REVIEW: Delirium at Knott’s Halloween Haunt 2012

Returning this year for its second season was Delirium, Halloween Haunt designer Daniel

Miller’s tour de force from the 2011 Scary Farm that raised the bar for all Knott’s mazes and scared the living daylights out of guests.

Delirium is the abstract, vividly disturbing life of an asylum patient, Deborah Rose, as relived through her diary entries. The maze follows this tortured soul through birth, a molested life and ultimately, into the twisted world of the occult and damned. Or perhaps the young woman merely created such horrid scenarios and experiences in her troubled mind; often our own imaginations breathe life into the worst demons and monsters of them all; this maze blurs the line between reality and nightmare, life and death, true existence and Hell itself in artistic, dramatic ways that leave guests stunned and terrified.

Delirium at Knott's Halloween Haunt 2012

Since Delirium was so very strong and remarkable last year (it was our favorite new Haunt maze of 2011), we were very pleased to see that it had remained virtually the same for this Halloween season. The most notable difference was the addition of a photo location near the entrance of the maze. While I’m not a huge fan of these photo ops popping up all over the Scary Farm, I totally get it, and understand that if there wasn’t a demand, they wouldn’t be there. Delirium’s photo spot didn’t detract or hold up the experience in any way, so we really don’t have anything negative to say about that. In years past, Knott’s put photo locations inside mazes and that was an absolute mess; we are very pleased to see that kind of blatant commercialism stopped very quickly. If guests can have their pictures taken outside of a maze while in queue, or the picture can be taken quickly inside the maze without taking people out of the moment, we’re all for it. So thumbs up to Knott’s for at least implementing Delirium’s photo op in a smart, acceptable way.

The maze and props remained in large, as they appeared last year, which is a good thing. There were no new scenes, no over-the-top additions; Delirium 2012’s video flow through could have just as easily been 2011’s and no one would have known any difference; they were that identical.

In a maze that doesn’t physically change from one season to the next, the huge deciding factor is the team working it; the crew determines whether it’s a hit or disappointment. The 2012 Delirium cast was spot-on as far as we saw, and they absolutely were bringing it each time we ventured through the maze this year, so kudos to them on a job very well done!

Delirium at Knott's Halloween HauntDelirium was again, beautiful and horrifying to behold. Grotesque creatures and nightmarish scenes gave the maze an easy leg up on most of the Scary Farm’s offerings, simply because Daniel Miller really took the traditional style of Halloween Haunt attraction and twisted the intensity level up a few notches. Guests know that this maze is definitely one of the star attractions at Haunt, and we feel it will go down as one of the greats when its time comes to fade into the history books. But fading away isn’t going to happen any time soon for Delirium, it seems. The execution of the maze is so strong, we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes an “old timer” at Haunt, lasting five or so years. As long as the talent remains strong each season, and Daniel keeps his eye on the maze and perhaps tweaks it a bit here and there, we’d like to see this maze age nicely like fine Scary Farm wine!

Congratulations to Daniel and everyone involved with Delirium this year; the 2012 incarnation was just as strong as last year’s debut, and we were completely satisfied by this experience. This is a true Halloween Haunt great that should remain on everyone’s must-see list when next year’s season rolls around! Bravo!

– Rick West

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Returning this year for its second season was Delirium, Halloween Haunt designer Daniel Miller’s tour de force from the 2011 Scary Farm that raised the bar for all Knott’s mazes and scared the living daylights out of guests.

Delirium is the abstract, vividly disturbing life of an asylum patient, Deborah Rose, as relived through her diary entries. The maze follows this tortured soul through birth, a molested life and ultimately, into the twisted world of the occult and damned. Or perhaps the young woman merely created such horrid scenarios and experiences in her troubled mind; often our own imaginations breathe life into the worst demons and monsters of them all; this maze blurs the line between reality and nightmare, life and death, true existence and Hell itself in artistic, dramatic ways that leave guests stunned and terrified.
Since Delirium was so very strong and remarkable last year (it was our favorite new Haunt maze of 2011), we were very pleased to see that it had remained virtually the same for this Halloween season. The most notable difference was the addition of a photo location near the entrance of the maze. While I’m not a huge fan of these photo ops popping up all over the Scary Farm, I totally get it, and understand that if there wasn’t a demand, they wouldn’t be there. Delirium’s photo spot didn’t detract or hold up the experience in any way, so we really don’t have anything negative to say about that. In years past, Knott’s put photo locations inside mazes and that was an absolute mess; we are very pleased to see that kind of blatant commercialism stopped very quickly. If guests can have their pictures taken outside of a maze while in queue, or the picture can be taken quickly inside the maze without taking people out of the moment, we’re all for it. So thumbs up to Knott’s for at least implementing Delirium’s photo op in a smart, acceptable way.
The maze and props remained in large, as they appeared last year, which is a good thing. There were no new scenes, no over-the-top additions; Delirium 2012’s video flow through could have just as easily been 2011’s and no one would have known any difference; they were that identical.
In a maze that doesn’t physically change from one season to the next, the huge deciding factor is the team working it; the crew determines whether it’s a hit or disappointment. The 2012 Delirium cast was spot-on as far as we saw, and they absolutely were bringing it each time we ventured through the maze this year, so kudos to them on a job very well done!
Delirium was again, beautiful and horrifying to behold. Grotesque creatures and nightmarish scenes gave the maze an easy leg up on most of the Scary Farm’s offerings, simply because Daniel Miller really took the traditional style of Halloween Haunt attraction and twisted the intensity level up a few notches. Guests know that this maze is definitely one of the star attractions at Haunt, and we feel it will go down as one of the greats when its time comes to fade into the history books. But fading away isn’t going to happen any time soon for Delirium, it seems. The execution of the maze is so strong, we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes an “old timer” at Haunt, lasting five or so years. As long as the talent remains strong each season, and Daniel keeps his eye on the maze and perhaps tweaks it a bit here and there, we’d like to see this maze age nicely like fine Scary Farm wine!
Congratulations to Daniel and everyone involved with Delirium this year; the 2012 incarnation was just as strong as last year’s debut, and we were completely satisfied by this experience. This is a true Halloween Haunt great that should remain on everyone’s must-see list when next year’s season rolls around! Bravo!
– Rick West
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