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POSTED ON 10/04/2017 :: 04:43 PM

The Dog Cage at Statesville Haunted Prison

Before you are fed to Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead, you get to spend time in the Dog Cage. You can try to make yourself real small and unnoticeable, but Heretic the Clown has sharp eyes, and Fluffy... well, they say Fluffy can smell your fear.

 Find out for yourself this Halloween season - get tickets now at http://www.statesvillehauntedprison.com!



POSTED ON 09/28/2017 :: 06:02 PM

BOX O' CLOWNS | Statesville Haunted Prison

What's more fun than a barrel full o' monkeys? Why, a box full o' clowns! Just look at'em, all jolly and happy and waiting to EAT YOUR SO-- er, make you laugh!

Even better, you can come visit them NOW! Statesville Haunted Prison is OPEN for the 2017 Halloween season! For full details and tickets visit http://www.statesvillehauntedprison.com!

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POSTED ON 09/25/2017 :: 03:22 PM

Who Is In Control at Statesville Haunted Prison?

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Statesville Haunted Prison Security Feed to bring you this important announcement...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum, so to speak. Now see what they've done with the place! Get tickets now at http://www.statesvillehauntedprison.com!

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POSTED ON 09/23/2017 :: 02:48 PM

See What's Inside Ward 7 at Statesville Haunted Prison

What the doctors and medical staff in Ward 7 lack in training, education or skills, they make up in ENTHUSIASM! Just ask their patients, if you can get them to stop screaming long enough.


POSTED ON 09/21/2017 :: 02:46 PM

Statesville Haunted Prison is Waiting for You... Opening Night Sept. 28th!

It's waiting for you. Statesville Haunted Prison opens its jaws... er, doors on September 28th - get your tickets NOW at http://www.statesvillehauntedprison.com!


POSTED ON 11/01/2016 :: 03:28 PM

Congratulations to Jeff "Fluffy" Walker, Winner of HauntedHouseChicago.com's Jim Warfield Acting Award 2016

Each year, HauntedHouseChicago.com awards the top actor/actress from that calendar year. The award is named after Jim Warfield of Raven’s Grin Inn. For more on this award please click here.

This year, there was one actor that dazzled us with his show and blew us away with his showstopping performance. Some may view him as somewhat of a celebrity at his attraction, others like to call him a friend and bring him gifts.

Haunted House Chicago would like to formally congratulate the recipient of the 2016 Jim Warfield Acting Award: Jeff Walker as “Fluffy” from Statesville Haunted Prison in Crest Hill, IL!


POSTED ON 10/25/2016 :: 01:42 PM

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!


POSTED ON 10/11/2016 :: 04:42 PM

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!


POSTED ON 10/04/2016 :: 04:14 PM

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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Days of the Living Dead, a reality web series that takes you backstage at two of Chicago's top haunted houses. From Yokai Films, sponsored by Froggy's Fog and featuring Zombie Army Productions.


POSTED ON 09/27/2016 :: 12:39 PM

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!



POSTED ON 09/21/2016 :: 05:54 PM

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!


POSTED ON 09/14/2016 :: 10:49 PM

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

AUDITION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.



POSTED ON 10/07/2015 :: 03:02 PM

Still Hiring for 2015!

Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead still need actors for the current Halloween season! If you're interested, email Jade at jade@zap23.com.



POSTED ON 08/24/2015 :: 05:35 PM

2015 Auditions & Interviews

If you are a creative type with a bent towards the dark and macabre WE WANT YOU. Here's how to get involved:

DATES
  • Friday, September 18th, 2015:  4pm-8pm
  • Saturday, September 19th, 2015: 12pm-4pm 
LOCATION
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60441 
Drive towards the back and park; walk in through the fire gate near the back building and head towards the door between the two haunted house facades.

All Positions are paid.
  • ACTORS will audition.
  • COSTUMERS, MAKEUP ARTISTS and TECHNICIANS will be interviewed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 4:30pm?
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 further questions contact Renee at renee@zap23.com


POSTED ON 04/15/2015 :: 10:13 AM

7th Annual Zombie Prom Chicago, June 20th at The Cubby Bear!




Zombie Prom Chicago 2015

Zombie Army Productions will once again be hosting its annual Chicago Zombie Prom at The Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613) on Saturday, June 20th, from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. As Chicago’s #1 Zombie Event, Zombie Prom is a ghastly, affectionate, cheesy blend of nostalgic high school Americana and the living dead. Zombie attire and makeup are required, but if you do not have your own makeup, zombie makeovers will be available for a $10 donation. This year’s Chicago Zombie Prom is pleased to welcome Libido Funk Circus as the live zombie band, guaranteed to animate your corpse on the dance floor all night!
Other Chicago Zombie Prom highlights include the annual crowning of the Zombie Prom King & Queen, a photo booth and a free buffet (open from 8:00-9:30pm). Throughout the night there will be door prizes and giveaways from Zombie Prom Chicago’s sponsors which currently include Zombie Army Productions, Statesville Haunted Prison, Sinister Visions, Dark Chicago, Zombie Outbreak Apocalypse Tactical Laser Tag and HauntedHouseChicago.com.

This event is 21 & over only. For more info and to get tickets, visit http://www.ZombiePromChicago.com, and Follow/Like/Circle/Watch Zombie Prom Chicago and Zombie Army Productions on:


POSTED ON 11/10/2014 :: 10:12 AM

Days of the Living Dead Season 5, Episode 9: Feed the Beast


It's closing night at Statesville Haunted Prison and the Zombie Army reflects on this year's trials, tribulations and triumphs. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1nb9ft8

 Help Kickstart Days of the Living Dead HERE!


POSTED ON 11/02/2014 :: 08:44 AM

Rated #1 by HauntedHouseChicago.com for 2014!



POSTED ON 10/29/2014 :: 03:08 PM

Kickstart Days of the Living Dead!

Days of the Living Dead, the reality web series that takes you behind-the-scenes at one of Chicago's biggest haunted houses, has entertained you for 5 seasons with the exploits of Zombie Army Productions as, each year, they plan, build and execute one of the scariest, most intense haunted houses in Chicago.

For the last couple of years, Zombie Army Productions and Yokai Films have brought you the show on a shoestring budget, and folks, we're running out of shoestrings!

This Kickstarter campaign is, simply put, to keep the show going - the show is free to watch, but not to make. We want to bring you the biggest, best season of Days of the Living Dead yet! Your donations will go directly to help cover the costs involved in creating the show, including equipment, filming, production and post-production, etc.

If you want to see more episodes, more do-it-yourself videos, more coverage, just plain MORE Days of the Living Dead, please donate whatever you can - every little bit helps (and is greatly appreciated)! Can't donate? We understand! Share this with your haunted house-loving friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

So please, help us keep Days of the Living Dead on the air, and remember: Every time you share this campaign, a scare-actor gets a scream...

Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/262577804/days-of-the-living-dead


Produced by Zombie Army Productions