The Haunted House was never really meant to be traditional or nostalgic as such, but the difference in maintaining and respecting a ride with more professional parks really is clear. The Haunted House was quite a scaled up and unabashed experience when it was built, although its most surreal/characteristic touches and its style were always under contention from Alton Towers at the time, who wanted a more straightforward ghost train style jump-scare ride. Originally it was a fun, dramatic mix of daft, macabre and scary, with original ideas and unsuspecting moments. In hindsight its more obvious how the ride could have been better understood by its own management, for the sake of maintaining the best guest experience. After years of fiddling about, it has become an average 'ghost train' experience, when it could have continued as a real gem of a dark ride.