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|Reviewed by: ghosthunter   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 7:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/14/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Living in Bartonville years ago, I knew exactly where the building was but for people traveling to the area it would be hard to find. There needs to be more signage or at least a lit sign pointing the direction.
Wait Entertainment: there was one guy scaring the crowd; but he di his job very well! Hayrack ride needs to have something that says "Hayrack ride starts here". Wait entertainment in that area would be good to add.
Length of Event: Infirmry was around 28 minutes. Hayrack ride was around 10 minutes.
Actor Performance: I was overall impressed in this area. Since the haunted house is a fundraiser for the JFL you would assume there would be a lot of children working the house. Even though there were children, these kids were over the top! They all played there parts well. The house seemed to have adults and under 18 playing their characters very well. Kuudos to you for this! You taught them well! All characters stayed in character!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Another kuudos go out to the group in this area. There were certain places in the attraction that you could hear other groups but you never saw them. From the beginning of the line to the actual entrance to the house was a short distance that made it seems like you were alone!
Appropriate Ages: 12 on up for some intense scares that happened throughout the house.
Props / Special FX: This house brought back the original scares of homemade props and simple ideas that went over the top. This house did not need the usual non-scary pneumatic props that you are seeing in a lot of houses now days.
Costumes / Make-up: A great mixture of masks and make-up. None of the masks that were used in the house were the commercial masks; like Jason or Freddy. They took masks that that gave the building a great horrific feeling of walking through an asylum.
Summary: My only comment would to be is the hayrack ride. You need to have someone talking to the riders during the ride. Some kind of history of the hospital and the grounds would have been a nice touch. People traveling to the area might not know the importance of it or the history of the area. The hayrack ride misses a lot since it is quiet and you have to pay attention to wherever the driver is pointing the light and then you are not sure what you are looking at.
I can't believe this is the house's second year. This group does a spectacular job at scaring the patrons. From the time you left the que line and took the walk to the back of the building till the time you walked out you had the feeling of being in a lunitic asylum. The maze of beds that you had to walk through, to the children singing and just laying there in the beds started the erie visit off to a great start. Other notable areas were the Beserkers,the girl that was dressed as a baby sitting there saying 'I'm hungee", to the nurses working in the building. I can't rave about this house enough. We travel to haunted houses all over Illinois in the month of October reveiwing them and this is right up there with one of the best I have seen. Great job JFL and can't wait to see what you have done next year.