The Edge of Hell Haunted House

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Address: 1300 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64102

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Phone: (816) 842-4279

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Price: Single ticket $35 and discounts available with haunt combination tickets.

Hours: Hours: Open select dates Sept. 22 through Nov. 11. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. every weeknight and 6:30 p.m. every Saturday. Closing times vary. Open dates include: Sept. 22-23, Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-22, Oct. 26-31, Nov. 3-4, Nov. 10-11

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The Edge of Hell Review 2023

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The Edge of Hell is a Haunted Attraction located in Kansas City, MO.

1300 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64101 View All Details

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This attraction was reviewed on September 30, 2023 by Team Graveyard Shift .

About Our Reviews and Rating System

Our Rating System

UPDATE FOR 2022: Our former “Atmosphere” and “Theme” categories have now been combined and renamed “Immersion.” Our intent with this is to give more appropriate credit to attractions that have shown a clear focus on achieving and maintaining better customer experiences (both inside and outside the attractions) and developing creative storylines.

Each of the category scores in this review are calculated using a weighted average of several questions that we rate on a scale of 1 to 10.

The following breakdown explains what these scores typically mean. All of our Teams use this as a reference for providing accurate ratings:

10: “Peak Performance” This score is treated as if it has a chastity belt on it. “10’s” are reserved for the best of the best; those that we feel could not possibly improve on what they’re doing.

9: “Innovative and Groundbreaking” It rocked! Nearly everything seemed to go as planned and it was one of the best we’ve ever seen! These guys are leaders in the industry, and attractions like this are truly hard to come by.

8: “Solid” A high score on our scale. They had a good handle on it and, overall, they knew how to use it well. Most attractions can learn from what these guys are doing.

6 to 7: “Good” We could tell that a good effort was made. However, we’ve seen this done much better at other places, or can detect areas where significant improvements can be made. This is about the top end of what we’d call “Family Friendly.”

5: “Average / Fair” Compared to the competition, they weren’t the best, but definitely not the worst. Scares and Special Effects in this range are usually considered “Family Friendly.”

3 to 4: “Below Average” We could see that a clear attempt was made, but most other professional attractions are doing a much better job at this.

1 to 2: “Poor” It appeared that very little time, thought or effort was contributed to this aspect.

0 (Zero): “Non-Existent” No apparent effort was made to make this a significant contributor to the attraction.

Afterword: This rating system is standardized across all of The Scare Factor’s official haunt review teams. However, keep in mind there will always be minor differences between Teams, as we all have varying levels of experience. Regardless, we do our best to remain true to our core values, which is to promote all haunted attractions! Perhaps the biggest thing to remember is: sometimes the score – in and of itself – doesn’t tell the whole story about an attraction’s merits. This is why we provide detailed explanations for each category… to help you better understand how and why we chose the score/s that we did. We do our best to not let feelings or emotions rule our judgement, while also viewing the attraction through the lens of the typical haunt-goer. But, because all reviews with ratings are inherently subjective, this is nearly impossible to completely prevent. Though, when in doubt, we tend to give slightly lower scores than our original “gut feelings” to account for this, and also give the attraction more room to improve over time. We also do our best to be fair and consistent across all of the haunts that we review. We know that you’ll be looking at these scores and comparing them to other attractions, so we hope this review helps you out in that aspect. Do you have some feedback about our review system? Contact Us Here to let us know what you think!

Final Score: 9.36 //

Final Scores – By Category

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Final Scores – By Category:

Cast (20% of Final Score): 9.65

Costuming (10% of Final Score): 8.87

Customer Service (10% of Final Score): 9.68

Immersion (10% of Final Score): 9.2

Special Effects (15% of Final Score): 9.16

Scare Factor (20% of Final Score): 9.31

Entertainment & Value (15% of Final Score): 9.48

Final Scores – By Attraction

Final Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 9.36

The Edge of Hell lies within Kansas City, Missouri, and you can expect to be taken on a whirlwind, terrifying roller coaster ride from beginning to end! This was our first time visiting, and it was indeed an unforgettable experience with so many twists, turns, and surprises that would make even the bravest customers scream in horror!

There are so many moments you HAVE to experience firsthand inside this multi-story level attraction, so visit the Edge of Hell for yourself to see what they have in store for you! Otherwise, please keep reading to see our thoughts when we went to purgatory and back!

Cast Score: 9.65 //

Cast Scores – By Question

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Cast Scores – By Question:

Q1: Did it seem like there were enough actors? (25% of Cast Score): 9.5

Q2: How creative, believable, convincing were they? (35% of Cast Score): 9.8

Q3: How interactive (verbally, physically) were they? (20% of Cast Score): 9.75

Q4: Was there a good variety of characters (behavior)? (20% of Cast Score): 9.45

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Edge of Hell: 9.65

Cast Review:

There were so many amazing actors during our visit. The house was well stocked with different types of characters that didn’t feel repetitive. Most actors also had unique dialogue/noises instead of just the usual screaming or “get out” line. Even some actors spoke in a different made-up language! It makes the experience more enjoyable when I can connect to the actors working instead of them just staring at me. Everyone had a part to play and used their space.

