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All Visitor Reviews
All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by VampOfAsylum

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: VampOfAsylum   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find with the huge lines of victims preparing to enter.

Wait Entertainment: Bunch of ghouls running around in the parking lot. One big ghoul stood in front of a persons car for like 5 minutes and wouldn't allow them to drive on.

Length of Event: 10-15 Minutes

Actor Performance: The actors performance was very poor for the most part. There was a actor here or there that was into there acting however I was not scared once in the entire house :(

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good since it was pretty much a cattle shoot sending you through as fast as possible

Appropriate Ages: 8 & Up

Props / Special FX: The Props and scenes were awesome, probally the best part of the haunt!

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes/make-up jobs were very nicely done.

Summary: The outside of the building was freaky and that they had Bill Mosley there was a nice mood setting. We paid 25 bucks a piece for Dream Passes since we drove over 3 hours from Iowa to go through the haunt. The scenes in the haunt were awesome very detailed.  
The Actors were not really into there parts. Being a fellow haunter this was a big downer :( Once in awhile you would run into a actor that was into there job but for the most part they were to busy talking to each other and forcing you through the haunt. 
I could only hear a couple sounds tracks throughout the entire haunt. 
The haunt only lasted about 14 minutes and that seemed to be very short since I was very slow and try to take as much time as possible to enjoy the haunt and it's scenes. However everytime I tried to look at anything there was someone standing behind clothes or something telling me to get out of the room. 
Overall I'm not sure I will be taking a return trip to this haunt since the drive is so long and I didn't even get spooked once. I'm hoping everyone in the line who waited 3 hours plus to get in enjoyed themselves more then I did.

Event Reviewed: Rockford Screamfest (Machesney Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: VampOfAsylum   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 11:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Some pepsi signs that aren't lite up very well but being to this event in previous years I knew where it was at.

Wait Entertainment: Lots of pluses here :)Huge statues when you first enter the place. Games, Videos, Pictures, Live Animals. All some pluses in the waiting time. Since we were pleasured to Speed Passes we didn't get to really take much time to look around until we got out of the haunt but was still awesome.

Length of Event: 25-35 minutes

Actor Performance: All the actors seemed to be into there jobs big time. Never ran into a actor who was off timing or just plain dull. All the actors did a great job :)

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Never once ran into another group which was nice because it gave me time to enjoy all the props and things :)

Appropriate Ages: 13 & Up

Props / Special FX: All the scenes were very impressive. Alot of detail and work was put into this part of the haunt to set your mood to be very eerie :)

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes/make-up jobs were pretty immpressive. All the scenes and costumes went well together.

Summary: The overall drive was well worth it as it has been previous years. 
All the staff was really nice and being a fellow haunter was treated with even more special treatments :) Enjoyed the entire thing very much. 
All the scenes and things were moved and redone this year. The actors were really into there jobs. Don't want to give to much away but the girl in the padded ceil bouncing back and forth was really into her job. Very nicely done. 
The entire haunt was awesome and I'm hoping to see more to come in the next years of haunts :O)

Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prision (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: VampOfAsylum   (Event Visited: 10/15/05 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/05
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: During the day it was kind of hard to notice it however when dark set in the strobes really showed off the entrances. Very nice Location about half a mile off from the real Statesville prison.

Wait Entertainment: Was very intense as they hurd you into the waiting cell it makes it for a very errie setting and mind boggling strucker.

Length of Event: Statesville Prison 20+25 Mins 
City Of The Dead 15+20 Mins

Actor Performance: Very intense and really into there roles. Really made you feel like you were an inmate. Very energetic and up in your face/ breathing down your neck to give you that extra cold chill :O)~

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Throughout the entire attraction only once ran into another group. Kept it pretty steady with some slow down rooms to keep ya spread apart.

Appropriate Ages: 14+

Props / Special FX: Some really interesting and nice props and effects. :o}

Costumes / Make-up: All the costumes and make-up were done well and according to scenes.

Summary: Finally summary of the entire show was awesome. Being a fellow haunter it's really hard to get me to jump or spook. And they started off the first room made me duck for cover it was freaky but some awesome effects. 
All the actors were really into there jobs and up in your face every minute of the show. Really made you feel like you were an inmate. 
This was well worth the 2-3 hour drive across the state to go to. I will be making a return trip next year to see what they have in store for me. :o) 
Super Job Statesville!!

 

 

 

 

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