In 1954, the small Ohio town of Quiet Springs thought that Mayor Donald Wheaton had solved the crisis of wireworms destroying all of the town’s corn. He quickly developed Blast Away, a chemical that not only killed the pests but acted as a miracle steroid for the crop. Mayor Wheaton became a wealthy man, even purchasing him a new mansion to continue his studies of the new pesticide.
On the night of October 17, 1954, something went horribly wrong. Somehow linked to corn, the townsfolk became ravenous. Survivors were forced to hide from the remorseless violence and endless screams. Wheaton himself was forced to shoot his young infected daughter when she attacked two others.
It is into this world that Forsaken, which is a brand new haunted attraction, immediately drops you. Upon entering a huge warehouse, you find yourself in a ravaged town square complete with a headless statue. Suddenly, you hear a noise, look down and a zombie is skidding toward you, sliding across the floor on hands and knees. Looking around, you realize the facades of decrepit small-town buildings make up three different attractions, each announced with a bloody banner.
Wheaton Manor features the enormous, decaying home of the man who started it all. The haunt is incredibly well-thought out, including a library, laboratory and greenhouse all decked out in amazing vintage '50s sets.
Quarantine is the most high-tech of the three, representing the quickly failing efforts of scientists to understand and control the contamination. A sketchy doctor briefs and vaccinates you before entering, where you’re inspected with “laser” scans and forced into decontamination chambers with rocking floors.
Finally, The District takes you on a stroll through downtown. Or what’s left of it. The dead and dying are shrieking from every dark corner down main street, through a beauty parlor, butcher shop and toy store.
The fully fleshed-out, all-encompassing concept sets Forsaken apart. The $20 admission price, which includes a trip through each lengthy attraction, is well worth the cost and the drive out to Mentor.
Just don’t eat the corn!
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