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2014 Baldwin Asylum Review


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Baldwin Asylum
Taylor Studios Fabrication Building
2040 Lon Dr.
Rantoul, IL 61866

Visited: 10/10/14

 

Reviewed By: CorpseChild
Visibility/Location: Using GPS, the location is easy to find. The haunt is located at Taylor Studios Fabrication Building which is an old Wal-Mart. On the main road there is a billboard and a sign near the entrance with Baldwin Asylum on it.

The building itself is dark with just lights in the parking lot and the ticket trailer is lighted with lights. It would be helpful to have lights or some kind of décor near the front of the building so you would know that the event was open. Just seeing the lights on the ticket trailer is not enough to tell the event is open.

There is plenty of parking close to the event.
Wait Entertainment: After purchasing your tickets there is a covered waiting area outside and then a roped off line inside the building. As you walked into the waiting area inside the building, heavy music videos were playing on a large screen. Chain link fence and caution tape decorated the waiting area.

Every now and then you could hear the waiting ghouls/crazies waiting for you inside the house. There are no creatures working the line.

There is a monitor that is above the ticket taker that you could watch patrons in the house. The screen would flip back and forth between two different scenes.
Admission Price: $15.00
Parking: free
Length:

17.5 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: 4.083
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: High
Crowd Control: Since it was early in the night it was hard to judge how crowd control would be on a busy night or later on in the evening; but I could tell by the actors in the house that they would move patrons along if they needed to.

My group only had 2 people in it and we were able to move at a nice pace in order to take in the scares and all the scenery.

Summary:

As you enter the house the first scare came within seconds. We first noticed that we were entering into an asylum. The crazies were on task to make sure they were going to set the mood for the rest of the tour. In and out of rooms with the insane just waiting for you. There is one area that involved an insane woman, a toilet, and a nice smell to go with it.

The first area that was stand out was the bloody sheet maze. Back and forth actually having the feel your way to see what are walls and what are sheets that you actually walk through. Add in the dim lighting and the strobe lights you are sent into a disoriented mess trying to find your way through. Plus add in the fact that your mind is constantly wondering what is actually in the bloody sheet maze with you.

Winding through the depths of the Asylum you come up on the doctor’s mad experiments and yes they are still alive. Each room with the experiments in them was highly detailed. Both filled with medical equipment and experiments gone wrong.

A second stand out was the gray and white striped maze. This seemed to take forever to find your way through. Everything is white and gray striped. The maze is made up of several small square rooms with a door in and a door out. Strobe lighting topped off this area. Don’t think you are just going to feel your way through the maze, there are scares waiting for you from all directions.

The third area that stood out for me in a big way could only be described as “Cabin in the Woods” meets “The Evil Dead” remake and throw in characters from “Wrong Turn”. The detail of the woods leading into cabin was done very well. The actors working in this area are hungry, very hungry. The actors followed you closely, sniffing, and taunting you to move out of the area fast. There were so many actors in this area, you did not think you were going to escape from them.

One area to commend the haunt on was the 3D clown area. You are given 3D glasses and told to have fun. I have to admit, I am not a big fan of 3D areas; but this is the first time that I have seen that the actors are the ones that you want to pay attention to. The clowns are spot on, in and out of your face, up/down, hanging from the ceiling, and blocking you from moving on. The details from the skeletons, flowers popping out on the walls, and the colors, just added to the effect.

In summary, the Baldwin Asylum is made up of themed areas and they do this very well. As you walk through nothing looks or seems out of place. The flows of the themed rooms are done very well. You actually go through dark passages before the next scene/story starts. Details are outstanding in themed areas, especially the scene dealing with momma and her exorcism.

Actors matched the areas that they were working in. From some prosthetics, to very detailed make-up, the actors remained in character and played their parts well. We only were met with one character that dropped out of character to help us find the way out of the room. You could tell that Baldwin Asylum has worked with their actors to make sure that patrons were getting what they are paying for, to get scared out of their wits.

I was able to visit this house in 2013 and thought $15.00 was high for what they offered, plus it being there first year. This being their 2nd year, Baldwin Asylum was well worth the $15.00 admission price.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://slayervilleproductions.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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