NLR HAUNTED HOSPITAL
#1 Pershing Circle, North Little Rock (Former Baptist Hospital)
October 11-13; 18-20; 23-27 (6 p.m.-11p.m.); 29-31 (6 p.m.-midnight)
Length: 20 minutes
Synopsis: The majority of haunted houses one can visit are over-flowing with monsters, skeletons and famous horror movie characters. This one is too— along with about 25 mental patients. Combine that with an institution where death was once common and actual ghost sightings have been claimed, and you are in for one fright-filled evening. A tour guide takes each group along a bloodstained path, where plenty of the hospital’s inhabitants are ready to pop out and say hello. But this guide does not simply lead the way. He or she acts as your personal storyteller, informing you of the hospital’s history and current status. If you get hungry, the tour goes through the kitchen where the hospital’s mad butcher will have a meal ready and waiting. If you need a place to lie down, some of the spaces in the morgue are still available. And if you’ve ever wanted to watch a scary movie with a bunch of crazies — you’ll get to. Worried about bringing the kids? They’ll be well taken care of…some of the patients are probably their age. And never mind the patients that follow you throughout the hospital’s corridors. It’s the ghost of Mary Lou — the hospital’s real-life apparition — that you should be most afraid of meeting.
Final Thoughts: While I wish they could have incorporated all six floors, great use is made of the facilities unique to the hospital setting. I strongly applaud them for using their tour guide as a narrator, a feature all haunted houses should have. Come for the scares, stay for the entertainment, and leave with all of your appendages attached.
Overall Rating: B+