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2008 Psychosis Haunted House Review

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Psychosis Haunted House
603 North Hicks Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Visited: 10/03/08


Visibility/Location: This event was located in a strip mall and was easy to find using Yahoo maps.  The event's trademark "Psychosis" symbol adorned the outside of the building and the entrance was illuminated with red and yellow lights.  Due to the dim accent lighting, you could possibly pass by this event if you weren't paying close attention.  Some additional lighting or illuminated signage closer to the road would have helped visibility tremendously. 
Wait Entertainment: They did good in this category.  Although it was still early in the month and there wasn't much of a crowd, they still had two actors scaring the patrons in line.  One was a ghoul in bloody coveralls with creepy make-up, and the other was a camouflage-clad maniac with a chainsaw.     
Admission Price: $10.00 (normal admission is $13.00, but opening night they gave patrons a $3 discount)

11 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 a great job of separating patrons.  I did not run into or see any other groups.    


Before coming to this attraction, I had the opportunity to peruse the Psychosis website, where they had posted an elaborate background story, detailing the lives of the two key characters in the haunted house, Spike Mike and Maze Master.  One of the things I really enjoyed about this event was the way they followed a central story line throughout the entire attraction, from start to finish.    All of the rooms in the haunted house were directly connected to the online story. 

Upon entering the first room in the haunted house, patrons were shown a video of a news reporter out on location, filming a segment at the killers' childhood home.   After the video had finished, patrons started their journey through the haunted house in the same scene where the video had been shot.  I thought that was nice, creative touch.    

I really liked the facade of the killers' childhood home, with it's weathered wood paneling, boarded up windows and cobwebs.  Making my way through the attraction, I found a number of moderately detailed scenes, each separated by lengths of well-lit hallways.  Had the hallways been darker, it would have greatly enhanced the creepy atmosphere of the attraction.   The living room was one of the most detailed scenes.  It featured a fireplace with a burning fire, wrinkled wallpaper, pictures hung on the walls at crooked angles, cobwebs and old furniture.  A large portion of the kitchen scene was covered with blood.  A creepy character was sitting at the kitchen table, with a plate full of blood in front of him.  As he stared blankly out into space, he scraped his fork against the plate, making an eerie screeching sound.    

As a transition from the house to the Pleasant Pines Mental Facility, patrons walked through an alley with spray-painted graffiti on the walls and chain-link fence surrounding the scene.  The facade of the mental facility, with its stone block construction and barred windows, was visually appealing.  Throughout the mental facility, there were a collection of dingy white-walled rooms with various "patients" to creep you out.  One of the most detailed scenes in this section of the haunted house was the electrocution room, complete with a wooden electric chair, power panels, conduit running along the walls and glowing plasma light bulbs.  

While a lot of the scenes in this attraction were well-constructed, certain areas seemed to be unfinished.  In a couple of the scenes, the walls were unpainted and you could see the lumberyard stampings on a number of the plywood panels.  There were also a couple of times when the music cut out unexpectedly.  More detail in some of the scenes and lower lighting in the hallways would have greatly enhanced the atmosphere of the show.  With that being said... In all fairness, I think it's important to note that I did visit early, on their opening night.    

 On the night I visited, there was an adequate amount of actors.  With the exception of the lobotomy room, I think there were actors in every scene inside the house.  For the most part, all of them did a great job.  Some were very energetic and others were more passive, depending on their role in the attraction.   My personal favorites were the creepy guy in the kitchen and the bride with the bloody wedding dress in the bride's ready room.  

This was definitely a good performance for a first-year event; I see a lot of potential in this attraction.  It will be interesting to see how this haunt develops over the next few years.   They put on an entertaining show, especially for it being opening night.  Keep up the good work, guys. 


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