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|Event Reviewed: Gilson Haunted House (Gilson, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: farmer18   (Event Visited: 10/29/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Very good it gave us the chills looking at the building.Signs helped us find it but all we really had to do was follow traffic. Parking was tricky but they are limited to the land available. Law Enforcement helped direct traffic and crowd control.
Wait Entertainment: They had old, black & white movies playing outside. You could hear the music inside the haunted school (it was a little loud.)refreshments were available at 2 locations. Port-a-potties too. Gift shop was a nice added feature.
Length of Event: We liked it,about 30-45 minutes long. It all depends upon how much time you spend in the maze.
Actor Performance: Pretty cool especialy the chainsaw part. In some rooms acting was minimal yet it best suited the environment. People in dark clothing blended into corners and stood there quietly. When we approached they bit down on a lighting affect to freak us out. This small act of entertainment suprised us. Hardly any talking on the part of the actors. They followed . . . they motioned . . . they might growl. It was a quiet terror!!!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was good.we didn't run into anybody until the maze. Yes, the staff directed traffic extremely well. We were led to a certain point then dropped off. The only time we saw other civilians was at the maze. The staff also made sure to just tell a monster if we were in distress and we would be immediately helped.
Appropriate Ages: From 10 to adult.but they do offer a non scary day for small children. We were surprised the line was dominated by adults. Of course, teenagers probably visited later in the evening. We are already making plans to return in a much larger group next year.
Props / Special FX: Overall I think it was awsome!they have good sections everywhere. The spinning black hole was THE BEST!!! The maze was completely dark -- we could only navigate by feel!! Also, we were extremely impressed by the 3D paint on the walls. The glasses we wore made it pop right out. I would have liked to spent more time there reading the words and admiring the painting of the skulls.
Costumes / Make-up: Pretty good I think it was good.the body parts looked real. Again, the costumes were well-suited to the areas where they were placed. In complete darkness the costumes were minimal but nothing more was needed. The gillie suited monsters were fantastic and not detectable until they walked out from the walls.
Summary: It is a good investment in my opinion. I haven't been to a haunted house in many years and the Gilson Haunted House exceeded all my expectations of what a haunted house should be based on my teenage memories. We were told the Boy Scout troops and their parents begin working on the haunted house mid-August. (They work year-round designing it!) It's obvious they spend a lot of time constructing the maze and various rooms. Everything is well-built. It really is a fantastic night of scaring, illusions, and special effects.
My son liked the character who emerged from total darkness then turned a flashlight on under his chin to illuminate his face. This made him jump.
We also enjoyed the outhouse with the slamming door. And, some of us enjoyed the slight rain coming from the gentleman in the pot!!