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All 2006 Visitor Reviews Submitted by phiten7

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Event Reviewed: Ashmore Estates Asylum (Ashmore, Illinois)
Reviewed by: phiten7   (Event Visited: 10/28/06 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/06
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Big house with red strobe lights off the main road. Easy to see, not the easiest to find the side road needed to get onto the property.

Wait Entertainment: They were entertaining. We had to wait for about an hour, but they worked the crowd for some screams and some laughs. And there was a crazy bride inside the house who hung out the window and singled me out.

Length of Event: Hour wait. Twenty minutes in the house. It's a big house, three stories, and they put you through slow so that you see no one.

Actor Performance: Well done. They had good senses of humor and while some acted scary the whole time, others had amusing/entertaining things to say. One of them broke character with me a little... but I didn't mind.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. If you move too fast they scare you back into a good pace to break you up from other groups.

Props / Special FX: Not a ton of props or special effects, but the house itself was creepy enough that much extra in the props department would have taken away from the house.

Costumes / Make-up: Some were great, some were okay.

Summary: The house was worth it. It was a different kind of haunted house because it was a lot more open and there were not a ton of fake animatronics. But the atmosphere was creepy and I really enjoyed myself.

Event Reviewed: Dungeon Of Doom & Internal Nightmare Haunts (Grayslake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: phiten7   (Event Visited: 10/13/06 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/06
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Heading north on 45 I had no problem seeing the sign for Lake County Fairgrounds. The actual haunted house sign was harder to see, though.

Wait Entertainment: We probably waited 40-45 minutes, but it did not feel that long. They have a lot to look at, including a few big screen TV's. There is one point in the house with a live feed, so you can watch people walk through and be scared.

Length of Event: The house probably took 20 minutes to get through (not including the "buried alive" part) and the Internal Nightmare took between 5 and 10 minutes because it was more open and easier to get through at a quick pace.

Actor Performance: Very good, mainly. A few broke character, but a vast majority were creepy and rude and in-your-face.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We caught up to the group in front of us at the end, but before that we saw no one.

Appropriate Ages: It recommends 12+ and I think that's about right.

Summary: It costs $14, but that is about what it costs to see a movie and have popcorn... and this is a far better experience. The "buried alive" part of the house that it is not for the claustrophobic. I didn't think I was, until I got inside that room. Just a warning... it's not that you will be in a tight area, but that you will be packed in tight with a bunch of people. The whole thing probably lasts three minutes, but it truly and uncomfortable and panicky experience. It definitely ups the scare factor, and it will certainly be what you talk about on your way back to the car. It might not be for everyone, though.





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