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2015 Massacre Haunted House Review


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Massacre Haunted House
299 Montgomery Road
Montgomery, IL 60538

Visited: 10/02/15

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: Using a GPS we found the location easily. I had missed the turn when I saw the hearse and lit sign on the side of the building coming from the South, I just turned at the light and parked in the well lit parking lot of the strip mall the haunt is located in. There is also a van and trailer in the lot with the Massacre's logo and advertising.
Wait Entertainment: After purchasing our tickets we stepped in with our group and they took a photo of us (Sometimes with one of their actors), this was for their Facebook page which I figured out the next day. We continued on to the queue line which is all indoors. A large dimly lit room with a few line actors roaming. A movie was playing on a giant screen on one wall opposite of the entrance. It was early in the season so the line was minimal and we did not have to wait long.

There was a second room for staging, which seemed to be the "Rule Room" there was a monitor mounted dead center of the 4 line divider which was not turned on. Security was there to let us know when to enter and which lane was to go in witch order.

We were asked for our tickets and how many in our group multiple times before going in at different stations. It was very difficult to hear the staff.
Admission Price: $25 For two haunts. Massacre Haunted House and Fear Factory 3D

$35 For Fast pass, which allows you to skip all the lines.
Parking: FREE
Length:

16 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: 1.856
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: The flow seemed to be smooth. There were slowdown points which seemed actors interacting with you in part of their scene or room. It was very natural and there were multiple checkpoints camouflaged so well they were barely noticeable. We were in a group of four and at one point we lost half of our group and a group behind us did catch up briefly. As we entered Fear Factory I was separated with the remainder of my group so I traveled solo just for a little bit. After we exited we still were not reunited with our original group, not until the couple who caught up with us inside the haunt exited. And the other two followed them. They told me they got a little turned around.

Summary:

While at Massacre, overall it was a great experience. There was a lot of detail in each room. You experience many haunt themes such as doctor's operating and examination rooms, lush jungle, church, and a mansion equipped with every room in the house including the water closet with a resident. They had many jump scares, and characters and their ramblings of doom and dread that await all. A great mixture of actor / animatronics. There was digital effects added to the walls as paintings, windows, such as the flames burning inside the wall, a little fog and wood burning scent would have brought it full circle. I really liked the doll room and the joyous preacher you meet while exploring. The "Kitchen Creature" was very into the part, and nimble too. Not only the actors had great timing but the backstage prop operators were on spot too, which is important when getting gobbled up by a man eating plant. Makeup and masks seemed to be in balance, and fitting for the particular role they played. Detail of the sets helped the actors and guests become immersed in the particular situation. When you walked into the parlor of the mansion, you felt that you were ready to explore the upstairs balcony. The jungle made me think I was forging a new path while moving vines out of my way as I walked.

Fear Factory 3D, was clowned themed with actors and static props. All painted with UV reactive paint and the palette chosen seemed to give you a lot of depth. The floor was painted like a bordered walkway to help you follow the path. The color choice on the walls seemed a little more random, but the frequency use and pattern of the colors gave you a very textured effect so nothing ever looked flat. The clown actors did great and performed with high energy. Not much as a scare factor but made you feel more stalked. But if you are afraid of clowns, I'm sure you would wet yourself. There was a good amount of "in your face" action, but not overdone to prevent it making it stale. The vortex is a nice touch in this particular haunt location.

As they advertise as a 2 in 1 haunt. After you leave Fear Factory 3D you enter another area of the haunt. This is more of a post apocalyptic set and theme. With more stalking and pop out actors as you wind through the streets and metal music playing from unseen speakers. This seemed to be the arena for their iCombat attraction. As we exited the haunt we were greeted by another clown in the gift area, handing us flyers for their upcoming off season activities.

When I parked in the well lit paved lot, I soon found out that was the exit to the haunt and had to go around the corner of the building to the back which had a flagged queue leading to a ramp inside to the ticket booth. The lot there was lit in some areas and was mostly gravel and grass.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://fearthemassacre.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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