900 Grace Street, Elgin, IL
If you are looking for a haunt that gives you chills and creepy feelings as opposed to a laugh or some minor scares, look no further than Evil Intentions. In all of our years of haunt touring, we can honestly say only a select few haunts have actually given us the creeps, and the only one in recent memory is Evil Intentions.
Located in an abandoned casket factory (seriously), Evil Intentions looks rather intimidating just on the outside. And the people who run the haunt really go out of their way to give you an immersive and unsettling experience. There are no "funny" characters here - all of them are made up to frighten, and the acting is always serious - no comedy axe-wielding ghouls or silly clowns here. It's all top notch, in your face, serious horror entertainment.
In fact, we'd even go so far as to say that Evil Intentions is one of the only local haunts that ensures that visitors are somewhat uncomfortable during their experience, but not in a bad way of course. After all, this is supposed to be a haunted house, not a playroom!
The haunt is rather long, lasting over 20 minutes, which puts on the higher end of haunt times, and the entire experience has an air of darkness, emptiness, and abandonment. The fact that it's held in a supposedly haunted casket factory probably helps with that, but even if you take that away, it's still pretty darn good!
Some highlights for us this time around included a really excellent alien room with aliens projecting their long, tendril-like fingers onto a screen, some changes to the Satanic mass room (always creepy in general), and a cool doll room with a great live actress hanging on the wall as well as another surprise just waiting for unsuspecting victims. Additionally, the opening scene, featuring a creepy actor who explains the background of the haunt, along with some rather clever actresses in cages beside the visitors. As the scene unfolds, you just know you're in for something - and you are!
Overall, this is one top notch haunt from start to finish. From the location to the makeup to the enthusiasm of the actors, as well as the creative sets, layout, and even actor locations, Evil Intentions lives up to its name, making visitors think that they have truly stepped into some forbidding, godforsaken place that they should have had the good sense to avoid.
Out of all of the many pay haunts we visit each year, Evil Intentions is always quality and always improving. Their dedication to their craft shows, and we love it each time we visit. This year's presentation easily made our 2014 Hall of Fame in the Pay Haunt category. We love it, and you will, too, unless you don't like being scared!