|17 out of 32 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: uphpfc1   (Event Visited: 10/18/14 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/26/14
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Forest city is a very small town. It was quite easy to find the haunt.
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment was very good. They had the butcher which is one of my favorites. He doesn't talk but has a sinister laugh. He will creep right up on you and you don't even know he's there. And if you cower from him he just keep a messing with you. Scared me half to death. Also a scary clown with a big hammer lumbers around which is super creepy especially if you don't Luke clowns. The people who take your tickets are very friendly and talk to everyone waiting.
Length of Event: About an hour of terror!!
Actor Performance: The acting is pretty good. They stay in character and are super creepy. Even the younger kids do a great job. Zombie lazer tag was so much fun and the Zombies makeup was awesome.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We had to wait quite awhile to get in each attraction but we expected that as they were extremely busy. Some of the staff would come up and ask if we were having a good time and where we were from. The museum inside the church is small but very neat. Several authentic horror movie props. From old time horror movies as well as modern movies. Very cool!!!
Appropriate Ages: 10 and up
Props / Special FX: Most of the haunt depends on actors. Not a huge amount of props. I like that. Old fashioned scares. I'd rather be scared by a real person than special effects. But they do have strobe lights which is cool cause you can't see them coming at you until they're right there. Fog machines make it even creepier. The spider prop scared the life out of me. I hate spiders!
Costumes / Make-up: Its hard to see some of the costumes but the makeup was great, especially on the zombies. Skin flapping, glass sticking out of their faces, lots of blood.
Summary: The church and skinner house being closed due to lack of sprinklers was disappointing however I've been there several years and I applaud them for stepping up. They made new attractions in a very short amount of time and didn't just give up. They still gave you great scares! They are taking donations to help fund sprinklers for next year. I donated because I've always loved this program. Non profit and they donate all their proceeds to several organizations that benefit the community and all the kids. We had a blast and will be back!
|17 out of 33 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/06/14
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Located in Forest City (small town) not hard to find, but should be much better marked. The location has not changed in years
Wait Entertainment: Monsters and some interesting characters walking around..
Length of Event: The entire event look a little over 1 hour
Actor Performance: These people do a very good job every year and this year was just as good .. Love "bubbles" character and yes "The Gage" sarge done a great job and was entertaining
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Everything moved along great - slow getting the hayrack back and forth but we walked ok.
Appropriate Ages: 10 years and over .. But it depends on your fear factor
Props / Special FX: Standard props - no automation but they done a good job
Costumes / Make-up: Make up was very good here - no cheesy masks . Somewhat question on full body costumes, too many street clothes
Summary: They have pulled this off for years and this year no different, we enjoyed the entire event. The church just seems too weak here and they do need to up there game here! The Gage event was very entertaining and the host done a great job keeping people confused and off balance, very well done! The trail was very good and they were very well staffed and things keep coming after you! Then you come to the slaughter house and this event is good but needs some work, too few people working this, no chainsaws in the house this year (maybe because of exhaust) like past years. Overall a great event which needs some light adjustments, but it's still alive for another year, but better enjoy this while its here!
Note: watch for local police here, it's a speed trap town with one officer.
|12 out of 26 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: HocusPocus90   (Event Visited: 10/18/14 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/19/14
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: If you've never been, Forest City is a very small town. The first time we went, we found it fairly easy to find. They have plenty of street parking near the church attraction where you'll buy your tickets.
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment wasn't bad. Many would come up behind you if you weren't paying attention. Don't keep you eyes down on your phone the whole time! Each attraction had an actor from clowns to butchers.
Length of Event: If you're wanting to go through all four attractions, plan at least an hour to two hours when you factor in wait time as well (depending on how busy it is)
Actor Performance: Actor performance was mixed. You could tell there were veteran actors while others still needed more practice. The younger kid actors really needed to hone in their skills. Many would break charter.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This aspect is always great at Fright Night. My group (5 total) never felt rushed through and we never ran into another group inside an attraction. This is one thing we love about Fright Night.
Appropriate Ages: 10 or older
Props / Special FX: Aside from fog machines and strobe lights, there weren't too many special effects. One scene in the trail looked like it had a large spider on a machine that would pop-out at you. Unfortunately, this never happened. However, Fright Night always has a good amount of chain saws throughout a few of their attractions. Scenes in each attraction were decorated great.
Costumes / Make-up: Make-up was great like always. Very realistic on many of the actors. However, the costumes could have been better. We saw way too many people dressed in street clothes which is a big pet peeve for me in haunted house attractions.
