, etc. are what you can expect to find in this enormous property. So even if you don’t enjoy haunted houses, or do and want a good scare or two, Anderson Farms is a great choice for the fall season!

Pros: Sets, unique ideas, 2 actors mentioned
Cons: Most of the actors, stopping and starting, some lack of realism

Steven Acker

What better way to spend an afternoon/evening with your family than at Anderson Farms, who offer many other things than just a good scare. They start you off very pleasantly with a nice, smooth (although still dirt and dusty) parking lot. The parking lot for some of the other field haunts felt as if they had just plowed the corn and opened for business…I think I lost 3 teeth just in parking lots this year! Fortunately, not so at Anderson Farms. This was my first time here and I came away very impressed with everything they had to offer for the entire family, including a first class haunt for the teens and adults and plenty of things to do for the younger kids.

They start you off with a wagon ride that takes you into the welcome barn, and gets the girls’ lungs all warmed up for the real by screaming at a couple of actors dressed in black like ghouls, and then takes you by a couple more welcome stages with actors setting up the haunt with some dialog that could have been miked/amplified for us to hear a little better. One of the main themes of this haunt is supposed to be snakes running loose in the fields but about the only place you see them is the entrance with the great snake room with some large Boas! Nice effect but they could have done a little more to hide the mechanics of the snakes.

They had some Great corn monsters that we really loved, one of my favorites had a very large head with spiders over his eyes! Another great gag was we were hearing howling wolves in what sounded like it was in the distance, then it sounds like you’re getting close but it sounds like it’s getting softer so you look closely into the corn to investigate and there’s one guy in there that does a little grunt and moves the corn…between your concentration on the howling and the subtle growl & rustling, I’m pretty sure most every member of our team got a nice fright from this one! Great job corn wolf!! Another thing I really enjoyed about this haunt was the small elements of humor all the way throughout…if you take a couple of extra minutes to read a lot of the signs and even a few of the things the actors were saying, it was actually quite hilarious, great job of humor & scares together!

My favorite gag of the season was at the butcher shop…Mr. Butcher was shown cutting up some prime cuts of leg…human leg…and the lady WAS STILL ALIVE!!!! WOW, Nice gag!!! She was screaming at us to save her, but believe me, there was no saving her…she was laying there on the table cut up in pieces, and I’m not quite sure how they did it but he showed us making a fresh cut into the leg, a leg I’m sure he had made several thousand cuts on throughout the night. Bravo…Great gag, Great "execution" by the actors!!!

My biggest complaint of the night was timing…some of it was the timing of the actors, me being able to see them before they jumped out at us, and timing of the customers. I don’t know if this is an issue with the field haunts, or if these guys were just shortening the times between groups to get more people through…but it is irritating to have people coming up on your heals and kinda taking away from your small group experience. If this is a field haunt problem maybe they could have a place or two throughout the field where they could have actors stall a group if they get too close to the previous group.

The very end had a nice little grave yard that they could have improved on with some fog, lights on the gravestones so you could read them a little better and maybe a couple of actors popping out from behind a gravestone or shallow grave. Overall they did a fantastic job here and this is a great place for a whole family activity!!

Pros: butcher & victim, detail & design of western town, corn monsters, use of fire & projectors
Cons: timing of actors and customers, cover mechanics of boas, graveyard

Kathie Holt

Terror in the corn is located at Anderson Farms in Erie just a short drive north of Denver and this whole farm is alive with the spirit of Halloween and the great harvests that October bring are everywhere. This one is a fun place for the entire family all day long. They have a dance stage with some pretty good music playing that will please the teenage crowd and there are a few actors near the entrance as well as walking around inside.

