As soon as you descend upon the Chambers of Horror parking lot, you know you’re in for an unnerving experience. Ogling creatures stalk you all the way to the entrance. Once inside, visitors are prepared for the fright night with an evil opening video complete with static and a wicked introduction from Saw’s demented Jigsaw. Shortly thereafter, a grimy butler will escort you to the chambers, where you’ll make your way through dozens of hazy hollows, nooks and crannies — some with dead ends, locked doors or phony escapes.
Costumes are minimal, but what the actors lack in attire they make up for in sheer volume and with their maniacal, in-your-face scare tactics.
Prepare to be completely discombobulated by blinding strobe lights for a hefty portion of the maze. Your disorientation will make you all the more flabbergasted each time some villain lurks from around a corner and gets right in your face. Along with armed butchers and psychotic doctors, classic slasher film personas are peppered throughout the maze, including Freddy, Jason and a deranged Michael Meyers cornering a grisly cadaver while the Halloween theme song bellows through the room.
THE WAIT: Lines can last more than 40 minutes. Tours can last up to 25 minutes.
DETAILS: Open Fridays and Halloween 8 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Through Nov. 1. 1601 S. University Blvd., Middletown, Exit 32 off I-75, www.thechambers.org
THE DAMAGE: $10 (donating a canned good for Hope House earns a $1 discount)
CITYBEAT RATING: R