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2013 Psychosis Haunted House Review
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200 N. Spring St
Elgin, IL 60120
||Signage for the haunt was limited to two large signs on each corner of the street that the haunt was on, which pointed towards the front entrance. There was a small parking lot located directly next to the haunt, as well as limited street parking about ½ block from the front entrance. There were not a lot of people there when we arrived, so parking was easy, but I am not sure how easy it would be if crowds were larger.
Aside from the two stand up signs there was a banner across the front door of the haunt, as well as one on the back door.
||There was no outside wait entertainment, although in fairness there were no visitors outside, either. All of them were waiting on the inside of the haunt, so it is possible that there might be entertainment outside if more people were there. There was one live actor in costume outside although he did not interact with us.
Inside the waiting area (after tickets were purchased) there was a live actor dressed as a little girl, carrying a doll that she asked visitors to kiss. She wandered in and out of the crowd from time to time. Also, there was to be an initial scare when visitors were read the rules, but the video of the rules was not working properly so the effect was a bit spoiled. It did not detract from the haunt itself, though.
The waiting area is decorated like a street in a small town, with a theater, storefronts, a bar, a newspaper kiosk and a fountain. It was not scary at all, but it was nice to look at!
$16 for general admission/$25 for VIP
21.5 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.
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visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Medium-High, depending on your tolerance. For us it was mostly medium, “fun” scares rather than creepy, intense, in your face scares.
||Patron flow was very good. When we arrived there were about 25 people in front of us, and all of them had to be led into a room where they were read the rules of the house. They were led in small groups, and despite having to sit for a couple of minutes to hear the rules, the entire wait time was under 15 minutes.
Patron flow in the haunt was also good. We entered in a group of six and were purposely separated twice by actors inside the haunt. However, we always managed to meet up with our group members again and didn’t run into anyone behind or in front of us. There were no bottlenecks or slowdowns.
Psychosis is one of those haunts that is high on set design and creativity rather than focusing on high intensity scares. Thus, the scares might be of medium intensity, but the experience is truly a quality one. We visited this haunt last year and we enjoyed it, although we found the initial scene, where a preacher reads the rules to the “congregation” to be a bit forced and far too long. Also, the second scene, which featured a kitchen/diner setting with two actors who basically screamed a lot and made visitors sing songs to exit was a bit over the top and unnecessary. Thankfully, both were remedied this year. The preacher scene was less than two minutes long and the kitchen scene was gone altogether. Instead, visitors found themselves in the thick of it, walking past a rundown shack in the woods and through bodies hanging from the ceiling. Following this was a girl’s bedroom scene, with a little girl telling us “he” was coming out of our dreams and into our nightmares. “He” turned out to be Freddy Krueger, which we found out after entering a very detailed boiler room set.
After a few more scenes, we found ourselves separated into three groups of two, each having to go through a separate door. Once there, we watched a video featuring the creepy Saw guy, then proceeded into the next room, which was a large chest high maze in a room covered with mathematical symbols on the walls. Green lasers bounced off the walls and off of all of us, and black hooded figures skirted in and out of the maze area. Each group had to find their way to the end. One cool thing that happened to us was when a black hooded figure jumped out then ran into the maze, seemingly vanishing. As we rounded the corner, there was a figure huddled in the corner with a dummy head. It looked like a mannequin standing there, but turned out to be our hooded friend with a dummy head on his shoulder…a very effective disguise!
Following this room we came to a very elaborate castle setup, complete with turrets, gate, torches, and castle gatekeeper. Inside, the walls were simulated brick and rounded like castle passageways, providing some nice attention to detail. Other elaborate scenes included an outside medical emergency/crash scene, a full sized Egyptian tomb, a giant room filled with smoke and laser lights that made it seem like visitors were swimming through the fog, a room full of animated giant spiders and unfortunate victims, and a full size New Orleans style cemetery, complete with outside crypts, fog, vines, swamps, and some zombified live actors. Visitors had to walk through the “outside” and into a crypt, which had several partially open, disintegrating stone coffins inside. Again, a very nicely detailed section.
Our favorite part of the entire thing was the “wax museum” – visitors entered a waiting area where a live actor explained that they would be entering into a famous display of wax figures. Following this, visitors passed various scenes of famous movie characters, including the wicked witch of the west from the Wizard of Oz, Ghost Face from Scream, the Phantom of the Opera, Leatherface, Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees, all of them in detailed settings. The coolest thing about this area was that one of them was real, but was so well done that almost no one spotted it. The setup led you to believe all would be fake, so visitors were surprised. I won’t spoil it by saying which one it was, but I will say that it was so well done that well turned and applauded after the surprise happened!
Overall, Psychosis is an excellent haunt, particularly if you are a fan of creative scenes and detailed sets. Scares were more along the lines of the “jump out and startle you” variety, but several were clever and unexpected. The live actors, although most were teens, were all in character and seemed enthusiastic. The haunt was also on the longer side (over 20 minutes), so it offers good value for the money. For those looking for entertainment with their haunt experience, Psychosis comes highly recommended.
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