A painting lights up, revealing a ghost in the upper corner, then a witch. It’s a clever trick, but even more clever when a decapitated head falls from the ceiling behind me. My group shrieks and then laughs at the scare. We continue on, through a dark hallway that doubles back and forth, disorienting us – until a creature jumps out and I scream. 3rd eye
The 3rd Eye brings Richard & Christina’s Haunted House (R&C Haunted House) to a new location: Anaheim’s Garden Walk, just a stone’s throw from Disneyland. Styled as a traditional walk-through haunted house with tight twists and turns and hidden alcoves for actors, The 3rd Eye is a fun 10- to 15-minute haunt focusing on Asian ghost stories. The actors won’t touch you, and the main scares come from jump-scares and some clever animatronics. This would be a great haunt for younger kids just getting into haunted houses and more cautious teens. For those looking for something a bit scarier, you may want to start here and then head to The 17th Door: Fearless.
While the theming is strong in The 3rd Eye, the scares are elevated if you have prior knowledge of Asian horror. Some horrors are recognizable: Samara from The Ring is creepy as she peers through her long hair; and Kayako and Toshio from Ju-On (The Grudge) are impressively accurate and wonderfully inspired. However, some other actors simply wear generic masks; while their scares are great, I was unclear on if they were influenced by Asian myths or simply wearing Halloween masks.
The tight corridors ensure that the scares are close and intimate. None of the rooms are large, but rather put you face-to-face with the actors. For those with claustrophobia, it can feel tight – but never too scary. They even incorporate a small section of crawling to differentiate themselves from the crowd. There’s nothing revolutionary here, but what they do, they do well.
The 3rd Eye is a classic Halloween maze incorporating Asian folklore and scares. Don’t expect a reinvention of the wheel, but rather use this experience as an appetizer to an already fun evening of haunted attractions. Due to its proximity to other Orange County haunts, we highly suggest pairing this with Sinister Pointe’s The Mist, The 17th Door: Fearless, Cross Road Escape Game’s The Séance, or even The Fleshyard. Together with these experiences, The 3rd Eye will provide a portal into the haunted houses of our youth, with an Asian twist.
The 3rd Eye runs now through December 1st; buy tickets HERE. Find out more about R&C Haunted House on their website and Facebook page. Make sure to subscribe to our Event Calendar for more Halloween and horror entertainment throughout the year.
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