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|Reviewed by: nikjay   (Event Visited: 10/12/13 @ 7:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/13/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Terror at Skellington Manor was easy enough to find. I would recommend a GPS if you don't know the area, as there is no noticeable signage anywhere except on the front of the building.
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was excellent. They had a creature reacher that would come out and scare you and some projector busts that would activate every 20 minutes or so to put on a 5 minute show, synced up with lights and air bursts.
Length of Event: The overall length from start to finish was about 25 minutes.
Actor Performance: Actor performance was great. On our walk-through no one broke character. There was one actress in a "sheet" room that had a scream that was almost deafening. All actors we encountered did a great job.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The crowd flow inside was very good. I once felt that we had a group hot on our heels, but there were certain spots where actors would purposely hold up a group to make sure that no one bumped into anyone in front of them or behind them in the house.
Appropriate Ages: I would say that you could take someone around 12 years of age. Skellington Manor did have it's share of scares but I didn't think the gore was too over the top to prevent it from being adult only.
Props / Special FX: The props used were very good and well used. At first I thought they had bad activation on some of their props because they would always go off a little late, but after my third time turning to look behind me at a prop going off and having someone right in my face when I turned around, I realized this was intentional. I especially like the bed levitation prop they used.
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make ups used were very good as well. There were very few masks used. It was nice to see time taken to actually paint on details and full face make ups. Some costumes were a little bare bones so to speak, such as some actors just being in an apron and t-shirt and jeans, but beyond that the rest were very appropriate and went with the character.
Summary: All in all this was a very well done haunt. It was definitely a personal favorite of the season so far. Line entertainment was excellent, the actors were spot on and props were very effective in setting up distraction scares. I will say keep an eye out in the bed levitation area for the actress that does the "exorcist" back bend walk at you, that creeped me out something fierce. While not as gory as some I have seen, I would definitely say it is appropriate for pre-teens and older. Anyone in the quad city area looking for a good quality scare can't go wrong at Skellington Manor.