Bloodbath 2012

Scare FactorActingSets/FXLengthOverall
Ryan76787
Bill99109.59.375
Vicki86867
Jason98878
Alex751056.75
Marlena65966.5
Corey88978
Peyton78777.25
Overall7.636.888.506.947.48

Ryan Acker

Blood Bath has returned for its second year at Elitches in the locker rooms in Island Kingdom Water Park. Like last year, they handed out ponchos that seemed longer yet still didn’t protect me from any water. I got soaked, and I was cold, which is really not how I want to spend my time in a haunt.

When you walk in, you can tell they used walls from last year’s Brutal Planet haunted house. I didn’t understand the theme of the first room, but the curiosity went away as I realized there still really is no theme in the haunt, other than their obsession with being sprayed with water. As I went into the second room, a man was peeing on a corpse on the ground, then turned around and did it on my face, along with the rest of the group. This led me to ask the question why do they hand out ponchos, if he aims for your face anyway?

I still enjoy the uniqueness of spraying water. A little polishing on where to use and how to use water could pay off in a big way in the future. Every time I saw a wet spot on the ground, I quickly bolted past to avoid it. It really made me mad as the only room without water was the shower room. It just doesn’t make sense! However that is just a personal opinion.

Acting was less than desirable as I hardly saw any actors, and the few I did see just screamed and went back to their positions. The only actor that truly got me was in the fog room. Walking through thick and dense fog and seeing a demon suddenly appear in front of me made me jump. The fog room also had lighting which made me feel as if I was walking directly into the gates of Heaven (or Hell) which I loved.

Nothing has really changed from last year, just a lot of dark hallways and an inconsistent theme with some average props filling rooms around the attraction. With being an amusement park, they hardly have time to build and I understand that, but with a little more planning I’m sure they could pull off something much better.

Pros: Unique Water Usage, Fog Rooms

Cons: Acting, Average Sets, On the Shorter Side

Bill Bevis

We were handed ponchos at the entrance. We were told we’d be getting “wet.” Given the Haunt’s name, I had visions of paying homage to Sissy Spacek for her role and circumstances at the prom in “Carrie” (I would’ve ROCKED that dress). But, come to think of it, I don’t really have the stones or the wherewithal to use my mental powers to slam and lock doors, start fires, and burn people to death–tho’ sometimes, I kinda wish I did. I had fun here. The beginning set the tone. You do get wet. Not drenched, but wet. You’re on a bridge. There are big pipes and plumbing, and you feel like you’re in a sewer. There are good sound effects—bad plumbing and dripping water. There’s something about the sound of dripping water in semi-darkness that’s sinister. It creates tension. You FEEL something’s about to happen. There aren’t a lot of actors, and to be honest—they really aren’t necessary here. The atmosphere and environment works on its own, and it’s actually a way’s in before the first one is encountered. He makes sure you get wet—and I’m not going to tell you with what (but avoid it, if you can). The everywhere-moisture, dark oppressive space, ruined and abandoned snippets of human existence, belching toilets, and urinals (that pee back atcha’) all work just fine to keep one on one’s toes, and guarded as the tour continues. There’s a fog room that’s completely disorienting. I had to keep my hand on a wall and follow it around to eventually find my way out. I was alone in the white, dense fog—not knowing WHAT might be in there waiting. . . watching. There’s a very cool lighting effect in the fog, and an actor (a clown?) that rushes by quickly through the light, then disappears again. . . . . . but WHERE’D he go????? Is he coming BACK?! Yeah. . . not a “Blood Bath,” per-se, not super gore intensive. But I WAS glad I wore the poncho, and I had fun. Creepy fun.

Pros: Minimal actors. Reliance on close-to-silence. Fog room.

Cons: Minimal actors. No actor in character at the entrance. I usually only allow myself to be seen in ponchos by Gucci.

Victoria Maez

This haunt is all about the gore factor, and they did a pretty good job bringing it to life, or death I should say. : ) They start out by having you put on a poncho before entering, so you assume you will get wet at some point. Even with the poncho on, I still got a little wet, so just a little disclaimer for anyone not wanting to freeze on cold nights. However, they did a good job with all the scenes in the haunt where you can get wet. They have a guy peeing on a dead body, who then “pees” on you as you walk by him. They have someone chopping up a body and the body juice squirts on you. And of course lots of leaky pipes throughout.

They also really used the disorientating sensation a lot to generate anticipation and scares. Lots of strobe lights, fog, and darkness, and it worked well. Amidst these factors, they really played on their theme, a blood bath. There were skinned bodies hanging all over, heads, hair, and body parts throughout. I must admit, I was a little groused out numerous times. Their props and set were designed well, and really helped create startling scares.

