|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: The location was a bit hard to find with mapquest, however I grew up in Elmhurst, so as soon as it let us to the wrong direction, I knew where to take us. There was a huge line outside so it was pretty hard to miss.
Wait Entertainment: Was excellent when we arrived closer to the box office. There was a man and a woman who posed as husband and wife (and might entirely be, I mean what do i know), they had a HYSTERICAL routine/act that was making everyone in the line laugh. I won't go into too many details as I would like to leave most of the experience left unsaid for those of you who haven't come yet.
Length of Event: 45 min - 1 hour
Actor Performance: Was top notch. Every actor knew their lines, knew what they had to do and performed exactly according to the room they were in. Everyone from the study, to the attic, to the boiler room to the cemetary was right on cue. When we finally got to the 3d maze, it only got better. There were 'ghouls' really popping out at you in 3d and the monsters in chain link were even more disorienting. When we got in the pitch black house, the actors were unbelievable (in a good way). They did a much better job than last year. NO MUD!!! They will get you from around every corner, when you least expect it and even send you in the wrong direction a couple times. I remember we got turned around at one point and ended up back at the end of chainlink! The entire peformance from the Eleventh Hour crew was really stepped up from last year.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Was not as good. We ran into a lot of groups in chainlink and pitch black but I guess that is the point of mazes. But when you think of how big the line was outside, the patron flow was pretty good.
Appropriate Ages: 10+ Definitely not recommended for the faint of heart or children.
Props / Special FX: Were amazing! The details of every room were amazing. The realistic fireplace and deerhead in the study and the moldy and old clothes in the closet. The best room was the attic with various suitcases and trunks as well as a crib. After we crossed a bridge overlooking the cemetary, we came across a very realistic and detailed hanging head scene. My best regards go out to whomever created that scene...pure eye candy!!!
Costumes / Make-up: Were appropriate for the rooms but could have been done up a little more nicely. Don't get me wrong, they were certainly scary and perfect for each room, however, it just seemed like the make up was slapped on.
Summary: All in all, the Eleventh Hour crew did spectacular. Really about 5 steps up from last year. The Eleventh Hour house was intense, chainlink was intense and pitch black was intense. I personally would lose 3D just because it didn't really fit in with the theme of Eleventh Hour but who am I to make decisions on someone else's house. Props go out to the actors in pitch black, chainface in chainlink, the man and woman in the front line, the boiler room, the cellar, the attic and the study. Wonderful house, I will definitely be back next year!