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All 2006 Visitor Reviews Submitted by liriel

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Event Reviewed: Ashmore Estates Asylum (Ashmore, Illinois)
Reviewed by: liriel   (Event Visited: 10/21/06 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/06
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to see the haunt from the road but difficult to find the turn. Someone vandalized the beautiful, giant sign that used to mark the road. I would assume that when the sign is repaired, the road will be simple to locate.

Wait Entertainment: There was a bonfire, concession stand, multiple actors and lots of chilling screams coming from the building. It really got me jazzed up to get in!

Length of Event: I'm not actaually sure how long I was in there, it's got three full floors with mazes and staircases and scenes and multiple actors. I kept expecting to turn a corner and be done and instead there was more and more to see. I definitely felt that I got my money's worth. At best guess I was at the attraction for about an hour including waiting in line and chatting with friends about the experience afterwards.

Actor Performance: I know some of the people haunting and they still managed to scare me! I jumped and swore at least a dozen times and was on a total adrenaline high by the time I finished the tour. The actors all had a wonderful sense of timing. I was especially impressed by the guy in the "bloodbath" room who was edgy and funny and just plain creepy. The character on the top floor with the long black hair and black trench coat who screamed and ran away from me freaked me out. Usually they run AT you, not away! LOL The little gremlin or goblin or whatever it was, on the first floor was awesome! It's not animatronic! It's alive! One girl has a hysterical cackle that gave me chills and there were actors up in the rafters and pipes, not a direction I am used to being suspicious of.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: They let people in a few at a time, which works well for everyone in the group to be startled and/or scared. The only problem my group had was that we slowed down and became cautious about going around corners. The group behind us contained hysterical teenage girls who quickly overtook us and enlarged our group since their response was to run instead of slow down. It all worked out when we got stuck in a dead end in a maze. When we turned around, the screamers were at the front of the group and we just let them go ahead of us. Frankly, I thought they were funny in their reactions but they were annoying my companions who wanted to be scared without being deafened.

Appropriate Ages: I went with all adults but am seriously considering taking my five year old daughter and some of her friends next week. I have been told teh actors back off and try to scare without terrifying and I think my kid can handle it. I heard there was a three year old going through who complimented everyone on their makeup, but I also saw a girl approximately ten or so in tears while still in line to go in! Use your best judgement based on what your child can handle and be aware that you will not be scared at the same level if you have children with you.

Props / Special FX: The building itself is the ultimate prop! It is awesome and spooky and HUGE! The mazes and props were extremely well constructed. My favorite room had a bride with a wedding cake. The cake had a severed head on it and she offered us a piece! LOL It was great! I expect that as the haunt ages (this was it's first year) that the props will increase in quantity and detail.

Costumes / Make-up: As I mentioned earlier, I know several people acting at this haunt. I had trouble identifying them!! I even saw some of the costumes before the haunt started but in the dark with all the running, screaming, lighting effects, other people milling around and sudden appearances and disappearances of characters, I had to ask some of my friends later where they were in the building! I was especially impressed with the makeup and outfit of a character called Curls. She looks like an insane doll! This is a friend of mine and I was looking forward to seeing her costume. When she came up behind me and breathed on my neck I turned around and totally jumped cuz she was RIGHT THERE and she was just that FREAKY!!!! It was really cool!

Summary: I completely recommend this haunt to everyone! I had a blast! I will be going back, probably with my daughter and some of her friends! Bring a few extra bucks, get some snacks, stand around the bonfire and watch the teenage girls scream and run from the chainsaw weilding skeleton. Bring a date and cling to each other. Bring your family and talk and laugh about the experience together. Come alone and they'll stick you with a group or let you get thoroughly creeped out by yourself! Good times for all!

 

 

 

 

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