Overall, I would have liked to see a little more effort from the actors in this haunt. Getting into character more, and using more of a variety of tactics and noises would go a long way. The only other area of big improvement would be the length. It was cut a little short, with a very abrupt ending. Making a few changes would make this an all around excellent haunt!

Pros: Blood and gore.

Cons: Too short.

Jason Peterson

Elitches had a pretty cool graveyard scene set up through the entire park. We had a really cool scene to look at as we walk up towards Blood Bath. This haunt has a cool stone wall façade with a large rounded door. A young man at the front, dressed in black with face paint on and sporting sunglasses, greets us and hands us our rain ponchos. I think I know where this is going already.

The doors opened and we started our way up the stairs, leading us into an industrial cat walk. Water drips from overhead, leaking pipes. This was a fantastic scene and effect. I really enjoyed the way this haunt transitioned between sets. The bathroom scene in this haunt is scary, gross, and just plain fun. I almost felt like I was in a super Mario game, ducking, dodging, timing in my every step. Only this game, it was toilet and urinal water I was dodging and not cute little turtles. I remember encountering a rotting man urinating on the ground with his back turned slightly towards us. We move closer to him and he then turns in full stream and begins to shower us with what appears to be urine! Our group scatters, we all panic, swearing and laughing; we leave this area quickly. I continue my journey through this haunt with wet hair, reminding myself that it’s only water.

I’ve seen fog rooms before, but this one was amazing! It was so disorienting and actors were appearing in and out of your face and vanishing into the fog. I had to just stop and freeze a few times to try and get my bearings and that was useless. Great effect, good acting, in fact the acting throughout the whole haunt was pretty good. Loved that guy in the kilt, which was a very cool costume. The makeup was very good throughout as well. I saw some pretty good airbrushing and prosthetic applications accompanied with special effect lenses.

Pros: you get wet, cool sets, fun

Cons: you get wet, could have used a few more actors

Alex Gallegos

Bloodbath at Elitche’s is a pretty good little haunt, small not in its scope as much as it was in its geographical area. This was actually well done enough that I felt like I wanted more at the end, like it was just getting started when it ended as abruptly as the last episode of the Sopranos a few years back. I understand the showbiz philosophy of “leave them wanting” but if it weren’t for the rooms with blinding darkness or blinding strobe lights slowing your progress, you could probably get in and out of there in under two minutes.

As with prior years you’re given a poncho when you line up, but there’s no real explanation of what you’re going in there for. The name of the haunt is Bloodbath and you’ve just been handed a sheet of personal plastic weatherproofing so it doesn’t exactly take a mind like Sherlock Holmes’ to realize that you’re likely to enter into some sort of splatter zone. However, you might be surprised by the sheer volume of blood that’s going to come at you in here. Alright, it’s no elevator full of blood like in the Shining, but it’s a substantial amount nonetheless.

I did have to wonder if we’re really supposed to be dealing with an exclusively blood-based scenario here, though. There are hanging, dripping corpses galore, of course, but there are also actors vomiting and urinating all over the place as well as the guests… in fact just about every bodily fluid you can imagine is strewn about the place by the time you reach the finish. And then by the end of the haunt you’re passing through a bathroom with toilets and urinals that spray jets of horribleness at you, which led me to wonder if I was really meant to believe that there’s so much blood running through this place that they’ve actually started to do all the plumbing with it as well.

Alas, it’s all a series of make believe, and while the gross-out factor is there, it’s really only water that you’re being hit with, fortunately enough. This is one time when I was happy not to have authentic tastes and smells inside a haunt because unfortunately I can only think of one way that could be accomplished and I am definitely not interested in it. You will be wet by the time you leave, though, so keep that in mind before you go in. Last year it was more of a gentle blood mist but this time around I definitely looked more like I had bathed in the blood than not. Just consider what the weather is like outside and plan your afternoon/evening accordingly… the poncho can only do so much against this level of aqueous onslaught and you don’t want to freeze out there once you get outside.

Pros: Sets are very well done and realistic, actors coming from nowhere in blinding rooms caused by dark and light alike.

Cons: You do know that it’s October in Colorado, right?

Marlena Baker

Bloodbath has a very neat interactive element, water. You will get wet. If you’re very opposed to getting wet this is not the haunt for you. They give you ponchos before you go in, but they won’t protect you from everything.

Second room in, I got a blast of water right to the face. I’m not sure the ponchos are supposed to work. They could just be a subtle way to give us a sense of security. Then, bam, they completely negate them. The sets were the best part of this haunt. The interactive element of the water was really engaging, overshadowing the actors. I was much more concerned with what was going to get me wet next than the guy jumping out of the shadows. Besides the guy pretending to pee on us, the spraying urinals had to be the grossest part. It wasn’t just all about the water, either. There were a number of areas where they took away our ability to see. There were some super dark areas where we were following the wall and holding on to each other just to get through. Then there were some great fog filled rooms that were bright and that was just as disorienting.

