Mayhem Mansion is alleged to be the site of a mass murder perpetrated by 1920s bootlegger Robert Haverford. One second-story window has come unboarded, and it’s through there you’ll enter. The Mansion is dark, deceptively large and outfitted with nothing but period props and furnishings such as a decades-old embalming machine and mortuary table. Clear Plexiglas floors, invisible walls, tilting hallways and rooms with no apparent egress make every step an adventure.
The all-volunteer cast can’t be topped for enthusiasm and intensity. Unlike virtually every haunt in town, the ghouls at Mayhem Mansion will touch you, making things even more uncomfortable and disturbing.
Being attacked from all sides in the movie theater will bring the weak willed to their knees. The blood spewing Mortuary Attendant is a highlight, as is gore drenched cannibalistic debutante Sister Sammi.
Haverford’s Hollow Trail winds through a town full of homicidal down-home boys determined to hide their stills from outsiders — which is everyone not related to “Pa.” The more threatening characters are out here, and they’ll chase you down in ever-increasing groups. Pa knows what to do with trespassers, too. The two attractions comprise one of the area’s best themed and most sinister haunts. (RS)
THE WAIT: Lines run about 15-30 minutes or longer late in the season. A Fast Pass gets you to the front of the line for an extra charge. The Mansion takes about 20-25 minutes to tour, with the Trail clocking in at 20 minutes.
DETAILS: The Mansion is open 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 4 (and also 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 27). Haverford’s Trail is open 8-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov 4. 13966 Decoursey Pike, Morning View, 859-392- 0027, www.themayhemmansion.com.
THE DAMAGE: The Mansion is $12; Haverford’s Hollow Trail is $8; combo ticket is $18 (or $26 with Fast Pass); re-entry (same night) and Fast Passes are $5 for one attraction, $8 for two.
CITYBEAT RATING: R