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All 2007 Visitor Reviews Submitted by egrant

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Event Reviewed: 16th Annual St. Matthew Haunted House (Hawthorn Woods, Illinois)
Reviewed by: egrant   (Event Visited: 10/13/07 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/07
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Large sign with flashing blue light made it easy to find. However, the map had me go right onto Old McHenry from Quentin, when it should have been left.

Wait Entertainment: Watched some old horror flicks in line while a few characters roamed about. The live camera from inside the house though was awesome!!

Length of Event: Took about 35 minutes to go through the house, since you have to find your way out of several of the rooms.

Actor Performance: Very nicely done. All seemed to stay in character.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Only ran into 1 group that couldn't find their way out of a room. We passed them up since we found it first!

Appropriate Ages: Probably wouldn't recommend it for under 10 or 12. Pretty intense. Saw 2 or 3 groups bail out of the first room!

Props / Special FX: Nice job on the special effects. Lighting was very well done. Great use of fog, not overdone like in some houses.

Costumes / Make-up: Both were appropriate for the characters.

Summary: This is not your typical haunted house. In most houses you follow a clear path throughout. Here they challenge you by making you find your way out of several of the rooms. All is not as it seems! The live cameras were a great feature this year. Fun to watch after you get out. I will definitely be back next year!

Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror Haunted House (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: egrant   (Event Visited: 10/06/07 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Good visibility. Signs out front.

Wait Entertainment: Goldilocks with a chainsaw was a riot.

Length of Event: About 20 minutes. I think we waited in line longer.

Actor Performance: Some were good, some just ok. It was opening weekend I think, so maybe they'll get better.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Didn't run into any other groups.

Appropriate Ages: I'd say maybe not for under 10. A lot of blood and gore.

Props / Special FX: Too many strobe lights!! I had a headache when I got out.

Costumes / Make-up: Appropriate for the characters.

Summary: Last year was much better I thought. Opening weekend is hard to judge by though. I didn't care for the opening room. Couldn't understand what the actor was saying, she talked too fast. The guy in the upper chamber was cool though. We waited about 40 minutes to get in, which may not seem like much, but there was hardly anybody there when we went. Keep working on it!

 

 

 

 

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