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|Reviewed by: PumpkinHead6   (Event Visited: 10/21/17 @ 9:45 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/23/17
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good|
Visibility/Location: Lit up sign from the street with staff directing traffic from the entrance. Lots of parking available with the attraction easy to find.
Wait Entertainment: Yes. Music playing from a loud speaker, scare actors interacting with people in line, video playing on the ceiling of the queue area.
Length of Event: 30 minutes
Actor Performance: Every actor played a convincing role and did it well. THe scare timing was a little off.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not well. The group ahead of us was too slow and the group behind us was too fast. They let 15 of us in at once and although they tried to fix the congestion halfway, it didn't seem to work. Needed improvement here.
Appropriate Ages: 14+
Props / Special FX: Claustrophobic tunnels, moving floor.
Costumes / Make-up: Very detailed costumes, combination of makeup and masks.
Summary: In my many years of attending haunted houses, Iíve always felt the further you steer from actual Chicago, the better the haunted houses get. Could the same be said about Round Lake Beachís, Realm of Terror?
Located about an hour and a half north of Chicago near the channel lakes area of northern Illinois, the Realm of Terror is easily a haunt not for the faint of heart. Recommended for anyone at least 14 years of age and above, there were many elements and aspects of the haunted house that made this an interesting visit. When we arrived, we noticed the parking lot was almost full and it was quite useful that they had staff directing cars to parking spots that are available. Before entering the haunted house, the attraction itself is also part of Kristoffís Entertainment Center which features mini-golf, bowling, arcades, a bar, pool tables, a dining area and other forms of entertainment, one could easily make a night of it as my group did. We ended up eating dinner before entering the haunted premises next door that is the Realm of Terror.
When getting your tickets, youíll be able to buy some merch. Before getting in line youíll be greeted or scared by some scare actors in costume and the only way to get away from them is to run inside and get in line which seems pretty ironic but hey, their strategy works, they wonít follow you in. What I like about his place is their bar when you enter which may let you loosen up before heading into the terror that awaits. As the season gets closer and closer to Halloween, longer lines are common and this night was no different as we waited an average hour or so. Youíll be spooked and scared in line as several scare actors will try and interact with as many people as they can in line. Personally, I was pretty disgusted by one of the actors that smelled like dirty diapers, which is actually really original as scent/smell is something almost every scare actor neglects to incorporate into their attire in most haunted houses so many points to this place for having that. Youíll also be able to view some nasty and sickening movies projected onto the tent ceiling from an overhead projector in addition to blasting heavy industrial metal music.
One of my peeves with haunted houses is the time they let groups in and the quantity of how many they let in. As mentioned, the closer it gets to Halloween, the longer lines become and I get that but do you really want to sacrifice quality vs. quantity? This really put a bullet in our visit as initially they let about 15 of us in at once. My group was only about three people so they stuck is with a group of 6 and two other groups of three. We intentionally let everyone else in before us so we can at least leave some space between us and the group ahead of us. The problem with that was that the group in front of us was too slow and eventually the group they let in after us eventually caught up to us so it was one long line of people and no unpredictability as we knew where the actors were coming out from due to the people in front of us. About halfway into the haunted house, there is an actor that stops you due to the Ďcongestioní which is interesting that they realize this yet donít avoid it from the get-go. There really was no point, groups will be bumping into each other regardless.
The decorations were very realistic and gruesome. Youíll be tested in many ways through smell, shocking visuals, claustrophobic elements, clowns, a small maze, lights, fog/smoke and other unique surprises that I donít want to spoil but are worth it. Thereís two parts to this haunted house and youíll know you reached the halfway mark when you walk outside and think itís over but really is a small enclosed area outside that leads you into the next part of the attraction.
Overall, there are a few things here and there that make this location unique but other than that, a lot of the elements they use are pretty typical of haunted houses. They could have used a few more actors to enhance the experience as well as I noticed they were lacking staff inside. I think I only got scared once when inside, maybe twice. The main actor at the beginning Ďsermoní did caress my face in a creepy way, of course in character but thatís about all the interaction I got with the actors. Based on what I experienced that night I would recommend this one for most people as the scare factor didnít seem too high but definitely not for children. I would give this one a 7 or 8 out of 10.
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