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2015 Devils Krypt Aka Ciceros Hall Of Horrors Review


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Devils Krypt Aka Ciceros Hall Of Horrors
Old Cicero Town Hall And Police Station
4937 W 26 Street
Cicero, IL 60804

Visited: 10/09/15

 

Reviewed By: Filer
Visibility/Location: The haunt is held in the old Cicero town hall. It is a prominent location off of a main street. There are spotlights out front and a large spider web and banner on the side of the building. Also, there is a large tent and carnival rides out front. It is easy to spot from the road.
Wait Entertainment: There were a few actors circulating n line, including one dressed like Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story. They did a good job of keeping people on their toes. Also, there is a DJ that plays music while people wait in line and various concessions with food and desserts that patrons can get before they get into line or after the haunt.
Admission Price: $20
Parking: Free
Length:

18 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: 2.970
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-High
Crowd Control: There is a large tent with various metal railings set up, much like roller coaster lines in an amusement park. Visitors wait here and are called in groups to another waiting area just outside the house. Patron flow is good, with groups being held back in order to keep them separate.

Summary:

Devil’s Krypt (Cicero’s Town Hall of Horrors) is an atmospheric haunt that is held in the abandoned Cicero town hall. The multiple levels and disused areas are put to good use as set pieces, adding realism to certain scenes. For example, real jail cells, abandoned offices, bathrooms, and basement areas are all incorporated into the haunt design.

This year the haunt is completely redesigned, and starts in the basement of the building. Corridors and rooms are highly detailed, with some even having ceilings, and with staircases and other areas being covered in fake stonework to resemble the “Krypt” in the haunt name. In addition to the main Krypt area, there are swamp scenes, clown scenes, hospital scenes, wooded scenes, cannibal scenes, and more. All are extensively detailed, with moody lighting and sound effects in the background, such as dripping water, lightning, and outdoor noises, that add to the ambience.

The lighting this year has also been improved. In several areas, lights only come on when you walk close to them, then shut off after you pass by, creating many shadowy areas where actors can hide and leaving areas behind people in the dark so that they are never sure if someone is following them. Fog is also used to great effect, with the majority of the haunt being shrouded in a thin layer of it. It is not too much so that one can’t see, but just enough to keep the atmosphere tense.

The actors are also very good. There are many of them in the haunt, with most scenes containing at least two and usually more. Although many are younger actors, they vary their performances and don’t simply jump out and startle visitors. Many actors are simply quiet, and follow people as they pass through scenes, or sneak up on them from behind when they are walking down hallways. Also, there are scenes that purposely do not have actors so that people walking through them feel isolated from the outside, which builds on their paranoia and feelings of unease. In fact, it is this feeling of dread and uneasiness that is a unique feature of this haunt, and adds to the tension even when people are alone and no actors are around.

The staircases in the building are also used to good effect, becoming part of certain scenes or being covered in ramps that allow for easier climbing or descending into different locations. While some of the scenes inside the haunt may be familiar ones that are seen elsewhere, others are completely new or enough of a variation on a familiar theme as to feel “new.”

Devil’s Krypt is a excellent haunt that combines a high level of set detail with some good atmosphere and uses the actual facilities and rooms inside of the Cicero town hall to great effect. One thing to note is that the haunt is very popular and they do not offer a VIP option. Lines on the weekends can get quite long, so it may be better to go on a Thursday or a Sunday and/or get there before they open to minimize wait time.

To find out more about this event, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CicerosTownHallOfHorrors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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