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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by jess84

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Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prison (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: jess84   (Event Visited: 10/17/08 @ 10:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/08
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very good! Signs along roads and a giant evil pumpkin on top of the building so you wouldn't miss it.

Wait Entertainment: Good, a clown on stilts, a coupel other clowns, a couple zombies...they had tvs but it kept playing the trailor for the haunted house. I think they shoudl have played scary movies like Creatures Crypt used to or have some tvs playing horror movies and some with the trailor, would help you get into the mood! The actors would get right up in your face which was creepy.

Length of Event: 2 hours with waiting and the actual haunted house

Actor Performance: very very good! They were all very good in character, good sterotypical inmate speak, just very very good, they didn't half a@@ (censored) anything!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: good, big groups, mayb a bit smaller woudl be nice. THey cram you into a cgae for no reason at first and then cram you into a waiting line..wasn't sure if they way they heared us liek cattle was a part of the acting or them being jerks about hurrying up.

Appropriate Ages: they don't allow people under 13..not sure what age though, foul language and adult themes..I ejoyed it, I have family members who work at a prison so it was realistic but anyone who isn't offended should go.

Props / Special FX: Two huge vortexes, a crazy clown room FULL of tons of clowns, strobes and mirrors, the "blood bitch" room, a bus you go through (inmates are shipped in by bus to prisons). I was freaked out going into the clown room because you enter a creepy clowns mouth. Nothing was dated and stupid in this haunted house like many haunted houses. Lots of small passageways so that the actors were face to face with you.

Costumes / Make-up: I loved the warden. I really thought that cage was going to fall on me and it's crazy how he flew. Loved watching the electrocution. All the costumes were good! I would suggest the standard prison jumpsuite with inmated numbers instead of the white to make it appear to be inmated in the jail not zombies.

Summary: It reminded me Thirteen Ghosts and Resident Evil mixed. At the second haunted house, the huge boss you see looks just like the Resident Evil boss in the Extinction. In the movie Thirteen Ghosts they had some simular characters such as the Hammer , the Blood Bitch, and mad doctor. The zombie like inmates that would put their heads in the holes to bite at you reminded me of Resident Evil. Anyway this place was by far the best haunted house I have been to so far in my life. I do think it's a bit overpriced, however thinking about all the actors, props, electricity needed for the props and security, I'm sure it's costly. Many of those props are extremely expensive. Also I was disappointed that not all the characters weren't in the haunted house. I think it would have been cool to see pretend prison staff to be attacked by the monsters, more prison like. Also I think the costumes should be jumpsuit prison like with inmates numbers on they look less zombie like and more inmate like. The place is just amazing though and worth my 3 hour drive there!

Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Attraction (Pekin, Illinois)
Reviewed by: jess84   (Event Visited: 10/10/08 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/13/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Well, Pekin has a lot of one way roads and being a resident myself, I still get turned around. They have signs on the corner of capitol street and where the parking lot is, however it's a dark area, but that can be good for the haunt effect. Just don't rip roar into the parking lot, it's dark!

Wait Entertainment: You wait in the front of a building which is nice in case of rain. Michael Myers was around just staring and standing still, it was a nice touch because the actor did just act like Michael, "the shape" in the classic Halloween. HE would come and walk up behind you and wait, it usually got a scream or two from younger girls.

Length of Event: Didn't keep track of time. There was a wait because they make sure that you don't run into other groups.

Actor Performance: Good, they weren't standing around to scare you and if they were playing dead they laid completely still and were very prop like

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Well controlled, we never once ran into or heard another group.

Appropriate Ages: 8 +

Props / Special FX: Vortex, car horn, strobe lights, ramped floors where actors are underneath, pick a door, a hallway that gets smaller and you must duck

Costumes / Make-up: Michael Myers, psycho doctor, vampire, pumpkin head, psychic, bad santa, clowns (loved the crazy clown)

Summary: The building looks very tiny on the outside however the attraction is not! I am a hard person to scare so I feel it is unfair for me to give a scare rating. It was creepy in the hallway that got smaller and the floors that had ramps. I like that they dont have the dumb electronic things. They change up their haunt every year unlike many haunts around the area. I feel they played on many different phobias of people and kept the classic monsters too. My favoirte part is where you are surrounded by doors and you must pick the right one





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