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2015 The Keep Review


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The Keep
11177 Dundee Road
Huntley, IL 60142

Visited: 10/10/15

 

Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl
Visibility/Location: Growing up in Huntley, I was very familiar with the location of the building. The building was formerly a warehouse and had recently been turned into a sports bar. If I hadn’t known exactly where to go, I may have had some difficulty finding it. First, the building is in a complicated cluster of roads; a bypass was recently constructed to reduce traffic on this stretch of Dundee Road. There was a white banner out near the street, but it was a distance from the entrance of the parking lot, causing a little bit of confusion for the person in the car with me. There was a vehicle with “The Keep” stickers on it near the entrance of the parking lot. Once in the parking lot, there was another sign separating “haunt parking” from parking for the conjoined sports bar, and directing us to the back of the building for the haunt. There seemed to be enough parking on the night that we were there, even sharing the lot with the bar. The area was lit and the distance from the car, around to the back of the building to the haunt, was not terribly far.
Wait Entertainment: In the parking area, we saw a guy wearing a Jason mask and Freddy claws, but his mask was on the top of his head and he walked passed us on his way to the bar’s outdoor patio. The haunt section of the building was decorated with a stone façade painting over a large overhead door. Honorable mention to the adorable rat prop with piercings. There was not a line when we arrived, so we paid for tickets and we met an actor in a pig-faced monster mask. He posed with me for a picture and he led us to the entrance.
Admission Price: $15.00 per person, $25.00 per VIP
Parking: Free
Length:

4 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: 0.933
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: Low
Crowd Control: We were the only people there, so there were no issues.

Summary:

I was anxious to see the new haunt that was opening in the old factory that I used to visit when I was a little kid. We arrived late on a Saturday evening, and we got into the haunt right away. It immediately reminded me of an old-school haunt or, as I call them, a “Wisconsin Dells” type haunt. The walls were made of a black tarp material and there were random props scattered through the halls. Some of the props were totally unique and fantastic; like the tree that came to life and the different creature monsters that reached out for us. Some of the props, however, looked like they were just purchased at a Halloween City. I didn’t really see a theme to most of the rooms, the hallways, or the transition between both. If there was a theme, a quick story at the beginning may have helped everything seem less sporadic.

I saw one actor in makeup immediately upon entry, and the application looked pretty decent, which left me anxious to see the rest of the characters through the house. Sadly, he was the only actor that I saw in makeup. Most of the scare actors were in masks, which were also completely random. The actors themselves were using old-fashioned jump scares throughout the house, a couple of which startled me.

In summary, The Keep was only in its fourth night of operation ever when we visited. With this in mind, they did a fairly good job. Opening a haunt is a very daunting undertaking and there are countless details and tasks that need a lot of time and attention. No haunter knows everything right away and a good haunter continues to learn new things, no matter how long they’ve been doing it. The Keep has a lot to learn, but they are off to a decent start. My biggest concern, for both the customers and the future of The Keep, is the price range. Although they do not come right out and claim to be terrifying or one of the best, the price that they charge sets the stage for expectations that are not being met.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.thekeephauntedhouse.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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