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2015 The Slaughter At Sleepy Hollow Review


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The Slaughter At Sleepy Hollow
999 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118

Visited: 10/03/15

 

Reviewed By: Filer
Visibility/Location: The haunt was held in a former Target store in a strip mall. It had a very large banner on the outside that was easily seen from the street, but there were no actual signs along the street, so if you are not using GPS you might easily miss the turn into the mall parking lot.

Parking was more than ample, with the former Target lot offering many spaces.
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment consisted of one actor who walked in and out amongst visitors, as well as some carnival games that visitors could participate in (for a fee) before actually getting into line.

Also. The waiting area was decorated as a cemetery and the front of the haunt had a large mansion façade, giving visitors something to look at while in line.
Admission Price: $25 General Admission/$35 Fast Pass/$45 Skip the Line
Parking: Free
Length:

25 minutes. This is for the actual haunt itself. There is a room where visitors wait to enter the haunt where they watch a rules video as well. *
* = 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: 2.668
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 – scares consisted mostly of people popping out from hidden areas and startling visitors. Actors were mostly younger, so your experience may vary, depending on whether or not you startle easily. No “in your face” or extreme acting here.
Crowd Control: At the time we visited we were the only people there, so there was no need for crowd control.

Summary:

The Slaughter is actually a redesigned version of the former Asylum Xperiment that used to be at the Odeum in Villa Park (which is now occupied by Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare). As such, much of the haunt consists of props and sets from Asylum Xperiment, but in different forms.

The haunt is divided into three separate sections: The Asylum Xperiment, which is basically an old mansion that is reputed to be haunted, where paranormal investigators are looking into claims of activity; The Lost Woods, which is the outside of the mansion; and Carnival of Carnage, which is a carnival deep inside the woods area.
Visitors move from one haunt to another with no separate waiting areas or introductions. Essentially, it is one giant haunt with different themes.

The mansion is the largest of the three sections, and is elaborate in its setup. Visitors watch an intro video from a paranormal investigator, who gives them the rules and some history about the mansion. Then another investigator leads visitors into the drawing room of the mansion and further explains what they are doing. Of course the investigation goes awry, followed by some very cool effects. The living room set is very elaborate, with two levels and a staircase, surrounded by windows, and the lightning and thunder effects are top notch.

Following this, visitors descend into the depths of the mansion via an elevator, and then encounter all of the secrets of the old mansion.

Most of the scenes are very detailed, having many props and things to look at, including full size cars and elaborate facades. Again, those familiar with the former Asylum Xperiment will recognize most of the sets and props, some of which are recreated exactly as they were, and others that have been rearranged into new scenes. Nevertheless, there is a lot to look at, particularly in the first two sections of the haunt.

Once visitors go “outside”, though, and particularly when they enter the final area (the carnival portion), the scenes become fewer and are replaced my various mazes and winding corridors. The good news is that none of the mazes are actually dead ends or mazes where you keep going around and around. There is actually only one path through them, even though it might look like there are multiple ways to go. The bad news is that, for the last third of the haunt, there is little else to see other than the mazes and a few actors.

There is a cage maze populated by clowns that visitors have to navigate through, a maze made up of striped cloth that visitors have to pass through, a long series of corridors with white walls, and a white maze with strobes. Overall, perhaps 8-10 minutes of haunt time consists of these mazes.

The actors were mainly younger (high school age or a bit older), and the scares, as mentioned, were mostly of the startle type. Actors came out of holes in the sets, from under props, and even from above. There were a lot of actors in the haunt, but the scares tended to be mostly the same, regardless of the scene. Costuming was minimal, with no elaborate costumes or prosthetics. Most of the actors simply used makeup to create their characters, and sometimes had masks on. There were some scenes where actors blended in well with the backgrounds, though.

For fans of sets, the Slaughter has a lot to see, although the last portion is quite Spartan in design and someone monotonous. The length is on the higher end of most haunts, so it does provide a good deal of value for the money in terms of length. Also, the beginning scenes are well executed, with a good back story and some nice effects that set up the scene. Some of the sets do not match the initial setup, though, which makes sense given that they are recycled from a different haunt. Despite this, however, the haunt provides a varied experience that is visually appealing, and is quite good as a whole.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.StartTheSlaughter.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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