Summary: My group and I have been going the past 5-6 years and this year was the biggest disappointment for us. Fright Night always has four attractions (Haunted Church, Haunted Trail, Skinner House, & Crazy Cage) and this year they had to close the Haunted Church and Skinner House. Due to a new law requiring indoor attractions to have sprinkler systems, they were forced to close these. However, they made up for this by still offering four attractions: Zombie Laser Tag, Haunted Barn, Haunted Trail & Crazy Cage. The Zombie Laser tag was completely new new this year. The Haunted Barn used to be part of the Haunted Trail last year and now it's split into it's own attraction. I explain each event below in further detail (spoiler alerts). The attraction changes were not mentioned on their website, Facebook page or explained in their HauntedIllinois.com directory page (still mentions the Skinner House & Church). We found out after we bought our tickets which was disappointing.
There was also an incident that happened in the Crazy Cage (explained below) that completely rubbed us the wrong way. After that we were mentally checked out and just wanted to go home.
The staff also seemed different this year. One thing I've always enjoyed about Fright Night was that it always had a small-town friendly vibe to it. This year however, I didn't see that. The employee at the ticket counter was focused on her phone and didn't see us waiting for our tickets. While money was exchanged, she didn't say anything and didn't explain the new red tickets which happened to be a free ticket to use on your favorite attraction if you wanted to go through it again (pretty cool). A ticket taker at one of the attractions wasn't very friendly either.
Fright Night Attractions (spoiler alert):
Zombie Laser Tag:
This attraction replaced the Haunted Church and sounded awesome. Before going in, the ticket taker gives you a laser gun and ribbon to hang off of your right pocket. She explains how to use the gun and how the orange ribbon is your brain. The goal is to make it out with your orange ribbon still hanging out of your pocket. She explains that we need to aim/shoot for their heads. Once down, the zombies will come back to life after ten seconds. How awesome does this sound? We were excited. However, this attraction was anything but. The zombies hid behind various obstacles trying to reach for your ribbon. After shooting them in the head (where their sensors are located) they would fall to the ground. And lay there for 10 seconds, right? Nope. Two to three at max. We shot them several times but they just kept getting back up. It was ridiculous.
This attraction was also extremely short and was held in the small outdoor path that led you to the front doors of the church attraction that was open last year. You could tell this attraction was thrown together pretty quickly. While I commend them for setting something up to replace the Church, it was poorly executed. We heard numerous negative comments from others waiting in lines at other attractions. If the line is long for this one, head over to the other attractions first. (A trailer will take you back and forth between attractions. They will pick you up by the church).
Like I mentioned above, the Haunted Barn was part of the Haunted Trail last year. Now as it's own attraction, the haunted barn was pretty good. Dead ends, great props, creepy werewolf and oh yeah, chainsaws. We ended up trapped in a hallway with a chainsaw in front of us and one behind us. Trapped. We all screamed pretty loud. No complaints from the Haunted Barn. It would have been nice to see perhaps more actors but overall it was great.
Just like the Haunted Barn, the trail delivered. Cool scenes, creepy actors and more. Climbing through the van is always fun. I was hoping to see the huge yeti looking character like from previous years but he was gone. Like the barn, the trail could have used more actors. You could tell there were cool hiding places in various scenes characters could pop out of but they simply weren't there. Overall, not bad.
We were really looking forward to this one since this has typically been our favorite. In the past, this attraction was filled with chainsaws, strobe lights, sparks, and more. This year was completely different. Before going in, we were warned by a group we ran into that the Crazy Cage was too physical. Ignoring their warning, we decided to give it a try. We were body slammed several times and it actually knocked the wind out of me for a second. They also tried to tickle the females in our group and were very touchy. Overall, they try to confuse you in the attraction and lead you to dead ends. Now here is what really rubbed us the wrong way during our time at Fright Night. In one of the Crazy Cage scenes, two girls forced us to stand against a wall with our hands up. Easy enough. After telling us to yell "party in the crazy cage" they gave us other random instructions. After a minute or two, you could tell the girls weren't collaborating well. Yelling at each other and telling the other to shut up out of character. The instructions they were giving us didn't seem planned. At one point they decided to give us all nicknames. One of my friends in my group has a physical condition she has suffered through all of her life. One of the girl actors gave her a horrible nickname based on her physical condition. This was completely uncalled for. While the girl was somewhat young, she was old enough to understand what would be crossing the line. Instead of giving her a funny or typical nickname, she gave her a completely offensive name that really upset my friend. After that, I stepped out from the wall and said "we're done here" and forced the girls to show us the door. The scene lasted way too long even when I cut them off short. We were all mentally checked out after that. We quickly made it out of the dead ends and paths within the attraction and waited for the trailer to take us back.
Overall, we were disappointed. We were told the Skinner House and Church will be open again next year which will help. For $20, you get all four attractions which is a great price but I'm not sure if we'll return next year.