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ZIOPTIS HAUNT AWARDS 2018

BEST AMBIANCE (MAN-MADE) - HUSH, WESTLAND for the cave sequences and industrial controls room.

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BEST AMBIANCE (NATURALLY OCCURRING) - THE EDSON INCIDENT, BAY CITY - Aboard a real Vietnam era battle ship!

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BEST AMENITIES - NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S, YPSILANTI - Large separate bathroom building instead of porta-pottys, helpful personnel abound, food store, mini museum, Karoke theater, totem pole directions to all points.

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BEST BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK - HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS, GROSSE POINTE WOODS - Only $11 for a major length haunt!

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BEST CONTINUITY - DARKSYDE ACRES, JONESVILLE - Just one queue line leads seamlessly to all 5 attractions, over one mile!

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BEST COSTUMES & MAKEUP - 2 way tie - HUSH, WESTLAND & NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S, YPSILANTI. *

HUSH: Devil dude looks like he popped out of a Hollywood movie, girl with orange makeup has an amazing 3D POP to it!

NIGHT TERRORS: The 2 clown girls in ALIEN CAGED CLOWNS, with superior makeup and outfits and the 8 foot tall actors JUSTINE THE FAIRY PRINCESS and KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR.

* = We have photos of these characters except for the 8 foot tall ones, to be posted soon on our Flickr photo stream. We already posted one pic on the HUSH Facebook page.

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BEST CREEPY ACTOR - REALM OF HAUNTED MINDS, ROMULUS - For the slithering bottom dweller with her amazing multi-tonal vocals and mysterious demeanor!

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BEST CROWD ENTERTAINMENT - 2 way tie: HUSH, WESTLAND & NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S, YPSILANTI.

HUSH: Devil dude and others appear from the roof and an upper floor window, tossing prizes down & an Orange Face Girl working the crowd on street level.

NIGHT TERROR’S: 8 foot tall actors JUSTINE THE FAIRY PRINCESS and KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR working the crowd, fire breathing acrobat, and the super effective Pole Creature surprise.

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BEST EYE CANDY - HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS, GROSSE POINTE WOODS - Astonishing collection of props from many sources including the defunct BRANDYWINE CEMETERY.

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BEST FACADE - ROTTEN MANOR, HOLLY - It’s like The Munsters & The Addams Family on steroids, and it appears to breathe! (Note: we did not attend this haunt in 2018, but have many pics of it from 2017 for comparison to this season.)

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BEST FANTASY - REALM OF HAUNTED MINDS, ROMULUS - A miniature city and animal zoo is on grounds. Patrons can board a ghost ship, enter a schoolhouse, etc.

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BEST FIRST VISIT TO AN EXISTING HAUNT - HAUNTED GARAGE PRODUCTIONS, GROSSE POINTE WOODS - This “hidden gem” is in their 11th season for 2018, shame on us for taking so long to find them!

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BEST FOOD - 2 way tie: REALM OF HAUNTED MINDS, ROMULUS  and DARKSYDE ACRES, JONESVILLE

REALM OF HAUNTED MINDS for their exceptional homemade baked goods and fresh cider.

DARKSYDE ACRES for onsite catering by HILLBILLY BBQ, YUM!

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BEST HISTORICAL HAUNT - 2 way tie: THE EDSON INCIDENT, BAY CITY and NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S, YPSILANTI.

THE EDSON INCIDENT is aboard an authentic Vietnam era battleship!

NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S in business since 1837! A mini museum has many interesting relics on display.

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BEST IMPROVED HAUNT - DERANGED, ROMULUS - First year haunt opening night was weak, return visit on point throughout!

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BEST LIQUID SKY ROOM - NIGHT TERRORS AT WIARD’S, YPSILANTI - In the last room of the MIND SHAFT, multiple flat-beam green lasers perfectly aligned at waist level with monsters hiding below to great effect!

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BEST LIGHTING - WOODS OF DARKNESS, SOUTH ROCKWOOD - For expert usage of XENON GAS STROBE LIGHTS in many scenes, TWO fabulous LIQUID SKY ROOMS, and giant flames from a surprise propane blast. 1st LIQUID SKY ROOM has green flat beam waist level projection, 2nd has high mounted oval shaped laser projector for tunnel effect with BLUE & PURPLE beams as well as RED & GREEN.

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BEST NEW HAUNT - AZRA, MADISON HEIGHTS - Clearly this year’s BREAKOUT STAR MICHIGAN HAUNT. Highly creative & dynamic show start to end!

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BEST OUTRAGEOUS GAG - EXIT 13, MOUNT MORRIS - For the blood thirsty Doctor who insists that you participate in a gruesome operation!

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BEST PHYSICAL THRILL FACTOR - 2 way tie: EXIT 13, MOUNT MORRIS and JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD, JACKSON and Honorable Mention to AZRA, MADISON HEIGHTS

EXIT 13 for their hands-on approach, JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD for their high-flying bridge between buildings, and AZRA for the high-speed slide exit.

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BEST RE-VAMPED HAUNT - THE SCREAM MACHINE, TAYLOR - Totally new show except for their BLACK HOLE and HELLEVATOR.

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BEST SILLY GAG - AZRA, MADISON HEIGHTS - For the opening sequence with the guy who gets way too friendly with a naked female mannequin upper body embedded into a wall. It’s SO ridiculous, he can’t be possibly be serious but he seems to be anyway!

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BEST SOUND - 2 way tie: WICKED WOODS OF TERROR, CARO and JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD, JACKSON.

WICKED WOODS OF TERROR with excellent FOH (front of house) sound system playing rock music with deep bass and crystal clarity, and various sound effects in haunt.

JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD with outdoor speakers galore on building accented by flashing lights, and excellent audio isolation between scenes inside haunt that range from whisper quiet to rock concert volume levels.

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BEST 3D - JACKSON’S UNDERWORLD, JACKSON - Secondary attraction PSYCHO VISION features fabulous original 3D artwork by the owner’s son!

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BEST VISUAL DISORIENTATION - AZRA, MADISON HEIGHTS - For their strobe-lit FUNHOUSE MIRROR MAZE MANNEQUIN sequence.

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BEST WACKY GAG - WICKED WOODS OF TERROR, CARO - For the GLORY HOLE / CARNIVAL GAMES sequence featuring a pint sized actress wielding a giant mallet nearly as big as she is! QUEEN OF THE SCENE, she is HAUNT JUXTAPOSITION ROYALTY standing proudly at under 5 feet tall.

 

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