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2011 Visitor Reviews of
Terror at Skellington Manor (Rock Island, Illinois)

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20 out of 37 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: crazytumbler   (Event Visited: 10/14/11 @ 10:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/11
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: The location was quite visible and easily found.

Wait Entertainment: There was no real wait entertainment and there was quite a long wait to get in. The people in line were left to mingle amongst and entertain themselves.

Length of Event: 30-40 min roughly

Actor Performance: The actors were quite good. They were always there in unexpected situations.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow inside this attraction was pretty bad. We were constantly waiting for the group in front of us to go ahead. This caused several props to be either already sprung or be ruined by us standing near them waiting for them. The group behind us was also constantly running into us. Several actors had to break character to figure out what the hold up in front of us was about.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: This haunted house relied heavily on mechanical props. They were quite good although a lot of the flow problems caused them to be already sprung by the time we got up to them.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make up were really good at the beginning, but especially in the end they were really cheesy.

Summary: This haunted house was good, but the flow problems are definitely a huge problem. It relies a little too heavily on mechanical props for my taste, although real actors are mixed in and you think they are props. I would suggest going earlier or at the least busy times. Also it is less professional than a lot of haunted houses where there are people, not actors, who walk in front of you to hand water bottles to the actors. Overall, you walk in and there are a variety of different rooms from clowns, the devil, graveyard scenes, a romantic lounge, various doctors rooms. Beware, there are many actors just waiting to jump out at you.

22 out of 45 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: spook   (Event Visited: 10/16/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/11
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It is downtown and the parking is not great so follow you Tom Tom our get a good map.

Wait Entertainment: None that I have ever scene but we were there on Sunday when they are not busy so I don't know about peak times.

Length of Event: 30 minutes

Actor Performance: they have always been good in this area. There were only a couple that didn't seem to get into it.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not bad, they tend to control the crowd as you go through.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and up

Props / Special FX: Yes indeed they have them. this is what they do as well anybody I have seen. If animated props are not your thing than be warned because that have lots of them. There is a collapsing mine that so cool I won't spoil it.

Costumes / Make-up: They do as well here as anyone I have seen. The actor are what they are suppose to be. There is a girl with these sharp teeth that is chills down you spine cool.

Summary: I love this haunt...I loved it last year and I love it still. They are located on several levels of an old Masonic Lodge so they have limits as to how they construct scenes but that do it with as much creativity as you would want. I am a regular haunt goer so I kind of know whats coming however they got me several times. If you have never seen poppers used get ready cause you are going to. The detail is as good as anyone although they stay pretty much in the low light. The actors stay in character and come from everywhere. When it comes to animation they are second to only the Giant haunts. I was entertained from the moment we entered until we left. Love this haunt!

12 out of 29 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/29/11 @ 11:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/11
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Located in the old hotel (3 stories high) in downtown Rock Island. The location couldn't be any better if it was at Disney - the large old style hotel gives you the perfect look, the best I have ever seen ! The marking are not good and it would be easy to drive by without notice, use GPS and make it easy.

Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment was good, we had a great introduction by automation, the waiting line had chainsaw monsters and a large devil (large) walking throughout the crowd. This event draws numbers but they keep late hours and do a great job keeping you entertained. Even "Young Frankenstein" playing on a large screen with great decor to look at - you are waiting in the hotel grand ballroom. (picture perfect here)

Length of Event: The event took us maybe 30 minutes to complete and was perfect in length. We waited in line maybe 20 minutes - total 50 minutes here.

Actor Performance: All the actors done an excellent job, everyone was great and stayed in character throughout the haunted house. This was maybe the best job I have seen all year period - perfect!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was seamless throughout the actual haunted hotel, we ran into no other groups until the final exit. The final exit got messed up somehow but it didn't effect the total rating of this haunt, we couldn't see what slowed down the close, but we still had a good exit.

Appropriate Ages: I would say 9 years or older here, there is some scare factor here and young kids would have a problem with this.

Props / Special FX: The props are excellent - lots of top quality props here, nothing cheap! These are Hollywood type props and mixed into the setting perfectly and worked great .. This is the best stocked haunted attraction that I have ever seen, including Chicago and ST. Louis - remarkable here! The special effects are right out of Hollywood, lots of high tech automation, bust projections (Disney) and overall high end effects throughout.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make up was excellent, the best I have seen in years. Everything was picture perfect here, no masks here!

Summary: We attended this event for the first time and couldn't believe what we saw. This is simply put the best haunted attraction maybe in the state of Illinois, including the big cities. This haunted house is located in a large three story hotel with the surrounding that are second to none, and they use all floors here. This is a grand attraction and has no weak points at all, this gives you the feel of a real haunted hotel. From the start to the end you are surrounded by monsters, creatures, effects and everything in between, a must see to believe attraction! This is the best $12.00 I have invested all year for a haunted attraction, if this was in a large city you would be looking at double that price easy. Overall; we have found a new staple event here and we will return next year for more SCARES!

 

 

 

 

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