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All Visitor Reviews
All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by ToolboxKilla

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Event Reviewed: Creatures Crypt (Bloomington, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ToolboxKilla   (Event Visited: 10/16/05 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/05
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It wasn't too hard too find.

Wait Entertainment: There were actors to scare those waiting in line. There was also an entertaining video explaining the rules of the house, as well as props.

Length of Event: 10-12 minutes

Actor Performance: The actor performance was decent, although it was obvious that not too many were professionals, and many were very young. There were even a couple of girls that could have been older than 7 trapped in a room.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: You have to hold a rope and follow a guide, so we didn't run into any other groups.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: The props and special effects were amazing! Lots of cool animatronics that would quickly shoot out at you. The different settings were well done as also. I was especially impressed with the scene where you walk through a shadowly london-esque ally while a woman screams that someone is going to kill her. Then Jack the Ripper comes out and does just that. Very impressive. There was also a technically-cool scene in which a giant animatronic sphinx head speaks to your group before you go into the mummy's lair. It wasn't very scary, but it was entertaining.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and makeup were well-done. I especially enjoyed the 'tall' monsters that would reach down and touch your head with bony hands. It was very amusing.

Summary: This is a very decent haunted attraction. It was worth the 8 dollars I spent, because I told them that I heard about them from Haunted Illinois. I cannot emphasize, however, how much the rope lessened the fun-factor of the house. There were six of us attatched to a small rope, and every time we made our way around a corner, the rope would go very tight and dig into our sides. It really was the major flaw of this haunt. It was sort of sad, because this house has such huge potential. If Creature's Crypt could either loose the rope or find a more efficient way to employ the rope, I would give this house a 9/10. But as it stands now: 7/10. Go to see some Great animatronics!

Event Reviewed: Fear Factory (Rantoul, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ToolboxKilla   (Event Visited: 10/16/05 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/05
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: There is a small sign directing you Letchwood, so it isn't too tough to find. I loved the location- it's in an old garage, and the outside looks somewhat creepy.

Wait Entertainment: We were the first ones there, so they didn't really need to entertain us for long. They had a fire going in a barrel, but that was about it.

Length of Event: 15+ minutes.

Actor Performance: This wasn't exactly a 'professional' haunted house. Lots of the actors were kids, but it didn't really impose on our fun.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was a rope guided tour, so we didn't run into any other groups.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: I really enjoyed the variety of rooms and props. You begin by sitting at the table in an old library while a creepy looking actor gets some info from you. The a bookshelf opens up and the tour begins. Getting our tour guide was probably the scariest part of the house actually, because all of these cloaked figures were just standing in the dark facing the walls, and it created this feeling of mounting intensity. Nice work! There was a monster that lit loud fireworks in the dark as you walked by. There weren't, however, many animatronics, but I am not the sort of haunt-enthusiast who dwells on animatronics, so I was not disappointed.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make-up were pretty traditional. I don't have any complaints. I especially enjoyed the tall man in the bridge/ swamp-like room. He was definitly creepy. I think clowns are a bit overdone as far as haunts go, but the clowns at Fear Factory were very well-done! Their costumes were great, and it was very amusing the way they were jumping on a bed and laughing.

Summary: Great house, especially for more of a local haunt! Everybody in my group really enjoyed themself. If you are the type of haunt-goer who enjoys mazes, then this is the house for you. They had one of the best mazes I have ever been in- it was pitch black, long, claustrophobic, and there was slimey vasoline on the walls! Sweet! The clown rooms was fun, the crumbing bridge/ swamp room was awesome, and a good time was had by all. We had a special surprise happen at the end of that haunt; I'm not sure if they do it to everybody, but it was hilarious and scary. I won't tell because I wouldn't want to ruin it. Definitely check this house out if you're in the area. The enthusiasm of the people running it is obvious- they really want to scare you and show you a fun time. 9/10!

 

 

 

 

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