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2004 Statesville Haunted Prison &
City of the Dead Review

Statesville Haunted Prison
& City of the Dead
17250 S. Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441 

Reviewed: 10/16/04

Visibility/Location: Statesville is situated right along Weber Road, so it is very visible. The lights from the farm make it stand out and there is a large illuminated sign, leading you to the entrance.
Wait Entertainment: There was hard rock music playing for everyone waiting outside, as well as a few actors who were walking up and down the outdoor waiting area, scaring the crowd. 
Admission Price: $25.00.

Statesville Haunted Prison: 18 Minutes *  
City of the Dead: 15 Minutes *
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: Statesville Haunted Prison: High
City of the Dead: Medium-High
Atmosphere: The facades for both Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead helped to develop the atmosphere before you even entered the attractions. Statesville followed through with a prison theme throughout most of the house with rows of bars and other prison-related scenes. The City of the Dead featured headstones, body parts and other related props that were consistent with its theme. 
Crowd Control: Statesville Haunted Prison:  Crowd control in the Statesville attraction was fair. Less than halfway through the house, I ran into groups in front of me and groups caught up to me from behind. While there were numerous check-points to help separate the groups, several groups ended up together near the end anyway.
City of the Dead: : Poor. About 1/4 of the way through the house, I ran into a couple of groups and groups caught up to me from behind. Crowd control in this house wasn't as effective as in the Statesville house, as patrons were back-to-back throughout most of the attraction. I found myself at a complete standstill a number of times, waiting for the staff to let us through the various checkpoints. The stop and go action was a bit distracting and took away from the overall enjoyment of the attraction. 

Statesville Haunted Prison Summary:

From the time you enter the “holding cell”, you are treated like their prisoner. Before bringing the kids, be advised that this show is adult themed. As they arrange you in single file lines, the “prison guards” use mild foul language as you are presented with the rules of the attraction (i.e. "Let’s go maggots", "Get you’re a-- up here", etc.). In the opening scene, you are given an introduction by the "Warden", which was outstanding as usual, with its trademark finale. From that point on, a prison theme is maintained throughout the attraction with the use of rows of bars, crazed prisoners, an insane asylum and other related scenes. Overall, the actors were outstanding. They stayed in character and most of their attacks were on target. Unfortunately, the abundance of strobe lights and loud banging sounds masked some of their great performances.

City of the Dead Summary:

The City of the Dead is themed as the name implies. While they used many of the same set elements as Statesville, like multiple strobe lights and a lot of fog, a more "corpse-like" theme followed throughout the attraction. The various scenes focused around body parts and graveyard-type sets. One of my favorites was the raised graveyard with the zig-zag path. It had headstones, monuments and other related props, which really set the mood quite well. I also enjoyed their swamp area, where you had to cross a bridge, over a pond of green glowing water. The actors in this house were intense also, but not quite as maniacal as in the Statesville attraction. Actually some of them, like the girl at the end who was eating the liver (or whatever it was), were more creepy than anything else. 

For the most part, both Statesville Haunted Prison and the City of the Dead were very entertaining. Although crowd control seemed to be an issue the night I attended, their scenes were well crafted and the actors performed very well. Unfortunately, regardless of their stellar performance, I still think their admission price too high, for what they have to offer. $25 is just too much to pay for any haunted house.

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