Fear Factory Salt Lake City Review
It began as the Portland Cement Works, operating in the early industrialism of the 1800’s, where many workers fell victim to the factory’s menacing machinery. According to its history, “it seemed that the factory itself was intent on keeping its gears oiled in blood. The building would take its victims in the blink of an eye leaving them mauled, dismembered, burned, electrocuted or beheaded. As the years pas[sed], the number of stories increased.” (read more history here.) The factory has since changed hands numerous times—those business never lasting for long—before it became the Fear Factory in 2010. Is the place cursed? Is it haunted? Find out for yourself, because the Fear Factory is open and it’s waiting for you.
I went at 11 p.m. on a Saturday night, with my human shield … I mean my friend, Tiffani. I highly suggest opting for the VIP tickets as it lets you skip most of the line. (And you get a free shot glass at the end. Whoop!) We enjoyed the in-line entertainment provided by Beetlejuice before being sent off to the horrors that waited inside.
Inside the Fear Factory, I was impressed by the attention to detail given to every aspect. This is a place that would be creepy to walk through even in the light of day. However, the scariest part of the night—at least for me—didn’t even require a set. After climbing a lot of stairs (and I do mean a lot, so if you have an injury or disability, be forewarned), I got the pleasure of facing one of my biggest fears: heights. I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but let’s just say: I saw way too much of the ground far, far, beneath me. To be fair, Fear Factory has a sign warning against extreme fear of heights—I just didn’t see it until the end. But, if you do make it across, you get rewarded with a trip down a dark and scary slide with no clue where you’ll end up—possibly separated from your group—so, you know: incentive?
I especially want to applaud the actors in the bayou, they were great and kept in character. It was fun to have conversations with them as we passed/ducked/ran by. (Note for the actors: those who giggle or laugh maniacally, sing nursery rhymes, or make other odd sounds—or even just stare at me—are far scarier than the ones who scream at me “run while you can.”) Also, the guy in the mask near the end who held two staring contests with me: you were awesome!
I highly recommend the Fear Factory, it's dubbed one of the best Haunted Houses in Utah for a reason, it's scary good fun. Just don’t go alone! Eek!! It is a great date night or group outing—especially if you have someone in your group who scares easily!
Also available for your terror are the Fear Fall (a free fall from the Tower to the ground—yikes!) and the Last Ride (a zipline that sends you flying four stories high across the Fear Factory). Both cost an extra $15, have a weight limit of 250 pounds, and must be purchased before 11 p.m. I didn’t get to try these because we came too late, but they are definitely on my list for next time!
Fear Factory is located, appropriately, at 666 W. and 800 S. Parking can be tricky as there are limited spots available. However, if you park at the Gateway mall, you can ride the Zombie bus to and from the factory (for free!).
They are open Monday through Thursday 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight.
Special Fear Factory Coupon Save $6.66:
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $35 for VIP admission, and $50 for the Extreme Admission Combo (VIP ticket plus your choice of Fear Fall or Last Ride). You can save $6.66 on general admission tickets with the coupon offer posted here.
Posted by Anie