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2012 Visitor Reviews of
Pirate's Den Haunted House (Saybrook, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: zombie31   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/12
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Wasn't difficult to find once we hit the main road in town. There was strobe and dance lights marking the location. Lot of banners and signs around the building helped as well. However I think the address listed was different because my gps was trying to take me elsewhere.

Wait Entertainment: Wasn't expecting much from a cheaper haunted house. Only stopped by on my way to Rantoul to see what was up. Was really surprised with the set up out front. There is a full size Pirate Ship lit up in red and an old shantee for a ticket booth. The shantee was cool and obvious that they took some time decorating there outside area. A couple of ticket takers and a Pirate entertained up front and offered concessions. There was two groups in front of us the wait was about 20 minutes.

Length of Event: I'm not a fan of guided tour haunts but I understand why they do it once inside. It took us 35 minutes to go through the whole building. I counted over 20 rooms all staffed.

Actor Performance: The tour "ghouls" didn't speak much. Most of the actors looked young but they did pretty well. Not a heavy script more a visual and action scare. Lights come on only when you enter the appropriate area .

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Motion inside the haunt worked well. You could here the groups in advance and behind you scream. The tour guides help to keep the flow smooth in the dark. Motion continued smoothly.

Appropriate Ages: I would have to say not appropriate for younger kids.

Props / Special FX: Lot of cool props and SFX. Real caskets, morgue table, full bathroom and kitchen. They obviously spent some time building and designing. The large monster wasn't very scary. Lighting and sound effects were effective. Didn't see repeat items or very much store bought like I have at other locations.

Costumes / Make-up: Looks like most of the staff is in make up. The entrance keeper and autopsy looked awesome. A few masks but none that I recognized were present but mostly in the few areas where mechanical action was required (sliding windows)

Summary: I was skeptical when I saw it was an $8 haunted house. Usually those mark a smaller or kids haunt. This however was not the case. These guy could give a lot of the haunts in Chicago a run for their money. Other locations in the area are a lot smaller. Talking with the ticket girls I found out this was there fourth year, and they've never repeated a room. They claimed one of the designers worked for Disney at one time. Deffinetly original and refreshing. I stopped after and had a cup of hot chocalate to watch a few groups come out screaming. I was approached by the Pirate who I believe was one of the guys in charge. He was very thankful for my visit and introduced me to haunted illinois to plan my October haunts. These guys are worth the trip.

 

 

 

 

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