Reviewed on: Friday, October 9, 2015
Psychosis has quickly become a staple in Elgin, Illinois. With nearly 5 years in-town, they moved locations in 2014, and are now settling into their new home quite nicely. What really makes Psychosis stand out? The perfect blend of old-school haunting tricks and new-school technology and thought.
As we waited to enter the attraction, we were greeted by Miss Vicki, the town secretary, and Henry, the Mayor of the City of Kingsfield. While we passed the time, the duo kept us attentive, smiling, and even laughing with witty banter, comments, and some down-right rough jokes. But, it was a nice set-up for a fun quintencential Halloween trek ahead.
Combining many of your typical haunted house scenes, the Psychosis crew incorporates an “interactive” angle to parts to the tour. This helps bring you closer to the scene, and even part of the plot! Not only is it creative, but flows very nicely throughout the attraction.
But, it wouldn’t be a visit to Psychosis without a maze or two, created by the Mazemaster himself! Set right in the heart of the tour, it will send your head spinning, and one leg zigging and the other zagging. It’s definitely a treat we always enjoy when visiting.
Psychosis once again took extra time this year to focus on developing their acting. Some of the actors that stood out this year included Mary, a young girl found in the child’s room laying on the bed singing on and off the song from the Secret Garden. We also enjoyed our visit from Nurse Ursula, who gave us an interesting antidote to ward off our zombie bites. Trust us when we say, you’ll know exactly what we mean after you visit her!
Other key scenes throughout the attraction that we enjoyed was that of the newly re-designed wax museum, the burial tomb, and a lovely visit with a corpse bride in the graveyard. Once again, Psychosis made our evening full of laughter and smiles, another great show for 2015!
The Bottom Line: Make sure you pay the town of Kingsfield a visit and experience what we are talking about first-hand! And, don’t forget to bring a can of dog food for a discounted admission! (And come on, helping the animals is very cool!) Thank you for keeping this haunted house tradition alive!
Entertainment: 18 out of 20
Scare Factor & Fright: 7 out of 10
Acting: 8 out of 10
Sets & Room Detail: 8 out of 10
Costumes: 4 out of 5
Make Up: 4 out of 5
Sound: 4 out of 5
Lights: 4 out of 5
Props & Special Effects: 8 out of 10
Originality & Story Concept: 8 out of 10
Management & Owner Presentation: 5 out of 5
Website: 4 out of 5
Total: 82 points out of 100 points possible
– Official Haunted House Chicago Review Team Review