Terror in the Corn 2014

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Alex | Jason | Peyton | Kate | Kennedy

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Alex Gallegos

By the time the mayor warns you that the town has been overrun by ghosts and monsters, it’s too late – you’ve already climbed aboard a tractor-pulled wagon and are being taken out to a little prospecting town that’s been totally beset by evil.

Terror in the Corn is the haunted attraction at Anderson Farms. It’d be a fun location even without the haunt – they have go-karts, pumpkin patches, zombie paintball (that’s where you get to ride around in a wagon and blast zombies in the face until they fall over dead, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds like it would be). It’s like a Halloween wonderland. But I’m not here to talk about those things (which is a shame because I could go on all night). You want to know about the haunt, am I right? Never mind, rhetorical question. I’m always right and I know it.

We started the evening pulling out into an old barn, and when the doors were shuttered behind us, it became clear that there was no escape. The only way out was to press on forward, braving whatever was coming our way. Based on the few people who tried to warn us against going in any further, we had spirits and crazy murderers to look forward to. Oh yaay! It’s not a complete evening out in a cornfield without at least a couple crazy murderers, after all.

Once we got off the wagon, we took a nice stroll through the corn fields, attacked by crazy people and werewolves alike, and I was really pleasantly surprised to see stages of lycanthropy played out before us, starting with people with vaguely canine features and moving on to full blown wolf-men. The costuming on the final stage in the werewolf process was one of the best I’ve seen since I started reviewing three seasons ago. Totally believable, completely unsettling.

Once we passed into the town, the acting and the sets took an abrupt tonal shift, becoming more like you’d expect to see out of an old John Wayne movie. People watched us from front porches of saloons and jailhouses, sometimes not bothering to shake the dust off of their boots and come talk to us, other time jumping around like mad to try to intimidate us. Despite these few manic characters, though, ultimately everything feels like it moves a little slow, just like Uncle Joe in Petticoat Junction. That’s good acting, it fits well with the location and the characterization, but it also turns the intensity down a couple notches, making the place feel spooky and frightening, but not terrifying, which would have netted it a higher score for scare factor. I felt weirded out by the people there, but not so much like they were a direct threat to my own well-being.

The only other complaint is down to a couple of the animatronics. That’s not to say the props aren’t good – quite the opposite, in fact, the sets and props are amazing in general, which makes the couple of simpler ones really stick out. There’s a witch reading from a book at one point who looks like something you’d see on a front porch in suburbia on Halloween night. It’s not a bad prop, it just doesn’t fit with the rest of the painstakingly crafted setting, and the haunt wouldn’t lose anything at all by removing her.

This is a definite “yes” in my book, worth going to once a year at least, if not more.

Pros: great set design, good acting, feels like an authentic location

Cons: feels a bit too subdued, more unsettling than terrifying, lacking a few hard hits

Jason Peterson

Review coming soon!

Peyton Lucero

Pulling up to Anderson Farms’ haunted house, Terror in the Corn, is always an exciting time. Right away you see giant pumpkins, a plethora of fun events to do like go kart racing, zombie paintball, dancing & the best part is smelling that delicious BBQ as you first step into the farm.The music was playing loud, making me want to bust a move. My eyes are continuously wandering and observing the entertainment that surrounds me!

One of the many attractions we did first was the zombie paintball. This ride was such a blast to go on! Two sides of objects, props, & live zombies to shoot at, and the cool thing about this ride is that before getting on, one of the crew members tells us the best places to hit the zombies. I got a kick out of that.

Our last stop was the wagon ride through the haunted house, that is of course until we had get off and walk the rest of the way. On our journey, I saw some wicked props, sets, and effects! Just the wagon ride alone has so much eye candy, it’s very hard to observe it all. The theme of the haunt definitely fit the scenes, and the actors, costuming and dialogue was very well put together. l really enjoyed the actors and their dialogue, but I do feel like it was spoken more as someone reading from a script rather than fully transforming into that character. To give the audience a little more drama and fear, the actors can add a little more intensity in their voices. When speaking these lines, don’t forget to include facial expressions, body language, emotion, and movement throughout the scene. Interact with the crowd and your set. Doing so should result in more reactions from the crowd and yourself.

We enter the town and I’m immediately taken in by the environment. The town is set up like an old western town, run down and deserted. The structure of the buildings are breath taking and the detail that’s added is at its best! From the towns City Hall to the terrifying, murky corn stalks, there are monsters of the night creeping everywhere! Werewolves with glowing eyes and endless amounts of body hair snarling in your face, demonized goats peeking around the corners, reptile keepers that want to add you to their collection, the madness just never ends! Seeing all these creatures was great because not only were they great on scare factor, but the costuming and masks that were used for some of these guys were really top notch and horrifying! I enjoyed the fact that there were more wolves this year. The big hairy guy was my favorite! The actors in the town were great with their dialouge and scene usage. They all made me feel like they had died there and were raised from the dead to live again. Although it seemed like some of the dialouge was a little slow coming together and somewhat monotone, it actually flowed with some of the scenes and the atmosphere very nicely. It also made the actors more believable. If anything, I would just throw in a little emotion and expression and that should finish off your act strong!

Other than that, I’d say this haunt is a definite GO if you’re looking for a fun and exciting time for October. Bring the kids, the whole family, or make it a trip for just you and a buddy. This place will keep you entertained and your spirits flying until the midnight moon!