Your trip begins with a tractor drawn wagon ride that can fit quit a lot of people so the wait is not bad at all. Once in the wagon you will be given some brief instruction on the wagon ride portion of your journey by a very nice man who will get you pumped for the ride then off you go through the corn fields. Once you reach the barn the doors will close behind you and you will get further instructions for the remainder of your haunt experience through a loud speaker however there are oogy boogies in there with you and they are making all the kids scream so you most likely will not hear what he has to say. The most important thing to know is that you will end up getting off the wagon and continuing your journey on foot through town and to please not jump off the wagon if you get scared.

Your nice little wagon ride through the corn will stop a few little stages set up with actors and props that are really cool so pay close attention to both sides of the wagon throughout this section. I got peed on by a couple of skeletons and it went right in my mouth. It was clean water thank goodness but it was quite a shocker.

Once you finish the wagon ride you will be dropped and form a line to enter town and there are a few ghouls here to keep you company and a chainsaw wielding psycho as well. Once you enter town you will see all of the buildings that an old west town should have like a general store and a post office. Pay close attention to the names of each building. The actors here are very interactive which always makes a haunt a nice experience.

The two faced ticket taker is really interesting so take a look at his back once you get on the other side of him. There is a room full of bugs crawling on the wall which always creeps me out. There are a lot of actors in this little town and each one is up to something different like having a baby alien for dinner and another woman is irritated that you woke her baby while the poor guy at the post office is getting fried like southern chicken. All great things to see in town as well as the corn monsters and the werewolves you will encounter. The gin mill operation is in full swing and they don’t want you stealing any of their hooch secrets.

Pros: Good length with a nice little mixture of everything thrown in the mix. The twon is set up perfectly and the attention to detail in all of the props was outstanding. And of course the buildings are very impressive as well.
Cons: As much as I dislike snakes it would have been cool to see something that looked at bit more realistic although this is the middle of a corn field so perhaps they thought it would be best to be able to tell the difference between a real one and a rubber one. The wagon ride seemed a bit short but the town definitely makes up for that and the headstones in the graveyard needed a bit more light to be readable as some of them are very funny but you cannot see them well enough to read them all.

Alex Gallegos

This haunt starts in a very original way, with a haunted hayride. I haven’t seen anything like this at any other haunt in the area but it was absolutely amazing! The tractor drawn wagon took us to several areas with stages set up on either side of the pathway, and because we were quite literally a captive audience we were treated to some of the best theatricality of any haunt I have ever been to. We were shot at, had snakes attacking us, were almost blown up by dynamite, and saw vampires and demons and zombies (Insert obligatory “Oh my!” here).

The hay ride started from a long line but fortunately each wagon holds about 30 people so things move along at a pretty good clip. The tractor takes you into a barn whose doors immediately shut, leaving you trapped. A prerecorded safety announcement starts at this point, but with an actor climbing the sides of the wagon in order to scare all of its occupants, it’s quickly droned out by the screaming. “I sure hope none of that was important,” I thought as we drove on. In fact it can be hard to hear a lot of the actors in these scenes; I really could have done with some artificial amplification for these scenes.

While we’re talking about screaming, I think this is a good time to mention that this haunt was the experience, from the entire sum of my life, that convinced me that if I could find some way to never, ever, EVER do anything with teenage girls again it would be a marvelous thing. You really get no choice as to who ends up on your wagon with you unless you bring 29 friends, so be prepared to have your eardrums assaulted.

Alas the haunted hayride ends all too soon and you’re left to go through a deserted ghost town on foot. Which is a shame, really; I would have been OK with an entire haunt on the wagon, to be honest. It was just a lot of fun and I was sorry to see it end so soon.

The ghost town was really well built; not only did it really seem desolate but the way it twisted around on itself meant we could make our way through without ever really realizing that we weren’t in a much larger area; I only really ever became aware of it when I would hear another group scream.

The actors did a really good job of creeping us out, sometimes coming after us screaming, but other times they were just still and stoic, which can be equally creepy. My favorite was the guy coming out of the lake who just stared at us as we went by. Very effective, and very out of the ordinary.

