The Frightmare Compound 2016

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Marlena | Austin

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Marlena Baker

Frightmare is a haunt with very good atmosphere all throughout. The theme is a mine and an attached house. They do a fantastic job of sticking with it, too.

The mines sets are so well built up, it felt like we were underground, with nice thick rock walls and rickety wood beams. They did a great job making it feel like we were in a mine with water effects and the equipment, too. It’s amazing how large the space feels as well. The path twisted around to the point I had no idea which way I was going. They did a lot of great things with the ground. From dirt to sawdust to foam, it kept us guessing. The house portion was incredibly detailed. Even the ceiling had props, for those who looked up. There were some very cool scenes, like the kitchen, and several areas where we were walking through the walls.

The actors added a lot to the haunt, as well. They came at us with a lot of intensity and got a lot of very good scares. They were popping up everywhere, and took great advantage of distraction scares. Even when they didn’t get the jump scare they’d come at us with some seriously demented noises. The actors in the house were crazy and I loved their dialogue. Unfortunately there was too much of a backup for us to interact with them at all.

House of Darkness was a smaller, circus themed haunt after Frightmare. It had some good elements. I really liked the clown heads coming out of the wall. They made great use of the fog for some startle scares using whistles. However, there wasn’t much more to it. Once the startle was over I didn’t have anything to look at. The actors seemed a bit sparse compared to past years. It was mostly just wandering through fog. I’d love a bit more.

The biggest issue I had with immersion was the music. At the beginning there was some dub step playing, which didn’t make any sense for the theme. After that there were several times that we could hear the DJ from outside the haunt. If it was turned die a bit it would have helped a lot. The other suggestion would be to add some scents. There were a few rooms with carcasses and fly noises, and the addition of some scent to them would just elevate them so much.

Overall, I had a great time. There were a few issues but there was so much that I enjoyed. I was scared more times than I’d like to admit through their great use of hiding spot. It’s really worth the visit.

Austin Metzler

Hidden of 104th and Old Wadsworth lies a legacy of a haunted house that has been frightening Coloradans for generations. Frightmare haunted house is one of the top haunted houses in Colorado every year and this year is not different. Hidden within a sleepy suburban neighborhood lies an unassuming house, what lies within the backyard is nightmare fuel for many nights to come. Enter if you dare the compound that fear is made of. Don’t worry if there is a long line, its well worth the wait and there is plenty to entertain you while you await your doom.

Frightmare Compound is real and intense, every set is movie quality. The atmosphere and music throughout this haunted house is like something out of a horror movie. Every nook and cranny of both haunted houses is filled with frights. From demonic creatures to crazy miners and creatures from another dimension, Frightmare is chock full of scares. Even the props are enough to make every dream a nightmare.

The creatures that fill the Frightmare Compound are some of the most dedicated and best at their craft in Colorado. Even before you enter the haunted house there are actors to scare you, from the second you enter Frightmare you are greeted by some of the most sinister and demented creatures, No matter what you try, these creatures never break character, and forget your personal bubble, these actors get in your face, and I personally love it. There were so many phenomenal actors it is hard to motion them all, some great actors that come to mind are the creature that does one of the best spider walks I have ever seen. While wandering the mine shafts the minors were very interactive and popping out of the most unexpected places. The scare of the night for me though came from one particularly well hidden monster in a place that is for giving water to horses, well done sir. If clowns is one of your greatest fears you won’t stand a chance in their second haunted house the Darkness, these clowns do a fantastic job with appearing and disappearing in and out of the fog. These actors did a fantastic job of distraction scares.

Frightmare is absolutely beautiful to look at, all of the sets and scenes are movie ready and all of the props are completely authentic. It is great going through a mine theme and actually see real mining equipment. The makeup and masks throughout the haunt are incredibly detailed and look like something one of the masters of horror makeup and effects made, the attention to detail is striking. There are also great effects and props spread throughout both haunted houses. I especially loved seeing all of the dead animals and bodies, and the smells are absolutely disgusting and dead on. Some of the props and working machinery within the compound are absolutely massive; they have to be seen to be believed. The lighting throughout the haunt is perfect, and the combination of fog and strobe lights in the second haunt are completely disorienting. The length of both haunts is perfect and you leave without felling like it could be any longer.

Pros: some of the best acting in Colorado, great job, the best sets of any haunted house in Colorado, it feels like you are in a real movie

Cons: the crawling tunnel at the end of the second haunt is really painful to crawl through, did not like hearing dub step playing in the haunted house

108th Ave & Old Wadsworth (Southwest corner)
Westminster, CO.
  • $25 General Admission Sunday – Thursday,   $27 Friday & Saturday
  • $35 VIP Fast Pass Sunday – Thursday,   $37 Friday & Saturday
  • $45 Immediate Access Sunday – Thursday,   $47 Friday & Saturday
September 30th – October 31st

Sunday – Thursday  7pm – 10pm

Friday & Saturday 7pm – Midnight

The Frightmare Compound was founded in 1983 by master mind Brad Holder, who obsessively constructed and created the compound for over 16 years before he fell fatally ill. Brad is said to be buried somewhere in the deepest caverns of the haunted house. The property has become a legend in the haunt industry because of its authentic roots. Guests come from around the globe to experience what others can only dream about. Over the past 30 years, The Frightmare Compound has invested millions to keep its legend alive – raising the bar for haunted houses across the U.S. by creating new and exciting ways to squeeze your senses and intensify your fears.At first glance, it appeared that the swamps of the compound were home to nothing more than a forest full of trees and an old dilapidated barn. However, once excavation began unspeakable events began to take place. Both human and animal remains were dug from the depths of the mud and trenches. It was later revealed that the old barn was built on unholy grounds in the late 1800s, and the abandoned land was home too much more than originally met the eye. The condemned swamplands have held a secret for hundreds of years only to be revealed to those brave enough to enter its gates.As you begin your journey into the depths of Frightmare, be prepared to slide into the heart of the compound through catacombs and caverns as you encounter flesh-starved Zombies and blood sucking creatures. Only to crawl out into the wet swamplands where true horror awaits. If you are lucky enough to have made it this far you will then travel through the original 2-story barn where words cannot express the complete and utter fear you will experience.