131 W. 2nd Avenue, New Lenox, IL
Hills of Unrest is an annual favorite of the Tourers, as it has some great figures and atmosphere. We make a point of visiting this one each year.
Set on a quite street, Hills of Unrest, like many of the yard displays we visit, features a cemetery theme, complete with large iron fence and a big gate with the cemetery name on it.
Inside the cemetery there are numerous life sized figures, all arranged in various themed settings. There are groups of witches, a mad scientist in his lab, the Grim Reaper watching over the proceedings, and new for this year, a ghoulish character reading ghost stories to a group of little children.
For those who are fans of horror movie monsters and characters, there's Freddy Krueger hanging In a tree, the Hunchback of Notre Dame carrying a lantern, Frankenstein's monster in front of a giant crypt, and even a couple of subtle nods on the tombstones, with ones for Norman Bates and the original Wolfman, Lawrence (Larry) Talbot.
All of the displays are quite lifelike and, although they are static, they appear to be moving. This is one of the best things about Hills of Unrest - it poses its characters in such a way as to give the illusion of movement. From the Frankenstein monster with its arms outstretched, to a witch in mid-air on her broomstick, to Freddy poised to swoop down from a tree, many of the figures have you doing double takes and looking over your shoulder to make sure nothing is coming at you. There is a great scene with one character cutting into another character with a chainsaw. They are locked in mid-battle, as though time stopped around them. There are even flying skeletons suspended around the bell tower at the top of the house.
If you visit Hills of Unrest on a quite evening (perhaps during the week), where there is not a lot of foot traffic and few cars going by, it really does give off an eerie vibe. It's a fun place to visit, and it's not too gory so it's also fun for the kids. Highly recommended!