Visibility / Location:
There is a little room for improvement in this category. Insanity Haunted House is located in the Peru Mall building, but since there's a large parking lot between the building and the road, the entrance isn't very visible at night. After pulling into the parking lot, I drove around the perimeter of the building until I found the correct entrance. There was a brightly lit "Peru Mall" sign above the door; however, the smaller "Insanity" vinyl banners on either side of the doorway were not as easy to see.
In the queue line area, there was a very amusing clown character interacting with the people waiting in line. On either side of the door, there was a textured brick façade to help set the mood. Music was also being played near the entrance, to help keep people entertained.
General Admission: $15.00
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LPR Score = 2.533
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They spaced out groups very well. On my walk through, I did not run into any other customers.
Starting at the ticket booth, there were various signs about social distancing and sanitation. In the queue line area and near the entrance, there were signs about social distancing, mask wearing and COVID-19 symptoms. All employees and actors were wearing masks.
*Please note that these are the safety precautions that were observed by us during our visit. There may be more that we did not see, and it is completely possible that there are more precautions being taken than those that are listed here.
When it was time to go in, I pushed aside some hanging plastic flaps and walked into the first hallway, which was filled with fog and had a CGI screen at the end. What followed was a collection of scenes with a fairly high level of detail. As I made my way through the attraction, I encountered multiple memorable scenes like the TV room, the kitchen, the school, and the clown maze.
In the TV room, there was a reclining chair on one side of the room and large stacks of televisions arranged randomly along the far wall. As I walked through, looking at the staticky screens, an actor burst into the room and shouted "Why did you make me miss my TV show?" He turned out to be very persistent, following me through the next couple of hallways.
In the kitchen, there was a grimy refrigerator and sink. As I walked in, there was a surprise scare as well as an actress who screamed. There were a couple of gruesome characters seated at a dining table on the other side of the room. The plates sitting on the table were piled with some very gruesome entrees. There was also a fancy chandelier hung above the table. Passing by, an actor asked me if I wanted some blood soup.
Walking into the school room, there were rows of tightly packed desks facing a chalkboard that had "Insanity E-Learning" written on it. Surrounding those words, "Insanity" had been written over and over again, filling up the rest of the space on the board. As I walked in, the teacher said "Look class, we have a visitor." On the other side of the room, there was a projection screen and kids' backpacks were hung on a pegboard.
One of my favorite scenes was the red/white stripe clown maze. In this area, there were wide red and white vertical stripes painted on the walls. Throughout the entire scene, I could hear circus calliope music playing. To navigate through this area, I had to push several red and white curtains to the side, before moving forward. After making a few turns, I arrived at a circular space with stacks of barrels and curtain-covered alcoves lined up around the perimeter. A very creepy clown with a loud "ahooga" horn took great pleasure in sending me the wrong way repeatedly.
In other sections of the attraction there were scenes of various themes including a medical area, an open casket funeral, a crematorium and a doll room.
Throughout the haunted attraction, actors used a lot of pop-out attacks. They also used a lot of loud sounds to enhance their scares. In various areas, there were also actors who engaged in interactive dialogue.
Over the past couple years, Insanity Haunted House has made some significant improvements. The level of detail in their scenes has greatly increased, making the experience more enjoyable overall. I think they did a great job this year. Be sure to check them out if you get the chance.
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