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All Visitor Reviews
All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by Starburn

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Event Reviewed: Shotgun Manor (Sullivan, Illinois)
Reviewed by: starburn   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 10:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It was very easy to find. There were signs to follow. It threw me off though that the ticket booth looked like a "haunted house" and was VERY small.

Wait Entertainment: They didn't have much in wait entertainment for which I was disappointed. There was a girl selling items, but that was about it.

Length of Event: The total amount of time that I was in the haunt was around 30 minutes I think. I don't remember the exact time, but I do remember about 3/4 the way through thinking "will this thing never end"?

Actor Performance: The actors really made the evening a great experience. I knew this was their first year so I didn't know what to expect. What I got from the actors was nothing less than outstanding. There were three of them that really stood out. One was a carnival guy that scared me and my girl so bad that she didn't want to go on, the next was right after that, there was a guy in a hockey mask (I know, no one gets scared at those) that really got to my girl friend when he "wanted to wear her flesh". Then there was a guy in a kitchen looking place that really just freaked me and my girlfriend out. I won't say any more so I won't ruin anything.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was really good. I never met up with the group ahead of us and I didn't feel pushed by the group behind us.

Appropriate Ages: I would say that this is NOT for younger kids. At the very least they should be around 13 or 14. They say 9 year olds can go in, but I wouldn't reccomend it.

Props / Special FX: They had the usual, lights, fog, music. The real effects though were the actors and how each of them built a story off of the other one. Really cool.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes could have been a little better. Most of which could be found at the local Wally World or some other shop like Spencers. The makeup though was very good.

Summary: I would have to say that my overall experience was AWSOME for a rural town. I have been in some better in St. Louis, but this is their first year. I can't wait to see what they do next year!

Event Reviewed: A Haunting at Elsinore (Charleston, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Starburn   (Event Visited: 10/14/05 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: It was out in the country. A little difficult to find but not too bad.

Wait Entertainment: There was lots of entertainment. I really enjoyed this part. My girl got more scared in line than anywhere

Length of Event: It was pretty short. In the neighborhood of 15 - 20 minutes. I was kind of bummed out when it got to the end.

Actor Performance: The actors were good, I really liked the insane guy. He really acted "insane". 

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was another problem. There was not a whole lot of people there, but I ran into the group ahead of me and the group from behind me caught up. A real bummer.

Appropriate Ages: I would say that no one under 15 should come, they say that kids as young as 12 can come but I wouldn't reccomend it.

Props / Special FX: There were quite a few cool looking props, but nothing that couldn't be found in a local shop or easily on the internet.

Costumes / Make-up: There was a LOT of good makeup. I would say that this was the highlight of the whole thing, being able to see really good makeup.

Summary: Overall, I would say it was just average. When I went not all of the attractions were actually "running". It bummed me out that I paid full price but still only got half a show. I didn't know it until I had waited and got my tickets.

Event Reviewed: Clinton's Terror on Washington Street (Clinton, Illinois)
Reviewed by: starburn   (Event Visited: 10/13/05 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: The location was very hard to find. There were no signs to tell me were to go. I had to stop at subway and ask for directions.

Wait Entertainment: There were a mix of critters outside, but we didn't wait due to no line being present.

Length of Event: It lasted a good 25 - 30 minutes. In my opinion what a good haunt should be.

Actor Performance: The actors were mostly rough around the edges. They jumped out and did a roar but that was about it. I thought the guy that explained the rules was the best "spook".

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: No one came up on us and we didn't get to anyone. I didn't know if this was by design or if it was because there was no one there when we walked up.

Appropriate Ages: I would say that 10 - 11 depending upon maturity would be an appropriate age

Props / Special FX: There was little makeup and I think there were a couple of fog machines. What made this haunt was the PROPS! They had mad props. Tons of stuff. They looked really cool.

Costumes / Make-up: The makeup had something to be desired and the masks looked like they had come from a spencers gifts. Higher quality but unoriginial.

Summary: Overall it was an excellent haunt. I really liked the props they had. They also had some good prop scares! There was a complete VAN inside the haunt. I don't know how they got it in there, but it was VERY cool.

 

 

 

 

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