|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: The attraction is on the main road into Marquette Heights, IL, with great signage and traffic flow. Parking can be tricky if you get there later, as there is no dedicated parking for the attraction except for one smallish field.
Wait Entertainment: The line stretches around a baseball field fence, and there is an obvious 'stage' set up with a living room theme and some good lighting. There was dancing (Time Warp, as well as some other Halloween themed songs) and it was average to good. The line characters were pretty good. It was better than the usual Jason or Freddy walking around. They were mainly zombie type characters, but the makeup was outstanding and many of them had seriously weird contacts (probably purchased out of their own pockets) and they looked great. They were also excellent in character.
Length of Event: Event length was downright amazing - almost too long. For $20, you are spending 2.5 hours there, with very little time waiting in lines, considering. We expected to hit up multiple attractions that night, but were amazed to find ourselves out of time when we finally walked to our car.
Actor Performance: Actor performance was poor to great. The one thing that really bothered me were the large amounts of teenage actors walking around outside of the attraction totally out of character. Of course you find that at most haunts, but with the line entertainment, it was more prevalent here. Inside the attraction, most of the actors were great and on mark. But there were some actors, especially in the wooded areas who were just kind of hanging out.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Patron flow was excellent and well controlled throughout the entire attraction. The set up requires you to wait at multiple check points once you're inside, going into various buildings or wooded areas. They had greeters at each area and they had the timing pretty well down. There is a 'speed pass' that you can purchase in addition to the regular pass for $10 more that will allow you to bypass the longer lines both at the beginning of the attraction and as you move through it. We got there 1/2 hour before the attraction opened and lines were pretty decent both outside and in, so we did not need them.
Appropriate Ages: The posted age is 10, but I saw MANY children younger than that in line. I would say 10 would be the youngest, and in fact 12 would be better. There are several scares inside the attraction that would really get to younger children. I go to attractions every single year, and I had weird dreams based on one of the scares that night. I hope that the greeters enforced the age limit, for the sake of those kids!
Props / Special FX: Props and effects were really pretty standard. Lights, noise, poppers, and air blasts. What really made this an outstanding haunt was the atmosphere that was created by the set up and maintained by the actors.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and makeup were outstanding. Especially on the line entertainment, who were all downright creepy.
Summary: I won't give away any spoilers, but I am a veteran haunt attendee (since I was 15 and I'm 40) and this was without a doubt one of the best small town haunts I've ever been to. There were some Hollywood caliber scares, particularly the last few of the attraction. The actors were, for the most part on mark and channeling some serious scare-ology. The only thing that could use some help is to corral the teen actors who were breaking the 4th wall around the outside of the attraction. This is a haunt that is worth traveling and waiting in line to see.