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2015 Village Of Screamfield Review


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Village Of Screamfield
Plainfield Police Department
14300 Coil Plus Dr.
Plainfield, IL 60544

Visited: 10/23/15

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: Other than seeing the municipal building "Law Enforcement Center" There are no signs on the road. Once you enter the parking lot and walk up to the building you will see a sign on some bike rack out in front and a sign on the window.
Wait Entertainment: There is no line entertainment. The path takes you into a police courtroom, down the hall, outside, along the back and into the building again in a hall. You stop at the top of the stairwell, when it's your turn the staff member will let you proceed to go down a flight of stairs.
Admission Price: $8 Thursday and Sunday
$10 Friday and Saturday
Parking: Free
Length:

7.5 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: 2.625
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: This haunt had some creative ways to handle their flow. We did get there when they opened so there was maybe a group or two ahead of us. We went in with some very excited children, in varying stages of fright and anticipation. They take groups of six people maximum. Just before entering the elevator to Screamfield we were greeted with an old woman who had to call on the elevator operator Otis (fitting name) she had run the bell and reminded us of the rules. (Mind your head)

There are very little points where an actor would hold up the line, but they didn't really need to. The children in our group would run ahead at times, but they would always rejoin us in some particular manner.

A very memorable point is the cell we were escorted into. we walked in a dead end room, and the door closed behind us moments later a wall opened on the opposite side and there we were again with our earlier fleeing group. The path took more direction with us being sorted down a path away from the group only to reunite once again. Halls moving around like a serpent, with half walls to see other guests or even actors a few times, all creating a flow which we only encountered our own group.

Summary:

When entering the elevator, and just before the door closes the mayor of Screamfield, a frightening looking clown with proper manners, rushed in behind us and instructed Otis to take us down to Screamfield. He interacted with the children when they asked him questions, or anybody for that mater in this confining space. The elevator prop was somewhat interesting, what made it a bit more than just a "room" was the fact a monitor placed above our heads pointing down to make it look like we were descending down a shaft. when we arrived we found a multitude of inhalants, many of these actors of varying ages wore some great costumes, and a large variety of masks and makeup. Each fitting to their part such as the case clowns had makeup, wondrous fictional animal creatures had masks, then again back to hags or anything representing humanlike wore makeup. This haunt is built to confuse you and the level of detail they provide as a community haunt is top notch. There were a ample amount of actors, most rooms had anywhere from 2-6 depending on the type of room. The design was not simply scene to scene but some great transition rooms and halls to make the next step an adventure. Many times you were either being followed or pawed at from the sides. A few of the rooms had an interesting level of depth like person trapped in cage you walked around to the previously mentioned half walls which allowed you to see other corridors when you passed them. As we turned a bend we were given holographic refracting glasses to enter the 3-D section. This part however can use a little work. Some of the paint scheme is lost, and on a few actors it makes them look flat, there were a few good jump scares, and the clowns were somewhat enjoyable. There was a fairly good script for many of the actors and able to interact with you without getting stagefright.

There are really no animatronics to mention since this was all human powered.

The $10 price is well worth your visit, we were even informed that if you kept your ticket stub you can go again half price that same night. Which makes Village of Screamfield one of the best community run haunts I have seen in a long time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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