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2012 Visitor Reviews of
Statesville Haunted Prison (Crest Hill, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: ChicagoHaunt   (Event Visited: 10/07/12 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/13/12
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: You can't miss this attraction, it's at CottonWood Farms. It is right off Weber Road at a trafic light. You'll see a huge lit up sign.

Wait Entertainment: As soon as you cross into the Prison Common area, IT IS ON! Characters interact with you, chase you, scare you, and generally get into your personal space. Clowns, Prisoners, and of course Captain Flag himself, want to make your wait as "pleasant" as possible! They are amazing!

Length of Event: From the time you enter the "Holding Cell " till the time you get your Zombie picture taken, is about an hour and a half. We were VIP though. If your general admission, you could spend several hours on the Prison grounds.

Actor Performance: On this, the opening Sunday of Statesville, the acting was a bit off. Knowing what this talented cast is capable of, I felt they were distracted or unfocused in what they were doing. Let's not get this twisted though. THEY SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME. I just know, in the coming weeks leading to Halloween, they will get more aggressive. and more frightening.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Statesville has several check points within the 2 attractions. the only time I ran into other groups was at these check points.

Appropriate Ages: The age range varies depending on the maturity of the child attending. I would say 16 and over due to subject manner and intestity.

Props / Special FX: The props and FX were mind blowing! From the machine gun in the guard tower to the many water features in the City Of the Dead.

Costumes / Make-up: These guys are masters of illusion! The make-up and masks they used were so realistic.

Summary: For the 2012 season, the Chicago Haunt Tour had the a chance to experience Statesville Haunted Prison and City Of The Dead. Since our last visit, BOTH attractions were re-done. In fact, over %50 of the entire property has changed. The new Boiler/ Electric Room, and the new Japanese Girl room in the prison are AMAZING! They both are very detailed and in some parts interactive. (Push the red button, I dare you!) 
In City Of The Dead, you experience the new Zombie Pit. This is not just a new room. it is a whole new area, filled with living creatures that crawl and slither through the dark passages. Expect to get scared with nightmare inducing, high adrenaline, phycological, and creepy scenes.  
Statesville is always a highlight on the Chicago Haunt Tour, and this year didn't disappoint. The over 200 performers and staff members work very hard to find out what scares us, and use that knowledge well to create a realistic and believable world. If you are ready to witness the dark and depraving depths of Statesville Haunted Prison and City Of the Dead, RUN to this Chicago Halloween/ Horror Legend!

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Reviewed by: 8562432   (Event Visited: 10/12/12 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/12
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: If you're coming from the north, it could probably be an easy miss if you weren't sure exactly where you needed to go, but we didn't have any problems finding it.

Wait Entertainment: Very good - they were literally scaring people out of line.

Length of Event: The wait is the worst, but they keep you entertained with the music, actors, and sound effects. Plus, it's pretty fun to see the people coming out of the first half of the attraction and heading to the second half. Once you're inside, you get at least a good 30-45 minutes of entertainment. They definitely keep you moving.

Actor Performance: VERY VERY good. We had a couple of conversations with some of the actors while we were waiting in line - it's kind of cool to see what they're like out of character. But most of the actors wouldn't even speak with you. Once you're inside, you definitely feel like a prisoner. They're yelling at you to keep moving, and constantly popping up out of "nowhere" to give you a creep.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very very quickly. These folks are organized and they know what to do to keep the line moving. They have "checkpoints" throughout the attraction that keep groups from running into each other and forming one huge line. It's really great how they have this set up.

Appropriate Ages: I probably wouldn't take anyone under 12, depending on the braveness of the kid. I saw some 16, 17, 18 year olds chickening out of line, but if you know that they're just actors trying to give you a scare, it's really cool.

Props / Special FX: AMAZING. It's a production COMPANY that puts this show on and they definitely have experience in this department. There is so much detail on everything. Real cockroaches and snakes, and even parts of the attraction to really play with your head and make you dizzy. I would go back JUST for the special effects.

Costumes / Make-up: VERY VERY nice job. Even in the lighted waiting area, the makeup looked great. All of the costumes are different, and they have actors ranging from grungy clowns to prisoners that looked like they haven't showered in months, and "security" detail that looked like they got in a fight with a grizzly bear. Very nice.

Summary: I would go back to this attraction for sure! They do such a nice job, and some of the effects are probably "hollywood' quality. I was honestly REALLY REALLY surprised at how great this haunted prison is and hope others have the guts to try it out. Granted, it is an expensive experience, but if you want to see one of the best haunted houses in the area - this is it. They must have had psychiatrists working on parts of this attraction, but some of the experiences you go through really mess with your head. The detail is great, and overall, very very cool. We tried another haunted attraction earlier in the night, and this placed trumped them by a landslide.

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Reviewed by: babyripken   (Event Visited: 10/30/12 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/01/12
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Right off of Weber road, plenty of signage.

Wait Entertainment: Not bad, we have several actors walking through the line scaring people.

Length of Event: About a half hour through both houses.

Actor Performance: Although some were very scary, it seemed that more actors concerned about yelling at people rather than entertaining people.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Considering that they made you stop and wait at the beginning of each room so you do not run in to the group in front of you, it was fine.

Summary: The houses themselves were fine. There was very little in terms of dark rooms or pop outs that actually scare people. They seemed more concerned with getting in your face and yelling, which does not entertain me.  
The main concern I had with the whole thing was all the wait in lines. I had bought a VIP pass ahead of time, and all that meant was I got in the front of the line in the tent. I ended up standing in line for twenty minutes, before I went in to another line that I waited an additional ten minutes before I even got in to the house. Then they yelled at you to go through each room quickly. Once you got through the room, they made you wait until the other group got through until they let you in the room. I understand that they wanted to stop one long line going through the house, but I would have rather let less people in the house at a time than having to wait at the beginning of each room.





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