Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead
Come, let the prisoners of STATESVILLE HAUNTED PRISON takeyou on a tour into the underbelly of this house of evil. You will findyour way through these dark ancient walls, into thirty (30) of theprison's maximum-security cells. In this darkness, you will encounterover 200 of the most dangerous monsters ever imprisoned. Hannibal theCannibal, The Clown, Dr. Vierhof and his Maniacs, and our Warden, theDemon of Darkness, are all waiting around every corner for you! This October, take the ultimate trip into the mouth of madness, deep into the dungeons of STATESVILLE HAUNTED PRISON, where you will be forced to witness unspeakable horrors!After you find your way out of the mighty walls of Statesville, youmust descend into the hallowed halls of City Of The Dead. The Tomb ofStatesville has risen from the hell, and you must find your way aboveground before you become a member in this army of the undead.
Crest Hill, IL 60441
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Ticket Price: $30.00
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by far the best and only haunted house I visit. They put so much thought into each of the rooms and what the customers reaction will be. You definitely get your moneys worth its not a 10 minute walk through...
WOW!!!the last time i went to Statesville was in 2010 and i was honestly very disappointed and upset as a customer. i thought after missing a season giving them another go would be fun.i went on there last night and i had one of my most amazing experiences in a haunted house i ever ha. is was so worth the drive from Evanston. and for it being there encore weekend i felt as if i had the energy was still great and they weren't holding back. some haunted haunted house don't have a good balance and blend of slow creepiness and fast and crazy. Statesville did an amazing job when it came to this. they had an huge range of rooms within the 2 haunts and the details were surreal. some of the the things that stood out to me were the use of multiple stories, line actors like fluffy and few other interesting looking characters, the huge caves in city of the dead, the live animals (which scared the hell out my date.) a love man in a diaper, the electical room with a cyborg who as first thought was a prop. (for being kinda bulky we got around the room pretty fast) and seeing some of the actor suspended in the air. statesville was a haunt experience i have i suggest to anyone . don't miss out for next season i know ill be there. thank you statesville
Statesville Haunted Prison is by far THE BEST haunted attraction I have gone to all my life. Every year around Halloween time my mom and I go to 4 or 5 different haunted houses trying to find the best ones and last year I went here and fell in love. This is no ordinary haunted house, the actors get so into their characters i'm a little worried if they know they aren't actually these crazy people they've taken so much time creating! They put every bit of energy they have into performing for each and every person that walks through. Not only are the actors perfect, the haunted house itself is wonderfully constructed to make you lose direction, feel lost, and never see what is coming around the next turn! I was so very impressed with this year's haunt I am going to spend another $30 to go because it is more than worth the money. I cannot seem to get enough of the psychotic, twisted fun on the grounds and inside of Statesville haunted prison. I very highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone.Denise Rager
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead
Crest Hill, IL
Reviewed on: Sunday, October 13, 2013
For the past umpteen years, we, the HHC Review Team, have gone to countless numbers of attractions within 150 miles of Chicago. (Because a great haunted house is worth the drive!) While there is a ton of planning that goes into our scheduling efforts, we don’t usually arrive until after the attraction has opened. (So they have a chance to warm-up.) But, for the first time, we arrived at Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead early!
As we awaited the opening of the gates watching patrons gather, the line quickly extended past the entire length of the attraction and down into the back parking lot. (And this was only a Sunday!) The clock struck 7:00pm, and shortly after, it was almost as if the beast had awakened. Music started playing, lights dancing, a 50-caliber gun started firing, screams from prisoners inside, and a host of their trademark characters filtered out onto the grounds. Like rock-stars arriving to greet their starving fans, each of them was met with applause and excitement. (And a few fans that seemed to head back to their cars!)
Call it amazing marketing and branding, call it great acting and entertainment, or call it a nice mixture, but this is part of the revolution we are in the midst. The days where actors and actresses put on generic outfits and masks is slowly going by the wayside. Today, more are creating identities and personas, with trademark characteristics and costumes. Fans know the characters by name, and welcome their torment. Because of this, haunt fans aren’t just coming for the tour through the house, but for the entire experience.
