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All 2006 Visitor Reviews Submitted by pumpkinhead2

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Event Reviewed: Boo Crew (Rochester, Illinois)
Reviewed by: pumpkinhead2   (Event Visited: 10/28/06 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 11/10/06
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: I first went to this haunt on October 26th (their website indicated that it was open until 11 PM) to find no sign of the haunt. I went back (60 miles) on the following Saturday to find everything well marked. I'd suggest moving the haunt back into town if possible??

Wait Entertainment: There was a guy in costume standing out front but not scaring or even in character. However, there were only about five customers out front so I guess that's understandable. 
 
Once inside the building there was a big screen TV playing a "Casper the friendly Ghost" movie I remember as a child. It was a pretty scary cartoon as I remember so, that was a nice touch. There was only seven people in front of us.

Length of Event: Ten minutes? Maybe a bit longer.

Actor Performance: A third of the actors were nearly motionless and silent. In my opinion, they were not scary. The other 2/3 of actors were enthusiastic and got some good scares out of our group. The most unexpected scare came from two clowns out of an unexpected area of one room. It was a clever spot to hide them and I was impressed.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Perfect. Though, there were not many patrons in line.

Appropriate Ages: All ages. I guess they have some deal with flashlights to protect kids from monsters. (I heard that but did not see it while there.)

Props / Special FX: Props - A+. Special FX - C. There were some really good props. They used two "stalkarounds" very effectively. What I liked about the way they ran them, was that the first one was lunging out in a predictable way. He appeared to have a set amount of movements programmed into him. That, with the sound of pneumatic hissing, made you think he was a prop. When the group began to believe he wasn't real they inched forward and the actor went into a 'freestyle mode' coming within inches of the guests and scaring the heck out of them.  
 
Boo Crew's use of special effects such as illusions, however was lacking. A 1x1 endless tunnel with a light could have been a lot scarier/cooler. The flying crank ghost illusion was misaligned and set against a portrait. I thought that was a bit unimaginative. But then again it was better than not having an illusion.  
 
The room with the moving floor was cool but there was no story tied into why the floor was moving. Why not just a quick statement about the house feeling unsettled or that it feels like the floors breathe? And then hit them with the floors that won't sit still.

Costumes / Make-up: Good makeup and great "Stalkarounds".

Summary: This place is definitely worth $8.00. Iíve been to quite a few haunts and this place did not disappoint like so many non-profits do. For a teardown haunted attraction, the quality of rooms and props were great. If you are a haunted attraction veteran, youíll tend to be more attracted to the for profit, polished haunts. However, in the lower part of the state there arenít many that fit that bill. Overall I give them 8 out of 10. 

 

 

 

 

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