Hellscream haunted house is always a sight to see, but this year they made some big changes that really brought the haunt together. It felt incredibly cohesive for the most part, and the new sets were amazing.
The theme for the haunt was a traveling carnival that got into a horrific accident, which is definitely meant to hit on a number of horror themes, and it worked. Everything flows, even through different sets, and the transitions up and down the stairs were placed well and handled nicely. I especially liked the crash scene. You won’t even believe it. The attention to detail there, and everywhere, was stunning and horrific. The effects were all spot on, too. Great scares to supplement the ones the actors gave us.
The actors were the stars of the haunt. They interacted with each other and us seamlessly, delivering real lines, creepy noises, and silent threats. I really liked the ringmaster. He did a great job of interacting with us very naturally, and rather than explicitly threatening us, he said creepy things quite friendly. Other actors appeared periodically throughout the haunt, including a friendly clown and a silent woman. All of them added so much atmosphere to the haunt. The costumes across the board were as detailed and stunning as the sets.
Overall, Hellscream delivered the scares and they did so consistently over a huge haunt. It’s hard to take in all the details when there’s so many of them, but they combined to make a fantastic atmosphere and terrifying time.
Oh Hellscream, it never feels like the Halloween season without you. Every year, as I drive up to the unassuming building, a chill runs down my spine. From the moment you pull up your car you are immediately immersed in the Hellscream world. Even while waiting in line there are iconic characters to scare you. Look out for the pumpkins. Last year I was shaking with fear when I exited this haunt and it was no different this year. Don’t let the innocent facade of Hellscream fool you, you have no idea of the brouhaha that resides within the fog.
Immediately upon entering the domain the intensity level is cranked up to maximum, the scares come fast and furious. I especially loved how the introduction was done, it got my heart racing. There is no safe space, everything is out to get your soul in this haunt. The sights, sounds and smells all add to the intensity. Smells, oh the smells! There are so many unique smells in Hellscream, my shirt still reeks of haunt.
Hellscream excels at creating completely believable environments, every locale feels real. The sets, props and even lighting are all tied together in one unified theme. Each set feels real; with so many details it’s hard to take them all in. Some of the most unique set pieces are outside, towering over you. Animatronics are in most haunts out there, but at Hellscream even robots have a life to them. I love how they have soundtracks for their animatronics. Even the floors get special treatment, if you’re outside; when inside, it feels like you are outside. Each level is unique with a theme of its own.
The actors in this haunt are exceptional; they interact with you and each other seamlessly. The dialogue is also on point; some of the noises that these creatures make are still haunting my nightmares. Some of the same characters also keep reappearing, making you question your sanity. The costumes and the makeup and masks are also outstanding, even the masks move when the actors talk. Even the chainsaws that are used quite often had a great unique way of being used. The scares are set up so perfectly you barely have any time to breathe. Some of my favorite costumes were pumpkin and the icon characters; you will know them when you see them. The length is perfect as well; this is definitely one of the longer haunted houses in Colorado. There are so many other things to explain this haunt that it would fill a short novel, it is better to make the drive to Colorado Springs to visit Hellscream and Sinister too. Stay Spooky my friends.
Pros: Phenomenal sets, great actors and icons, great use of smells and props
Cons: That I still can’t live there
Hellscream is the older sister to Sinister Haunted house in Colorado Springs, CO. Let me tell you, these people definitely know how to put on a show. In the parking lot you are greeted by a friendly pumpkin man who seems to have gone through something awful, yet still manages to keep a positive attitude. Throughout the ticketing and queue line we were greeted by a handful of characters each with their unique personalities, little did we know that the characters we were meeting in the lot, were soon to be haunting us throughout the whole house.
Once inside the haunt we were greeted by a ringmaster who informed of us a terribly tragic event that happened to him and his clowns, leading us to proceed further to investigate, and well, die. Hellscream’s sets are always A+, incorporating smells and getting every detail down to the last droplet of blood. They are able to incorporate three full levels and even a brief stroll outdoors into a terrifying experience with full sets. Never would I ever have expected to walk into a real bus inside this building, but they made it happen. There were many instances I couldn’t tell if I was looking at a prop or an actor, just when I was sure it was an actor, the prop stood still and I was startled by the actor behind me. Acting is what truly took this haunt above and beyond.
The actors at this haunt are outstanding. I cannot think of one moment where I was wishing I was left with something better. Each actor played their character to the best of their ability, whether it was a doctor who was angered at us for being late for our appointments or just a woman haunting us, appearing where we least expected, throughout the whole haunt, but not whispering a word. Not only was every character great, but they interacted with each other, adding a sense of humor which I thoroughly enjoyed. The masks and makeup were very well done, a crucial element in believing that you are really surrounded by these lost souls.
Hellscream and Sinister haunts are a gem nestled South of Denver and in my opinion, completely worth the drive. They conveniently offer Haunt packages so you can hit up both while you’re there!
Pros: Phenomenal actors, great sets, unique theme.
Cons: There was carpet in the kitchen.
|3021 N. Hancock Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO. 80907
|September 22nd – November 4th
September 22, 29 7pm – 10pm September 23, 30 7pm -11pm
October 6, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 7pm – 10pm
October 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 7pm – 11pm
November 3-4 Blackout 7pm – 10pm
|Hellscream Haunted House|
|Colorado’s Ultimate Haunted House, is not only one of the scariest haunted houses in Colorado and the Midwest, but one of the Top Haunted Houses in the Nation. For 7 years this intense, cutting edge, multi story, multi attraction haunted event has thrilled and terrified visitors…regularly garnering attention from the likes of NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Named scariest and best in Colorado Springs numerous years by the Colorado Springs Gazette, and named the scariest and most feared Haunted House in Colorado by several websites, and organizations! Created by film, television, and special effects professionals, HellScream is also notable for its custom movie quality special effects, amazing actors, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets. Don’t miss one of America’s best haunted houses…visit HellScream this Halloween season!|