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|Event Reviewed: Baldwin Asylum (Rantoul, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: HauntCham   (Event Visited: 10/27/16 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/16
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Site is clearly visible with good directions and obvious signage.
Wait Entertainment: I've actually been by three times this season. It varies whether they've got live wait entertainment, but the inside line has a bunch of rock\metal videos playing that help set the tone.
Length of Event: About 25 - 30 minutes.
Actor Performance: Most of the time, the actors are totally on point. I've been by three times this season, and a couple of times they've had some clear gaps in actors, but the ones that are there hit you nicely.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Really nice. Even during one of their lights out nights.
Appropriate Ages: 13 and up.
Props / Special FX: Baldwin's sets never disappoint. They even look better with the lights off and just the flashlight, because everything is so detailed it really distracts you when you can only see a bit of it with the little flashlight beam, so you're busy staring at the decor when an actor suddenly gets you.
Costumes / Make-up: Most of the time, excellent, as last year. The prosthetics, zombie makeup, and wounds they use are awesome. On my last visit, though, they had a couple of ... for lack of a better word, they were either heavy metal people or clowns. Weird white and black face paint that didn't seem to fit with the theme or other actors. Only one of the nights had this, though, so maybe they had a substitute artist. They were well painted, but I like the zombies, maimed lunatics, and the stilt guy the best.
Summary: I've been three times this season; once with lights out and twice with lights on, with different groups of friends. All of them were newbies to Baldwin, and I'd been talking it up all year as my favorite haunt in the area. All agreed it was awesome. Despite few differences this year in the haunt, it runs like a polished bigger city haunt. Flow is great, actors are great, makeup is great, and the experience is just super fun. I strongly recommend anyone within an hours drive or so to check it out. You won't be disappointed, and you'll get a big city haunt experience in Central Illinois.
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