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2014 Abyss Horror Zone Review


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Abyss Horror Zone
Sports Zone Dome And Park
1901 Hill Ave.
Montgomery, IL 60538

Visited: 10/17/14

 

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Visibility/Location: This haunt was located at the Sports Zone in Aurora along Rte 30, and the gigantic dome was very easy to spot. There was a sign out front illuminated with a strobe light also, to help with visibility.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple costumed actors roaming the waiting area, interacting with the customers as they waited. They also had spooky music playing to help set the mood.
Admission Price: $15
Parking: Free
Length:

10 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: 2.333
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: Crowd control was great. I did not run into any groups ahead of me, as there were checkpoints along the way to keep us separated.

Summary:

Congratulations Abyss Horror Zone, for giving me my first jump scare of the season! I did not see that one coming, and that is where Abyss shines. Hidden scares in plain sight.

First off, an interesting fact about this haunt is that it is held on a miniature golf course. Not along the side of it, but ON it and through it. From the entrance, you couldn't tell that this was the case. The facade was set to mimic a medieval type dungeon. After being lead inside by two actors, one resembling a bloody dark knight and the other a hooded ghoul, they proceed to stare at you for several minutes, utilizing the silent creep tactic.

After they allowed us through, it was apparent then that the entire attraction consisted of multiple scenes, separated by the actual miniature golf pathways. Each scene was well detailed and highly interactive, as there were many doors to open and hidden exits to find. After exiting each scene you were outside again along the golf path, so this event is both indoor and outdoor.

Some notable scenes were the butcher shop, backwoods shack, nursery, living room with fireplace and a hidden exit, and the medieval crypt. It was here that I experienced a well place jump scare. There were two guards, that I assumed were both props. As I wandered through this room, I was so busy looking at all the details around me that I didn't realize that one of those guards were real. Very well done.

The rest of the actors relied on pop out scares, while a few were interactive. The two girls in the shack improvised well while we waited at this checkpoint. Their banter kept us entertained. Most of the actors stayed in character and we're very enthusiastic in their roles. Others were silent and creepy.

I enjoyed my visit to Abyss Horror Zone. The actors really cared about what they were doing, and the scenes were all well detailed. The fact that this event is held on top of the miniature golf course makes for a very interesting and fun to traverse haunt, with all the uneven ground and hills. It's not overly intense and in your face, but it does utilize some old school scares that work well. Kudos to Abyss to a job well done for their first year in a new location. I look forward to seeing how they adapt to their new home in the future.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.ABYSShaunts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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