6725 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL
We are happy to say that Hair Razor was one of the many pleasant surprises for the Horror Tourers in 2013. This is a haunt that we have been going to for several years, and it has always been good. However, our 2012 experience was not that great. The lines were exceptionally long, and scenes seemed a bit uninspired, and the actors seemed few and far between. Thus, we were seriously considering not going back for 2013. However, we had some other haunts to visit in the area, and Hair Razor happened to open earlier than the rest, so we figured if we could get there before the lines formed we'd give it another shot. We did, and we enjoyed it immensely . 2013 really redeemed Hair Razor for us, and reminded us of just why we liked this haunt so much in the first place.
The full name of the haunt is Hair Razor Haunted Scenes, and as the name implies, the haunt is filled with various themed scenes that are self-contained and not necessarily related to one another. For example, this year's haunt featured a ghostly pirate scene in the beginning, followed by things like a corn maze, a hospital, a cannibal kitchen, a clown room, and even a jungle setting with a gorilla - not something you see in every haunt!
One of the interesting scenes we encountered was the aforementioned corn maze. Although corn mazes are part and parcel of many haunts, this one actually featured a guy dressed like a haystack. While people were busy looking at the scarecrows and other figures, this haystack guy crept up on people and jumped out at them - very clever, and a great way of confounding expectations.
There was also and excellent cave/mine scene, with very detailed cave walls made out of what looked like newspaper painted brown - whatever it was it looked very well done, and made for an effective atmosphere. There was a cool laser light room, and a room with a bed where an image on the wall slowly spelled out the word "murder." Creepy.
One of our favorite bits was a life-size clown figure at the entrance to a room. From the way he was positioned and from the lights shining on him it was difficult to tell if he was an actor or not.
As I slowly passed him, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, as if someone was following me, but when I turned around the clown was still in the same position, albeit with his head turned to face me. This was quite unnerving, and I was torn between studying the clown to see if he was real and just getting the heck out of there. I never did quite figure out if he was real or not, but I'm leaning towards not.
In any case, Hair Razor went from a lowly two chainsaws in 2012 to a full-blown five chainsaws for 2013! Kudos to all involved, and we'll be looking forward to 2014 for sure!