The queue actor terrorizing the lines was unhinged and loved sneaking up on guests and growling/laughing loudly in their ears. It was fun watching him work for the crowd!

The first actor we saw descend the stairwell at the beginning of the haunt was the Phantom, and we were blown away immediately. It was an entirely different experience up close and personal with him! The Phantom put us under his cape, growled, and made animalistic noises at us! The doll-like girls around him also kept us on edge with their eerily persistent presence. That’s certainly what happened while coming across a grimsley dinner scene with a monstrous man growling towards us, while someone behind a curtain was screaming not to look at him, and then mentioned how his mother used to beat him. When I told him he might go to therapy for that, he replied, “No, that’s why I date bad girls!”

Another friend we made along the way was the cave dweller Caleb. He slid straight to us and made lovely conversation, explaining how he grew up with the bats in this cave after being seemingly abandoned. Little details like made-up language and having a backstory to tell truly enhanced this attraction and made it a cut above the rest, as no actor was lacking. Even for the ones who did not have dialogue, they were in your face, aggressive, animalistic, bouncing off and climbing up walls, splashing water in your face, lightly grazing your arm and hair, and so much more. Every single actor was energetic and off-the-wall insane, and we adored every moment. There were so many other members of the cast we could talk about, but it would be spoiling such amazing moments. But do expect to come face to face with the most unexpected characters and even a chance to jam out with some of them!

Costuming Score: 8.87 //

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Q1: How complete, unique, detailed were the costumes? (35% of Costuming Score): 8.75

Q2: Were the masks/makeup creative, detailed, realistic? (30% of Costuming Score): 9.25

Q3: How appropriate were the costumes for the respective scenes, themes? (20% of Costuming Score): 8.85

Q4: How believable-, detailed-looking were the queue actors? (15% of Cast Score): 9.45

Costuming Scores – By Attraction

Costuming Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 8.87

Costuming Review:

The actors were so well outfitted to their environments. The phantom was so suave and period-correct. Caleb, the cave dweller, certainly looked like he had been down in the dingy caverns, his face, and hair covered in dirt and grime. The occupants of heaven sure looked angelic and holy, unlike us sinners. I genuinely admired the thought and detail in crafting each character and utilizing their look to enhance each space.

Truly, the only Outlander was the black-robed cult member with a stark white skull mask in an environment full of bright neon colors. Besides that minor detail, the costumes were incredibly detailed and realistic and fit their environments. Many actors decorate their costume pieces with rips and tears, camouflage, blood and gore, and dirt where appropriate.

The makeup was also very detailed and realistic here! The makeup of the pale Nosferatu-esque vampire was incredibly on-point!

Customer Service Score: 9.68 //

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Q9: How easy was it to find, park at, navigate the premises? (25% of CS Score): 8.85

Q10: Safety (30% of CS Score): 9.9

Q11: How professional, helpful, friendly were the staff members? (25% of CS Score): 10

Q12: How easy was it to find pertinent information before arrival? (20% of CS Score): 10

Customer Service Scores – By Attraction

Customer Service Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 9.69

Customer Service Review:

If you’re new to Kansas City, navigating around for parking may be confusing, but we found a place to park reasonably easily down the street. The building itself is not hard to spot at all, as the great sign at the top of the building could even be seen from the highway! The staff were kind and informative, and were very easy to conversate with while waiting in the queue! We spoke with the manager (Rat Man) at the end of our experience and asked him a couple of questions regarding how long they’ve been operating and how much they change each season. It was great insight and overall awesome getting to speak with him! One of us lost our debit card, and they were extremely helpful in getting all hands on deck to help us find it!

Safety is not a concern, but this is a haunt you must take your time navigating, as it’s very dark in sections and has many moments you need to crawl, duck, or crawl through. The only slight concern was an animatronic bat coming at us while climbing the stairs, which could be a safety issue if someone happened to jump back. All the necessary information could be found on their website or Facebook page!

