The Dungeons are darker and larger this season, twice as long as five years ago. It’s the “Year of Fear,” and Demonic Derek has a body bag fitted just for you. There’s an excellent amount of grisly detail and some very unique rooms, like one featuring nurse zombies and “Pyramid Head” from Silent Hill. Room design is devious, so much so that we still had trouble finding our way through during a second tour. Slasher movie icons mix with good old-fashioned Demons from Hell and the Dark Lord himself.
There are dozens of characters, each with their own personality, look and backstory.
The volunteer cast is relentless, and probably half-crazy Madd Matt and others crawl the walls upside down. If you’re lucky enough to be in the night’s final group, you’ll be treated to a massive assault of ghouls emerging from the walls of a long hallway — upwards of 20 characters totally focused on eating YOUR brains. A tip for waiting in line — don’t get too close to the front door. New Blood’s known to come bursting out unexpectedly, toppling hauntgoers like bowling pins. The Dungeons is a charity haunt with professional production values and is a steal at $8.
THE WAIT: Lines run 20-30 minutes, and the tour takes around 20 minutes.
DETAILS: Open 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-9 p.m. Sundays (with special Sunday children’s matinees running 5-6:30 p.m.) through Oct. 30. 362 Anderson Ferry Road (at Delhi Avenue) in the rear of Del-Fair Shopping Center, Delhi, 513-252-6007, www.dungeonsofdelhi.com.
THE DAMAGE: $8 with an option for “same night re-entry” for $4. Sunday children’s matinee is $4.
CITYBEAT RATING: R