Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch 2012

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Ryan Acker

Bill Bevis

The name is somewhat misleading. Where’s the “slaughterhouse? ”What “gulch?” Whose “Curse?” It’s definitely a scary-movie themed haunt, with all the Heavy Hitters making appearances: Freddy (HUGE actor, and very “friendly” in a touchy-feely sorta way), Jason, Michael, Ring-Chick. Then there were some rooms that seemed random and out-of-context–but my guess is, those movie homage’s were just a little too obscure for THIS cowboy.

The busted-head dude at the entry had good makeup, but the greeter actor sniffed a member of our group a little too enthusiastically and in a way that was distracting from listening to the canned rules and guidelines of the haunt. The actors are good, and believable. Hannibal Lector gets OUT of his cell. Crap. We FEEL vibrations through the floor as deadly electricity courses through a woman’s body—right before she LUNGES off the chair and comes a little TOO close. The timing seemed a little off (spacing of tour groups), as we kept coming up on the bunch in front of us. The lighting was a little too subdued, and may have been intentional to cover up some lapses in set detail. I smelled spray paint, and some more attention to soundproofing would help not give away what’s to come.  There’s a fun alien room, with very good props, but a LIVE alien in there would’ve been cool.

Pros:  Actors. Fun of seeing all your favorite movie serial killers. Playing monster-movie trivia, after.
Cons:  Huffing spray paint. Too dark for these old eyes. Some movie references too obscure.

Jason Peterson

This haunt is located at a strip mall style venue, seated next to another popular attraction. Nothing to fancy out front except for large vinyl banners sporting the names of each haunt. We are greeted by a bloody mess of a man who directs us into the multi themed Slaughterhouse home. We enter a small torture room, where an animated skeleton explains the rules to the group. The whole time, we had a nasty looking fellow breathing down our necks. Leaving the torture room behind, we encounter movie madman after movie madman, growing from Freddy to Jason and even one of my favorites, Alien! They covered a lot of horror film ground in this house.

One of my favorite scenes in this haunt was the electric chair scene. The actress was really good; I wasn’t expecting the scare she delivered! The other standout set was the saw bathroom. I knew exactly where I was when I stepped into this scene. I also liked the actor’s energy in here as well. He was very loud and convincing. There is a mine shaft or cave type area that was very dimly lit with a well delivered startle scare as well.  Enjoy this one, I did! Most transition hallways between sets had pretty cool props and dressing to keep your eyes entertained, while your mind is worrying about the villain you will encounter next.

I did enjoy and could identify most of the villains in the haunt. I did find one prop a little out of the ordinary and out of place. When entering the ring area, you can see a TV hanging in the corner of a heavily vegetated room. Kind of a strange place for a TV, until you turn to the left and see a well. You may have a tough time figuring out exactly what movie you have stumbled into. I did see a few plastic formed skeletons mixed with better quality props in the lair of our favorite chainsaw killer, and the saw could have used a little more energy or surprise tactics. Too easy to see coming and not enough rage to get me uncomfortable. Outside of that, this haunt was very enjoyable and entertaining for me.

Pros: sticks to theme, sets
Cons: a lot of masks, a few props could use an upgrade

Alex Gallegos

So, we’ve already discussed just what a gulch is. What’s a Slaughterhouse Gulch? Is it a gulch with a bunch of slaughterhouses in it, like Antiques Alley has all those antiques stores in it? I don’t know, and the haunt doesn’t really bother to try to tell us. But that’s okay, because by the end of the haunt it was fairly obvious that there was no slaughterhouse, there was no gulch, and even if there were a slaughterhouse in a gulch there wasn’t really a curse around it.

The name of the haunt conjures up images of crazed hillbillies shooting people down with those bolt guns they use to splatter pigs brains and eating their flesh, but what we actually found once we got inside were a series of rooms featuring characters from some of the most iconic horror movies ever produced. It’s not a bad concept, but apparently they didn’t give it a name to match because “Curse of Every Horror Movie from When You Were a Kid Gulch” didn’t have the same ring to it.

