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2015 Visitor Reviews of
The Slaughter At Sleepy Hollow (West Dundee, Illinois)
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|57 out of 72 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: HideNshriek   (Event Visited: 10/30/15 @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/31/15
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: The Slaughter is located in a former Target. There are signs off of 72 pointing toward the haunt, and there is a large banner hanging above the entrance. However, the sign above the doors is not illuminated. It is particularly easy to find if you are familiar with the area.
Wait Entertainment: The haunt has several Halloween themed carnival games set up in the waiting area. One particular event has the patrons catapult a rubber rat into rotating cooking pots for a chance to win stuffed animals. The games do cost a few dollars, though.
They also have a faux drive-in theater set up, playing older horror films. I thought this was quite unique, and a great idea for nights when the lines are sprawling.
Length of Event: It took us approximately 30 minutes to get through the entire haunt.
Actor Performance: Overall, I thought the actors did a great job. They stayed in character and made sure their particular character was unique from their counterparts.
I thought that they interacted well with us and were able to show versatility. They were not afraid to get in our faces or corner us.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We ended up catching up to the group ahead of us several times. We were cognizant of the fact that a rapid patron flow can ruin the effect of the haunt for the patrons and can fluster the actors, so we did our best to stay back a bit while the group ahead of us exited the room. However, despite our best efforts, we were right on the tail of the previous group. On the other hand, a group never caught up to us.
Props / Special FX: Going in, I was aware that The Slaughter is affiliated with Realm of Terror, which I had visited earlier in the season, so I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. The props and special effects were excellent. I felt immersed in the plot line they had created and was fascinated in nearly every room. The detail is phenomenal if you are brave enough to keep your eyes open.
The special effects that stood out to me were the elevator and the dresser that had self-opening drawers. The vortex tunnel was also a favorite of mine.
Costumes / Make-up: Due to the nature of the haunt, the make up was difficult to see at times. Though when I did have visibility of the actors' faces, I was pleased with the make up.
Summary: In the beginning, they counted us off into a group of eleven or so. After taking our tickets, we walked through a garden, and waited to be ushered into the mansion that was the premise of the haunt. We moved from a parlor where they played a short video, into a living room where a classic horror movie was playing. In the living room, an actor explained that we were in the midst of a paranormal investigation. After what I would consider "the prolouge", we were swept into a hallway, where a creature of the night awaited to (thankfully) break us into groups of four.
Once we were in our small group, we took a ride in an elevator and exited to the meat and potatoes of the haunt.
The rooms and actors we visited where congruent with the theme of the haunt. In many of the rooms there were low hanging props, which I enjoyed; however, those in our group that were over five feet tall found them slightly problematic.
It was about halfway through these rooms that we ran into the group ahead of us.
Though most of the haunt followed the premise of a decrepit mansion overflowing with paranormal activity, toward the end we found ourselves in a circus.
There was a circus tent maze with a leering clown hovering overhead, following our every move. Following this first maze, were was an abundance of subsequent mazes with more clowns scattered about. I thought the hanging clown corpses were a nice touch, and I thoroughly enjoyed the clown in the vortex tunnel.
I thought that the circus tied in with the games in the waiting area, however, I failed to see how it coincided with the haunted mansion.
The clowns that they did have were entertaining, but I felt there should have been more of them spread throughout the circus. Who doesn't love an abundance of killer clowns?
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at The Slaughter. Forewarning, they only accept cash; though they do have an ATM onsite in case you leave your dollar bills at home.
|43 out of 55 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: reaper   (Event Visited: 10/10/15 @ 9:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/22/15
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: It was on a main road close to a nearby shopping mall, but still wasn’t that visible because the actual building is set off the road quite a distance.
Wait Entertainment: There really wasn’t much in terms of wait entertainment, with the exception of a couple of actors working the crowd.
From the main line area, which was unthemed, customers were moved to a graveyard that was like a waiting area.
Length of Event: About 15 minutes
Actor Performance: At the top of their website it said “Now Hiring”. There was also a sign that said the same thing at the front door. That doesn’t exactly instill confidence. Needless to say, they seemed to be short-staffed on actors that night.
Acting was pretty subpar. Most of the actors were young kids and they didn’t seem to know what they were supposed to do. Other than the intro scene, there really wasn’t any “acting” to speak of, but just mistimed pop-out scares. A few of the actors just stood there and watched us go by. How disappointing.
Makeup was pretty good, but there really weren’t any elaborate costumes that stood out. Mostly just dark street clothes.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was pretty bad. Within minutes of going through the entrance, groups started to pile up. By the time we got out, our group was at least 15 or 20 person-long conga line, which really killed the mood and put a damper on the experience.
Summary: I found out about this haunted house when I read a review of it on this website and was excited to hear that it was basically the “Asylum Xperiment” haunted house rebranded in a new location. That was one of my favorite haunted houses! Unfortunately, The Slaughter wasn’t all I had hoped for. For the hefty $25 price tag, I expected a lot more.
According to their website, this haunted house was supposed to have “Three Incredible Attractions”. What it really was, was one haunted house with three differently themed areas in series. Haunted houses need to stop doing that. Don’t say you have three haunted houses when it is only one. It is misleading and that can only lead to dissatisfied customers.
The haunted house was split up into a mansion, a woods and a carnival theme. The haunted house started with an introduction video of paranormal investigation gone wrong. From there, it went downhill fast.
As I said before, it was a conga line almost immediately. And another thing… stop with all the d**n (censored) strobe lights. Behind all of the flashing, it looked like there might be some great set pieces from the Asylum Xperiment, but I really couldn’t tell because I was blinded half of the time. Stop, already. It’s not scary. It’s not entertaining. It just ruins the mood and gives your customers a headache.
The last section seemed to be an after-thought. It was a winding path of white walls, with yet even more strobe lights.
One other thing… There was an annoying continuous beeping that echoed throughout the majority of the haunt, which just made me want to leave. I’m not sure if that was supposed to be part of the house or an alarm of some sort, but they need to get rid of it.
The content in terms of props an scene detail was mostly good, but the execution was very poor. I totally expected much more than this from the guys who did the Asylum Xperiment, especially considering the inflated admission price. Just not worth it for me. I won’t be back unless they make some drastic changes.
|18 out of 40 people thought this review was helpful.|
|Reviewed by: DementedOne   (Event Visited: 10/28/15 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/29/15
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: The sign on the street could have been bigger, was hard to see in the dark, but I knew where I was going anyway, so not a big deal.
Wait Entertainment: There was a cool graveyard that you get to go through before you enter the mansion, and there are "mad scientist" type people out front to greet you. You walk through the drive-in that's playing horror movies, so that was cool.
Length of Event: About 1/2 hour.
Actor Performance: The actors were very energetic and all over the place. There was one clown that just seemed to pop up out of nowhere asking if we liked his fuzzy balls. Actors could have used a little more instruction so far as scares and when to back off a patron.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: No problems. Good flow and our group got separated a couple times, which made for more fun looking for them.
Appropriate Ages: I think anyone under 10 may want to reconsider.
Props / Special FX: Props were great. Lots of strobes, smoke, great attention to detail. I loved the mansion and the "ride" to the basement was really fun.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were amazing as was the makeup.
Summary: This house was a lot of fun. Need to work on the scares and timing more, but all in all, we had a good time. There were a lot of disorienting factors and it made you wonder if you were ever getting out of there. The drive-in was a nice touch as well with the old horror movies. The graveyard and the beginning of the mansion were my favorite. Lots of detail and the talking picture was very cool. Great set up all around.