Always among the Tristate’s most extreme attractions, the Chambers has made substantial improvements to both its lighting and rooms. The new LED lighting makes for a more subdued and less intrusive look while at the same time bringing out the details it’s meant to highlight. The Graveyard has been completely reworked with an impressive large skull that must be entered. As always, the building itself seems to be possessed, using its walls, doors and ceilings to entrap and confound hauntgoers.
The room design reflects the mood of the inhabitants, and they’re a confrontational and aggressive bunch.
One of the Butchers in the Freezer backed down two guys twice his size, Leatherface and his trusty chainsaw forced a man back through several rooms and Michael Myers grabbed our camera and tried to wrest it away when we took his photo. They’re not kidding around — The Chambers isn’t for the easily frightened.
New this season is the “Last Ride” coffin simulator. Climb in the coffin, and after Beetlejuice seals you in you’ll experience being driven to the graveyard and buried alive. All the bumps and thumps are felt with dialogue and sounds-even the smell of rot and decay is sprayed in.
THE WAIT: Lines can be long (averaging about 45 minutes), and the tour takes about 20-25 minutes.
DETAILS: Open 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays (8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29) through Oct. 29. 1601 S. University Blvd., Middletown, Exit 32 off I-75, www.thechambers.org.
THE DAMAGE: $10 ($1 off coupon available on website, and donating a canned good will knock off a buck). Taking “The Last Ride” will be $6, with a Chambers/Last Ride Combo Ticket available for $15.
CITYBEAT RATING: NC-17