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Event Reviewed: Murder Mansion (Forest Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: crazy529   (Event Visited: 10/25/08 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/08
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: I am from around the area, so finding it was easy. Directions that I saw in print and on T.V. were also good. I would have liked a big sign advertising it at the location, but this is the first year in I forget how many that Forest Park has had a haunted house, so I will forgive no big singage.

Wait Entertainment: Wait enterainment was minnimal, there was a grest character called the Soul Collector and Dracula was also out front. I am not sure that he was necessary considering the haunted house was not about classic characters. Maybe if one of the cannibals ate him?  
I personnaly do not need alot going on out front I want all the fun inside. The people at the door were very friendly but gave nothing away and left you to your own imagination. I liked that.

Length of Event: I have to be honest I am not sure how long it should have taken or how long they wanted it to take. The reason being, my group got stuck behind a group of older high school students that wouldn't move. It was a case of I'm not going first you go first. That in my opinion is a good sign.

Actor Performance: I have read the other reviews for the atraction and agree that there are alot of kids doing the acting. On the night that I went there were also as many adults as kids doing the acting. I was impressed. The kids were giving there all! Not once did I see anybody break character and they all seemed very into there roles. The screams (not from the patrons, but from the actors)were not only ear piercing but scary! I liked the toxic area with the cage master and victims. They were very convincing. The pop outs were very effective. The torture room with the loud abrasive music was great! I like that kind of music in general and it really lent itself to the torture theme. All in all I feel that it was a very effective haunt. The chainsaw guy at the end was OUTSTANDING!!!! He was terrifying and creepy! As I said having read the 2 other reviews on Murder Mansion I agree/disagree with some points. I did stick around to get some info. and came to find out that they hope to make this a yearly event. I can only imagine how it will get better the longer they do this. Considering this is for 2 non for profit groups I was impressed.  

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: As I said I stuck around after going through, and the flow seemed good. We got bottlenecked but that was due to fear not intervals for entering the attraction. I guess if it is going to take a while to go through fear is a good reason to it adds to ones own fear level.

Appropriate Ages: 12+ although I saw 12 year olds crying and younger ones loving it. Know what you can tolerate.

Props / Special FX: Props seemed very good for a small first time haunt they invested some dough. The music and incidental background noise were very appropriate.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were good, and fit the characters. The make-up was very good Toxic cage master and victims were a kick butt shade of green with the appropriate amount if blood. Very good cannibal/zombie make-up. Good placement of wounds and pre-requsite bruising on the tortur/cannibal victims.

Summary: Very good haunt! I loved haunted houses as a kid, and have re-discovered them with my kids. I have one that loves the over the top scare the pants off and pee out of you, and one that isn't so brave and they both had a great time. Like I said, I think this will only get better and better!!!!!





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