Reviewed by: cassafrass (Event Visited: 10/30/10 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/04/10 on Haunted Illinois Overall Score: 9/10
Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
Visibility/Location: My group and I came from Bloomington, IL. The drive wasn’t too bad, the location was good. They have some signs. My group got a little turned around, but that was our fault and not the fault of the haunt.
Wait Entertainment: We waited for about 35 minutes to get into the haunt. There were only 2 creepy people in the line, “Sprinkles” the clown, and another ghoul type person. The ghoul only hung around for a few minutes and the majority of the time, we spent with Sprinkles. Although Sprinkles was entertaining, it would have been better if there was a better variety of scary people in the line. Sprinkles, was extremely committed to his role, however, and was very enjoyable. He followed our group into the haunt for a while and kept finding us in the maze. Sprinkles found out my name, and sporadically would yell it throughout the maze.
Length of Event: We spent 45 minutes in the haunt. The haunted house before the maze is kind of a maze in of itself, and I was impressed at how disorienting it was.
Actor Performance: As I stated, Sprinkles was extremely impressive. He remained in character and was entertaining. In addition, the hillbilly at the beginning of the haunted house was also committed and remained in character. All in all, it seemed like there was only 10-15 actors total. Knowing this information, it is amazing how many times the same person was able to scare our group. The best scare was a couple of guys who were “buried” to their armpits in the ground. As you are walking by, you think they aren’t real, and then they climb out of the ground and is a spectacular scare.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was really good. The only time we caught up to another group was in the pitch black maze who was lost with us.
Appropriate Ages: No younger than 8. A lot of this haunted house is in pitch blackness, and I don’t recommend taking small children who are afraid of the dark into this haunt. I am afraid of the dark, and I started hyperventilating in a particular area.
Props / Special FX: A lot of the scenes were really well executed. However, there were some rooms where I thought something was going to scare us and nothing did and that was a little disappointing.
Summary: I had never been to this haunt before and I was pretty impressed. I had heard some good things about it and I was really excited to go. I am terrified of clowns and the dark and this haunt brought some of my worst fears together in one place.
Some things that could have been different was some consistency of props and actors. In the very first room, there is a woman in a kitchen stirring pasta with a knife. This could have been an obvious fix and made that room all the creepier.
I really enjoyed having to search for your own doors. This made the experience more sensory than it already was and helped add to my groups confusion.
The only problem with the maze was since it was pitch black, you had to use your hands on the wall to feel for corners or turns. I was very impressed with the maze, however, the plywood walls could have some better paint for varnish or covered with plastic or something because I felt multiple splinters and actually had one in my hand at one point.
Overall, this haunted house was worth the money and time I spent inside. There were a lot of good scares, I was impressed with the costumes and make-up, the sets were well lit and designed, and the maze was great. I loved how the actors tried to deceive the hauntee and tell you to go the wrong way. Bravo, Henry Street Horrors! I shall be back next year in hopes of another great experience!