Pros: Crazy bird girl in the cage at the women’s shelter, really well built ghost town
Cons: Occasionally unsure paths, hay ride was too short, some of the early scenes on the wagon ride were very good theatrically, but didn’t take an opportunity to try to scare me.

Justeen Walters

Alex Kratz

Terror in the Corn was a spectacular haunt the blended great props, sets and fantastic acting. At first I was unsure of another redneck, corn field theme, but they really made it work. All of the sets were crafted masterfully. A lot of different ideas were employed to great effect. To really put a cap on it, the acting was phenomenal.

The haunted hay ride at the beginning was a great way to get into the mood of Terror in the Corn. Having a large group of people huddled together on a wagon pulled by a large tractor may not seem to scary, but they still managed to make it really freaky. Stopping at various points to watch actors deliver their grim monologues gives a great sense of being helpless in a bad situation, which was awesome. Looming over the tall corn stalks were some giant human shaped things with creepy jack-o-lantern heads. It felt like they were watching you the whole time, waiting to get you. After the short trip of terror, we were dumped at the entrance of a house structure. Terror in the Corn was able to keep things going the whole way through, but getting off the tractor did sort of feel like a odd transition. The entire haunted western town theme was so much fun. There were all the buildings and places you would expect to see in an old town, including a doctor, a sawmill, a butcher shop and all sorts of other things. I have to make special mention of the woman being butchered right in front of the audience. The blending of props and fake body parts mixed with a couple of real actors made for an engaging scene of gore. That is the kind of thing I would like to see more often in haunts. The scene with a witch outside, stirring a pot, really needs to be fixed. Not only did it feel out of place overall, but the props and such surrounding the actor were clearly of African influence. That was the one piece I can recall that wasn’t so good, but the rest of the sets were amazing.

The acting was absolutely off the charts at Terror in the Corn. All of the actors were engaging, well timed and their costumes were well done. There was one clown looking creature that had a really huge mouth that actually looked like it opened it! Normally I don’t really like clowns, but seeing that mouth open up made even me feel a bit uneasy. Terror in the Corn had so many actors coming out of every nook and cranny, it made for a really fun and frantic pace. There didn’t really seem to be any parts that felt like dead zones. I was enjoying all of the rooms set up along the ride to the haunt because they were all like watching a horror show that was out to get you. They even kept their stories cohesive and recurrent throughout the haunt. One of the guys was shouting warnings about werewolves lurking about, and sure enough, they were.

Terror in the Corn was a fantastic haunt with some great scares and top notch sets, effects and acting. While I am still a bit tired of the whole haunted western theme, I was massively impressed with Terror in the Corn.

Pros: Good scares, good theme, good sets, amazing acting
Cons: a few weird sets, odd transition getting off the tractor

Marlena Baker

Terror in the Corn is really different. You start with a haunted hay ride that drops you off at a western town overrun by the weird. The whole experience is full of creepy scenes and good scares. The whole theme of a western was a nice take, especially out in the corn field.

The hay ride was tons of fun, with actors popping up over the sides, stages where characters could give creepy monologues, and some pretty cool effects. Each scene is well built, giving us a look at snapshots of horror. The town itself was much more detailed, but it needed to be. There was a full haunted town for us to walk through and see. Most of the buildings were amazing and on theme, but there were a few that seemed out of place. The town itself made up for that entirely. It was a moody look at a town left alone for too long.

The residents were absolutely insane. The actors played their parts well, even when they had pretty cliché characters. Unfortunately they were pretty sparse. The timing was not always great either. The actors along the hay ride were great, giving us great little stories, building up my imagination of the town to come. They weren’t stiff or too rehearsed, but believable and with a touch of humor.

Terror in the corn is a fun experience. The effects were excellent, not just there to be there, they added to the haunt. The hay ride is a great format for introducing you to the haunted town and its history. You take that ride with a group, though, so expect to have some who will scream at anything.

Pros: hay ride, setting, theme
Cons: sparse actors, timing, out of place scenes