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Basement Of The Dead (Aurora, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: PumpkinHead6   (Event Visited: 10/31/17 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/04/17
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: You will see a black Basement of the Dead bus parked in the street with a 'Research Lab' themed ticketing booth next to it. Lots of people were hanging around so it was obvious to find.

Wait Entertainment: Lots of scare actors walk around and interact with the guest. There was also a live DJ playing pop, rap and metal music. Several of the actors were throwing out freebies in line.

Length of Event: 25 minutes or so.

Actor Performance: Actors play very convincing roles and their scare timing was spot on 99% of the time.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We only bumped into the group in front of us once so we slowed down just a tad bit which ended up working out. They did stick as with other groups to form a group of 8. The line wasn't extremely long so I feel they could have made groups smaller.

Appropriate Ages: 14+

Props / Special FX: They had two vortex tunnels and a claustrophobic tunnel. The second half of the attraction incorporates 3D effects. Lots of pressure activated props.

Costumes / Make-up: Actors wore combination of masks and face paint. All actors were fitting and appropriate for the scenes they were in. Costumes overall had great detail.

Summary: The Basement of the Dead in Aurora is located next to a casino so it's pretty easy to find in addition to seeing a themed black bus out front. This was our first time here so we were not sure what to expect. From first reacion, we noticed there were a lot of younger kids here which was interesting as with other haunted houses there's a mix of teens and adults. We weren't sure how scared we would get at that point. While waiting to enter the atttraction, you'll experience live music and a DJ as well as scare actors walking around and interacting with guests. They had a merch table and a booth that offered drinks. 
Once you enter the attraction, you'll experience many themed rooms, narrow hallways, great video affects, animatronics and of course scare actors pretty much located everywhere you look. What I liked about this attraction was the many nearly pitch black areas that really made me wonder what comes next. I personally find that scarier than anything else because the unpredictable can be terrifying. The first half is personally better than the second half. In the second half of the attracion, you'll wear 3D glasses and are given a black light flashlight to navigate throughout. The 3D glasses make the paint pop out though they lacked scare actors in this half of the attraction. This was something they could have improved upon but I assume the 3D effect would make up for the lack of actors. Personally, what I enjoyed most was the gothic, victorian era gothic looking vampire who interacted with guests in line. As a fan of vampires, he played the role extremely well and even though his costume was simple, it came across as very effective. I hope he's there next year. Overall, you'll get your money's worth here and there was also an optional zombie shootout event which you could pay for that as well which was located right next to the attraction. They also have a Christmas themed haunted house as well in December. I hope they have more staff for that or for next years Halloween season as this was something they really needed to improve upon but nonetheless this attraction will give you the heebee jeebees.

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Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/26/17 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/17
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It is located right by the casino, and they usually have one of their hearses parked outside to help you locate the attraction. We were impressed that they also had workers outside to help direct us to the correct line (and answer any questions).

Wait Entertainment: Every year they seem to get better. They had a number of characters roaming around in the crowd and sidewalks. Two were stilt walker creatures, which was impressive. On top of that, they had a live DJ playing music, which helped to pass the time.

Length of Event: I wish I had timed it from the time when we went into the first house. It was definitely a longer haunt, and my guess would be 25-30 minutes between their 2 houses.

Actor Performance: Good. They played their parts well, and didn't veer into rudeness. One of their particularly zealous actors accidentally slammed into my husband and immediately apologized. I know a lot of people expect actors to stay in character, but this "break in character" was very much appreciated.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was a little congested, but I also don't know if I would've wanted to wait longer outside for more spaced out groups. For a Thursday, it seemed really busy and the outside patron lines were long. A group coming in after us ended up catching up to us fairly fast, where we became a long train of people going through the house. I think the actors handled this well with their scares.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up

Props / Special FX: They have some of the best scenes around. The first portion of the main (first) house was well decorated and horror eye candy. However, for the later portion of the first house, I was a little disapointed by the visuals. A lot of props weren't lit enough to provide a proper scare or visual effects. For example, there was a prop that activated overhead that we couldn't see.  
I had a big complaint with the sounds in the house. It is the biggest reason why I am not rating their houses higher. I know to expect a certain level of noise and startle sound effects when we go to haunted houses. Basement of the Dead overly relied on these to the point of it physically hurting and me leaving with ringing in my ears all night. I didn't find it scary. It was just irritating and made me want to leave early. I always loved Nightmares in the past, but this year was mixed because of the sounds. I would make a suggestion that the ear deafening noises and air blasts be spaced out a lot more and that they use fewer of them to be effective. I hope they consider these changes in future years. 
The second, clown themed, house was great with the 3 D effects and blacklight flashlights we carried. I was also relieved for my ears, as this house was quiet compared to the first.

Costumes / Make-up: Great--both houses' characters fit the scenes well

Summary: Overall, Nightmares Basement of the Dead provides some fantastic wait entertainment, great visual effects (when you can see them), and lengthy houses to go through. I was frustrated with the auditory effects and air blasts being used nearly continuously in parts, as they didn't provide scares for our groups and instead seemed to cause some auditory harm. I also wish they had lit a number of sections better in the first house.  
Had the noises not been so loud and continuous and the minor lighting issues improved, these 2 houses would have been perfect.

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