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All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by Sanctuared

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Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour Haunted House (Downers Grove, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Sanctuared   (Event Visited: 10/09/05 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/05
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: The location of this haunt is pretty terrible. It is right in the middle of a parking lot, and was well lit and generally un-proffessional looking.

Wait Entertainment: No wait entertainment besides some alternative music that didn't fit the mood at all.

Length of Event: The eleventh hour house was the shortest haunted house I have been to, it took 10 minutes to get through.

Actor Performance: This is the catagory that Eleventh hour has ALWAYS struggled with, but this year it was unbelievably bad. The entire attraction is worked by teenagers that scream in your ear or growl unaffectively. Plus, some rooms were not even occupied by an actor since there was a total of about 10 actors in the house.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This is one part that Eleventh hour always gets right. They have real good crowd control and you never see another group in the house, but that isnt saying too much considering it only lasted 10 minutes.

Appropriate Ages: All ages.

Props / Special FX: Almost no props, a couple cool lighting effects, but no props except for a couple gravestones. I was really dissapointed since in the past this haunt has had some decent props.

Costumes / Make-up: The custumes were decent, but I hope they would be if you are only dressing 10 actors or so.

Summary: Obviously, I was not very happy leaving this haunted house. They lacked anything imaginitive at all, and everything was just very dull. This haunted house has potential, but it was too short, didn't have enough actors, they need more props, need new ideas, and need to lower their admission price. My girlfriend is the type that gets terrified at anything very easily, and she was laughing at the actors while we were in the house, and wasn't even afraid to go first.  
So in conclusion, this haunted house might be somewhat fun for a family with very young children (although it's still really short even for that), but it just isn't a 'haunted house'. Never in the house was I impressed, and never did I even jump nor did anyone in my group. Although the end was somewhat fun, only because my group started to make fun of the actors since they were SO terrible. What is scary about a 13 year old in a walmart plastic mask grunting near us? Come on!  
I know that I will NEVER be back to that haunted house, and many people exiting the house felt the same way. Standing in line, all I heard from people exiting was them telling me to leave because it was so terrible. If you want a good laugh, go to this haunted house.

Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prision (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Sanctuared   (Event Visited: 10/06/05 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/05
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Awesome location, very creepy. It is quite hard to find since it looks like a pumpkin patch and there is very few signs.

Wait Entertainment: I didn't have to wait, but I saw at least 7-8 actors that would normally scare the lines.

Length of Event: I don't know for sure, but it felt like we were in their for an hour. I think both houses took a total of 45 minutes.

Actor Performance: Amazing actor performance, pretty much the best I have seen. The guy who tells you the rules at the prison was truely amazing and really sets the right mood/atmosphere.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Never saw another group.

Appropriate Ages: I would say 13+ depending on the child.

Props / Special FX: Here is where the haunted house stands out the most. Amazing props and the special effects are second to none. Very, very original as well.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and makeup were very convincing. The clowns were amazing.

Summary: This was truely the best haunted house I have ever been to. There were tons of actors, and the surprises never stopped. I have been to many haunts myself, and have worked a couple and created my own, so I know haunted houses well. I don't want to give anything away, but I went with two of my friends (we are all guys that are not easily scared) and we ALL were pretty freaked out. From the beggining to the ending, this haunt was truely the best in terms of actors, props, special effects, scare factor, atmosphere, room design, overall design, ideas, and any other catagory I could possibly make up. The entrance fee was pretty steep, but having gone through the house, I would have paid double. Amazing stuff.





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