|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Average|
Visibility/Location: The Creatures' Crypt has moved to a warehouse at the corner of Bell & Morrissey this year. Once you find the area, locating the house is not difficult. However there are not as many signs around town pointing you in the right direction as in previous years, and if you are unfamiliar with Bloomington-Normal it might not be easily located.
Wait Entertainment: As before, there are atmosphere-setting props, a television showing an old horror flick, monsters roaming the crowd, etc... There seemed to be fewer roving spooks this year.
Length of Event: The tour was less than 15 minutes. We were rushed through several parts at a near trot. I would have appriciated a little more time to see the great settings.
Actor Performance: Actors were enthusiastic but few & far between.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Patrons are led through the attraction by guides & holding onto ropes.
Appropriate Ages: The Creatures Crypt was advertised for ages 10 & up, but I saw nothing that would be exceptionally frightening for a younger child who enjoys scary movies or haunted houses. In fact it was much less intense than in previous years.
Props / Special FX: Outstanding! This attraction has the best, most professional settings, costumes, lighting, and special effects of any haunted house I've seen. They were relying pretty heavily on the fog machine this year though.
Costumes / Make-up: Excellant.
Summary: The Creatures Crypt has been the best in Central Illinois for years. They are in a new building and the price has jumped this year. Because of this I had expected more and was disappointed. The special effects and settings were awesome and I would have like to have been less rushed in order to better appreciate the work that went into them. Many areas this year were entirely animated and could have benefitted from some live action. The "Halloween" room with the television was underdeveloped. And I saw no Michael Myers. The scare factor was nearly non-existant and this was a huge disappointment. At $10 for 10 minutes, I want to be scared. Possibly because the area in the warehouse is so open, the feeling of creepy things right over your shoulder was missing. There also seemed to be a lot fewer actors - again, possibly because of the increased area. Overall, I love the settings but was very let down by the scare factor. We will probably give it another try next year, but if it doesn't come together better, we'll probably take it off our must see list.