There’s a plethora of cinematic baddies represented here: Hannibal Lecter, Freddie, Jason, the face huggers from Alien, one of the guys shackled to a bathtub from Saw, the creepy little girl from the Ring, and a whole lot of others. On the one hand it’s cool to see some of these beloved… well, I say beloved, but really most feared characters come to life. On the other hand you realize something after you leave the haunt. It takes a while, maybe an hour or two before you realized it. You’re coming down off the high of seeing all those cool characters and being scared of them in a way you never were when they were just on TV, and… then it hits you. You realize that while it was pretty cool in there and kinda scary, Captain Hook could count the number of original ideas in that haunt on his bad hand.

About the only thing I ever saw that I hadn’t before was an effect next to the electric chair. I won’t spoil it but it’s really well done and unexpected enough that it really creeps you out well. But the rest of the haunt is all based on someone else’s ideas. That isn’t to say it isn’t effective or that it wasn’t well done, because it was. But I like to see how well a haunt creator can come up with new ideas and translate them into an experience, not how well they can transcribe someone else’s creations from the 2D screen to a living, breathing experience.

I could nitpick some other sections but overall the haunt is well done so I don’t feel the need. About the only thing that really stuck out to annoy me was that the prerecorded safety instructions couldn’t be heard over the screaming and buzzing of chainsaws in the next room over, and I can’t help but think that if you didn’t think the instructions were important enough for me to be able to hear, then there’s no reason for me to think they’re important either.

Of 13th Door and Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch at the same location, I definitely think 13th Door is the stronger of the two, so if you can only afford one, go for the former. But they’re both good haunts and if you have the means I suggest you do both.

Pros: Get to see a lot of classic horror villains, good length for the nature of the haunt; actors did a great job bringing the characters to life.
Cons: Not highly original, some props don’t seem to make sense; transitions between scenes don’t always flow smoothly.

Marlena Baker

I think there’s a theme to this haunt. It’s just not obvious from the title, and there’s not much of an introduction. There are a lot of horror movies in the haunt. It’s not a bad idea, a tour of all the great horror films. I just didn’t really get it until after I was out of the haunt. It would have been nice to know that from the start, because then I could have been wondering which one was coming up next the whole time I was in the haunt. That would have built up the apprehension and the fear.

The rooms were really dark. For the first several rooms, I couldn’t see any details. I’m not sure there was all that much to see. It looked like it was a lot of burlap and rope, and not much else. No shapes in the darkness to tell me there were even props there. Some of the movies didn’t get much of a set, either. Freddy Kruger didn’t really have a scene, just a dark room. The transitions between scenes were abrupt, and didn’t always make sense. Transitioning from a jungle scene to the Ring, there was TV in the jungle, playing the video from the Ring. I was really confused by it until I turned the corner to see the scene from the Ring. It was kind of jarring, and didn’t help build up the fear at all.

The acting was just not that good. There were a few good actors, Hannibal Lecter being the best of them all. Freddy Kruger was good and creepy too. They had an actor for their electric chair, which I liked. She was so much better than just a prop thrashing around. She really sold it. The floor vibrating helped too. Overall it was a great room. There certainly weren’t enough actors, though. Some rooms didn’t even have an actor. What actors they had they didn’t use all that well either. In the first room they had a recording tell us the rules, while an actor just stood there.

It wasn’t my favorite haunt, by a far margin. It had a lot of rooms that need to be fixed, or improved. It didn’t have much flow, with some really awkward transitions. The actors need a lot of work, to make us feel like we’re really confronted with the monsters and villains of the movies. The concept has a lot of promise, but Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch just didn’t deliver.

Pros: great concept, few really good actors
Cons: too dark, some rooms didn’t really have sets, awkward transitions

Corey Dunham

Slaughter House Gulch is a movie based haunt located in, Aurora. This haunt was pretty cool; they had every scary movie you could think of all wrapped up in one exhilarating experience. Usually in a haunt you get one or two movie based scenes but not here it’s outrageous!

