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2013 Twisted Crypt Haunted House Review

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The Twisted Crypt
5420 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61107

Visited: 09/27/13


Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl    
Visibility/Location: We were able to find Twisted Crypt Haunted House pretty easily, since they had a banner on State Street, a banner on their store front, a hearse in their parking lot and a lit sign in their window. If you are planning on visiting, keep an eye out for the sign on State Street; since it is not lit and it is surrounded by other backlit signs, you really have to be looking for it to see it. There appeared to be plenty of parking since the attraction is in an empty store in a strip mall.
Wait Entertainment: When we arrived, a character was outside waiting for guests and summoning us in. The entrance and waiting area was consumed by an eerily beautiful façade of a traditional haunted house and an image of the moon that was simply lifelike. The detail and realism of this façade was spectacular and the lit moon image really caught my eye. There was an old black and white movie playing on a television screen and a couple of characters roaming and sneaking around the waiting area.   
Admission Price: $15.

The general ticket price is $15.00; however, there were coupons being handed out in and near some businesses near the haunted house.  

Parking: FREE

13.5 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: 3.150
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Scare Factor: Medium-High
Crowd Control: Since it was the end of September and not quite haunted house season yet, we were some of the very few looking for and attending haunted houses, so we didn’t see many other guests. We did not run into any other groups within the house. My concern is that the show is so interactive and the actors are so into their roles that groups may eventually run into each other waiting for an actor to finish their skit. Since it’s the Twisted Crypt’s first year, and they seem to know what they’re doing so far, I’m sure it won’t take them long to figure out how to put on a convincing performance and get guests through time efficiently.


With the publicized anticipation of a new haunted attraction in the Rockford area, I could not wait to get into the Twisted Crypt Haunted House. We decided to visit on a Friday night at the end of September; so fairly early in the Halloween season.

After our short wait in front of the haunted house façade, and multiple warnings of “adult content,” our greeter knocked on the giant double doors of the haunted house, a gruff voice responded and we were welcomed into the home. We were faced with a typical hillbilly pervert, which was the first of many to follow. We were led into a living area, a kitchen, a child’s room, a classroom and numerous other rooms by other hillbilly family members. All of these characters were extremely interactive and encouraged reciprocated improvisation from us. Not one of these family members gave us a silent or awkward failed scripted moment. Kudos to all of the actors we crossed paths with, since they were all able to stay in character and convey a convincing and disturbing storyline.

The scenery was detailed and well-plotted, but a little bit too neat and clean to fit into the murderous hillbilly theme. The random scares were very well hidden and almost guaranteed to make anyone jump. The creepy and distorted music playing in the background added a nice touch to the overall feel of the house. The creep factor is so high that, if you do not want your friends, family or significant other being verbally and mentally violated, do not bring them here. The warnings of “adult language” at the entrance of the event were a bit understated. From my experience, this is definitely not an ideal first date destination or a family field trip.

Overall, for a first year haunted attraction, the Haunted Crypt crew did awesome. If you are looking for a hard core, no holds barred type tour that makes you question the possibility of the threats of pain and torture, Twisted Crypt Haunted House is the place to go. The sets were good, the actors were convincing and relentless, and the overall visit was interactive and entertaining, much like walking through a horror movie or story. Although I am not a fan of the personal and violating methods of intimidation and threats used by some of their actors, I am still looking forward to seeing the direction that the Twisted Crypt crew leads us in the upcoming years.

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