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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Culture

Re: “A stay-at-home dad suits up to spread holiday cheer

Santa and I have a couple last minute spots on sat dec 13th! http://www.jennycrugerphotography.com/blog/santa-claus-coming-nashville-santa-photographer/

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Posted by Jenny Cruger on 12/11/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Four decades ago, Kolchak: The Night Stalker made every Friday night Halloween

Every episode is available on Netflix, though the early ones are vastly superior.

Posted by TemplarVivet on 11/03/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Four decades ago, Kolchak: The Night Stalker made every Friday night Halloween

At the same time that Kolchak was on the air, there was an Alaska-based police show called Kodiak and, of course, Telly Savalas' hit Kojak. Kolchak, Kodiak, Kojak. Wonder if any of them were sponsored by Kodak.

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Posted by koldkuts on 10/31/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Four decades ago, Kolchak: The Night Stalker made every Friday night Halloween

I was a big Kolchak fan myself! I remember hiding behind my father's chair while demanding that he tell me what was happening! LOL! I'm sure you also remember the t.v. movie, Trilogy of Terror (based on Richard Matheson stories). That damn doll haunted me for weeks!

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Posted by Scaper on 10/31/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

I was really excited about the Zombie Hayride for Miller's Thrillers, but the wait time just to get in was 3 hours, not counting wait time for the individual attractions. If you head out there, get there eaaarrrrllyyy.

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Posted by Brie Broas Alcazaren on 10/24/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

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Posted by Ashutosh Kumar Gupta on 10/21/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

Sounds to me like Nashville Nightmare is putting a little extra in your pocket. Theres like 10 actors. Thats what haunted houses are about. Not machines!!! The people on here should count to.. Nashville Nightmare sux... put that in your biased pipe and smoke it bubba.

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Posted by ebarr0118 on 10/19/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

First Off Justin. You should not be such a pompous ass to the Scene's readers. Not a very good way to ensure job security.

Secondly, if you are going to be in a position to review haunts you should have an adequate memory and actually look at stuff. You did the same thing to Nashville Nightmare last year, giving them bad reviews bc they were the same haunt when they indeed made tons of additions, huge and in-your-face.

But opinions are like assholes, and apparently the scene has one.

Dear Readers: Don't take anyone's advice, just go to these haunts for yourself and you be the judge.

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Posted by August Parrish on 10/16/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

I thought Asylum was fantastic. I didn't feel I over paid or anything. Deadland is the most awesome though. With the bonfire and woods setting it is awesome.

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Posted by chrisnileking on 10/11/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “A Music City burlesque studio welcomes all shapes and sizes

They are very shady and just in it for the money !!!!!!

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Posted by the kid 2012 on 10/11/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

No I am not a writer so my first off may have been my last off.. LOL Just saying.. LOL .. I am your every day nobody.. Yes i Have gone through Nashville Nightmare before, yes they do have high budget themes and tricks. In my opinion you can have all the props in the world, but if you do not have the actors willing to make the effort to go along with the props, then you dont have nothing. My comment wasn't an attack on anyone, just a statement or maybe another view. I have gone through Nightmare before (last year and a few years before that) and even though I did enjoy the first part of the haunt and was amazed by the props, no one actually did a good effort to try to scare me or the people I was with. The second part I was very well bored with as well as others I spoke to. So from experience before I go shelling out money, I ask those that come out; and some tell me, like i saw before; the first part was good, but the second part was lousy. So I do take peoples opinion in consideration. Besides sometimes the actors (at any haunt) can have an off night. The reason I brag about Dungeon and Haunted Hell is that they have a consistency every year.

As far as Death Yard goes, I personally have never heard of them, but would like to check them out. Are they more prop based or more actor based? Also, how much do they charge to get in? And about how long does it take to get through the haunt??

On another note, during the whole occupy thing. one of Scene's reporters was falsely arrested along with many others, he was kinda roughed up; but I gave him a ride to get the rest of his gear and back to his folks; just wondered if he was still with the scene and how is he?

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Posted by Melton Wilson on 10/10/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

@Melton Wilson

First off, please don't say "first off" without there being a second item. It's like saying "I could care less." It's also standoffish, and not a great way to introduce yourself when trying to sway someone or offer advice.

Secondly, the opinions/perceptions of other patrons of these haunted houses are taken into consideration during the review, but really don't hold huge weight. The article's purpose was forged after realizing that the opinions of other haunt-goers weren't fully reliable for various reasons. Those leaving the haunt - more than likely I would say - aren't going to have criteria for which to judge the haunt. What are they saying specifically when they leave? Unless it's something like "Scare spot #2 could have used a little more work," then why should anyone value the opinions of these nameless complainers? The whole point of having a critic is to have consistency and accountability.

