Ghouls Gulch 2016

Ghouls Gulch

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Marlena | Austin

Scare FactorActingSets/FXLengthOverall
Marlena8.599.588.75
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Overall8.759.009.258.508.88

Marlena Baker

Ghouls Gulch hit a number of different themes, but still made them all feel like they fit. It’s impressive really, how the haunt manages to maintain the same feel all throughout strange temples, swampland, and a cannibal hillbilly house.

The sets were great, and a lot of them had some cool interactive elements. We were shifted and shaken, and even had to push out way through some of the scenes, and I mean more than the typical claustrophobia bags. All of the rooms were all very detailed and within each area they stayed on theme very well. The swamp was packed with water features, foliage, and dangerous critters, for example. The sets allowed for a lot of really good scares, too. The transitions worked pretty well too. The temple area had a great scene with some grave diggers that bridged the that with the swamp. The swamp led to the porch of the hillbilly house, which worked pretty well.

There was an expansive feel to a lot of the scenes too. The actors did a great job with this, by interacting with each other, as though we were walking into the middle of an ongoing conversation or argument. They were fantastic at interacting with us and drawing us into these scenes too. The fighting couple were incredible and the whole room worked really well. All of the actors were full of intensity and had really solid characters. I was incredibly impressed.

There were a few small details that would elevate some scenes, like the use of smells and one room that seemed sparse, but they were very minor issues and didn’t really pull me from the experience. The ending, however, was very abrupt. The ending scene was interesting and I was very caught up in it, interacting with the actor, which left me completely unprepared to walk out of the haunt at that point. Walking past some trash bags or bodies, which would have tied in nicely to the last room, would have felt like exiting out the back and given the feeling that the threat we just left was real.

Still, that was the only thing that really threw me off. I really enjoyed Ghoul’s Gulch. It had a great atmosphere and some fantastic scares. The actors were really the stars They really made this haunt come to life.

Austin Metzler

Ghouls Gulch lies in a creepy abandoned shopping mall within the depths of Colorado Springs. Within these walls lie 2 outstanding haunted attractions. Ghouls Gulch is a cohesive trip through a strange property. The creepy looking outside of this haunt perfectly hides the unbelievable environments within this attraction. Even while waiting in line the creatures are out to get you.

Ghouls Gulch has a creepiness that starts the moment you set inside. There are sights and sounds that will keep you on edge. Everywhere you look there are surprises to scare the life out of you. Scare tactics within this domain are some of the most unique I have encountered this season. One of the many things that are great about Ghouls Gulch is that the actors know when to get you when you are distracted. There were many times when wandering through this nightmare that I did not want to continue onward.

The talent within Ghouls Gulch is phenomenal, each actor you encounter has their own developed character and they will love to have a conversation with you. Word travels fast within these walls and the creatures would love to know your name. I loved how instead of passively seeing a scene you are involved in the story. The makeup that is in this haunt is creepy and detailed but not in a way that it is distracting, even the victims have details. Some of the great talent that really had me on edge was the couple, the mother and the gentleman in the dark room, he made me jump several times, and you will know him when you see him.

The sets and flow of the sets within Ghouls Gulch are phenomenal, the flow makes sense, and there are no rooms that don’t fit within the story. Each scene you come across is absolutely beautiful, with so much detail to absorb.  Each set is unique, and when the set is outdoors you feel like you are outside, even though you are indoors. There are also some great sets and unique animatronics within this haunt, especially in the garden and the swamp, I won’t tell what it is but there are some great props to go on top of that will catch you off guard. The fog and use of strobes is also perfectly done, and every room has something unique to look at, I highly recommend seeing whats cooking in the kitchen. The effect that is used in the barrel room is also something unique and to this day I still cannot figure out what it was but I didn’t want to stick around to see the source. The length of this haunt is also great; you definitely get your money’s worth. I highly recommend seeing this haunt; it is a fully developed story that has to be seen to be believed.

Pros: absolutely stunning sets, great talent throughout, unique props

Cons: a few times I could see the pressure pads for effects; the ending was a little abrupt, maybe a better finish

ADDRESS:
3910 Palmer Park Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO. 80909

PRICE:
  • $15 General Admission (1 haunt)
  • $20 VIP (1 haunt)
  • $26 General Admission (both haunts)
  • $35 VIP (both haunts)
DATES/HOURS:
Fridays & Saturdays September 16th – October 8th 7pm – 10pm

Thursday – Saturday October 13th – 30th 7pm – 10pm

Halloween Night – 7pm – 10pm

NOTES:
Ghouls Gulch
PREVIEW:

2016 marks the 13th year of professional haunting for Ghouls Gulch Haunted House. The thirteen years has included a number of benchmarks and accomplishments.

Going back in time twenty years, we started out with a “home haunt” that initially started out as just our front yard. As the years progressed, the haunt did as well. The following year included the front yard and the back yard. The year after that included the front yard, back yard, and garage, which we made into a mini haunted house attraction. After that, my wife said, “You are not taking over the house”, so I knew we had to find a commercial location if we were going to continue, and Ghouls Gulch was born.

Our first professional haunt was a partnership with UCCS Theaterworks in which we created our first attraction, Dante’s Inferno, a haunt that is still considered one of the most ambitious to this day. It spanned 18,000 square feet and utilized 75 actors each night in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Over the years since that time, we created the first haunted house attraction at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, “Dread Manor”. We also had the pleasure of working with Ed and Marsha Edmunds, owners of Distortions Unlimited in Greeley, Colorado and stars of the TV reality hit show, “Making Monsters”. We worked with them to create and operate five haunted houses in Greeley, with an opening night appearance by Alice Cooper. Eventually we landed at our current location at Palmer Park and Academy, and 2016 marks our sixth year at this location.

The quality of our haunts have not gone unnoticed. Over the years, we have been voted “Best Haunted House in Colorado” by FrightFind.com and by Spooky Colorado, #2 “Must-See Haunted House” by OnlyInYourState.com, and “Scariest Haunted House” by HauntWorld.com. We’ve been featured on Fox 21, KKTV- 11, and KRDO-13 TV stations. We’ve also had featured stories in the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Independent, as well as nationally in Hemispheres magazine on United Airlines, and in Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine. We are a yearly featured participant in the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, where we have won ten trophies, including Fastest Time, Best Coffin, Best Entourage, and Best Emma.

We are also proud to be part of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association’s annual Ghoulfest Poker Run, the Galaxy Fest convention, and the Haunted Brew Fest. We’re proud members of the Haunted House Association, we’ve been honored to have parts of two movies filmed at our haunted house, and proud to have been the selected location for several photo shoots. These include the Denver Umbrella Corps, the (biker magazine), and local photography groups and artists. We’ve also had both a marriage proposal and a wedding held at our haunted house. Our current location has also been certified as haunted by the All Girls Paranormal Society. 2 Our passion and love of all things haunted make this a truly fun endeavor. Our current location includes Ghouls Gulch Haunted House, Sanitarium Haunted House with 3D, and the Von Kitsch Collection. We look forward to entertaining you this Halloween season!!

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