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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by alicia39

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Event Reviewed: The Scream Haunted Adventure (Decatur, Illinois)
Reviewed by: alicia39   (Event Visited: 10/01/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/05/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: Same location as last year so easy to find. Decorations and signage on the main road make it easy to find. Lots of parking and police security in the dark parking lot.

Wait Entertainment: Two clowns with chainsaws chasing patrons from their cars toward the entrance. Very fun!

Length of Event: 30 minutes or less

Actor Performance: Most actors were either "overacting" or not doing anything. We were a group of 4 and once two of our group were in a room the action stopped. No commitment. Costumes looked real and make up was superior to years previous.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Never once ran into another group. We got lost in the meat locker room and the "Saw" room but the actors showed us how to get out. We were happy that there was a bypass for patrons who don't wanna crawl through the dark tunnels. A nice option for handicapped or older patrons.

Appropriate Ages: 12+ might be too scary for little ones even with the lights on. There was several disturbing scenes like the guy sewing a skin suit that a child might fear even in the light.

Props / Special FX: One room is meant to resemble a downed aircraft like on the TV show Lost. Two vortex rooms make patrons very dizzy, the suffocation room is unique to this attraction. I have never seen it anywhere else. Most props were of good quality except the jail cells. Those scenes were cheesy fake and not scary.

Costumes / Make-up: The make up was well done. The passengers on the downed aircraft were a stand out for me. Most of the masks were typical and have been done before scream,saw, jason, freddie ect.Few impressed us for being unique and scary.

Summary: I attend this haunted attraction ever year since this is in my hometown and last year I couldn't say enough about how great it was but this year it disappoints. I was expecting more and it never came through. No first scene directions from a MC just let you in and go. Not many thrilling actors who jump out and scare you. Most actors were under acting and out of character before the 4 of us made it through the room. Few rooms impress such as the vortex and the downed airliner, the Ed Gein scene, the scary dark crawling tunnels and the suffocation room. I did appreciate that there were no long dark, feel you way through tunnels and no bug room. There was an adult worker who asked us our opinion on the way out since it was early in the season. Things may get better with feedback. Overall we were disappointed but still enjoyed the experience.

11 out of 24 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Ashmore Estates Institute Of Undead (AEIOU) (Ashmore, Illinois)
Reviewed by: alicia39   (Event Visited: 10/15/11 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Drove from 2 hours away and had no trouble finding the place except for the last turn. There is a large tractor with it's lights on directing traffic which I found confusing.No actual signs.

Wait Entertainment: Wonderful! Many actors in full make up chasing and scaring patrons. There is a face painting station and the overall atmosphere was so great!

Length of Event: When you pay you get 2 tickets. 1 for the house and 1 for a smaller attraction called "Insane clown maze" The house was about 30 minutes and the clown maze was about 5 minutes.

Actor Performance: The girl who was the MC was screaming and yelling at patrons in line to be quiet while she talked and it was annoying and childish. The actors in the actual house did a nice job of playing the part. Most were quiet and didn't move. The actors in the dark maze only wore glow in the dark masks and were frightening.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was great until the dark maze. You can choose "easy or hard" and once you are in there you are lost. It really is a completely dark maze and that's when we ran into another group and the house lost some appeal. To many people in a small space made it more annoying than fun.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up. Kids will not enjoy the very long dark maze.

Props / Special FX: The house goes all out on effects. The wait area is very entertaining with it's honking car horns and lights. The vortex room wasn't painted enough to make you dizzy or throw off balance but some rooms were a real stand out. The science lab,the prom, the stairwells.

Costumes / Make-up: Make up was 1st class! The clowns were a stand out in the make up group. The costumes were very real looking.This made this attraction very exciting.

Summary: After seeing this featured on Ghost Adventures we had to check it out. We drove about 2 hours to this attraction and for the money and the time we were more than satisfied. The setting is scary in itself out in the country and very dark. There are many actors and the owner on hand outside making the atmosphere very exciting before you even go in! Shout out to "buzz" an actor who was nice enough to take pics with our group! When you get your tickets you get two for 16 bucks.( there is an online coupon). One ticket for the house and one for the "insane clown maze". Upon entering the house you wait in line inside and there is a face painting station and an MC. The MC was rather annoying as she yells at the patrons as if we are children and insists you remain quiet for her while she speaks. I found this hindered the fun and enjoyment of talking with your group before you go in. ( She could just give individual instructions as you enter. When you first enter you have to walk back outside of the house and the reenter the building in another door. This is exciting because of the eerie quiet behind the building. After reentry you find a typical haunted house with rooms set up to be a zombie school theme. Most rooms were understaffed and not really scary. One highlight is the stairwells which are not decorated and it gives you a moment in the building itself. Very scary. The dark maze was the reason we will never return to this attraction. It is extremely long and difficult and after 20 minutes it becomes annoying and if you are unfortunate enough to catch another group it is very claustrophobic. The 2nd part of the house ( after the maze) was quite a let down too. Many empty rooms and no actors.There was a suffocation scene that was very exciting and frightening. Once you leave the haunted house( no chainsaw chase) you get in line for the clown maze. This isn't frightening unless you hate clowns. It's basically a dimly lit maze painted with neon spray paint and two clowns follow you through laughing and acting crazy. We laughed and had a good time with the actors who were awesome! Overall Asmore was worth the drive and the money and is sure to have something to appeal to everyone. I could do without the dark maze,and the air horns in the ears, losing both these things would ensure me as a patron for years to come.

13 out of 33 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House (Clinton, Illinois)
Reviewed by: alicia39   (Event Visited: 10/07/11 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/11
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: The street is blocked so it's easy to find. Nice lighting and outdoor decorations. On a main road in town.

Wait Entertainment: Concession and lots of decorations. The building is decorated and music plays outside. This is the best part of the haunted house!!

Length of Event: 20 mins

Actor Performance: Ok. Could be better.Wish they would stay in character while all people go through. Sometimes silence is scarier than yelling in my face.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Another year of problems here. Every year this attraction has the same issue of running into the group ahead of you. I expect to wait so make it worth the 8 bucks and slow it down and let me enjoy the experience!

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.

Props / Special FX: The white room was a cool effect and the elevator was nice too. The props felt familiar to anyone who has been to this attraction in the last few years.

Costumes / Make-up: Make up was good and the masks were nice too. I wish this attraction would change it up and use something new and fresh. I felt like I have seen all these masks from previous years.

Summary: This haunted house used to be so awesome but in recent years has fallen flat and this year is no exception. I first wanna mention that I watched their "sneak peak" video online and was already disappointed. The video only showed kids getting make up on?? What is that about? I figured I would get a sneak peak of the rooms and got nothing. OK, so the actual house itself. If you have been here before, it is pretty much the same as previous years. I do appreciate the MC at the beginning explaining the rules and building the suspense. Some rooms remain exciting while others seem stale and disappointing. Honestly the best experience at this haunted house is the outside wait. You get concession, music, wait entertainment and a general ambiance that other attractions are missing. I will skip this for a few years and see if it gets better. Boo

 

 

 

 

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