I think you're missing the point of the rides original intention. It was meant to pay homage to those types of cheesy sci fi films and TV shows of the 80s. The ride was intentionally goofy, and It looked like it executed it in na very charming way. You're absolutely correct about the ride having a ridiculous wait though, it used to be a lot lot quicker before the 2016 update actually with the Count Erika Version. The ride is mostly long nowadays because the Preshows have been extended, and unfortunately aren't as scary nowadays.I love a Madhouse, but never really liked The Haunting. The original incarnation was a tonal mess, as underscored by the transcribed dialogue above. The script reads like something from the Hellraiser series and the rip-off Ghostbusters were played it entirely straight, despite the fact that the ride and its props are incredibly goofy. Not sure it ever had the potential to be a world-class dark ride on either an international or UK scale, and as a support ride, it just takes so long to get in there. Isn't the point in pre-shows on these things to increase capacity as much as to setup the story? Shame it never got the more fitting Scooby Doo retheme once mooted.