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2012 Boo Crew Haunted House Review


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Boo Crew Haunted House
6500 Jett Road
Rochester, IL 62563

Visited: 10/13/12

 

Reviewed By: The Wench     
Visibility/Location: GPS sent us in the right direction, while small “Boo” signs were along the road as we got close.  GPS tries you send you past the building, however, it was the ONLY building on the road, so it wasn’t easy to miss.    
Wait Entertainment: There were a few actors milling about having fun with patrons.  They really tried hard to at least make everyone laugh, which we appreciated, as it was starting to rain – it helped us forget we were getting wet!   
Admission Price: $8
Parking: FREE
Length:

15 Minutes * 
*
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted. 

LPR: 6.562
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
Crowd Control: After the first two rooms we were pushed FORWARD to join another group.  Not so impressed by this part.

Summary:

We’d hear good things about Boo Crew in our travels, and overall, we were pleased with what we found.

The house itself appears to follow some sort of clown theme at first – as this is the artwork featured in the waiting area.  After what felt like an overly long wait, we were ushered into an opening room, looking like a living room of sorts, and shown a video.  Problem is, the actors were distracting us from it, so I’m still not sure what it involved, but there were more clowns.  Confused about what exactly we were about to see, we were let loose into the house, into a very well detailed bedroom scene, and taunted by a few smaller girls.  Kudos to these girls for keeping us spinning in circles, unsure which way to go, and using their size to their advantage to surprise us from different angles.

This is where things got a little weird.  As we were released from this room, it was almost as if we surprised the actor in the next room, who more or less shoved us forward to meet another group.  This room was so dark we weren’t sure what we were seeing, and then we moved on to one of the coolest scenes I’ve seen in a haunt.  It was designed as an outdoor scene, full of circus train cars, full of scary animals, with a few actors roaming around trying to make us jump.  I couldn’t though – I was so in love with the entire set!  Right down, to a spongy “grass” floor, it was gorgeous! 

We moved through several scenes like this – a “big top” with an exploding cannon (and a very creative exit!), various areas where you had to crawl for long periods of time, very interesting use of space.

Actors….  Where do I begin.  4 times, actors in this house broke character to ask my group if we knew someone, or to talk to their friend they were working the room with before we were completely out.  There were a few notable actors (the girl with the puppet show/creature show type booth – fabulous!), the ringmaster with the cannon, but overall, the acting here was disappointing.  Not only breaking character, but setting off props as the first person entered the room, so the back few people (us) missed out on the show.  We even begged in one room to see a particular prop run, and the girl refused!  Overall, disappointed with the actors here.

We enjoyed the scenery at Boo Crew, but I’m still not sure what the theme was supposed to be, exactly, and the actors really took away from the house for me.  At $8, it is still worth a visit, but I would love to see some actor improvements.      

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.boocrew.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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