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2009 Visitor Reviews of
Terror at Skellington Manor (Rock Island, Illinois)

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18 out of 29 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: susan0701   (Event Visited: 10/09/09 @ 11:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: This attraction is located in downtown Rock Island. I had no difficulty locating the facility with the address. The sign, which is attached to the side of the building, is not well lighted.

Wait Entertainment: The lobby and wait line are staffed by costumed actors who perform small skits and mingle with customers. The waiting area is decorated with both stationary and animated sets. These held our attention and were quite entertaining.

Length of Event: Approximately 20 minutes.

Actor Performance: I was very impressed with the actors' appearance, training and performance. Their timing was excellent, costumes were magnificent and they were convincingly frightening.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Patron flow was nearly perfect in our experience. After leaving the waiting area, we saw just one other guest... a teen girl who seemed to want to exit attraction quickly. :-)

Appropriate Ages: Skellington Manor is an intense experience and propably not appropriate for children under 12 or 13 unless they are very pragmatic. My four teenage sons screamed like schoolgirls more than once during our tour of the house.

Props / Special FX: This attraction has a multitude of animated props, live actors and detailed sets including a talking torso, a zombie dog leaping from a cold fireplace, a circular saw "dismembering" patients and a malfunctioning elevator (your group is inside the elevator). In both number and quality, the visual effects of this attractions are truly excellent.

Costumes / Make-up: Outstanding!!!!

Summary: The high admission fee ($12.00)demands quality, and I think this attraction delivers it. My four teenage sons and I will all recommend Skellington Manor to our friends. There is so much to see and experience that I intend to go back again this month.

11 out of 23 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: spook   (Event Visited: 10/11/09 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Downtown Rock Island with nothing more than your address to get you there.

Wait Entertainment: none

Length of Event: 20 minutes

Actor Performance: wonderful although there were no long preformances. What they had was good.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: One group caught us

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up

Props / Special FX: Oh my God do they have props! I have been to several of the top rated haunts on this site and nothing compares to what they have.

Costumes / Make-up: Nothing mind blowing. Some of the wasks are weak but I notice this trend more and more everywhere.

Summary: I was blown away. All I could do is OOH and Awe at what they have. This is not the scarest haunt with tight dark spaces and blaring strobes with fog. If thats what you want to attend then this may not be your haunt. They have shock value though...even for someone that has been to many of the great haunts you are still surprised. If you love the classic Halloween prop driven scares and images this is the best I have ever seen. If this event was reviewed it could easily be top 3. It's that good.

5 out of 14 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: scaredypants   (Event Visited: 10/25/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/27/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to find. It's in the middle of a lot of one-way streets, so you may have to circle the block a few times if you're unfamiliar with the area, but the sign is big.

Wait Entertainment: Unsure. We got there very early and not a lot was set up yet in the waiting area. The people who were there were very friendly though, and let us in even though it was not quite ready yet.

Length of Event: Approximately 20 minutes

Actor Performance: The actors were exceptional. I'm very easily scared and only decided to go to this haunted house because I have a friend that is one of the actors. I was absolutely terrified. Also, I dropped my keys when I ran screaming from one of the rooms, and one of the actors chased me down to give them back to me. I really appreciated that, as going back to look for them was not really an option for me :)

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Definitely quick. We didn't see any other guests.

Appropriate Ages: I would not bring anyone under about 13 years old. It was scary for me, and I'm 25.

Props / Special FX: Exceptional! From what I saw...I was hiding from a lot of them. I was impressed with the actors on stilts, especially in the final room of the house. It was hard to tell what was real and what was prop. I can't remember a lot of specific special effects, but what I saw was impressive.

Costumes / Make-up: Pretty good. I, like some of the other reviewers, thought the props were the best part.

Summary: I was terrified the whole time. If you are easily scared, you may want to make sure you have someone you can hide behind through this haunted house. There was a chainsaw wielding character that scared me most, and I bolted away from him. The actors are very good at timing. My husband was not scared at all, but he was impressed with all of the actors and special effects.





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