There's dark. And then there's scary dark. And Christina McDonald of Arizona State University discovered the difference at Bleak, one of the attractions at the Nest haunted house in nearby Chandler.
"The scariest part was the 12 minutes of complete darkness and trying to find your way without any light at all," the junior said. "It was intense for sure."
Maybe so, but it's the animatronics, special effects and new 3-D maze in particular that have caught the attention of America's Best Haunts and MSN, both of which consider the Nest among the best in America.
Not to rest on their laurels, however, organizers moved the attraction this year from its old location in Phoenix to historic Rawhide, which made the maze possible.
Nest co-producer Glenn Rae said eight weeks of preparation went into building the haunted house.
"It's the traditional Nest but it is like the Nest on steroids this year," Rae said. "A bunch of new actors, new equipment and some really good scares."