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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by blakeybull05

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Event Reviewed: Asylum of Mad Dreams / Hellbilly Acres pop.1031 (Cordova, Illinois)
Reviewed by: blakeybull05   (Event Visited: 10/18/08 @ 11:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/08
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: We found it very well and there was a sign set up outside the gate that told us that it was at the park. A little decoration outside the park and around the parking lot would make it a lot cooler.

Wait Entertainment: There were fires set up and you could hear the screams of other people. There was a food stand that had cotton candy and popcorn and stuff. It was nice. There was also an animatronic coffin set up that people could pay to go in and experience a burial.

Length of Event: 20-25 minutes

Actor Performance: The performance of all the actors was very great. They all did an amazing job acting like insane hillbillies. It was very realistic. They had the accents down and everything.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We never actually met up with anyone, but we could see groups at times.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and older.

Props / Special FX: There were some amazing props and special effects. The animatronics were awesome and there were cool lighting effects and decorations throughout the trail. I loved the way it was set up. There were smaller buildings with small mazes and other things. It was awesome. They also had a vortex tunnel which is a first for an outside event.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were amazing. Some of the makeup on the actors was really unconvincing, but they still made up for it with how scary it was. I liked how they didn't rely on masks except at the end with the clowns. But, even there, they did some awesome jobs with making clowns scary without masks.

Summary: There was about an hour wait, but you didn't need to wait in a line. When you bought your tickets, you would get a number and you could hang out around the park or you could even leave. We waited in the car and watched a scary movie.  
 
When we entered, there was a small building set up with a kind of maze that was really fun. It was pretty dark so people could pop out of nowhere. 
 
There were a lot of small buildings set up for people to pop out of, and that made it really unsuspecting. There were also a number of chainsaws. 
 
The theme was hillbillies throughout the trail until the very end where there was a sign set up near a ticket booth that said, "Hellbilly Acres Fest 2008". You walked around the ticket booth and you entered the vortex tunnel. We were caught in there for a while with a clown. That was the second scariest part. 
 
Then, we entered a midway type place. We couldn't find the exit and we were trapped for a while with about three clowns. One with a chainsaw. 
 
Overall, it was an amazing haunt and I definitely recommend going next year where they will be having four haunts. They will be having the trail and then three haunted houses! I can't wait!

 

 

 

 

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