Immersion Score: 9.2 //

Immersion Scores – By Question

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Immersion Scores – By Question:

Q13: How well did the pre-haunt areas (“vibe”) prepare you for the attraction/s? (25% of Immersion Score): 9.25

Q14: How obvious, creative, believable was the storyline? (20% of Immersion Score):

Q15: Were you completely, consistently immersed inside the attraction/s? (40% of Immersion Score): 9.5

Q16: How well did the “vibe” flow after, between the attraction/s? (15% of Immersion Score): 8.35

Immersion Scores – By Attraction

Immersion Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 9.2

Immersion Review:

To say we were truly immersed would be an understatement. We were strapped in on this crazy rollercoaster from beginning to end and came out of it feeling like we barely left alive! A couple of moments took us out of said immersion. While a hellhound was attacking one of us ahead in the line, we could see the person operating the animatronic from behind the curtain. There also was a moment where there was a hole in the wall where we saw some machinery. That being said, those small moments hardly took us out of it. There were many moments where it didn’t feel like we were in a haunted attraction- but like we were in a horror movie. Everything flowed nicely between sections. It seamlessly blended from a horror mansion to the forest, an ancient temple, Hell itself, Beyond, and many more scenes in between.

It had so much unspoken storytelling throughout that made this experience trippy and incredible in every aspect. If you ever wanted to experience purgatory firsthand, Edge of Hell is the place to visit.

Special FX Score: 9.16 //

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Q17: How effective were the sound effects? (20% of SFX Score): 8.8

Q18: How realistic were the scene designs, details? (30% of SFX Score): 9.45

Q19: How effective, realistic were the props, animatronics? (30% of SFX Score): 9.45

Q20: How well did they use creative, special, sensory FX? (20% of SFX Score): 8.65

Special FX Scores – By Attraction

Special FX Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 9.16

Special FX Review:

Edge of Hell offers top-notch special effects that bring this from a simple haunted attraction to a movie set in terms of quality, realism, and immersion. The absolute highlight was the bridge, where running water hit us and an actual drop! At least, it appeared to be a drop or a highly effective optical illusion. Either way, we were shaking while crossing the wobbly bridge! There were quite a few pitch-dark areas, and while we wished we were able to see more, it made up for by us having to rely on using the walls to crawl and climb through, which made for very realistic moments when it felt like we were working our way through caves and underground tunnels. Animatronics were extremely realistic and used EXTREMELY effectively, as some of the animatronics offered the biggest scares of the whole experience.

Other unique special effects included some rooms being colder than others, a running waterfall that lightly sprayed us at times, and fantastic use of lights and sound.

Scare Factor Score: 9.31 //

Scare Factor Scores – By Question

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Scare Factor Scores – By Question:

Q21: How scary was it? (35% of Scare Factor Score): 9.55

Q22: How well did they provide scares for everyone in the group? (15% of Scare Factor Score): 8.75

Q23: How predictable were the scares? (25% of Cast Score): 9.4

Q24: How well did they provide a wide variety (types) of scares? (10% of Scare Factor Score): 9.5

Q25: How strong was the ending/finale? (15% of Scare Factor Score): 9

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Edge of Hell: 9.31

Scare Factor Review:

Edge of Hell offered some of the best and most effective jumpscares you can find. Animatronics were not here just for show– flying over your heads, coming out of walls to attack you, and bursting through the darkness! Prepare for a mind-bending experience as you work your way through monsters of all shapes and sizes, coming across horrifying and grotesque scenes, crawling through tunnels seemingly underground, and being thrown between the veil of life and death itself.

The monsters lurking within were out to get us on all corners. Some begged you never to leave them, while others were so angry that you even dared to set foot on their territory. Others played with you like food; some even wanted you to be their next meal. We had to huddle to protect each other from hungry beasts, vampires, cave dwellers, demons, clowns, dolls, phantoms, and much more.

The finale will genuinely have you asking the same question we did… “What the hell just happened!?” It was indeed an ending we have never seen done before, and it was something we will be talking about for years to come.

Entertainment & Value Score: 9.48 //

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E&V Scores – By Question:

Q26: How satisfied are you with the entertainment from the Main* attractions? (50% of E&V Score): 9.95

Q27: How satisfied are you with the Other* entertainment (incl. w/ ticket price)? (25% of E&V Score): 9

Q28: How appropriate is/are the ticket price/s? (25% of E&V Score): 9

E&V Scores – By Attraction

E&V Scores – By Attraction:

Edge of Hell: 9.48

E&V Review:

It took us almost 30 minutes to navigate through Edge of Hell at a steady but slow pace as we carefully worked our way through for the first time. For $30 for a single ticket, with a discount included with the early season, this experience was worth every penny.

You can get a combo ticket with either The Beast or Macabre Cinema for $50-$65 before tax, depending on the day you visit, and all three attractions can range from $75-$100 given the day. Of course, VIP access is available if you want a speed pass. If you already bought a ticket online, you can add a speed pass for $30.

We had an incredible time at the Edge of Hell, and we already know this will be one haunted attraction that will be on our hit list every year going forward! This is their 49th Halloween season, so come out and celebrate by visiting this season!

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