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2009 Evil Intentions Review

Evil Intentions - Elgin, Illinois
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Evil Intentions Haunted House
900 Grace St.
Elgin, IL 60120

Visited: 09/25/09


Visibility/Location: There was really a lot of room for improvement in this category.  There were no signs of any kind on the street, telling patrons which way to go or where to park.  The street was also very dark and the front of the building was not illuminated, so this event was hard to see.  There was a vinyl banner in an alcove between buildings, that was brightly lit; however, if you didn't turn your head to look, you might miss it (like I did, when I went by the first time).  The parking lot across the street from the event was also very poorly lit.  To increase visibility of the event, floodlights directly illuminating the front of the building (not just the side) would be helpful, and for the sake of the safety/security of their patrons, lighting in the parking lot would also help.   
Wait Entertainment: Since I arrived early in the evening on their opening night, there wasn't much of a line.  Even so, they still provided some wait entertainment outside.  In front of the entrance of the building, there was an actor in coveralls wearing an evil clown mask & rainbow wig, and he was scaring patrons with a chainsaw.  Inside the haunt, the waiting room was themed with colored lighting and the walls had holes punched in the drywall, in various areas.  There was also a soundtrack with booming sound effects and music playing.  As patrons got to the front of the line, they were shown a movie trailer for the haunted house, which explained the back-story of the event and helped set the mood for the upcoming tour.   
Admission Price: $15.00
Parking: FREE

12 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-Low
Crowd Control: They did an excellent job in this category.  There was ample spacing between groups.  I never ran into any other groups during my tour, even when I was in mazes that had dead-end paths.       


The tour started off with a very unique and creative beginning.  In the first room, there was a row of six large toe-pincher style coffins, each one standing upright.  Everyone in the group was separated and each patron was asked to go inside one of the coffins, where they were promptly locked inside.  Inside each coffin, a short video was shown, then the back of the coffin opened up and patrons continued with the tour.  

Evil Intentions is quite different from other haunted attractions, because there are not a lot of props and/or detailed sets.  To create a spooky atmosphere, they effectively utilized different colored lighting effects, eerie soundtracks and hidden exits.  Some of the scenes inside the haunted house included a room with hanging bodies, a locker room, a dingy bathroom and a morgue.  They successfully used some of the existing features of the building to maintain a creepy atmosphere throughout the attraction.  Part of the walking path was alongside the cold brick walls, patrons had to walk up and down stairs and in part of the house, you could see through the windows of the building, to the street outside. 

There was also a maze of lath walls, where you could see between the slats.  There were strips of burlap cloth hanging down and a number of strobe lights kept patrons disoriented.  Creative exits included walking through a locker and a secret door that was hidden behind a mirror.  To leave the morgue, patrons had to crawl on their hands and knees through a tunnel.  At the end of the tunnel was a nice visual effect, using a fan and a strobe light, making it appear that the blades of the fan were barely spinning.  

There was a sufficient number of actors inside the house, although their scares were hit and miss at times.  Most of the actors were targeting the first person in my group of six and since I was the last one in the group, I missed all the scares.   In all fairness, I did visit them on their opening night, so I 'm sure not everyone was "in the groove" with their timing yet. Most of the actors wore masks and dark cloaks.  The actor that really stood out was the one on stilts that chased patrons down one of the hallways.  Most of the actors stayed in character, with the exception of the ghoul in the hanging body room, who said "I'm Sorry!", after he had inadvertently bumped into me.           

I did think, though, that the use of chainsaws inside the haunted house in several areas was questionable (considering the fumes they produced), even though doing so produced some good scares. 

Overall, it was a good job by the Evil Intentions crew.  The attraction seemed to be priced a little on the high side; however, they did put on a great show, especially for an opening night.  

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