Oh, the horror: Reviewing haunted houses

Grant Welker

In an old mill city where the most famous resident was suspected of killing her parents with an ax, it’s fitting to have two haunted houses right in downtown.

The Asylum of Horror (, 508-324-7709) and Factory of Terror ( are two places to be creeped out or scared to death. About 25 minutes away at the Ted Williams Camp is the Lakeville Haunted House, plenty scary in its own right.

Here are how the two Fall River houses stack up:


Asylum of Horror: Adults $17; children under 12 are $12; group rates on 10 or more. No credit cards.

Factory of Terror: Adults $17, except $20 on weekends; children under 10 are $12. No credit cards.

Edge:  Draw.


Asylum of Horror:Open daily 7-11 p.m.; except closed Oct. 27.

Factory of Terror:  Open daily; Fri. and Sat. hours are 6:30-11 p.m.; other days are 6:30-10 p.m.

Edge: Factory of Terror


Asylum of Horror: In an old mill complex, the Asylum would seem like it really could be haunted. There must be some ghosts in those old vacant buildings, right? The Asylum is easier to reach from Route 79, I-195 and other main roads, but for newcomers, it can be tough to figure out exactly where the house is located (it’s off Davol Street). Parking is located either down the ramp from Davol Street or across Pocasset Street.

Factory of Terror: Parking here is harder to come by, and because it’s on a one-way street, it could be tougher to find. Located at 33 Pearl St., a block east of South Main Street.

Edge: Asylum of Horror


Asylum of Horror: The house takes about 15-18 minutes, with about 18 characters on weeknights and 20-25 on weekends.

Factory of Terror: Expect the tour to take 15-20 minutes, with about 35 characters and 30 rooms.

Edge: Factory of Terror


Asylum of Horror: As long as 45 minutes of Fridays and Saturdays.

Factory of Terror:  You could expect to wait 60-90 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. Here, at least, there’s space to wait inside and entertainment in the form of a three-piece skeleton band that moves their arms and mouths to the music.

Edge: That depends on whether you don’t mind waiting outside, or if you’ll wait a little longer with some entertainment. I’d take Asylum of Horror.


Asylum of Horror: A meat locker, with what looked like dangling carcasses. I kept waiting for someone to jump out from behind one, but no one did. The dizzying tunnels were fun and loud bangs on walls or floors in every direction distract from the zombie about to make you scream.

Factory of Terror: A masked man waving a club threatens you before you even get in the door to get a ticket. It’s a sign of things to come. Later on, characters will follow you from one room to the next, hounding you to just leave already.

Edge: Factory of Terror


Asylum of Horror: You might expect someone to jump at you from your right, your left or from behind. But at one point — we can’t completely give it away — someone might catch you off guard.

Factory of Terror: Characters can be relentless, scaring you as soon as you think he or she is gone. They also don’t hesitate to jump from behind every corner.

Edge: Factory of Terror


Asylum of Horror: Zombies lurching ahead on tracks aren’t threatening in a way that visitors might wonder if it’s really a person about to jump to life.

Factory of Terror:  One monster broke out of character for a few seconds, and after the exit, many of the characters took off their masks to have a cigarette (it was about 10 p.m., around closing time). It spoiled somewhat the frights of just a few moments before.

Edge: Asylum of Horror


Factory of Terror. Owner Tony Luizinho said he wants the haunted house to feel like something at Disney World, and with five makeup artists, he comes pretty close. Another great touch was at the end: The room is so dark, the only escape is an out-of-place ordinary-looking door with a light-up “Exit” sign above it. It seems like the right direction, but characters might surround you and tell you to turn around and go back where you came from.