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2010 Statesville Haunted Prison Review

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Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441

Visited: 10/01/10


Visibility/Location: Statesville Haunted Prison was in a good location, which was very easy to find.  The large illuminate pumpkin, as well as signs near the road really got my attention.  Also, the entrance of the haunted attraction was at a stoplight, which made it stand out even more.  
Wait Entertainment: They did a great job in this category. Even though there weren't many people in line the night that I visited, they still had several actors interacting with the people waiting in line.  They also had covered waiting, in case of inclement weather.  On the night that I attended, however, they were utilizing their convertible tent (the only haunt in the state to have one), to allow patrons to enjoy the nice weather.                 
Admission Price: $30.00 
Parking: Free

Statesville Haunted Prison:  10 Minutes * 
City of the Dead:  4 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: 1.166
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of
Scare Factor: Statesville Haunted Prison:  High  
City of the Dead:  Low-Medium  
Crowd Control: N/A.  I visited early in the season when there wasn't a line, so I can't comment on how well they could have handled a crowd, for either haunted attraction.
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Statesville Haunted Prison:

The guards at Statesville Haunted Prison treated patrons  like prisoners even before they even got into the attraction.  After leaving the queue line tent, they led customers into various staging areas, prior to going through the haunted house.  From the tent they advanced to a chain-link fence area, then to a holding cell with bars on the windows.  Once inside the attraction, patrons were lined up in single-file lines, to view the introduction from the Warden.  If you have never seen it, the ending packs quite a punch;  however, they have been doing the same intro for several years now, so it has lost some impact for me, personally.              

This year, they brought back some of their trademark scenes from the past.  Following the prison theme, there were several areas with barred cells and inmates trying to escape.  Throughout the attraction, there were various slanted walls, which forced patrons to either duck down or lean to the side, as actors attacked them from the other side of the wall.  The disgusting bathroom had toilets line up along both walls and a trough of green glowing "urine". I really liked the clown area, with its trademark red & white checkerboard pattern, that was illuminated by strobe lights.  They also brought back the "Ring" room, which had about a dozen characters that resembled the girl from the movie.  Trying to figure out which ones were fake and which ones were real was a challenge.      

Along with those scenes, I really liked some of their new areas.  The best new scene this year was their insane asylum, which was completely revamped for this season.  It had all sorts of mad patients & doctors, as well as several bodies hanging by meat hooks.  The slow flashing lights made it disorienting and the ramps that led you up and down, to other parts of the asylum, gave it more of an interactive feel and made it more entertaining.  Also new was a mirror maze that was short, but nonetheless, a nice visual effect.  Another new visual effect was their endless hallway illusion.  They also had a new ending with several hanging body bags.  With some of their remodeled areas, it seemed like there were more attacks from above, with really kept patrons on their toes.    

Overall, the actors did a great job.  There was a mix of acting styles throughout the house.  Some actors had distinct characters with speaking roles, while others performed pop-out scares.  Regardless of the style of acting, they were all very animated.  None of them broke character and those with more theatrical roles had great make-up & costumes.  

City of the Dead:

The intro scene to City of the Dead had a nice surprise at the end, but the lead-in could have been better.  It began with a hooded skull creature on a platform that talked.  The problem was that the voice was so garbled, I couldn't understand what was being said.  The rest of the City of the Dead featured textured cave walls that glowed under flashing black lights.  In various areas, there were skeletons and bones embedded in the "rock" walls.  Other areas had body parts hanging from the ceiling.  The ramps in the attraction gave the illusion of depth, as you could look down into an adjacent area.  The raised graveyard had tombstones on platforms about four foot high.  As you walked by, actors popped out of numerous alcoves, to try and scare you.  I also liked the mirror maze.   

While the majority of the City of the Dead seemed to be the same as it had been in previous years, there were a few new additions to the house.  The new endless hallway illusion of an old cave was visually stunning.  The vampire scene had several propped-up "toe pincher" coffins, which were illuminated by dim red LED lighting.  As patrons walked by, vampires who were hiding in and behind the coffins, jumped out to get their scares.  Also new was a great claustrophobia* effect that engulfed patrons as they walked through it.  It was an interesting twist on the classic claustrophobia; I had never seen it implemented that way before.    

The actors in the City of the Dead did not have as distinctive or elaborate characters as their Statesville counterparts.  Most of them seemed to be generic ghouls in hooded cloaks, most of them speaking gibberish.  They were also not as theatrical, as most of them performed only pop-out scares.  While they were really into their roles, the overall energy level was quite lower in this attraction than it was in the Statesville house.  Also, a number of their scares weren't as effective, since some of the actors were visible before they made their attacks.      

Overall, Statesville put on a great show this year, especially considering that I visited on open night.  They made some great enhancements, to help keep the show interesting.  Even so... Given the perceived entertainment value and length of the show, this event is definitely overpriced.  Statesville Haunted Prison is very entertaining and a lot of fun to go through, but $30 is just way too much to pay for this haunted attraction.                  

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* = A "claustrophobia effect" is a pair of inflated fabric panels that patrons have to push their way through.  








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