Reviewed by: cankersore (Event Visited: 10/29/06 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/06 on Haunted Illinois Overall Score: 9/10
Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
Visibility/Location: Once you find 4h park and the swarms of cars, everything becomes quite terrifying.
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was great. As I approached, I saw a crazy patient in a straightjacket chasing people with a menacing shrill laugh. Not your style? Maybe the hilarious decapated man or down to earth vampire will tickle your fancy. Even outside the attraction, you see some gusto.
Length of Event: The haunted house is just long enough (15-20 min). Throw in the haunted maze (a steal at $2) and you’ve got a night of terror. Still want more? They’ve got a hayrack ride for another $2. Or you can get it all for $10.
Actor Performance: Even though many of the actors are not older, everyone throws themselves into the roles and sustains character. There are plenty of spooks to fill all the attractions – they are playfully horrifying with everyone (not just groups of screaming cute girls). Moms beware.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Although you loose and gain guides through the haunted house, each one kept you on track and out of everyone’s way. One guide told me that my giggling would lead to our group’s demise in the graveyard of zombies. I also enjoyed the dead Dorothy that called us her little “munchkins”.
Appropriate Ages: teenagers and up
Props / Special FX: Even though this haunt seemed to be in an old storage barn, everthing was pretty detailed. There’s a working fountain in the graveyard. Wait til you see the inventive “wizard” at the end. This is not a house of animatronics but live people who play dead scary people very very well – no effects needed.
Costumes / Make-up: The crazy mental patient was original and unpredictable. Real straightjacket. Good veiny makeup and frightening teeth and eyes. There is a good mixture of masks (I like the pig man)and well down makeup and costumes (dead dorothy and the vampires were outstanding).
Summary: Make sure and check out the ultra-long and, because of this, extra frightening $2 maze. It’s actually very hard to get through and creates some panic. The haunted house is not to be forgotten. It is fun but not cheesy. Scary but not too serious. And most of all, for a typical haunt with chainsaws and movie monsters and senarios it is darn creative. I was pleasantly suprised. Plus, at the concession table you get ham (obviously from the pig man) and chilli (or droppings from the many, many zombies that ate our guide in the graveyard) along with other goodies. Take advantage of this terrfic haunt or be doomed to travel around in half hearted haunts made of cardboard.