After Thursday night, my impression of the Midtown destination was immediately derailed as I clutched my friend Liz Seymour’s hand as we braved our way through a spooky maze of creatures and scary surprises.
For the first time, Atlantic Station is welcoming Halloween revelers who dare take a step inside Containment, a winding quarter-mile stretch of horror scenes in the large lot that is usually home to light-hearted summer barbecue festivals and tennis tournaments.
As legend has it, a mysterious train ran off the tracks and left several cargo containers which happened to be full of demonic artifacts owned by faux company Frightmares Inc. Following the crash, a series of strange occurrences plagued the quarantined area until the Frightmares team secured the containers… or did they?
As we stepped cautiously through the 1,300-foot haunted attraction, which bills itself as the largest of its kind in the city and the only big-time scare inside the Perimeter, the screams and jumps came mostly from a sharp puff of air, spray of water or rattle of a wall. Having to step through a thick black curtain every few feet and the inability to see around sharp corners kept my nerves on edge as I wondered what was on the other side.
The layout, costume design and life-like technical features (I swear that quivering body hanging from the ceiling was real) should be commended as superbly fright-inducing. However, good or bad, you can easily see most of the actors ahead of time due to the haunt being partly open to the night air. The characters also don’t get too close up or persist too intensely, making the experience a little less frightening for the youngest participants.
Overall, those looking to have a heart attack-inducing experience may still want to venture out to Norcross for the supremely terrifying Netherworld Haunted House.
Still, Containment offers a creepy experience for all ages. I thought I saw it all coming but jumped at least a few times. Tip: Don’t forget to look up.
Trust me; you won’t be able to contain your fear.
If you go:
Where: Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive
When: Open through Nov. 3
Information: (404) 549-5953 or www.containmentatl.com