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2015 The Freak Show And The All New Haunt At Bonesaw Mill Review


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The Freak Show And The All New Haunt At Bonesaw Mill
601 N Country Fair Drive
Champaign, IL 61821

Visited: 10/18/15

 

Reviewed By: CorpseChild
Visibility/Location: The haunts are located behind the Fluid Event Center on Country Fair Rd. We used GPS to get there but once you saw the Event Center there were barrel fires and a sign for the haunt. It was hard to see any signs until you were actually getting ready to turn into the haunt. Once you pull in someone will direct you where to park.

There was a large parking lot that was well lit that was very close to the ticket booth.
Wait Entertainment: When we purchased our wristbands we were directed to go to The Freak Show. There was not much of a wait. We walked directly to the front of the line.

The queue line for the Bonesaw Mill was a small tent that weaved back and forth and then you were directed towards the actual building that the haunt was in. The entrance waiting area was dark with want looked like slimy black walls. The rules of the house were located here also.

The ticket takers were all in costume and ready to send the victims through the events.

One walking dead girl walked around the crown dragging a real scythe behind her, which made a very eerie sound. This girl was great and remained in character the entire time, even when she was walking through the parking lot.

There was a Zombie Shoot where you could try your luck at taking out some zombies. The cost was $5.00 for 20 shots.
Admission Price: The Freak Show: $15 
Bonesaw Mill: $15 

But if you buy tickets for both events at the same time it is $20.00.
Parking: Free
Length:

The Freak Show: 14.5 Minutes *
Bonesaw Mill: 9.5 Minutes
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* = 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: 3.480
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: The Freak Show: High 
Bonesaw Mill: Medium-High 
Crowd Control: Both haunts controlled the crowd very well. We did not hear, see, or run into other groups in neither haunts.

Summary:

The Freak Show was an outdoor trail. As the ticket taker pulled a piece off of your wristband she said that the trail was lit with torches. Even though you had torches the path was very dimly lit.

As we made our way down the path we came up on a rundown cabin You are focusing your attention on the door thinking something is coming from that direction when the scare comes out of nowhere behind you. We now knew that we were in for some good scares.

The trail would wind back and forth through the woods. Since it was a cool night the fog was laying low to the ground which gave the trail a great effect.

The actor’s use of the foliage and trees was terrifying. You really had no idea where the scares were coming from. Clowns and other actors would run out of the woods fast and furious.

We came up on a sign that said watch your step and we walked up a couple of stairs and found ourselves walking down some railroad tracks. Trees were growing in the middle of the tracks so you knew that they were safe to walk on. A flashing strobe up head gave the effect of an oncoming train and the light danced off of the tracks.

The trees were overgrown in that area and as we were walking down, we were focusing our attention on something that was standing down farther by the tracks. The scare here came right out of the wood fast with a loud noise.

Walking down the track the rest of the way, it looked as if you were walking under railroad trestles.

As you were walking out, you thought that the haunt was over. Everything was quite until 2 chainsaws come out of nowhere and was all over you.



Bonesaw Mill was an indoor haunt set in a warehouse. When you first walked in there was a small office setting with a dead receptionist. There were phones and phone cords hanging from the ceiling. You thought it was just a plain scene room and the receptionist came back for one last scream and tried grasping for you.

Sets in the haunt were detailed and they made good use of different floor textures. Nothing better that walking through a haunt and feeling/hearing the crunching under your feet. An area that we walked into contained 2 very large table saws, body parts were strewn everywhere, which was a great scene. Seeing this you see where they were playing off of their name.

Coming down a hallway that had red and white tent plastic hanging from the ceiling you could just guess that you were getting close to some clowns. Walking into a room that looked like small square lockers, the doors started opening and closing. Things would fly out at you through the lockers. Towards the end of that room there was a little clown that just stared at you as you exited the room.

One last area was a room that had a huge saw blade sticking up in the middle of the table. One girl ran around the room and said, “You’re next- look at her”. On the table was a girl that was supposed to be laying there getting sawed in half. The girl was sitting in a chair underneath the table. It was a good room; but I would recommend hiding the chair a little bit better somehow.

As you walked out of the house you were prepared for a finale. We did not see anything at first but a clown then came running up behind us just laughing.

In all, both haunts were really good to experience. The Freak Show is a more intense in your face haunt. With Bonesaw Mill, the scares that they did provide were good. Rooms in Bonesaw Mill, danced back and forth, it was hard to tell if you were heading into an Army Medical Facility, an old saw mill, or a circus.

These are both fairly new haunts and they are worth a visit. My group enjoyed both of the haunts and I am sure they will be on our list for a visit next year.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://freakshowillinois.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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