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2010 Evil Intentions Review

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Evil Intentions Haunted House
900 Grace street
Elgin, IL 60120

Visited: 10/17/10


Visibility/Location: They did a great job in this category.  Visibility of the event was improved, compared to last year.  There was an "Evil Intentions" sign on the corner, to show people where to turn, as well as one at the entrance of the parking lot.  The parking lot was illuminated by floodlights and there were several vinyl banners near the entrance of the attraction.  All of the windows on the outside of the building had red floodlights pointed at them.  It was a little confusing, though, as the entrance of the haunted house wasn't clearly marked.  An "entrance" or arrow sign of some sort would have eliminated any confusion.          
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment consisted of the ambiance of the indoor waiting area and an actor with a chainsaw, who stalked the patrons waiting in line.  The queue line area was filled with fog and illuminated by red floodlights.  The line path was created by metal chains stretched across the top of 55 gallon drums.  There was also heavy metal music playing in the background and horror movie clips projected against one of the walls.         
Admission Price: $15.00
Parking: Free 

10 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.

LPR: 1.666
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Scare Factor: Medium
Crowd Control: They did a great job in this category.  I never ran into any other groups.     


The tour began in a very interesting way, with patrons walking down a coffin-shaped hallway. Along the length of the hallway were small monitors that played a short video sequence. From there, the tour continued through various simple scenes that were separated by long, dark hallways. A lot of the scenes and pathways had plain black walls. Evil Intentions was a unique attraction, as it didnít have a lot of detailed scenes or animatronic props. To set the mood, they relied primarily on fog, colored lighting and music soundtracks.

The existing features of the building itself, like the cold brick walls and cement floors, helped maintain a spooky atmosphere throughout the attraction. In certain areas patrons had to walk up and down stairs, giving the haunted house a more interactive quality. Creative hidden exits in various rooms also added to the overall atmosphere.

In the morgue, there was a wall of morgue drawers and bodies laying on three tables. One area featured stacks of 55 gallon drums that an actor jumped up onto. They had a pallet maze and in another area, there was a cage maze with a zig-zag path and strobe lights. Other scenes included an open casket funeral, a room full of swinging bodies and an actor holding an electric grinder that shot sparks.

Most of the actors performed high energy attacks. The majority of the scare tactics were actor pop-outs and yelling. A lot of the actors had similar characters, with many wearing plain dark clothes, masks and hooded robes. Some areas of the house were well-staffed; however, there were several areas that seemed a little quiet, so a few additional actors would have enhanced the experience.

Chainsaws were used inside the attraction in a number of areas. While I personally donít think that is a good idea (because of the fumes), it did result in some nice scares.

The Evil Intentions crew put on a good show this year, making some improvements over last yearsí performance. While it was priced a little on the high side, this haunt is definitely entertaining and worth checking out.

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