This event consisted of
several simple, sparsely detailed scenes, which were separated
by twisting lengths of dark hallways. Many of the scenes weren't
overly elaborate; however, there were a few that were pretty
creative. In one area of the house, you looked into a
black box that was filled with hanging body parts. Just
when you thought nothing was going to happen, an actor popped
out to surprise you. Another scene consisted of a
dark room with several glowing hockey masks, which appeared to
float in mid-air. As you walked by, one of them came to
life and leaped out at you. I also liked the Christmas
scene. When the lights on the Christmas tree flashed
on, an evil Santa jumped up out of his chair to startle
All of the scenes were
located behind wooden railings, which I am not a big fan
of. Some of the scares would have probably been more
effective without the railings to provide a sense of separation
and security to the
As for actors, they were
pretty well staffed. A lot of the actors had similar
costumes; most wore black robes and a mask. They
really took advantage of some good hiding places in the dark
hallways to get their scares. They effectively used the
cover of darkness to hide in corners and take patrons by
surprise. All of the actors seemed to know their
roles well and followed through; however there were a couple of
times when they didn't stay in character.
Overall, I would say the
St. Charles Jaycees did a great job. Everything seemed to
be very organized, especially for an opening night.
Because this event wasn't overly intense, it would be
appropriate for most audiences.
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