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2010 Asylum Xperiment Review


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Asylum Xperiment Haunted Experience
Odeum Sports Complex
1033 N. Villa
Villa Park, IL 60181

Visited: 10/16/10

 

Visibility/Location: They did a good job with signage.  At the intersection of Rt 64 and Rt 83 there was a haunted house sign, showing people where to turn.  There was also a sign at Villa Road.  At the entrance, the bright Odeum sign really stood out.  Upon entering the parking lot, a parking attendant pointed patrons in the right direction.   
Wait Entertainment: In the indoor waiting area, movies were being projected on a large screen and a couple of actors were interacting with the people waiting in line.         
Admission Price: $20.00
Parking: FREE
Length:

24 Minutes *  
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= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

LPR: 3.000
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Medium-Low
Crowd Control: They did an excellent job in this category.  All of the patrons in a group were instructed to hold onto a rope, as they walked through the attraction.  Using the rope seemed to help space out the groups, as well as keeping the members of a group in the same area, so that no one missed the scares and/or special effects in the house. 
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Summary:

This event consisted of two consecutive attractions, "Black Out" and the "Asylum Xperiment".   

The first attraction was "Black Out", which as the name implies, was a dark maze.  Throughout this zig-zag path, there was string and rubber tubing hanging down that you had to push aside.  Some areas had nice laser light effects that showed up nicely through a sea of fog.  There was also a rumbling sound effect that I could feel in my chest.  My personal favorite part of Black Out was the rotating room.  As patrons entered this area, they were instructed to push against the wall, which caused the whole room to rotate until the exit was revealed.  This was very creative and it gave the attraction an interactive quality that most dark mazes just don't have.  

The second attraction was called the "Asylum Xperiment", which was very theatrical.  The tour began in a detailed library.  Everyone in my group was instructed to hold onto a rope, while they made their way through the attraction.  Throughout the rest of the haunted house, there were many highly detailed scenes of various themes.  Colored lighting, custom sound effects and fog served to establish an eerie atmosphere throughout the house.  The theatrical nature and slower pace of the Asylum Xperiment made this haunt more creepy than scary in many areas.    

The toxic waste accident featured a green laser light effect that shined through the fog.  Camo netting hung from the ceiling, creating a zig-zag path through the room.  Actors in the scene scurried underneath the netting to attack patrons at various points along the path.  I really liked the toy room.  It had a large toy box and was filled with toys of all kinds, including life-sized mannequins of E.T., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a marionette jester.  Rotating colored lights illuminated the area and a "Ring Around The Rosie" soundtrack was playing in the background.  As I walked through the scene, a couple of the toys came to life and stalked my group.

One of the largest and most visually appealing rooms was Frankenstein's Laboratory.  On one table there was a collection of flasks & test tubes filled with glowing liquid.  Another part of the scene featured electrical panels, jacob's ladders and glowing plasma balls.  As customers walked by, a mad doctor in a white lab coat cackled "He's alive!  My creation lives!", as a life-sized animatronic Frankenstein stood up.  While this was one of my favorite scenes, the reflection off the white Odeum ceiling was clearly visible, which was quite distracting, killing the mood somewhat.  They made a good attempt to hide the ceiling in various areas throughout the house, but this scene was one of a few where the ceiling really stood out.      

Other scenes include a bedroom, an old shed, a disgusting kitchen and others.  I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't attended, but the ending was quite a surprise!

Most of the actors in the Asylum Xperiment had speaking roles and were very theatrical and interactive.  I enjoyed these actors the most, because they all stayed in character and had very convincing performances.  Also,  many of the actors were adults, which added to the believability of their characters.  The actors that did pop-out scares did fairly well; however, some of the scares weren't perfectly timed or executed.  

Kudos to the Asylum Xperiment crew for putting on a great show.  They high level of detail really established a creepy atmosphere throughout the entire haunted house.  They had an excellent first year.  I can't wait to see what they have for us next October.       

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.asylumxperiment.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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