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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by nukeworker

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: nukeworker   (Event Visited: 10/18/08 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Right off North Ave.

Wait Entertainment: Went VIP so not applicable. On way out it was good to see the usual chain saw guy but if I had to stand in that line of 1-2 hrs and then end up seeing unmotivated actors I would be upset.

Length of Event: 15-20 min

Actor Performance: Only the lady in medical and the actors in the swamp gave it their best. The rest ranged from at least trying to just sitting around and not engaging the customer at all.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: VIP so flow was excellent. If I had to wait 1-2 hrs like the regulars in line, and then experience sub-par actor performance, I would be disappointed.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: As usual their scenery is very good and the props are working fine. They don't use too many, but if the tunnel counts, it's awesome as usual.

Costumes / Make-up: I know DR has a lot of actors to get prepped but most of the makeup was no better than walgreens grease paint applied poorly. A few actors were made up better than the rest. The costumes were better and suited the theme of the rooms.

Summary: We go to Dream Reapers every year and how good it is varies. I didn't think it was necessary to charge $3 for parking. In years past we were put in the West lot but something must have happened. So next year before I plunk down $$ for VIP (because I will not stand in a 1-2hr line) I will read the reviews since I would also now have to pay parking which I am sure will be raised to $5 next year. This year as usual the sets were very detailed and the sinister scents made it all the more effective. But the actors.....what happened? We could count on one hand how many actors really tried to scare us and play the role they were supposed to. Example was in the medical area - the girl with the spoon was very good. Swamp actors were good. The three "clowns" in the clown room were just sitting around, with one blowing the air gun at us. No enthusiasm. Acting was better last year.





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