Reign of Terror 2018: Monsters & Scares video

The sets are great, but what about the scares? Our Reign of Terror 2018 Video focuses on the monsters like never before!

The Reign of Terror Haunted House was living up to its name last night. Perhaps because Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood were closed on Tuesday, crowds in Thousand Oaks were thick and eager for frights, and Reign of Terror delivered, sending shivers through throngs of thrill-seekers. The monsters were more active than ever, hiding in every crevice and corner, leaping from shadows, and ready to inflict multiple scares when necessary.

As fans know, Reign of Terror is really multiple haunts strung together in a single walk-through experience. This year's themed sections are The Haunted House, The Asylum, Miner's Revenge, Infected, Quarantine, Fun House, Casa Blood, and Inbred. The last two might sound unfamiliar, but Case Blood is essentially a rebranding of "Blood Manor" (due to trademark issues with a Blood Manor haunt on the east coast), and Inbred has much the flavor of the old Backwoods section.

Reign of Terrro 2018 Video
Looking pretty calm after surviving Reign of Terror

More significantly, Reign of Terror revamped its layout last year, so even if many of the props and settings are familiar, their arrangement is different, thwarting one's ability to anticipate scares based on past experience. Also, a "white-out" room has been swapped in place of an old setting, so if you think you know what's coming around the next corner, you will be surprised to find yourself suddenly blinded by strobe lights instead.

Reign of Terror has always been one of the best Halloween haunts in the Greater Los Angeles area, but it keeps getting better. Whereas our past videos have emphasized the sets and decor, our Reign of Terror 2018 Video focuses on the monsters, whose malevolence impressed us like never before.

The Reign of Terror Haunted House is located at 197 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks 91360. The haunt is open Halloween Night, 7-10pm. There is a special Lights-Out Night on Saturday, November 3, 7-11pm. Get more information at: rothauntedhouse.com.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.