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2015 Shock House Review

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Shock House
QCCA Expo Center
2621 4th Ave,
Rock Island, IL 61201

Visited: 10/23/15


Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl
Visibility/Location: While we were headed Westbound on 92 toward another haunted house, I noticed a large skull banner and a cop car with the lights on near the Expo Center. On our way back to visit Shock House, I didn’t see the banner or the cop car, so there was a little bit of confusion as to where to go. We found the Expo Center and a sign near the door indicating that we were in the right place. There seemed to be more than enough parking for even a busy evening.
Wait Entertainment: Before we had even gotten out of the car, we were spotted by an evil clown who stood in front of the car and stared us down before moving on to scare other patrons in the parking lot. Once inside, we saw a character that resembled the Jeepers Creepers villain walking through the crowd. We asked him for his picture and it wasn’t until the camera flash hit his face that I could see his awesome skull face. There was a character that was crawling quickly and eerily toward people in line. We also saw the same clown that had been in the parking lot previously. There was a large façade of a house, complete with windows and outdoor lights mounted on the walls. We were only in the waiting area for a couple of minutes because we had purchased VIP tickets.
Admission Price: $13
Parking: Free

9 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: 2.423
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: Medium
Crowd Control: Groups seemed to be spaced out very well; we didn’t run into anyone else through the attraction.


After our short wait in line, we entered through the front door of the façade and we were given the rules by a young lady behind a counter and a talking skeleton. We were given 3D glasses and told to hang onto them until we saw neon walls. I was stared down by a clown character until it was our turn to proceed into the haunt. We walked through a living room with a TV playing static right before our first startle. We met a voodoo priestess and then found a bedroom which seemed to have no exit. We finally found the exit and made our way through the very small, dark space filled with textures that I was not able to identify. After some dark, tight hallways, we found a laundry room, and then we were led into another small, dark space that we had to navigate. We came across a nasty bathroom and a gross kitchen. Soon thereafter, I found an actor that really, truly startled me enough to get me to scream some profanities.

We approached what some in the industry know as “claustrophobia,” which is a feature in which the walls expand and patrons have to walk through fabric panels filled with air. I announced aloud, “We have claustrophobia,” referencing the walls. A concerned actor heard me and, while maintaining his character’s raspy voice, asked me if we would be okay. I thought this was a super classy move. I explained that I was referring to the walls and he acknowledged and let us continue.

We found a morgue, a dark hallway, and a bright white room that had been turned into a plastic sheeting maze, which was really disorienting with the strobe lights. We walked through a dark room with body bags hanging from the ceiling and then a slaughter scene with a victim and two chainsaw wielding murderers. We had to navigate our way through a pallet maze while being stalked by a pig character. Finally, we found the 3D portion of the event and we put our glasses on. What stood out the more than the clowns, the dots and the spinning tunnel in the 3D area was the spider room.

I enjoyed our visit to Shock House, which consisted of a lot of tactics that are meant to shock the senses; like going from a pitch black space into a brightly lit space. There were a lot of very tight passageways, and some where crawling was required. The actors, who all had pretty good costumes, makeup and/or masks, did well utilizing the spaces to startle us as we walked by. Finally, any haunt whose actors would take a moment to make sure their patrons are safe while walking through their attraction deserves honorable mention. Well done, Shock House.

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