Third, I don't really hear disappointing things about Nashville Nightmare. As I said, it has studio-quality sets, a level of quality for make-up set by Rick Prince last year, great actors, engagement in the line, a fresh haunt (Horror High), and so many other things going for it. It's also a great price for two haunts.

Fourth - Remember that item I said about "thinly veiled character attacks" getting ignored? I was originally going to ignore your comment, but I wanted to point out that your criticism of Nashville Nightmare ("Haunted Mansion" comment/ these mystical people who hate Nashville Nightmare), your accusation of me being bought (with swag or props, like I'm above a chicken biscuit) and your advocacy of Haunted Hell and Devil's Dungeon, reads like a poorly written advertisement. And since that's your goal - to advertise - I can't help but wonder if there were a simpler, smarter way to promote the haunt without name-calling.

And lastly, Devil's Dungeon and Haunted Hell aren't bad haunts. I simply said Nashville Nightmare and Death Yard Haunted Attraction were superior. Which they are.

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Posted by Justin Stokes on 10/10/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

First off, before you go into an attraction; ask those coming out what they thought of it. Every year I ask people coming out of Nashville nightmare and I get the same answers;" it was ok", one half of it was ok but the other half sucked. I have even gone into Nashville nightmare with my wife and had her tell me that the haunted Mansion was scarier then Nashville Nightmare. When I took her to Devils Dungeon and Haunted Hell, there was many times that she hid her face into my body. After leaving telling me that they really scared her. I'm definitely glad that they did; it was money well spent! Last year was Haunted Hell's first year, and in its first year did a damn good job. I'm almost curious to ask if Nashville nightmare may have given away some swag or had props galore to get their rating? In my and my wife's opinion, Devils Dungeon and Haunted Hell were far superior compared to Nashville Nightmare.

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Posted by Melton Wilson on 10/10/2014 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

As a haunt enthusiast, I have to agree with most of the ones on this list. Nashville Nightmare has nothing but the A game going, and may soon be on par with Netherworld. , Death Yard has done much with a small space to punch it up, looking for great things to come.
The other side of the spectrum...Monster Mountain was a favorite, but there were hardly any actors this year and a definite lack of enthusiam. Hoping they get their groove back, but don't even bother this year.
I won't even go back to Death Row. Its so sterile...most of the scenes are completely walled in, so there is no immersion in the story or setting. More like a museum than a haunt, and that is where the owner belongs. Give it up and sell to someone who cares. Skip it and road trip to Arx Mortis in Killen, AL instead...

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Posted by Stephen Willis on 10/10/2014 at 2:16 AM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

Millers Thrillers has added several new things to both their Haunted Woods as well as the Zombie Paintball Hayride... The haunt has added several new cool props in the woods & an amazing 3D Clowntown! The Zombie Paintball is prob twice as long as last year with a lot more live zombies to shoot at & even zombies on a zipline, and a great grand finale... Its worth the visit!

Posted by Ron Keiser on 10/09/2014 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

Thank you guys for posting these reviews. The reviews can sting a little, but the truth of the matter is no matter what you may think of you own haunt, the perception of the public is what drives sales. Congrats to the teams at Nashville Nightmare, Death Yard and Devil's Dungeon for hitting the top 3 in the reviewed list.

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Posted by Jason Kittrell on 10/09/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

You should visit Scream Creek. It is actually one of the more enjoyable haunts I have been to and the location makes it even creepier.

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Posted by Katie McBurnett on 10/09/2014 at 5:37 PM

Re: “East Nashville's Cult Fiction Underground, your grindhouse away from home, unveils its new location

OOPS spoke too soon. They're still doing construction. Instead, tonight's HOPEFULLY FUNNY open mic is a house show: 101 Gatewood Ave. 6:30 signup, 7 show. Don't park like a jerk.

Posted by ChadRiden on 10/09/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

@April - Yeah, that's not good enough. They need to work on having a good haunt first before adding anything for a side attraction.

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Posted by Justin Stokes on 10/09/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Halloween haunted houses in Middle Tennessee — our guide to the grand, the gory and the godawful

Death Row added a new attraction. It's a coffin that simulates your final ride, including motion, sound, and scents. You should definitely check it out.

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Posted by April Basham on 10/09/2014 at 4:09 PM

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