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2012 The Scream Haunted Adventure Review


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The Scream Haunted Adventure
602 N. Mercer Street
Decatur, IL 62523

Visited: 10/12/12

 

Reviewed By: The Wench     
Visibility/Location: This haunt was easily found using a GPS, and there was a large lit sign directing us into the parking lot.        
Wait Entertainment: One actor as we entered the building.  The ticket takers were plain-clothed.  There was a girl working the front door who was taunting us from the other side of it once we got up to the door, but that was all.   
Admission Price: $10
Parking: FREE
Length:

13 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: 4.550
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: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: We ran into another group early on and stuck with them.

Summary:

Set in an eerie old warehouse, The Scream Haunted Adventure appeared to be a haunt we could really sink our teeth into, from the outside.

The atmosphere entering the main waiting area was nice, with a large screen for movies and the like, but there was hardly anyone in line that night, so it was not on.  We handed over our tickets and entered the house, right away meeting our first actress, who announced to the house over a loudspeaker that she was sending in two more victims.  At first thought, I didn’t like this, but as we made our way through the house it became amusing – not only would she announce groups, but would occasionally ask her children to sing – and from all over the house, screams and howls rang out.  A fun idea to keep your crew in the spirit on a slow night!

Many of the scenes we encountered in the haunt we extremely detailed and fun to look at.  A doctor’s lab with a patient on the table, airplane fuselage, this house was a mash-up of all sorts of scenes, and all looked very well thought out.  Lower ceilings in some scenes added to a claustrophobic feel as well.  Nice use of space!  There were also a few areas where you could see other patrons passing through, though you weren’t sure when you would hit that section.  Very nice!

Costumes and makeup were appropriate for all areas.  No complaints here.

Now, the down side.  There were actors around every corner!  But for every one who really gave it their all, 3 more just sat there.  It was late in the night and slow, but that should just motivate you even more to get the scares when someone IS coming through!  Time after time I stared at actors, waiting for them to do SOMETHING, and got nothing.  I also heard a ton of “get out!”, which any haunt veteran knows is a no no – we just paid to be there, keep us as long as you can!  Torture us, maim us, make us wet ourselves.  Don’t tell us to leave!

The overall feeling when we exited this house was rather blah.  There were some great ideas for scenes, but missing some detail that really could have made it pop.  Also, the actors really sort of took away from everything, as we were trying to really get a good look at the rooms, they were pushing us through.  There’s no one in your haunt, guys!  Trap us and have a blast!

I really do feel there is room for improvement here, with some actor training, a bit more detail, this haunt could step up and be one of the greats in Illinois… but as it stands, right now all it did was make us a bit sleepy for the ride home.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.decaturscream.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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