|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Not the easiest place to find when your not from the area but the website gave great directions. Girls Night out to celebrate a Birthday so the travel from Mahomet to Clinton gave us plenty of time to plan for the Haunt.
Wait Entertainment: It was cool that the change from our tickets were $2 dollar bills and assigned a Group number. The Main entrance, a TV with Haunt trivia and a TV near the exit (for those who could stick around after being chased with a chainsaw!)showing people inside the Haunt having the hairs turn gray or walking hugging the person in front (yes, that was me!). We were a human caterpillar. The best part is that you don't have to wait in line they had a visual showing the current group inside so you have an idea if you have to go the the bathroom one more time or eats. A couple ghouls hung around scaring us while we waited, keeping us on our toes and often the chainsaw was seen/heard coming out of the Exit area (we noted this on our way in for our escape plan). Very comfortable atmosphere.
Length of Event: It seemed to go on forever. I didn't time it but if I wasn't laughing I was screaming! I wasn't the ONLY one - everyone from our Group did the same. Even writing this review I can't help grinning.
Actor Performance: Wow, where do I begin. So many great actors but to be honest I tried to run as much as I could. There was not a corner to hide in and catch my breath anywhere. Everyone inside was scary but the lady in the elevator was pretty helpful and gave good advice but we didn't listen to her. We should have stayed quiet! I thought it was about done at that point but I was dead wrong! I really should have went to the bathroom one more time!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: They kept Groups separated pretty well and told us to count to 10 if we caught up with another so we did and it worked.
Appropriate Ages: I wouldn't take anyone under 8 or 9 unless they are regular Haunters.
Props / Special FX: All excellent!! So much better than a few years ago - they have added MUCH since then. The elevator, tunnel, strobe room, squeeze tube separating doors are all new to me.
Costumes / Make-up: Most Awesome!! A combination of masks and paint. There were many I could tell if it was a prop or a real human until they came for us.
Summary: The best Haunt so far this year and topped my favorite from last year too. I still have to go to Paris, IL - they have an excellent Haunt there too. My favorite parts were the strobe (different than others, brighter and faster flashes), crawling tunnel, getting separated and holding on at the very end thinking I really need a bathroom. The plastic squeeze tube sure made us look like we had been electrocuted with our hair sticking straight up. Loved the point where we had to crawl - I started behind my Sister but ended up in front of her when we came out. Only because I positive I saw something coming behind me so I crawled over her so she could deal with it (he he). We went in as a Group of five, the Haunt separated us into 3 person and 2 person groups and then separated us again to 2- 2 person groups and a 1 person group (so glad I wasn't Shawneebear!) but somehow we ended up near the end about the same time. Then we heard the chainsaw. I don't know how but we did find a corner and think we nearly melted into the wall from sheer effort of will. But as you can tell I am still alive. Maybe, I'll go back next weekend and look for the others.
Who needs a gym because we got our exercise for the day.