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2016 Visitor Reviews of
Statesville Haunted Prison® (Lockport, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/29/16 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/31/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Statesville Prison, what better location could you get! Easy to find, well marked and lite, however use your GPS when in doubt ..

Wait Entertainment: They always have excelled here with the actors and the waiting line crew has always gave 100% throughout the years. They have one of the best build up of any haunted event you'll attend, there is continued pressure of building up your expectation before you get to the entry ..

Length of Event: I would say around 20 minutes after entering the attraction, could use a little more time here, this is a large building and it seems some could be used here..

Actor Performance: The actors excell here every year, they have usually always been right on the mark here and this year was perfection ! It seems that everyone was on their best tonight - no weak actors !

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was acceptable and we really encountered no issues, there are various events which slow down or literally stop the action throughout - but it's correctable and everything gets back in timing usually fairly quickly - tonight no exception, the slowed down encounter another group coming up on us and simply advanced to the next staged area, the timing is workable here !

Appropriate Ages: There are major in your face scares here and for the first this year recommend at least 11 or 12 years old, the actors effort bring this high recommendation!

Props / Special FX: The props throughout Statesville are exceptional and very well done, however they are getting dated by yearly returners - it might be a good idea to move into a higher tech attraction with more automation and effects !

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and makeup was very well done, we noticed nothing weak here..

Summary: Statesville Prison has always been a hit and miss attraction, and for a higher priced event that usually isn't a good thing ..  
This year might have been the best experience yet, everything was working as expected and the event staff was well stocked and the acting was absolutely perfect - no doubt the best I've seen at Statesville .. As stated above my only complaint, if you can call it that, is the length - it needs to utilize more of the structure (this actually means the event is good enough that it would be nice to experience more length) .. 
Overall a great event and recommended highly .

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36 out of 53 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: abowler91   (Event Visited: 10/07/16 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: location was easy to find.

Wait Entertainment: wait entertainment had you on the edge of scares from the beginning. awesome crew that is very passionate about making this haunt an experience for people.

Length of Event: Event length was pretty good.

Actor Performance: Actor/ crew performance was phenomenal. A lot of time and effort put in.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: loved how they kept the lines and group together. giving such orders/commamds making the haunt feel as if we are Statesville prisoners

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: props were fantastic. great animatromics, dropping floor, tunnels, strobes, you name it

Costumes / Make-up: costumes and make-up was nicely done

Summary: Last night was the first time for the husband and I here and for any Zombie Army Production. First class all the way! Amazing cast and crew. Very well set up, awesome props/animatronics, so much time and effort put in by the passionate crew. Loved how interactive it was from the start of the line. Most definitely worth the money and would recommend to anyone.

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Reviewed by: cupajoe415   (Event Visited: 10/14/16 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/27/16
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Statesville is always easy to find using GPS. There are a ton of lights and parking people to direct you.

Wait Entertainment: Statesville has very good wait entertainment as always. The music in the waiting tents may be a bit loud though. I always enjoy seeing fluffy, and various other actors jumping through lines and messing with people as they wait. I even had a chainsaw that started at my feet and worked its way up between me legs from behind me. Pretty good stuff, if your into that sort of thing. LOL

Length of Event: The house itself is about 20 minutes long. The line can be another matter depending on how busy it is. Our total time on the date we arrived from when we parked to when we pulled out was about 2 hours.

Actor Performance: The actors were great. There was some very interesting makeup and unique characters that seemed new this year. There were plenty of living snakes and rats being held by actors as well for the added touch. My favorite experience happened in one of the jail cells near the beginning of the haunt. There was a tall husky guy, built just like me. As I walked into the room he was messing with the group in front of us. When he met eyes with me his doppelganger He began to sing... "Aaaat Laaaaast my LOOOVE has come along" It was pretty stinking funny! Props to the big man. I always enjoy actors who do not just repeat a line through the entire night, but rather interact with customers. Statesville had their share of this, though there is always room for improvement.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was fine. We did not run into other groups in a way that stole the show. We had a few bump ins, but that is to be expected with all the tight spaces in Statesville.

Appropriate Ages: 14 +

Props / Special FX: While there are many special fx props that Statesville has had and used for years, they still do the job. There isn't any bare space at Statesville. They know how to pack it full.

Costumes / Make-up: As mentioned above, the makeup and costumes have gotten more creative as the years have gone on. You definitely felt like you were in another world in there, which is what you should feel. Great work

Summary: I used to dislike Statesville when I was younger and working at a rival (in my eyes) haunt. Since that has ended I must give them my respect in every way possible. They do it well every year! The creativity in each of their actors and characters is astounding. And they continue to do things their way in an industry that has been very impacted by haunt franchise chains. I make a couple trips every year to Statesville, and I have never been disappointed. Props to all the hard working people running parking and tickets as well. It is the thankless part of the job, and your good attitudes in serving patrons shines as well. Keep up the great work guys. See you again soon!

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