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All Visitor Reviews
All 2007 Visitor Reviews Submitted by ModernAngel

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ModernAngel   (Event Visited: 10/19/07 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/07
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: May be tough to spot if you don't know the area but they've got giant balloon guys blowing in front to help visibility.

Wait Entertainment: OK. The wheelchair fellow isn't scary but is entertaining.

Length of Event: ~15 minutes

Actor Performance: OK. The elevator guy and some of the zombies are pretty good. Many of the actors, however, are just kind of "there".

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good, We never ran into another group.

Appropriate Ages: This always depends on the child, of course, but I would say 10+.

Props / Special FX: Great, as always. I would've liked to see some more "startle" type mechanical props but the themeing is very good. Love the "rain forest" with the fountains and such.  
Their "sinister scents" seem to be working much better this year as opposed to in the past.

Costumes / Make-up: Not bad. Clowns looked like clowns and zombies looked like zombies. Not quite sure what the girls with the "dollys" were supposed to be, though...

Summary: I love Dream Reaper's attention to detail with their sets but every year I find the haunt less scary (Maybe because I'm just used to the place by now).  
 
My biggest complaint is that they removed the crazy chainsaw dude from the hillbilly house. Wondering when that chainsaw would come out was one of the few things that kept me on edge. Without it the house is, for me, just a nicely themed house with some great atmosphere but little in the way of real scares.

Event Reviewed: Dungeon Of Terror (Mazon, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ModernAngel   (Event Visited: 10/20/07 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/07
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find if you just follow the signs from Rt. 47.

Wait Entertainment: An "old guy", clown and zombie. The zombie didn't really do anything except stand there but the other two were entertaining to watch even if they weren't scary.

Length of Event: ~15 minutes.

Actor Performance: Good. Most of the actors were into their roles and got up into your face or tried to block you from going forward, which I like. Nothing worse than a monster who just stands there, in my opinion.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great! They've got an intersting little "holding area" trick they do at the beginning of the haunt that basically ensures that every group will feel like they've got the haunt to themselves.

Appropriate Ages: I would say 10+. It's not a gory or "extreme" haunt so no need to worry about that.

Props / Special FX: OK. Most of the props I recognized from, say, the Spirit Halloween store but they do a good job of incorporating them into creepy scenes. They make liberal use of the hot glue gun spiderwebs which gives a nice "decrepit" feel to many of the scenes.

Costumes / Make-up: OK. Most of the monsters are simply folks wearing a mask and a black robe.

Summary: My friends and I came down from Chicago for this haunt and felt it was worth it, especially for only $6.  
 
I like how most of the haunt is spent walking through small, pitch black hallways. In my opinion, not being able to see what might be lurking in the haunt is much scarier than having a brighter haunt where you can see everything but the actors aren't really into it. 
 
In short I found the Dungeon of Terror to be creepier than other more expensive and better themed haunts I've been to.

 

 

 

 

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