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2019 Fear Fest Review

Fear Fest
6512 Manchester Rd.
South Beloit, IL 61080

Reviewed By:

EvilEye

Visited:

09/28/19

Visibility / Location:

GPS brought us right to the location. A small reflective sign with the name of the haunt was visible from the street.

Wait Entertainment:

There were a couple roaming characters interacting with patrons outside of their respective 'houses.' There was a clown with a little dog, and 'Uncle Chuck' got us to laugh with his chainsaw. They also had a bonfire you could sit at if you choose to wait to go into any of the attractions, and a variety of music was playing in the background.

Admission:

This location has three attractions. They are $15 per person per attraction, or you can buy a pass for all the attractions for $40.

Parking:

3 acres of free parking

Event Length:

The Original Haunted Barn: 12 Minutes
Blood Creek Hayride: 15 Minutes
Fun House: 10 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:

LPR Score = 2.775

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 HauntedIllinois.com.

Scare Factor:

The Original Haunted Barn: Medium-High
Blood Creek Hayride: Low-Medium
Fun House: Low

Crowd Control:

The Original Haunted Barn: They had an actor in the second room, signaling to the first room when it was clear to send the next group. After entering the attraction, we never bumped into another group.
Blood Creek Hayride: There are two trailers being pulled by a tractor and you could have large groups of people on the ride with you.
Fun House: They had a camera set up in the queue area alerting the ticket taker when groups made it past a certain scene. After entering the attraction, we never bumped into another group.

Summary:

The Original Haunted Barn:

Upon entering the attraction, we were held in a room made to look like a funeral parlor; complete with coffins and unique pictures hung throughout the room. We were told very quickly not to touch the actors, and then sent in with groups no larger than 6. While our group waited our turn, we were entertained by the character "Uncle Chuck," who was very funny and "loves" to shake hands.

Once inside the actual show, one of the first things we noticed is the floors. They are pitched at different angles, and covered with all types of materials, making for a very disorienting experience while walking. Some of the walls are even tight to squeeze through. (As a side note: If you have a hard time walking, or are claustrophobic, you might want to skip this haunt.)

Going through the attraction, we were attacked by scares from old school characters. From Frankenstein and his monster, to Tales from the Crypt. The lay out was set up very well, utilizing pop outs with dark hallways and corners. The actors timing in the pop outs was on point! The rooms were well- lit and nicely detailed. Overall, this show was very well put together, and made you rely on several of your senses.

Blood Creek Hayride:

This attraction featured some unique scenes; complete with flame throwers, chainsaws, and characters that jumped onto the moving tractor trailer(s)! The actors on this trail kept us guessing where they were coming from, as we felt attacked from all sides.

A scene I would like to mention that we passed by on our ride was an open cornfield. It created such a creepy and uneasy feeling, and myself and a few of the other riders were disappointed when no actor(s) jumped out to scare us here.

Besides that, the actors seemed to utilize the trail and surroundings very well.

Fun House:

This attraction was very interactive, with multiple chances to be "part" of your own show as you work your way through the different scenes. It was very unique and not something a lot of haunts are able to pull off. The only thing I can't help but wonder is how this attraction handles flow when the crowd gets heavier and lines get longer (as you spend a few minutes with each character in each room).

The first character we met was "Madam Tyrissa." She sat us down and asked if we wanted our tarot read, palm read, or a crystal ball reading. We chose to go with the crystal ball. She warned us of "freezing horror" ahead, and "electric death" in our future. When she finished, she commanded us to leave as we brought "dark entities" to her.

We went forth and entered a christmas themed room- complete with a clown sitting on the ground asking us to pick a present from under her tree. It didn't quite make sense to us why a clown was in a Christmas scene, but we went along with it anyways. We asked the clown what her name was, but she said she didn't know. She said that Santa wouldn't let her have a name because she had been naughty. So, we decided to name her "Naughty" the clown. When we opened her present to find nothing inside, she laughed at us and told us we must have been naughty like her.

Overall, the actress in this scene interacted with us as we would imagine a "naughty clown" in a Christmas scene would, but I do think a "naughty elf" in this scene would have fit better. I would also suggest to any actor/ actress playing a character in such an interactive show to be better prepared with a background story and name for their character.

The next scene we came upon was set like a carnival midway, where we met the "Horny Devil." His costume I felt could have been improved as he had a full face of makeup (complete with prosthetic horns), with just a button up shirt and black jeans. He instructed us to play games; like a twisted game of "toss" that ended with a treat.

As we wandered even further into the show, we ended up in a scene similar to a "horror museum." The character here was dressed almost like an elf or goblin- which again didn't make much sense for the scene. We were questioned about famous horror icons and their backstories. After guessing, we were told "Jigsaw" (from the movie SAW) wanted us to play his game. We were directed into a small scene covered in polka dots, and we could see the actor behind a curtain as soon as we entered. Unfortunately, he didn't make any attempt to interact or scare us, so this ruined any effect there might have been in this room. I also wasn't sure how the room tied to the Jigsaw character and SAW movies.



Overall, we enjoyed ourselves in each attraction. We felt it was a very family friendly event, with many things to do. We were even offered the option to purchase popcorn, candy, or cold/ warm beverages to enjoy around the fire pit after we finished our tour(s) of each attraction. This is definitely something I would recommend to families looking for something fun to do during the Halloween season.



To find out more about this event, visit:
http://fearfest.info

 

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