No one is leading this revolution more than Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead.
From the moment you get out of your car, to the moment you leave, the show is on. And those key characters? They are everywhere! Inside the prison, outside in the waiting cues, in your thoughts, and peeking into your dreams. The Captain, Fluffy, Heretic, Vladimir, The Cleaner, Nurse Mama, JuJu, Mad Dog, Cog, The Warden, The Blood Bitches, The Clowns, The Sisters, The Maniacs, The Guards, and the list goes on and on!
These characters give a tremendous accent to a show that is simply amazing. I’m not sure if it is still appropriate for the folks from Barnum and Bailey to still call their show the greatest, because they would have some steep competition. This year’s submission has to be the top entry they have had in their entire run.
For an attraction that was already on the top of their game and didn’t need any major facelifts, they took advantage of the off-season and made more changes than we have room to write. The most notable? The Warden’s Room. For years, this opening scene has captured haunt-goers like moths to a flame. After experiencing the 2013-edition of this room, the changes are quite evident and beautifully constructed. (And there is a nice little surprise at the end.)
The changes and upgrades only start there. Throughout both attractions you will easily notice tons of changes and upgrades that only heightened our experience and continued to make the atmosphere the most complete yet.
Now, let’s talk fear. Statesville and COD are VERY good at playing at people’s fears. They take it seriously! While everyone has a different phobia, they make sure you can’t escape it. In addition to all the creatures and clowns, they incorporate LIVE animals into their show. Just when you begin to settle into that comfort zone, they hit you square in the face with real rats, cockroaches, and a big snake. Inside of finding out what’s lurking behind the walls of Statesville, now you get to find out what’s INSIDE of them! This is just another method they take you into a new dimension of terror.
While Haunted House Chicago has awarded our Top Haunted Attraction Award to Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead for a number of years, they have also received national accolades from Travel Channel, Top Haunts Magazine, America Haunts, and the Huffington Post. Call them the new-age freak show, call them rock stars, or simply call them one of Chicagoland’s best haunted attractions, but this is definitely one attraction that you can’t miss!
Entertainment: 19.5 out of 20
Scare Factor & Fright: 9 out of 10
Acting: 10 out of 10
Sets & Room Detail: 10 out of 10
Costumes: 5 out of 5
Make Up: 5 out of 5
Sound: 5 out of 5
Lights: 5 out of 5
Props & Special Effects: 9.5 out of 10
Originality & Story Concept: 10 out of 10
Management & Owner Presentation: 5 out of 5
Website: 5 out of 5
Total: 98 points out of 100 points possible
- Official 2013 Haunted House Chicago Review Team Review
Year after year I find myself raving to my friends and family that statesville is the best haunted house not only in the chitown area but in general! My friends and I tend to be a little haunted house obsessed during the month of October and spend all our extra time and money traveling IN, Ill, Wi even Mi to visit as many haunts as we can. From the larger more well known haunts to the smaller neighborhood houses. Now in all honestly since I go to so many so often I tend not to scare easily and find myself being critical of the little things, but to my pleasant surprise Statesville always seems to catch me off guard! Most people don't want to wait in line but for me the anticipation is half the fun. The Statesville line isn't half bad yes its a little cold and a little wet but that's what drums up that great october scent into the air and gets ur senses flowing. The line staff does a good job poking its head in and out of the crowd as "guards" troll the grounds to scoop up "prisoners" adding to the prison illusion. Honestly aside from being a stones throw from the actual prison what I like best is the dedication of the actors never breaking that prison facade. Once inside I like to take my time and examine "explore" the rooms, its fascinating to see the time and effort put into the overall show! Unlike most of the smaller haunts they seem not mind you taking time to admire there hard work and effort. Of course like all haunted houses they have the cheap scares like loud noises and flashing lights but what I find makes statesville stand out above the rest is there attention to detail, creativity on rooms like the "clown room" and actors completely dedicated to the over all production make this the midwests best Haunted house!!