Before I went to this
show, I wasn't
quite sure what to expect. The only
information I had to go off of was a rather cryptic description
they submitted in their Haunted Illinois Directory listing:
"A new twisted look on an old idea. Come Desensitized,
leave Disturbed." The information provided on their
website wasn't really much more descriptive than that,
either. As it turns out, this attraction was a theatrical
production (as one could deduce, seeing that it is held in a
theatre and after viewing their website and MySpace page).
was a rectangular room (approx. 10 x 20 ft.) with six entryways,
three on each side of the room, each covered with a black
curtain. Upon entering, you were instructed to
stand in one of the red-striped areas located around the
perimeter of the room (to ensure that you weren't in the path of
actors/actresses entering or leaving the scene). By
standing in the same small room as the actors, you got an
up-close and personal view of the actual performance. I
believe that being so close to the action made much more of an
impact than if the audience had been sitting in theatre seats,
watching from a distance.
In this fifteen minute
long show, various skits, each of a graphic nature, were acted
out. While the skits were being performed, dramatic music
sound tracks were played and various graphic images were flashed
up on a projection screen at one end of the room. The
first scene was that of a woman walking down the street, being
stalked and eventually attacked, by an assailant dressed in dark
clothing. There were also a couple of military
scenarios, reenacting the horror of death in battle. The
final scene displayed an account of the victims of a serial
killer, leading up to a final event that happens right before
your very eyes.
As their website states,
this event is "...for mature audiences
only. Haunted Houses startle... disturbed unsettles."
I would definitely have to agree with that assessment. Due
to the powerful impact and intense nature of the scenarios
presented during the show, this one definitely isn't for the
kids. It is also quite a departure from your typical
Halloween season entertainment.
here or here
to find out more about this event.