Once inside I came to the door man whose head was broken open, his makeup was done well and looked disgusting! He directed my group in and we were given rules from a skeleton who didn’t seem to happy to see us.

The acting in this haunt was great and everybody seemed to be on point with lots of energy and charisma. My favorite actor was Hannibal, his mask was good but his voice is what did the scaring. He sounds exactly like Anthony Hopkins and his demeanor was very creepy. As we walked by he didn’t seem to be able to get out of his cage but eventually did and snuck up on us silently! The set was great as well and looks just like a scene from the movie.

If you like horror movies then The Slaughter House Gulch is a must see for you. The set design throughout is very spot on and the acting intense. They have incorporated a lot of movies and put some good thought into this place.

Pros: Amazing theme, great ideas, and good acting
Cons: Needs more length, could use work on set design

Peyton Lucero

Standing outside, I’m greeted by this mangled up guy who looked like his head had been sliced open. He marked my ticket and there I waited to enter the world of Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch. I could hear the sounds of creatures and screams from the actors and customers just outside the door. It seemed like it was going to be a long night of terror and fear. Finally it was time for me to enter and boy was I pumped. I entered the kill room, where murder weapons were hung on the wall, and was given rules and regulations by a talking skeleton. Not knowing the actor followed us in, I found him snarling and growling in my ear like I was his next meal. After that, it was time for me to continue on the path of death and destruction.

Through my journeys on this horrible nightmare ride, I came across some horrors that would definitely scare the pants off of you, if you are terrified of scary movies. I saw some amazing sets and had a few moments where I felt the scene came to life. There were a couple rooms that were just awesome and really put me in awe. One of the rooms I found awesome and entertaining was the electrocution room. I like how when I first entered, I had to go through this small steel like vent, which made me feel like I was going to get trapped in there. When I push through the door, right away I am greeted by this maniac scientist like dude with some really fried up, static hair. He was definitely nuts in the head! No more electric shock therapy for him! He pulled a switch and right away, the whole room went up in electricity. The floors were buzzing beneath me and at any moment, it felt like the room would be overcome with an electric current. It was a very exciting room. The actor really got into his scene and character, which made me very happy. I was sad that I missed this part, but he even told a couple group members to touch the walls and see if they got a shocking surprise. I was very impressed with this scene and character and thought it was well executed. Good job!

One other room I thought was fantastic was the Saw room. When I walked in and heard the music, right away I felt like I was now in “the game” and had to play in order to survive. Everything looked just right and the chained victim knocked it out of the park. He had good dialogue and used his props to his advantage to give me even more of a fright. Very well executed, it even smelt rude in there as if something were rotting. Great job on that set guys! A few areas that could use some help are one, some of your actors. I saw a lot of sweet sets and characters, but it seemed to me like the actors were lacking a little bit of energy, granted, it was opening weekend. Some characters didn’t come alive with the set and knowing my horror movies, these villains and killers are definitely more terrifying than that. What could help is maybe, once you have you costume and makeup on let your character take over your mind and body until the end of the night. Be the killer and murderer that you’re supposed to be and definitely, don’t be afraid to let the dialogue of your character take over. Be sick and nasty and get in peoples comfort zone. Now that’s terrifying! Horror movies are awesome, but seeing them come to life in a haunted house is just thrilling and even more extreme! If you are a horror film fanatic, then look no further because Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch has it all!

Pros: sets, props, acting
Cons: wish it was longer, some makeup

3184 S Peoria St
Aurora, CO 80014
  • $14.95 with canned food donation
  • $15.95 without donation
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  • $24.95 2 Haunt Ticket – Ticket good at 13th Door
Preview Weekend Sept. 28 – Sept 30
2012 Open Daily October 1-31, 2012
Sunday – Thursday: 7pm – 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 7pm – 12am
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