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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by estumpf17

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: estumpf17   (Event Visited: 10/12/08 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/13/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: No problems here; they had a couple of big inflatables that made them easy to spot

Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors weaving in and out of the line, going from person to person. They also had 'coffin rides' for an additional $3 and heavy metal music blasting.

Length of Event: 7-10 minutes from start to finish

Actor Performance: Solid. A lot of the actresses were more passive than I would've liked, but they were good for the most part. There wasn't a whole lot of 'interaction', just actors jumping out of oil drums and occasionally making loud noises

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Terrific, never once encountered people in front of me. Granted, I was first in line, but they had groups sectioned off very well

Appropriate Ages: Subjective, probably 12+. Minimal gore.

Props / Special FX: Not much in the way of special FX, save for a few pneumatic werewolves and skeletons on scissors-jacks. The detail put into the scenes, however, was OUTSTANDING. The rooms containing the mausoleum and cemetary were very atmospheric, and even though they had no actors in them, they created an eerie environment that was definately the highlight of the house. The shaky elevator intro was a nice touch, as were the scents they used (although I'm still perplexed as to why the elevator smelled like BBQ...)

Costumes / Make-up: Convincing for the most part. Many of the rooms were too dark to appreciate the detail put into the makeup or costumes, but those that were visible were quite good

Summary: I've heard so much good about this haunt and walked in with a relatively high level of expectations. That said, I walked out somewhat disappointed. It felt like Dream Reapers spent most of its budget on actors, which is fine, but how many times does someone have to jump out at you before you don't even react anymore? I was the first in my group of eight, and I generally got most of the scares aimed in my direction. I'm not easy to scare; I found myself more startled than anything else. The scene construction was extraordinary, probably the greatest asset of the haunt. Some of the scenes were too short to appreciate, but others extended into multiple rooms, and THOSE were the ones that left a lasting impression. Also, there was no running theme. They had an industrial room, a clown section, an operating table scene, and many other bits and pieces that just couldn't add up to a whole. Perhaps they've been better in previous years, hopefully in the future, but it seemed as though they were lacking that added punch to really knock your socks off. In short: they honestly did do a nice job, just not a great job. Other people might think this place is incredibly scary, but it really didn't do anything for me. Not $15 worth, at least.





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