The actor that jumped out of the fog at us was one of my favorites. He had a lot of energy, coming right at us. It was pretty sparse on actors, and the ones in there weren’t all that good. There weren’t any others that really stood out to me. They were mostly just startle scares, saying ‘boo’. One guy had a really nice snarly noise. That was it. One big thing that could have helped the acting was making sure that the characters made sense in the haunt.

Overall, the acting brought the haunt down. It could have stood up on its sets alone. The water was very engaging and it made me really anxious. The haunt is unique and a lot of fun, in the end. I would have loved to have more acting that supported the scenes, but it just wasn’t there.

Pros: Water effects, props, sets

Cons: Acting, short

Corey Dunham

Bloodbath located in Elitch Gardens is a very cool haunt with some great ideas that is a ton of fun to go through. As you get to the entrance you are given a poncho to wear which will keep you dry through the madness. This was the first haunt that I’ve gone through that you must wear a poncho and it is intimidating knowing you will be soaked.

Once inside watch out! There is water dripping from the ceiling and coming from almost everywhere. There is not enough water to totally drench you, but enough to need some protection. As you walk through water is leaking from the ceiling, to me this was a great effect that made me feel as if I was walking through a crumbling building. As I continued on I came to a man urinating in the corner, as I walked by he turned toward me and urinated in my direction. It was just water but it had me running for my life. Great set up and amazing use of water, good job.

The set design and props used in Bloodbath were very realistic and used in good ways. My favorite room inside is one filed with fog to the point that it’s all you can see. There is a strobe light flashing and it creates a totally psychedelic effect that makes the fog look insane. This effect was awesome and very trippy. The acting throughout this haunt was very good and had decent energy. The makeup used was very good and looked totally realistic. One guy had a mouse coming out of his face; this looked totally real, as if the mouse had ate through his cheek. I was very impressed with the good makeup and hope there is more to come.

All in all, Bloodbath is a great haunt with a lot of originality and cool ideas. The acting is great and the makeup is off the charts. The sets are done well and look very detailed. The use of water is an awesome idea and I really enjoyed seeing this used here and in such good ways. I recommend this haunt to all who visit Elitches and would like to try something new in the haunt industry.

Pros: Great makeup very realistic, good use of water, great fog effect

Cons: Needs more length, and more actors

Peyton Lucero

Bloodbath located in Elitch Gardens is a very cool haunt with some great ideas that is a ton of fun to go through. As you get to the entrance you are given a poncho to wear which will keep you dry through the madness. This was the first haunt that I’ve gone through that you must wear a poncho and it is intimidating knowing you will be soaked.

Once inside watch out! There is water dripping from the ceiling and coming from almost everywhere. There is not enough water to totally drench you, but enough to need some protection. As you walk through water is leaking from the ceiling, to me this was a great effect that made me feel as if I was walking through a crumbling building. As I continued on I came to a man urinating in the corner, as I walked by he turned toward me and urinated in my direction. It was just water but it had me running for my life. Great set up and amazing use of water, good job.

The set design and props used in Bloodbath were very realistic and used in good ways. My favorite room inside is one filed with fog to the point that it’s all you can see. There is a strobe light flashing and it creates a totally psychedelic effect that makes the fog look insane. This effect was awesome and very trippy. The acting throughout this haunt was very good and had decent energy. The makeup used was very good and looked totally realistic. One guy had a mouse coming out of his face; this looked totally real, as if the mouse had ate through his cheek. I was very impressed with the good makeup and hope there is more to come.

All in all, Bloodbath is a great haunt with a lot of originality and cool ideas. The acting is great and the makeup is off the charts. The sets are done well and look very detailed. The use of water is an awesome idea and I really enjoyed seeing this used here and in such good ways. I recommend this haunt to all who visit Elitches and would like to try something new in the haunt industry.

Pros: Great makeup very realistic, good use of water, great fog effect

Cons: lacked some detail, might get wet and chilly, wish it was longer

BLOODBATH
ADDRESS:
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
PRICE:
  • $8.00 + Park Admission 1 House
  • $12.00 + Park Admission 2 Houses
  • $29.99 + Park Admission Both Houses VIP
DATES/HOURS:

October 5 – 28
Friday: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday: 6pm – 12am
Sunday: 6pm – 9pm

Fright free family fun Noon – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays

NOTES:
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PREVIEW:
This attraction is truly; a fully immersive experience. Guests are lured into an old warehouse where something very wrong is happening. As they wind through the various corridors and catwalks, guests must wear ponchos to avoid the spraying and exploding blood throughout the entire venue. Guests will begin to understand the horror of this warehouse and discover the grim reality behind it.