|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Pretty easy to find, but since I visit every year I'm probably not the best one to ask!
Wait Entertainment: The wait area this year was improved. I loved the new posters. Top notch. There were also a couple actors entertaining the line. Noticably absent tonight, although present in photographic form, was Show Me the Clown, a yearly favorite of my group.
Length of Event: A little over ten minutes.
Actor Performance: Mixed bag. A lot of great actors for sure, but a few of the younger performers weren't quite there yet. One criticism, and I know this is hard to control: Many of the actors in the first half of the house were petite females and younger kids. I love good female actors, but it seemed for a good portion of the event there were too many small females and not enough big, intimidating guys. Of course most of them did a very good job, so it wasn't an issue of quality. The most disappointing thing was that I didn't see my favorite actor, Andy the Corpse / Ozo. At least if he was there I didn't see him. Maybe his makeup was so good I saw him and didn't even know it.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was okay, but since the line wasn't very long, the group sizes may have been a bit too large. My group had 5 people, and I felt they should've let us in alone. (Instead we were placed in a group of 10.)
Appropriate Ages: 10+ would be my guess, but that's subjective.
Props / Special FX: This was very nicely done. Dream Reapers always brings cool visuals to the table, and this year they had some really thrilling additions. New animated props, some very cool new displays, and a whole new ending are things you can expect. I really liked the catacomb area and the new animated monsters. With that said, if you loved the hillbillies, you may be disappointed. I personally don't miss the hillbillies, but I'm sure some will.
Costumes / Make-up: Possibly the star of the show. Some of the actors looked incredible, and even the worst costumed actors looked very good. They went all out with the costuming and makeup, and it's among the best I've seen.
Summary: I may be a bit tougher than other guest reviewers, because I've seen some of the bigger haunted houses in the country. DreamReapers is my favorite haunt in IL, is always my first stop in IL, and is always an enjoyable night. I really, really like this place. So why the 7 score, you may ask.
I rate it a 7 because it's a seriously fun event, a thrilling event, and a cool event. Somehow though, they've lost the fear element. Frustrated actors who can't understand why they aren't scaring you scream louder, and when it doesn't work they scream even louder. I really think these guys have all done a tremendous job, but for some reason it's just not very intimidating: it's just pure fun.
As a "fun stop," I give DreamReapers a 9 out of 10. As a place to get scared, I give them a 3 out of 10.
With that said, I highly recommend DR to those looking for night of tripped-out, balls-to-the-wall fun and excitement, and if you haven't seen it, you really should.