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2008 Abyss Haunted House Review

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Abyss Haunted House
7280 E. US Rt. 6
Minooka, IL 60447

Visited: 10/10/08


Visibility/Location: This event was pretty easy to find.  Using Mapquest or Yahoo maps will take you right to it.  Near the entrance, there was a large orange "Abyss" sign that was brightly illuminated by a floodlight.  The only thing that would have made the entrance more visible would be if the sign had been closer to the road.   When I walked up to the haunted house, I wasn't sure where to go, as the building was completely dark.  A sign directing patrons in the direction of the ticket booth, as well as some accent lighting at the haunt's entrance would have been helpful. 
Wait Entertainment: There really wasn't much in terms of wait entertainment, but I was able to get in right away, so there really wasn't a need for any.   
Admission Price: $14.00

14 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

Scare Factor: Medium
Crowd Control: They did pretty good in this category.  I only ran into one other group.    


The Abyss haunted house consisted of a group of eclectic scenes, separated by dark hallways.  I really liked their introductory scene, which was a detailed study that featured a fireplace with a simulated fire, pictures hung on the wall, a rocking chair and other old furniture.  After I entered the room, a ghoul suddenly appeared in an empty picture frame to welcome me to the Abyss.  At first I couldn't find my way out of the room, then suddenly the fireplace opened up and I was able to continue my journey through the house. 

Continuing through the rest of the attraction, there were a number of interesting scenes.   In the bedroom there was a bloody bed, glowing posters on the walls, and stuffed animals scattered around the room.  Just as I was about to leave the scene, Freddy Krueger emerged from a hiding place.  As he ran his hand down the wall, sparks were shooting off the metal blades of his glove.  The toxic waste spill featured a green glowing plastic barrel, as well as a collection of 55 gallon drums and toxic waste signs.  Another one of my favorite scenes was the jungle.  To get through this room, I had to duck down under branches and camo-netting.  Jungle sound effects added to the realism of the scene and there was a great scare that took me by surprise.  I also liked the cockroach-covered hallway, with "roaches" that crunched as I walked along.  Another hallway was covered with maggots and it felt like there were maggots falling on me from up above.  I enjoyed the open casket scene, too.  The body in the casket appeared to be breathing and its head turned back and forth.  This scene also had an unexpected scare.  Some of the other interesting scenes included a fortune teller, creepy clowns, hallway of hanging heads and a scene at the end that made me think of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Of course, I can't forget to mention the vortex tunnel. 

The attraction continued outside for their final scene, which was a detailed cemetery with numerous tombstones, colored accent lighting and a zombie girl digging herself out of a shallow grave.  As I walked by, she screamed and groaned, clawing at the air in my direction.  Kudos on the great performance!   Before walking under the wrought-iron gates at the exit, there was a final scare that was unexpected.    

For the most part, all of the actors did a good job.  A lot of them were interactive, while some of the other actors were more passive and creepy.  Overall, the actors with speaking roles were really into what they were doing and they stayed in character the entire time.    

Kudos to everyone from The Abyss.  They put on a nice performance and their show has really improved, since my last visit in 2006.  This year the house layout was better and the scenes were more detailed.  The acting had also improved.  Keep up the good work!    

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