Review of Insanity Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Insanity Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Review of Insanity Haunted House Haunted Attraction

Insanity Haunted House

Insanity Haunted House is a Haunted Attraction located in Peru, IL.

3940 IL-251, Peru, IL 61354
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, You will NOT be touched, Indoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction

Team Body Bag reviewed this attraction on October 20, 2017.

Final Score: 8.48


Once in a while, we come across a haunted attraction that we know very little about. We hadn’t heard much about Insanity Haunted House prior to our late October visit and we weren’t sure what to expect. What we encountered was an actor-driven, frightening and highly entertaining experience that we won’t soon forget! We were so glad we were able to fit this haunt into our schedule and believe this attraction has a bright future ahead!

Cast: 9.14

We were pleasantly surprised at how well we were able to score the cast given that a good portion of the actors seemed to be middle school and high school aged, but judging by the high number of quality performances, these younger actors seemed to be well trained in the art of “scare.” We especially enjoyed the extended interaction with the two girls in the bedroom scene, which we found to be one of the most entertaining moments of our tour. They both spoke their lines convincingly and showed off some impressive improvisational skills when we interacted with them. We also enjoyed the boy near the end of the tour who crawled after us relentlessly with surprising speed. We didn’t come across one actor who broke character and each actor seemed to fulfill their respected role quite well. To sum it up, we found the cast as a whole to be one of the highlights of the tour.

Costuming: 8.17

The costuming and makeup work was well done with several characters’ costumes being top notch. We noticed at least adequate cosmetic attention to all the characters and everything looked professionally done. Most of the costumes looked complete, believable, and they all seemed appropriate for their character’s role. While we felt that they were all well done, we would like to see the addition of something more elaborate and original character-wise in the future.

Customer Service: 9.06

Insanity was located inside the Charleston Mall in St Charles, IL, which was very easy for us to find. There was a lot of free parking available in the mall’s lot along with actual bathrooms, which is a bonus, as most often there are only porta-potties at these places. The ticket booth was easily accessible and the General Admission and VIP were easily identified. Once we were inside we did have a bit of trouble finding the entrance, but it was actually fun walking the lonely, nearly abandoned mall.

Atmosphere: 7.5

One would think that Insanity’s location inside a large shopping mall would be a detriment, but there was a desolate creepiness to the nearly abandoned and now debunk Charleston Mall. While waiting in the queue line area we enjoyed the eerie music, the dim atmospheric lighting, and the roaming actor that we found to be highly entertaining. All of this helped prepare us for our journey inside the attraction itself.

Special Effects: 8.41

The rooms consisted of mostly classic haunted house sets like a library, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, but they were very well done with authentic looking details. We especially enjoyed the funeral parlor and movie theater sets which were as detailed as some of the bigger budgeted haunts we’ve been to. Insanity made good use of sound effects with an eerie soundtrack and realistic sounds that were appropriate for their scenes. This really helped to fully bring the scenes together as a whole. The lighting was well done throughout, though a few rooms could have benefited with a bit more lighting to see all of the great details in the room. While we didn’t come across any of the high-end animatronics that you see at the bigger budgeted haunts, in a way we were glad we didn’t as they would have seemed out of place here. Instead, Insanity gives you realistic sets that make you feel as if you’re not actually in an attraction, but in a real haunted house!

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Fright Effect: 8.67

We really enjoyed the unpredictability and the large variety of scare techniques used at Insanity. We felt the majority of the scares were provided by the strong cast which excelled at hitting all members of our group. We got some really good “pop” scares that we didn’t see coming due to clever hiding spots. Several times the actors got our hearts racing with their creepy follow scares. But our favorite frights were provided by the characters who interacted with us. They did a great job of making us believe they were actually crazy which made us wonder if they were going to do something bad to us! Insanity used distraction scares very well. Often times something would gain our attention and then “bam” something would frighten us from a different direction. There was a brilliant environmental scare that utilized complete darkness in a very confined space. While we have seen this technique used often, Insanity does it in a way that makes it completely original and unexpected. Those readers who have claustrophobic tendencies beware!

Value: 8.42

The cost for general admission is only $17, which is well below the average cost of haunted attractions in the Chicago area. During the busiest nights of the season, we recommend a VIP (skip the line) admission which is $30. It took us 13 minutes to finish our tour of Insanity, which gives us a MPD (minute per dollar) score of .76. To us, the tour seemed much longer as there was always something happening with zero downtime. We feel Insanity is a very good value for the money spent as we were thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. We have heard they will be moving to a new location next season and we are excited to see what new terrors await with Insanity 2018! If you have not yet visited this haunt, we highly suggest you fit them into your schedule next fall, we know we will!

(This review was submitted on February 2nd, 2018)

Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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