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All Visitor Reviews
All 2006 Visitor Reviews Submitted by darthmaher

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Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour (Elmhurst, Illinois)
Reviewed by: darthmaher   (Event Visited: 10/21/06 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/06
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: They had some signs on North Ave. and Lake St. that point in the direction of the haunt. Once you turn onto the street, you are on your own to find it. It helped that an ambulance had it's lights flashing and caught our attention. Once in the parking lot, you can see the line of people. There is plenty of parking.

Wait Entertainment: There was a ghoul in white make up. It was raining and he gave us an umbrella to use. Nice ghoul, but not very scary. There was also a ghoul who looked like he was in the band "Gwar" mulling around.

Length of Event: 10-15 minutes

Actor Performance: The few actors in the first part, "Eleventh Hour" were good. They stayed in character and tried to do their best. But there weren't many actors in there to speak of. A lot of walking around on our own.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The grop of 12 that I entered the haunt with didn't run into any other groups until we hit the "Darkest Hour" and "Chain Reaction". Then there were about 4-5 groups all merged together.

Appropriate Ages: 8+

Props / Special FX: They had some of the props from "The Asylum". Based on what I have read on other reviews (and visits in past years), there were supposed to be some animatronics... I saw none. It was decorated pretty well though. Great scenery. If there was more of this, I would have rated this haunt higher but it was a very small portion of the whole thing. The kitchen part was great. There also appeared to be a giant monster that wasn't working in the "Darkest Hour" part.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make-up were creative. Nothing you wouldn't see anywhere else, but it did the job. Too bad there weren't more actors.

Summary: I swore off "Eleventh Hour" a few years ago because I felt that they spread themselves too thin with 3 haunted attractions yet still charged a high admissionfor them. In their haunt description, the claim "4 haunted houses crammed into one... An all new Eleventh Hour..." so I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they had improved. I was sorely mistaken. If the actual "Eleventh Hour" portion wre longer, it would have been better, but we were only in that portion for about 5 minutes. The rest was the disappoining "Pitch Black" and "Chain Reaction". Ahere was "Third Dementia", the 3-D haunt that they mention in their haunt description? 
They also state that "Each visitor will also receive 2 free movie tickets to see either Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw 3,Rocky Horror, and more!" What we received was a coupon for ONE ticket to a theater way out in Woodridge... Also, the $2 off coupon that you get at Cub Foods is NOT valid on Fridays or Saturdays or on Halloween night. They conveniently left that part out of their "discount" advertisement. 
I don't hate this haunted house, I just don't feel that $17 is a fair price for what you receive. Definitely not enough bang for your buck.

Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: darthmaher   (Event Visited: 10/21/06 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/22/06
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Mapquest was dead-on. It's also hard to miss the line of people that almost extended to North Ave. There is a small marquee on the corner with "Dream Reapers Haunted House" on it. The letters could have been a little bigger, but I managed to see it.

Wait Entertainment: We waited about 1 hour. There were plenty of ghouls roaming the waiting area (both inside and out). There was a large video screen with behind the scenes footage set to music.

Length of Event: 15-20 minutes.

Actor Performance: The actors were all top notch. None of them broke character at all.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This is probably the first time in a long while that I didn't run into the group in front of me at a haunted house. 
However, we were sent through in a group of 10+ so unfortunately, some of the scares happened way ahead of me.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: PLENTY of creative props and SFX. This was the highlight of the haunt. I can always count on Dream Reapers to transport me to a different world... or in this case, MANY different worlds.

Costumes / Make-up: Almost every ghoul I saw was in pretty elaborate make-up. No $5 Walmart masks in here... none that I saw anyway.

Summary: Dream Reapers has yet to disappoint me. I am always sad when I see the end because I having so much fun in the haunted house. The actors were all on top of their game and the props and sfx were really effective. If I could only go to one haunt this year, it would be Dream Reapers.

 

 

 

 

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