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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by virtuel

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Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror Haunted House (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: virtuel   (Event Visited: 10/10/08 @ 10:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Fairly visible. It's off of a main road, which is convenient, but there's so many other things around it that it would be possible to miss it. However there was plenty of signage.

Wait Entertainment: Very nice. There were two to three actors working the line at any one time. They also had a bar available to you as you waited, which included Beer, Wine, Hot Chocolate, Chips, Hot Dogs, and other things. It was really nice to have a drink while I waited. There was also plenty of music playing. There was mostly techno and metal, but at one point they broke out a song by the cookie monster and the tiny toon adventures theme song.

Length of Event: About 20 minutes.

Actor Performance: Not very scary, but definitely entertaining. I thought they could have used their props better. There was a Jason character, and I thought he could have been much better at utilizing his knife. They were very good at keeping in character, though, and that more than made up for it.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was Okay. They take you in as a large group to watch a scene, and then split up the group and send you in one by one. I never caught up with the group in front of me, but I believe it would be possible. Some people from the group behind us caught up with us.

Props / Special FX: They had a spinning vortex tunnel, and used lots of fog and strobe lights.

Summary: I'm a casual haunted house buff, and I really enjoyed this attraction. We got there late on a Friday night, so we had to wait about an hour in line (which isn't long, but moves kind of slowly). The line went through a tent that was really well decorated, and had food and beverages inside. This made the wait much more tolerable. The haunted house itself was pretty nice. They had a really nice hospital theme going on. One warning however; the corridors are small! If you're a larger person, you might have a hard time navigating this haunted house. The scenes in the haunted house were really well decorated, although I felt the actors could have been more intimidating. They stayed completely out of my personal space, which took the scary factor out of it for me. I should mention that I am a big horror buff, so it takes a lot to phase me. Someone else might find the actors to be terrifying. 
The best part for me was the end. They send you through a maze that has white walls, a ton of fog, and lots and lots of strobe lights! It was really difficult to navigate, but a lot of fun. They had actors in the corridor, which added a nice creep factor. 
I was very satisfied with this haunted house.





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