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Soul Reapers Haunted House

by dubstyle_2k (Senior Review Crew Member) after attending on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at about 9 p.m.

Fun Factor: Medium Fear Factor: Low

Review

Soul Reapers, located at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot is back for their third season. I reviewed Soul Reapers two years ago, and really enjoyed it, though it was small and lacked a few things that I thought would improve as the years went on. I decided I would check out Soul Reapers again this season and see what has changed, if anything, since their first season in operation.

Soul Reapers has a vibe that I can only describe as home grown. Walking through this haunt, I was able to take in what was put into making this haunt, and I could tell that they didn't have the budget of a mega haunt like Abandoned. That being said, Soul Reapers has added on since my visit a couple years ago, which was one of my few criticisms of this haunt. The unfortunate thing is, Soul Reapers is still a home grown haunt with a small budget. My major gripe with Soul Reapers is that it was too lit that whole time. As someone who goes to haunts pretty regularly, rule number one for me is, make it dark! I've mentioned in reviews in the past that I rarely get "spooked" and I have a high tolerance for scary stuff, but when I can't see anything, then I'm on guard and thus more likely to get rattled. For a haunt on a budget, darkness seems to be the obvious choice, but Soul Reapers didn't go that route. What Soul Reapers lacked in size and sets, they did make up for in actors. A lot of the actors seemed young, but they certainly committed themselves to their roles. I give the actors an A+! Soul Reapers is reasonably priced, with tickets ranging from $15 for general admission or $20 for the fast pass, which I highly recommend since the general admission line was moving at a snails pace; this is something that certainly hasn't changed since my last visit. We opted for the fast pass and were into the haunt relatively fast. There were some actors that roamed the lines, but nothing like the last time I was there. We were in and out of Soul Reapers in less than a half hour, which makes it still too short for my money.

Signage / Visibility / Location


Thankfully most of us have cell phones with GPS, I've lived in Kenosha most of my life, I couldn't tell you how to get to the Kenosha County Fairgrounds if you offered me a million dollars! It's out of the way, but once you approach it, there are obvious lighting that help you find the grounds.

Wait Area / Line Entertainment


Slow and not as interactive as my previous visit.

Actors' Performance


This was the highlight of Soul Reapers. The actors were great, and they seemed to enjoy the gig!

Sets Scenes / Props / FX


I keep bringing it back to this, this isn't Abandoned or whatever huge haunt you've been to, this is small. You'll see things that will take you out of it due to the brightness of it all, so this isn't my favorite by any means.

Length


This is among the shortest haunts. Things move a little too fast, and the line moves a little too slow.

Crowd Control


There really wasn't any. There was a police officer on the grounds, but other than that it was kind of lawless. As I stated in my review, we purchased the fast pass, yet not a single person asked to even see our tickets, let alone checked to make sure that we actually purchased the upgrade. It was just assumed that we were in the right line because we were standing in it. I contacted them on Facebook later that night and explained what had happened, hopefully they have better control over who enters the haunt.

Most Memorable Moment


They do some pretty cool stuff with some lasers. In particular there is one room with smoke and lasers that blinds you from the ground, you can't tell what's below your mid section. I enjoyed this effect!

Summary

In all I'm not that impressed with what Soul Reapers. I gave it two seasons to work out the kinks, and it doesn't seem like they really have. It's still a short haunt that isn't very scary. If you're looking for a haunt to take your kids to, this might be a great one, as it is brighter and tamer that others. I'll give this one another two years to work it out, hopefully it gets better, I really want this haunt to succeed.

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December 18th, 2018 7:16 a.m. CST 1.5.1