Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Working the Line | Days of the Living Dead Season 7, Episode 7

One of Statesville Haunted Prison's claims to fame is its amazing queue line entertainment. This episode highlights the actors that actually make waiting in line for an hour fun, sometimes hilarious... and often terrifying!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Make VOOTS! | Days of the Living Dead Season 7, Episode 5

Our resident Terror Teacher Jillian shows you how to make VOOTS! Are they vines? Are they roots? YES! More specifically, super-cheap DIY props that can be used as vines, roots, etc. - affordable and fun set dressing for your haunted house!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Anatomy of a Scare | Days of the Living Dead Season 7, Episode 4

Zombie Army head honcho John walks you through his process of identifying an area that can be improved and made scarier by replacing an animatronic prop with an actor. Watch as he and the ZAP Crew retrofit a room in Statesville's second attraction City of the Dead to give 2016's patrons a reason to scream!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Statesville Excitement: Back to the Big House | Days of the Living Dead Season 7, Episode 3

In November 2015, Statesville Haunted Prison headlined the Legendary Haunt Tour, an annual event that takes place in a different region of the USA each year, touring haunted attractions that are considered truly "Legendary". The Zombie Army was both excited and humbled at the overwhelmingly positive response from hundreds of their mentors and peers in the haunted house industry, and used the feedback they received as the foundation for Statesville's 2016 updates. Watch as the crew guts entire sections of both Statesville and City of the Dead so they can make things better and, of course, SCARIER for 2016!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Make Guts! | Days of the Living Dead, Season 7, Episode 2

Our resident Terror Teacher Jillian shows you how to make GUTS! GLORIOUS GUTS! More specifically, super-cheap DIY fake intestines - affordable and fun set dressing for your haunted house!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Statesville Haunted Prison Now Hiring for 2016!

Auditions and interview dates:
  • Friday, September 16, 4 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, September 17, Noon – 4 pm
Location: Statesville Haunted Prison 17250 S. Weber Rd. Cresthill Il. 60441
Statesville Haunted Prison, Chicago’s #1 Haunted House, is NOW HIRING! If you enjoy the idea of scaring people for money, or bringing your artistic talents to the show, or you are simply looking for an exciting life experience, we have a place for you. Our interviews and auditions are about getting to know you and having a good time. There is no need to prepare anything for the day, just wear confortable cloths and be ready to have fun. This is a “first come, first serve” event, we will interview you in the order you arrived for the day.
For more information please read the FAQ below.
For any other questions, email Aaron@zap23.com.
Now Hiring


Q: What is the pay rate?
A: Positions and pay rates are based on experience and availability.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: You will need job application information such as a SS#, previous employer information, and your availability during October. A water bottle is recommended.
Q. What do I need to wear?
A. We advise you where comfortable clothes. You will be moving around during the improv games.
Q. What will I need to do?
A. Actors will be called in to audition. Makeup artists, Costumers, and technicians will be interviewed. You will be asked to fill out an application and calendar of availability. Then you will have your picture taken so we can attach it to your application.
Q. Do I need to be experienced?
A. Experience is helpful but not required. We ask people to play some improv games and do some silly movements. A good attitude and willingness to try things is what is important.
Q. Do I need to be there the whole time?
A. No. You may show up at any point during the audition times. The auditions are first come, first serve. The length of time you will need to wait to be called in to audition depends on how many other people are there at the time you come.
Q. How old do I need to be?
A. You must be at least 14 to apply. Positions, pay rate, and internships will be determined at auditions.
Q. What is the time commitment if I am hired?
A. Call time is at 4:30pm every day we are open. You will fill out a calendar and then are contracted to work the days you selected. There are also scheduled training and safety days required. To see what days the haunted house will be open this season, visit its website.
Q. What if I can’t be there by 4:30 pm?
A. Some exceptions including work and school are fine but will need to be noted in your contract.
Q. Do I need to attend the training days and acting classes?
A. Yes. The acting classes and rehearsal days prepare you to be ready on opening day. We also take safety seriously. Training days cover all the information you need to keep yourself, your roommates and the audience safe.
For any other questions, email Aaron@zap23.com.