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2013 Haunted House of Macabre Review
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|The Haunted House Of Macabre
882 Anita Street
Antioch, IL 60002
||I didn’t see any signs on any nearby crossroads, but there were two parking guards right in front of the haunt with fluorescent wands directing guests where to park. We parked in a small parking lot across the street, and we were one of just a few cars there. I can’t be sure how many other parking lots they have access to on busier nights. The building itself was well lit and had banners wrapped around the front of the building, so it was easy to locate once we were directly in front of it.
||As we were walking toward the haunt, we were met by a character wearing a bloody hockey mask, but he had no blood on his neck or hands. He walked right by us and didn’t interact much. We met an awesome zombie who was just covered in blood. He followed us and stayed in character while I told him to share some of the blood with the guy wearing the hockey mask. We were then met by a freckle faced girl wearing a dress, holding a broken baby doll. She had eye makeup running down her face but I could tell she was trying not to smile. She asked me for help and I told her I would try to help her. She then proceeded to hug me. I asked her if she was looking for her mother, to try to figure out exactly how I was helping this character, she said no, and then she walked away. I have yet to figure out exactly what the point of that was.
There was an eerie soundtrack playing outside to add to the haunted house ambiance. The rules were located outdoors near the front door so we stopped to read them. Herein, they claimed to be one of “the best and scariest haunted attractions in the Chicagoland area.” Upon reading this, I thought that was a pretty bold claim to make and I was anxious to see what they had to offer on the inside.
6.5 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
forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue
lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic
jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by
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.
to see how this event compares to others
visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
||We visited on a Sunday night, so it was slow. We didn’t have any other guests joining our small group of two. We did run into another group of three about half way through the haunt, as they were moving very slow and stopping at each scare throughout. Looking back, we probably could’ve waited in the waiting area for a couple more minutes, especially since there were no other patrons waiting behind us.
We were greeted at the front door by a young lady who led us into the waiting area, which had a funeral home scene against the back wall. A young lady was lying in the coffin, which we were told was a “lost soul of the house.” After a small scare, we were shown the entrance of the haunt and left to find our own way out. The inside of the haunt consisted of a maze of black walls and a lot of darkness. They had clever ways of playing with lights, such as turning a light on quickly so we could get a glimpse of which way to go and then they turned the lights off so we were back in the dark. When the lights came back on, a character was usually right in front of us. Very clever. However, most of the walk through was pitch black and therefore, there was nothing to see. When the lights flashed on quickly, there was not much scenery to see except for black walls. We came into one scene that looked like it would be detailed and grotesque…if there had been a light nearby. As we were exiting the room, the lights flashed on and a couple of cannibals jumped out of the scene at us. We were able to see the scene for just a moment, if the actors gave us a chance to look. There were a few other rooms that had lighting, such as a walk through body bags and heads handing from the ceiling, some of which I had seen at a Halloween chain store days prior. There was a hallway with the little sticky hands from a gumball machine hanging from the ceiling. There was a room covered in zebra print, and an actor that was supposed to blend in, but didn’t because I saw the actor moving as we entered the room. There was a clown room with two actors that were supposed to blend in, but didn’t because I saw an actor moving as we entered the room. They had an awesome setup with an actor running toward us and banging on a Plexiglas wall, and that actor was great. There was a child’s room with three actresses that did a good job, but they were all in plain sight so there was no scare. The other actors that we came into contact with didn’t interact much and all they really did was scream and watch us leave their area.
Over all, the Haunted House of Macabre did a good job for being a first year haunt. The dark twists and turns were disorienting, the tricks of the eyes were unique, and most of the makeup looked professional. However, for a first year haunt to step up and right off the bat, claim to be the “Scariest Haunted House Attraction
Located In Chicago and Milwaukee Area!” (source: Haunted House of Macabre website) and charge $20.00 per person, I expect more. A lot more. Most of the six and a half minutes inside were spent in the dark, surrounded by retail store props and actors that needed better direction. The biggest fear that I had while walking through the Haunted House of Macabre was the thought of someone who had never been to a haunted house before being under the impression that this is as scary as a haunted house gets, and giving up on the haunted attraction industry altogether. If their price was lower, and their claims were more modest, I would be able to overlook the imperfections that
every first year haunt discovers and improves upon after time. But given that the bar was set as high as they set it, I am just unable to do so at this time.
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