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|Event Reviewed: Gilson Haunted House (Gilson, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: WattsThat   (Event Visited: 10/14/11 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: It is a little out in the country, but the drive seemed a small price to pay for the length and quality of this haunted house.
Wait Entertainment: The music was of the good ole heavy rock & roll variety, which was a nice change from the typical creaking, moaning, chains rattling on a loop for the entire hour you have to stay in line. The entertainers enjoyed that I was easy to get to jump and often swung by to creep me out. I loved the waiting room display that was like a creepy altar. Overall, it was a very good distraction for hour hour long wait.
Length of Event: It took us right about half an hour to get completely through, but that's only because my husband has an uncanny mental mapping ability and was able to guide us out of the maze relatively quickly while everyone else stayed lost!
Actor Performance: Some rooms were better than others, but overall it was a good showing.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The patron flow was pretty good, but we did get bottle necked a few times and had to wait to get a little space between ourselves and the group ahead of us, but I have yet to be in a haunted house that didn't have the same issue.
Appropriate Ages: I'd say probably about 12 and up
Props / Special FX: I LOVED the 3D blacklight murals and the spinning tunnel with the 3D blacklight spots. That was something I'd never seen before that was amazing. The elevator room and spinning floor rooms were pretty cool too. Oh...and the pillow room was something that really killed me because it was triggering my claustrophobia.
Costumes / Make-up: They were adequate to good...Honestly I didn't stare too hard at the ones inside, but the ones outside were mostly good. A few of the masks were eh, but the rest were pretty awesome.
Summary: Overall, I would say that this was one of the best haunted houses I've ever visited, especially for the price. Then to find out it's run by a Boy Scout pack made me even more impressed. This is definitely worth the drive into the country to visit! If you do come, be sure to bring your strong stomach and your sense of direction because between the black lights/3D rooms, the strobes, and the blackout maze, you are definitely going to need them. I definitely plan to return again in the future and would highly recommend this haunted house to any of my friends!