After last year's delayed opening, the Fear Factory—housed in an old cement factory at the demonic address of 666 W. 800 South—has vastly improved the fright factor of its creepy and chilling assembly line production of nightmares. Now, an impressive torture facility, the Fear Factory delivers a steady stream of horror throughout the winding hallways, industrial stairwells and fog-filled dirt courtyards.
The actors give great attention to detail: they will stalk you by name throughout the maze (if you're pals are mean). The ghouls, torturers and monsters are a random, unthemed hodgepodge of some of the scariest characters out there, but the old cement factory steals the show with amazingly elaborate and demented sets. The spectacular goriness only gets grosser and more frightening the higher up you go into the dreary factory.
New attractions at the factory include a weekend beer garden for folks who want a little grown-up juice to calm their pre (or post) haunt nerves and a zip line, which descends high speed from the tower over the spooky dirt courtyard below. The zip line, an extra $15 on the ticket price, certainly adds to the level of fear, especially as other patrons scream bloody murder around you. (Note: Don't hesitate to ask the employee manning the zip line stop to triple check your harness before you launch off the platform. The drop below is several dozen feet.)
Weekend tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP, which come with a souvenior shot glass or water bottle and a digital image of your group. (Tickets Monday-Thursday run $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP). Discount passes are available at Maverik, Rumbi island Grill, Costa Vida and the Fear Factory's Facebook page. For more info or to bypass the line and buy tickets online, visit fearfactoryslc.com.