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2011 Visitor Reviews of
Ashmore Estates Institute Of Undead (AEIOU) (Ashmore, Illinois)

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11 out of 24 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: alicia39   (Event Visited: 10/15/11 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Drove from 2 hours away and had no trouble finding the place except for the last turn. There is a large tractor with it's lights on directing traffic which I found confusing.No actual signs.

Wait Entertainment: Wonderful! Many actors in full make up chasing and scaring patrons. There is a face painting station and the overall atmosphere was so great!

Length of Event: When you pay you get 2 tickets. 1 for the house and 1 for a smaller attraction called "Insane clown maze" The house was about 30 minutes and the clown maze was about 5 minutes.

Actor Performance: The girl who was the MC was screaming and yelling at patrons in line to be quiet while she talked and it was annoying and childish. The actors in the actual house did a nice job of playing the part. Most were quiet and didn't move. The actors in the dark maze only wore glow in the dark masks and were frightening.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was great until the dark maze. You can choose "easy or hard" and once you are in there you are lost. It really is a completely dark maze and that's when we ran into another group and the house lost some appeal. To many people in a small space made it more annoying than fun.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up. Kids will not enjoy the very long dark maze.

Props / Special FX: The house goes all out on effects. The wait area is very entertaining with it's honking car horns and lights. The vortex room wasn't painted enough to make you dizzy or throw off balance but some rooms were a real stand out. The science lab,the prom, the stairwells.

Costumes / Make-up: Make up was 1st class! The clowns were a stand out in the make up group. The costumes were very real looking.This made this attraction very exciting.

Summary: After seeing this featured on Ghost Adventures we had to check it out. We drove about 2 hours to this attraction and for the money and the time we were more than satisfied. The setting is scary in itself out in the country and very dark. There are many actors and the owner on hand outside making the atmosphere very exciting before you even go in! Shout out to "buzz" an actor who was nice enough to take pics with our group! When you get your tickets you get two for 16 bucks.( there is an online coupon). One ticket for the house and one for the "insane clown maze". Upon entering the house you wait in line inside and there is a face painting station and an MC. The MC was rather annoying as she yells at the patrons as if we are children and insists you remain quiet for her while she speaks. I found this hindered the fun and enjoyment of talking with your group before you go in. ( She could just give individual instructions as you enter. When you first enter you have to walk back outside of the house and the reenter the building in another door. This is exciting because of the eerie quiet behind the building. After reentry you find a typical haunted house with rooms set up to be a zombie school theme. Most rooms were understaffed and not really scary. One highlight is the stairwells which are not decorated and it gives you a moment in the building itself. Very scary. The dark maze was the reason we will never return to this attraction. It is extremely long and difficult and after 20 minutes it becomes annoying and if you are unfortunate enough to catch another group it is very claustrophobic. The 2nd part of the house ( after the maze) was quite a let down too. Many empty rooms and no actors.There was a suffocation scene that was very exciting and frightening. Once you leave the haunted house( no chainsaw chase) you get in line for the clown maze. This isn't frightening unless you hate clowns. It's basically a dimly lit maze painted with neon spray paint and two clowns follow you through laughing and acting crazy. We laughed and had a good time with the actors who were awesome! Overall Asmore was worth the drive and the money and is sure to have something to appeal to everyone. I could do without the dark maze,and the air horns in the ears, losing both these things would ensure me as a patron for years to come.

15 out of 33 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: bbman727   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/01/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Since I knew where the place was, I didn't have a problem finding it. The night I was there was dress rehearsal night so it wasn't marked from the highway as yet, hopefully it will be.

Wait Entertainment: Very good, especially the creepy little girl with the baby.

Length of Event: Around 30 minutes

Actor Performance: The actors were performing their roles quite well for the most part. A couple of them could have done something more than just look at you as you walked by.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was fine, except in the maze where you couldn't see a thing. We ran into the group ahead of us and we all had trouble finding our way out.

Appropriate Ages: Probably all ages

Props / Special FX: Excellent, maybe could have used some fog machines and/or more flashing lights

Costumes / Make-up: This was one of the best features of the whole experience. Its obvious these folks spent some time getting ready.

Summary: I would highly recommend anyone to go to this haunt. I don't want to give away any of the details and spoil it for anyone. I practically had to drag my daughter through it with me as she was scared from the start. When we got to the maze, none of knew where to go and we spent a LOT of time trying to find our way out, which made it the best part of the haunt. I thought I had a pretty good idea of how to find my way through it, but I was mistaken. 
 
The chemistry lab room was another one of the highlights. The two actors in the room were really playing up their parts very well.

8 out of 23 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: ravencooley   (Event Visited: 10/14/11 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: I new where it was as I had been their last year, but needs a sign on main road would really help!

Wait Entertainment: This was one of my favorite parts, lots of crazy folks outside, the dr mader us laugh so hard, and the chick with the crazy hair and socks we were not sure if we should laugh or be freaked out she was freaky. They were all very entertaining and of course we always love the skull faced guy!!

Length of Event: all together we were their about an hour

Actor Performance: very good

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: we only ran into the group in front of us in the maze then they did good at spliting us up again

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: very good

Costumes / Make-up: AWSOME make up, loved that the actors didnt wear walmart masks,

Summary: Our group had a great time and we really enjoyed this haunt, we went last year and WOW this year blows last year out of the water!! Way to go guys you did a supper job and I hope to return again this year!! We also liked the fact that you didnt have tons of actors annoying us through out the house! Clown house was lots of fun too, not real scarey but lots of laughs. I am looking forward to next years haunt already to see what you guys come up with every year you seem to get better and better. Thanks for a great night! see you next year!

 

 

 

 

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