|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: This haunted house can be a little difficult to find, especially if you are not from the area. Certain streets are closed to direct traffic into the house, but we ended up needing to use a combination of a GPS and the directions on the website to find it. There are signs directing you but not until you are very close to the attraction.
Wait Entertainment: We arrived at the attraction 30 minutes before it opened to avoid long lines so I am unsure of any wait entertainment. When we were leaving it appeared that actors were among the crowd, and there are things to look at once you are inside of the building.
Length of Event: 45-60 minutes
Actor Performance: The actors did a really good job in this attraction. Only once did someone "break character". However this was only an actor directing patron flow, and it was just with two of us standing with her at the time. The actors at this haunt really get into their roles and make this a great experience.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: There are several "checkpoints" throughout the attraction that help them monitor the flow of people.
Appropriate Ages: 16+
Props / Special FX: The rooms are very detailed, and the animatronics really added to the experience. Nothing looked out of place.
Summary: Every year I go to 3-4 highly-rated haunted houses in northern Illinois, and as a result it's hard for me to walk out of a place being blown away. This house blew me away.
The factory that it's located inside really sets the tone for what is to come. The building is old and sets the "creep factor" very high. Patron flow inside of the attraction is great. At the beginning of the attraction (in the room where they explain the rules of the house) it appeared that they could send groups three different ways, which really helped flow of traffic in there. Checkpoints throughout the attraction helped to keep group size down, and at one point it was just my friend and me walking through by ourselves.
Buried Alive was one of the best experiences in this place. I assumed it was going to something similar to other "Buried Alive" attractions at other haunted houses- basically a coffin-shaped motion simulator. Needless to say I was really taken by surprise with this one. I am not claustrophobic at all, but even I was a little uneasy after a while. Great part of the haunt!
This house is a great value for the money. We spent $25 each to go in, but we were in the house for close to an hour. I've been to other haunts in the western suburbs and have spent $25 for 15 minutes. Well worth the drive up, and I plan on making this a regular stop every year.