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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by hauntmonkey

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Event Reviewed: Hotel Massacre (West Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: hauntmonkey   (Event Visited: 10/18/08 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/20/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Visibility from the street was great. There were several banners that were displayed on the property that drew me in. There were also a lot of white tents in the parking lot so that also helped.

Wait Entertainment: There was music playing from a blow up display as well as music playing from a sound system. The cluster of music conflicted and created a lot of noise that was hard to listen to.

Length of Event: 20 minutes or so. The event seemed to last a while but at the same time, it didn't. It is one of those things where it seems you are in there for a long time but the reality is that you aren't.

Actor Performance: The actors really made an effort and did their best. The bellhop, the actors in the bedroom scene and the actors in the checkered room were superb. I have to say that they actually gave me a few startles. The rest of the actors just didn't seem into it very much. They seemed tired and bored. They also seemed VERY rushed to finish their scripts and I think this made them uncomfortable as well. Seeing as how most of them ranged from about 12 to late teenage, I could see why this house was lacking scare factor.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Fairly quick regarding the long line outside. My impression that I got was that it was a long line, so they speed up the flow inside the house. Good idea in some cases but as far as a house with script, keep it at one pace no matter how long the outside line is. The more time the actors have to complete their individual acts, the less uncomfortable they are and the more fun they will have while working.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and up. There are some graphic images depicted in this haunted house that I would not recommend for young children.

Props / Special FX: Absolutely amazing. The amount of time that was put into creating each scene was clearly understandable. The lobby, the graveyard, the bar, the bedroom, the bathroom, and other various scenes were decorated with such fine detail, it was hard to pay attention to the people I was with. I wanted to take in more of it because there was just so much eye candy but once again, our group was pretty much rushed due to the line outside.

Costumes / Make-up: Was OK on some actors. The bellhop, both Bloody Marys as well as others were done up nicely. Others seemed like their make up was rushed.

Summary: Detail, detail and more detail... That is where this house really shines. Their areas were phenomenal. The lobby was so realistic it was amazing. It had pictures on the walls, scenery, a chandelier and a surprise or two that I will leave unsaid. It was also very dark and claustrophobic. The bar was very realistic in appearance and highly detailed. Inside the bedroom, the walls were wallpapered as well as a queen size bed, a realistic fireplace and a dresser. The bathroom was another area that was outstanding. I really enjoyed the real working blood shower, the blood all over the place and the actor who was dressed to look like a butcher. In the clown room, they were literally bouncing off the walls. A couple of the other high-intensity areas were the lobby and the bedroom area. They really seemed to know their roles and stayed in character the whole time.  
 
The Hotel Massacre Crew's attention to detail is amazing. They obviously put a lot of work into their haunted house and it shows. Definitely make a visit if you have the time. I can't wait to come back for the New Kids On The Block evening!

 

 

 

 

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