Pros: tons of entertainment, detailed props & sets , awesome masks & costumes

Cons: actors need enthusiasm, a little more intensity at the ending, not enough zombies to shoot 🙂

Kate Flannigan

As a resident of the area, I’ve been going to haunts at Anderson Farms since I was in middle school. Each year they add new stuff, and are always trying to outdo themselves. It’s always nice to be able to tell that people love what they do and you can definitely feel that energy at Anderson Farms. As usual, the sets and FX were not a letdown. Terror in the Corn is always set up very well, and a ton of detail and hard work is put in to the sets and costumes.

For me personally, the haunt seemed to start out slow and then gradually get better and better. During the parts where there weren’t as many actors or where there were actors waiting for the perfect scare moment just around the corner, I was very visually entertained. This seemed to be a good tactic in a way, because although I wasn’t immediately jumping out of my skin at each set, I was distracted enough for the actors to use it to their advantage when I did round that shadowy bend.

I did notice that many of the actors were only yelling out one or two things and then would just stop. Unfortunately, sometimes when they were done yelling, I was still there with my group. This would be a perfect opportunity to interact with the haunt-goers a bit more. The actors definitely need to stay in character longer during some parts of this haunt. However, there are also a bunch of really great actors at this haunt. About the time you get to the man in the bloody jumpsuit with a chain around his neck is when Terror in the Corn really steps up its game. From that actor on, I didn’t notice anyone getting out of character. Plus there’s a chainsaw. Those always get me.

Kennedy Horstmeyer

I truly enjoyed Terror in the Corn. This haunt starts by getting into a large wagon and driving into the corn field where you enter a barn. In the barn there’s a short speech warning against the different areas of the haunted house and once again the wagon is off deeper into the field. After riding through several scenes each with a different actor giving warnings you are let out of the wagon and into the next part of the haunt which is a walk through. The walking portion of the haunt had a very good pace that allowed time to look at the details and set up for a scare but did not drag on.

Throughout the entire haunt I was most impressed by the sets and actors. Each set was so detailed it was almost overwhelming to try and see all parts of the scene. Even in between the scenes there was a general theme that was simplistic and just a walkway but it allowed time to process the previous scenes and build up for the coming scenes. The actors played their characters very well and I loved that they followed you very closely for more than a few steps. The actors played into the scenes and the feel of an older town. Each set managed to tie into the old town energy which gave consistency and variety all in one. The actors who were hiding in the corn did an excellent job not giving away their spot by rustling the corn or getting so deep in the field you beard them as they came towards you.

One of the scenes that sticks out most in my mind is the Nightmare Before Christmas scene. There was an actor playing Jack the Skeleton, with strobe lights going on at the same time. The strobe lights with the black and white costume made the actor almost blend in making it very eerie trying to find your way and keep track of his location. In all the scenes the detail was amazing but overwhelming and this was definitely the case. In the Nightmare Before Christmas scene, I truly only remember the sign when first walking in, the Jack the Skeleton and the strobes that blended the actor.

The downside to this haunt was the overwhelming amount of detail and it wasn’t very scary. To catch all the detail you would have to take several minutes in each individual scene, but it also made the haunt more realistic and stronger. There were several points that made me jump and like always I ran when the chainsaw briefly made an appearance but overall I never truly got scared. In a way the lack of scare factor helped the immense amount of detail.

Terror in the corn was a very enjoyable haunt with very strong actors, sets and a uniqueness by using the wagon. The detail was a positive and negative, the wagon was awesome, and the actors gave a very strong well put together act.

In addition to the Terror in the Corn, our group was able to participate in  Zombie Paintball. In this attraction, we were once again on a wagon, but this time there are paintball guns on either side. Before starting off into the corn there is a video of zombies walking and “coming out from the screen”. You go along a trail where there are animatronics, wooden zombie targets and several live actors to shoot at. For me the coolest part of the zombie paintball was hitting the live actors and watching them go down. My hope with this attraction is the length expands and the actors become more interactive.

Pros- wagon ride, detail, continuity

Cons- not very scary, excess detail

Anderson Farms
6728 County Road 3.25
Erie, CO 80516
  • $20
  • $30 Quick Pass
  • $20 Zombie Paintball
  • $30 Zombie Paintball Quick Pass
  • $35 Zombie Paintball and Haunt
  • $55 Zombie Paintball and Haunt Quick Pass
September 24th – November 1st, 2013
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 9/25 & 10/2 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10/9 – 10/30 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Opening September 26th, 2014
Terror in the Corn Presents Grave Undertakings
Pumpkin Creek ghost town has a new haunted elegance this year. New sets include:
Mine Hagg Lady
Pumpkin of the Opera
Buckskin Willie’s General Store
Pirate Store Snake Den
Bates Motel
Wagon Wheel Insane Asylum
Grandpa Tisdale’s Body Part Emporium
Old Town Shoot Out
Ghost Town Market
Mike’s Saw Mill
And much more…
Terror in the Corn is Colorado’s only Haunted Hayride & Ghost Town experience. Our 35 minute four part haunt is one you won’t soon forget.As the tractor drawn wagon heads deeper into the night, through the unforgiving cornfield, you will encounter many ghoulish creatures of the night that will give you spine tingling chills. Once entering the rickety wooden walls of a deserted ghost town, there is no turning back. You will be screaming with fright and wanting more.Go inside… if you dare…