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2010 Visitor Reviews of
Henry Street Horrors (Pontiac, Illinois)

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7 out of 10 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: cassafrass   (Event Visited: 10/30/10 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/04/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: My group and I came from Bloomington, IL. The drive wasn't too bad, the location was good. They have some signs. My group got a little turned around, but that was our fault and not the fault of the haunt.

Wait Entertainment: We waited for about 35 minutes to get into the haunt. There were only 2 creepy people in the line, "Sprinkles" the clown, and another ghoul type person. The ghoul only hung around for a few minutes and the majority of the time, we spent with Sprinkles. Although Sprinkles was entertaining, it would have been better if there was a better variety of scary people in the line. Sprinkles, was extremely committed to his role, however, and was very enjoyable. He followed our group into the haunt for a while and kept finding us in the maze. Sprinkles found out my name, and sporadically would yell it throughout the maze.

Length of Event: We spent 45 minutes in the haunt. The haunted house before the maze is kind of a maze in of itself, and I was impressed at how disorienting it was.

Actor Performance: As I stated, Sprinkles was extremely impressive. He remained in character and was entertaining. In addition, the hillbilly at the beginning of the haunted house was also committed and remained in character. All in all, it seemed like there was only 10-15 actors total. Knowing this information, it is amazing how many times the same person was able to scare our group. The best scare was a couple of guys who were "buried" to their armpits in the ground. As you are walking by, you think they aren't real, and then they climb out of the ground and is a spectacular scare.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was really good. The only time we caught up to another group was in the pitch black maze who was lost with us.

Appropriate Ages: No younger than 8. A lot of this haunted house is in pitch blackness, and I don't recommend taking small children who are afraid of the dark into this haunt. I am afraid of the dark, and I started hyperventilating in a particular area.

Props / Special FX: A lot of the scenes were really well executed. However, there were some rooms where I thought something was going to scare us and nothing did and that was a little disappointing.

Summary: I had never been to this haunt before and I was pretty impressed. I had heard some good things about it and I was really excited to go. I am terrified of clowns and the dark and this haunt brought some of my worst fears together in one place. 
 
Some things that could have been different was some consistency of props and actors. In the very first room, there is a woman in a kitchen stirring pasta with a knife. This could have been an obvious fix and made that room all the creepier. 
 
I really enjoyed having to search for your own doors. This made the experience more sensory than it already was and helped add to my groups confusion. 
 
The only problem with the maze was since it was pitch black, you had to use your hands on the wall to feel for corners or turns. I was very impressed with the maze, however, the plywood walls could have some better paint for varnish or covered with plastic or something because I felt multiple splinters and actually had one in my hand at one point. 
 
Overall, this haunted house was worth the money and time I spent inside. There were a lot of good scares, I was impressed with the costumes and make-up, the sets were well lit and designed, and the maze was great. I loved how the actors tried to deceive the hauntee and tell you to go the wrong way. Bravo, Henry Street Horrors! I shall be back next year in hopes of another great experience!

6 out of 14 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: mstinamom4   (Event Visited: 10/16/10 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/10
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: There aren't any signs from route 66 but if you are on 23 there is a large sign pointing to the 4 H park and all you have to do is follow them.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't any when we got there but we showed up as soon as it opened so it may be a little better later in the night, every other year the wait entertainment was good.

Length of Event: The length of time really depends on you, the Haunted house probably took 20 minutes, the maze longer depending on how well you get through it. All together we were probably in there an hour and we had help getting out.

Actor Performance: The actors were great, the scares were right on cue and I would of been a whole lot more frightened if I wasn't trying to keep two kids from being scared.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We didn't meet up with any other groups until we came to one section that we couldn't figure out how to walk through, and neither could they. We also did run into people wandering around the maze, but I don't think that could be helped.

Appropriate Ages: We took a 4 year old who had gone to this one last year, and he was real scared so I would say probably 10 would be a good age.

Props / Special FX: Great props, hard time finding the doors out of the rooms, and when you did they weren't what you would expect for a door. They had shrinking rooms, and a tunnel that made you think you were spinning. Loved the room with the spots, that one was great.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were very good, they weren't store bought masks, they used actual makeup that suited their parts well.

Summary: I usually hit several haunted houses in the area every year, I have even driven an hour or more because I am hard to scare, normally this one is never at the top of my list but I go because it is close, but this year it was terrific. The people really got into it, and you get the haunted house and the maze for one price, I intend to go back again with no small children so I can enjoy it a little more. I would definitely recommend Henry Street Horrors for anyone who wants to get their moneys worth for a good haunted house.

 

 

 

 

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