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All 2006 Visitor Reviews Submitted by morkork

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Event Reviewed: Dungeon Of Doom & Internal Nightmare Haunts (Grayslake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: morkork   (Event Visited: 10/07/06 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/06
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: If you know where the Lake County Fairgrounds is, its pretty simple. But, if you dont, you're going to have todrive around town hoping to see the one sign they have.

Wait Entertainment: A spook here or there...I saw three...but they really didn't do much but stand in a group and talk to each other.

Length of Event: Maybe 15 for the haunted house and another 10 for the inflatable "Internal Nightmare"

Actor Performance: It was seriously hot and cold. The veteran actors seemed to stay in character and tried to make it enjoyable, but the - um - I would call them "kids" didn't really seem to try too hard.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We didn't bump into anyone.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.

Props / Special FX: Buried alive is cool, but the rest of it...I dont know, I'm not a fan of the inflatable part.

Summary: I'm not a fan of writing bad reviews because I'm sure a lot of energy goes into building a haunted house. But, that being said, its the same old thing year after year at the Dungeon of Doom. They use the same props and gimmicks every year, then try to bring in one new attraction to try and make it a little better. This year its the inflatable "Internal Nightmare" but with only a couple of Zombies walking around in it, to me it doesn't do enough. I say they could have spent the money on changing the stuff they've used for the past five years. The Exorcist Room was a bit hokey - though the actors really went all out to try and make it work. Buried Alive was cool again, but after you've done it a couple of times (like the past two or three years) it looses its appeal. Dont get me wrong, if you love haunted houses and haven't seen this one before, then stop in because its always fun. But, for me, its just the same old thing with an inflatable maze in the middle.

Event Reviewed: X-treme Haunting's Sayton Road Slaughterhouse (Fox Lake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: morkork   (Event Visited: 10/07/06 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/06
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It is just barely off Route 12 in the heart of Fox Lake, but still a little tough to see from the main highway. A little lights on the building would be nice. Buit, dont get me wrong, its real easy to find.

Wait Entertainment: Depending on lines, the wait entertainment is great. At least three walk around messing with the crowd on busy nights, while at least one spook is sen on nights where the lines are slower. They also do a great job of scaring everyone.

Length of Event: 20 to 30 minutes, depending if you get lost.

Actor Performance: The actors really go all out to put on a performance and give you your money's worth.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow is really good. We did get bunched up in the maze a little, but that really depends on the people in front.

Appropriate Ages: I'd say 12 and up, but I can see kids a couple of years younger enjoying it too.

Props / Special FX: They spared no expense this year. Every room has something blowing up in your face or things jumping at you. The shock factor is amazing.

Costumes / Make-up: A lot of masks, but a lot of incredible make up as well...a real decent blend.

Summary: I dont want to give too much away, but this really is the best house of the three in Lake County. They took some old tricks and juiced them up, while also bringing in some new elements I haven't seen in a haunted house anywhere. The cage maze is incredible, and the actors in there really know how to mess with you to the point where you are truly disoriented walking out. Also, the eight or nine rooms we went through in the front of the house...the actors went all out for us. They startled me in the beginning with Santa and continued to scare me worse as we wove deeper through it all. It was a great experience - well worth the money.

 

 

 

 

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