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|Event Reviewed: Auburn Haunted House (Auburn, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: newbooreview   (Event Visited: 10/14/11 @ 10:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Super easy to find off of Interstate 55 and Route 104 through Auburn. Great signage and flashing lights made it easy to find as well!
Wait Entertainment: Very good characters roaming around interacting with people in line and throughout the street/staging area in front of the attraction. A couple of hearses were present with actors and "rituals" around them as well.
Length of Event: About 20 minutes. Depends how easily you're able to navigate through several of the mazes in the attraction...
Actor Performance: Very, VERY strong. Unpredictable. They definitely stay in character and are not hesitant to get up close. Only a couple of kids working. Definitely VERY strong actors inside the House not just working the queue line.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great! We did run in to another group in the maze area - but it was alright! Our group also got divided up and we found our way out about 10 minutes before the rest of our group!
Appropriate Ages: Above 10 years of age? Depends. I went through with my son 9, who has worked Haunted attractions for several years - by the second room he was totally scared. So much so, that I feel that some of the actors may have modified their "act". He did make it through, but PLEASE really consider for young children. As an actor, I hate when parents drag kids through screaming and crying.
Props / Special FX: Attention to detail throughout the house was really outstanding. Excellent combination of pneumatic devices and house decorations/props were outstanding as well! One of the other areas that would really enhance the experience would be more music throughout the house.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and makeup appeared to be good. However, sometimes the lighting was poor in certain areas of the house and you couldn't see the details of the character's costumes/makeup. I don't know if this is controlled by infrared or manually - but lighting should be adjusted just a bit; I know this is a tight-rope walk - but just a little more light in certain areas will enhance the overall experience!
Summary: Opening Night for Auburn Haunted House and this was our first visit to this great attraction; I cannot say enough great things about the job that the Auburn folks do with their house. I am very involved with another local haunt and it's nice to be able to sneak away and see what others are doing. I am not easily impressed, nor am I blowing smoke and sunshine at anyone - this is truly and outstanding attraction.
Special acting kudos specifically to: the paranormal detective, the hoarder woman, and the clowns. We also really liked the meat bag room and the mazes (the closeness of walls and tactile elements really added to this attraction)! Cheers to all involved! Well done! We'll be back!