This house is one of the loudest and darkest houses in the area, when you first get in, you start down a staircase in to a true basement of the building. Instead of having vinyl walls on the side, they have it on the ceiling, which makes getting to the basement that much more difficult.
Once you are down there, another set of vinyl walls greets you. Once you get through that, you then go in to a round, hall of mirrors room that ends up being confusing, as you are not sure where the exit of the room is located.
That leads in to a hospital/morgue, which is one of the creepiest settings I have seen. Very dark, very uncomfortable, and very scary. Most of the rest of the rooms are set up like a factory/warehouse maze, set up to be dark and have both people and animatronic creatures pop out at you with loud noises and blinding lights. There are many twists and turns, and shocks throughout. They had a path that had giant animatronic spiders pop out at you that made everyone in our group jump
The best part of all of this is that, although the rooms are really well done and the animatronics are amazing, they keep it simple with the scares: you go in to a dark area, and something loud with blinding lights jumps out at you. You know it is coming, but it still scares you.
There is a great dark maze, which leads in to a church setting, which then leads in to another dark maze that has some great pop outs. I am not sure how the actors spend all that time in the dark, ready to jump and scare you.
The second house, Shattered, is a 3-D house with a twist. Normally, you have the 3-D glasses on with blacklights on as overhead lights for the house. Here, the house is pitch black, and you carry a blacklight flashlight. Also, as a warning, the whole house is just clowns. They are very good at staying still, you do not know which ones are real or statues, until it is too late. And they will follow you quietly throughout the house and scare you when you are distracted by something else.
I am keeping large parts of this vague, because there are surprises throughout both houses that really need no description. This was one of the scariest haunts I have been at in several years, and should be the top haunt in Illinois at the end of the season. If you like being scared, you need to visit this house.
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