Basement Of The Dead
In addition to the always top rated Basement of the Dead, check out the brand new 3D haunt - SHATTERED. Both attractions are located in a 100 year old basement that has been haunted ever since the boiler room explosion on the 1950's.
Aurora, IL 60506
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Ticket Price: $18 Basement of the Dead only, $25 - Combo Package (includes entrance to Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D), $35 VIP (front of line access)
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Basement of the Dead
Reviewed on: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Buried within the basement of a 1920's old laundry facility in downtown Aurora, lies Basement of the Dead. Here, Al and Imus Kilya, along with their band of tortured souls, create havoc and horror for all those that enter. Winning our "Haunted Attraction of the Year" Award in 2008, the bar is always set high as this is one of our area's best.
As we approached the attraction, we were greeted by several different line entertainers. A standard for years, Basement's outside entertainment has always been almost like an attraction on its own. This year, they added a DJ, which added to the already fun and exciting atmosphere.
But, the real treat is definitely inside. As we entered the Basement, smells of a nearly 100-year-old building surrounded us and we were swallowed by the darkness. Afraid of things that go "bump" in the night? Then you are right at home with Al and Imus. Playing off of their natural surroundings, Basement of the Dead knows you are afraid of what is lurking in the shadows - and they make those nightmares come true. Frights are delivered, scene-after-scene.
Some of our highlights include: The kitchen, freezer, and the nurse room. But, what really takes the cake is the ending of Dr. Trauma. Here, a doctor and his unwilling patients greet you with open arms and an invitation to stay....forever!
But, we weren't off the hook yet. After exiting their namesake haunt, we were led to their new attraction, "Shattered 3D." Themed as a 3D house, we were definitely worried this may hurt Basement's strong tradition of being a great haunt! But, our fears were soon relieved.
Of course, we strapped-on the 3D glasses and met with the Ringmaster guarding the entrance. We entered and found something that we had never seen before: clean 3D. Now, while the adjective "clean" isn't usually something that haunted attractions like to use, but we found it refreshing here. Not only were there gorgeous scenes on the walls, but on the floor as well! For the first time, we actually felt like we had to watch where we stepped, as it appeared we could fall! Some great illusions here!
But, what truly makes this house great is that they don't just rely on great artwork. They combine it with another amazing acting crew that maintains perfect attacks, time-and-time again. We finally escaped with smiles on our faces and sweat running down our brows.
Overall, this is another landmark year for the Basement of the Dead team! With the new addition of the 3D attraction, they now have an amazing dark house AND an amazing light house, both with incredible scare crews that make sure you won't sleep tonight.
Highlights we scream about: "Lucinda" the puppet girl, "Juliet" the nurse, and the floors in Shattered!
What to expect for 2013? We had no idea about their new 3D house and the DJ addition! So, they definitely keep things secret. We can't wait to see what they dream up next!
Entertainment: 19 out of 20
Scare Factor & Fright: 9 out of 10
Acting: 9 out of 10
Sets & Room Detail: 9 out of 10
Costumes: 5 out of 5
Make Up: 4 out of 5
Sound: 5 out of 5
Lights: 5 out of 5
Props & Special Effects: 9.5 out of 10
Originality & Story Concept: 9 out of 10
Management & Owner Presentation: 5 out of 5
Website: 5 out of 5
Total: 93.5 points out of 100 points possible
- Official Haunted House Chicago Review Team Review
Excellent haunted house with many good characters- most realistic Dracula ever
This haunted house has some of the best actors I have seen; devil man, pumpkin head, killer clowns. The haunt has been around for awhile, but they have completely redone the place. The Basement of the Dead haunt has a good length to it, and has a variety of things that will jump at you out of the dark. The new Shattered 3D haunt is a great contrast to the first one. It relies more on visuals, and perception tricks. Overall you will have a great night.
I cannot walk through the whole thing without shutting my eyes! It is by far the best haunted house I've been to. The actors are amazing there and the 3D attraction is to die for! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED IT OUT ALREADY, GET TO IT!
Where do these people get their line actors?! There were 2 people on stilts, and one of them could run on them! There was also a DJ in a straight jacket that they added just for this year. 3D haunt was really cool. Couldn't tell what was real or fake until someone jumped out to scare me. The Basement is a good long haunt. Loved the nurses. Just plain freaky how they acted. Went twice this year and it was well worth it!