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All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by strong

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Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: strong   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It's off Rollins Rd. You'll have to keep an eye out for Kirchoff's or you might miss is.

Wait Entertainment: There were a few customed actors haunting about, plus a loud thrash rock band

Length of Event: About 20-25 minutes

Actor Performance: RoT: All were very good and stayed in character. Customes and make-up were exceptionally well done. The evil clown escorting people inside the entrance was scary and a little freaky. The person cut in half was really good, as were all the actors throughout the haunt. As with all haunted houses, the scares seem to consist mostly of unexpected actors popping out at you. After a while you can predict it which is not good, but RoT stayed pretty unpredictable, moreso than most haunts.  
 
For X-Chaos, it was pretty basic: follow a path as actors chase you and surprise you. That's pretty much all they did.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. They paced each group so that one group would not run into another. Groups were limited to around 5 or so.

Appropriate Ages: I'd say 12+. There were some disturbing gory images. But what's halloween without disturbing gore?

Props / Special FX: For RoT, all were really well done with attention to detail. This haunt had the best vortex tunnel. There were plenty of pictures along the walls between scenes which made for interesting viewing, though you had to be careful as some would drop with a bang to reveal a monster popping out at you.

Costumes / Make-up: A+. The best of the haunts I've been to. Many haunts seem to rely on adolescents with facepaint to be their monsters, which is not too scary. RoT's monsters were much better done, with better costumes, props and make-up and better acting.

Summary: This one is pricey ($15 per person), otherwise this is a great haunt. The outside atmosphere is not too scary--Kirschoffs is an amusement area with putt-putt golf and gokarts--but once you get inside the haunt that makes no difference. Also, the loud thrash rock band helped to give it a tense, chaotic atmosphere that seemed to help with the scary factor. Kids under 10-12 might be a little disturbed by some scenes.

Event Reviewed: The Dark - Haunted House (McHenry, Illinois)
Reviewed by: strong   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Good. A semi trailer with a large sign on the side was parked at the closest intersection which made it hard to miss.

Wait Entertainment: None. There was very little wait. A couple bonfires on the farm property were a nice touch.

Length of Event: About 10 minutes

Actor Performance: Just okay. Most were kids, and it consisted mostly of them yelling at you. But some played their parts well.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was fine. We didn't run into anybody. The actors tended to push you along though.

Appropriate Ages: Some scares and surprises, but kids 8-10 would be fine.

Props / Special FX: Hits and misses. They had a vortex tube, but the illusion really didn't happen. It may not have been dark enough or maybe there were enough visual cues to spoil the illusion. The elevator drop also failed to scare. They tried to create an illusion of movement with a tube of lights seen through the floor, but it really didn't do the trick. If they could employ sequenced chaser lights instead, that might have helped in creating the illusion of movement. However, the 3D portion of the haunted house was cool. Not particularly scary, but interesting and fun to go through.

Costumes / Make-up: Customes and make-up were minimal. Most actors relied on hoods to hide their faces which had minimal make-up.

Summary: Probably a pretty good haunted house to take the kiddies too, without too much scary stuff. Perhaps a little pricey considering the scares and the time through, but afterwords you can enjoy the bonfires and refreshments.

 

 

 

 

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