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Event Reviewed: Hotel Massacre (West Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Angelina   (Event Visited: 10/10/08 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/11/08
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: The location of this event can easily been seen from the street. The signage on where to park and where to enter wasn't very good. The haunted house shares a parking lot with a night club and a bowling alley. Make sure you park in the back cause that's where the entrance is.

Wait Entertainment: None. The people walking around were only security and vendors selling candy. You wait in line in a tent and don't get to see any decorations until you make it up front. There was music playing from a blowup machine but no entertainment.

Length of Event: It was a pretty long event. I would say I was in there for a good 20-30 minutes which was very surprising.

Actor Performance: Overall the actors did a pretty good job. Most of the time they stayed in character. The bellhop at the beginning gets the award for best performance. He really made the event interesting. The strobe light room was awesome and so were the actors.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Nobody was there so it was fine with the exception of the fact that I was always with a different group.

Appropriate Ages: If I had a kid I would have taken them, but there were some graphic scenes so it depends.

Summary: This may turn out to be a long summary. Sorry for those that want to read this. 
I felt at times this haunted house was very unorganized. This may have been because it was opening night and within the hour it opened, but I would think this is when they should of had their best performance. Throughout the haunted house security was walking all around which made the experience terrible. At times I could hear them talking to each other and heard them utter the F-word a view times (not good for family event). Speaking of overhearing things, I also heard the actors say "Get into place," therefore not allowing me to be scared because I knew something was coming.  
I don't feel that there was a real scare factor to this haunted house. Every room, much like every haunted house, had a scene that was being told. The actors did a real good job at acting out the scenes, but they weren't scary. It was just them acting and telling what they did to their victims. I give the actors an A+ they did a great job at staying in character, but they weren't scary and at one point disturbing (I'm not sure if the girl switched up her acting because we were old, but she insinuated that her father molested her--somewhat disturbing for a little kid). 
The props in the haunted house were pretty good. Since the event was hosted by "Spirit" most of the props could be seen at the Spirit Store. There was actually a lot of light shining in the haunted house. If they could dim the lights somehow it would make it better.  
I had two favorite scenes at this haunted house. It was the opening scene with bellhop and when he tells you to go to your room and walk through something (I'm not going to give it away but completely unexpected and AWESOME. The strobe light clown room was amazing.  
I can see why the event cost $20 dollars because they used a lot of decorations throughout the house,the actors were pretty good, and the haunted house is very long; but if you are looking for a haunted house that scares you (chain saws, fog machines, people popping out at you a lot, screaming)I wouldn't recommend this haunted house. But if you are looking for family event where it's almost like watching a movie this would be the event for you. Overall I don't think the house was worth cost of admission. 
I know this may seem like a negative review, but I really need to congratulate the actors. I don't think the blame should be put on them what-so-ever. I'm hoping this review was only like this because it was opening night. A lower price, more organized, dimmed lights, would make this haunted house better.





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