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Event Reviewed: Hotel Massacre (West Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: hauntlovers   (Event Visited: 10/11/08 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/08
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: The visibility of the location from the street was good. There were two signs as well as a Frankenstein's monster waving you in. Apart from the actual location, there is advertising everywhere as well as both highways 88 and 355.

Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was O.K. There was music playing on a sound system accompanied by a blow-up figurine playing music. There was also a second form of entertainment that was funny but I will leave you to see that one for yourself.

Length of Event: 10 minutes

Actor Performance: One excellent. The rest, horrible. The only one that I found that did their job right was the checker room (a classic) where the clown, unexpectedly I must say, came flying out of nowhere and started hopping around the group.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great, for our group. Surprising though with all of the script going on. Great job in this area.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up. Some graphic scenes are used and it is recommended for parents not to bring your four-year old.

Props / Special FX: Was excellent. The event was sponsored by spirit halloween stores so you know the props were sweet. There is another company I couldn't make out that also provided some of the body parts that were scattered about the attraction. Each room was very well detailed.

Costumes / Make-up: Not that great. The make-up looked like it was slapped on and wearing off of most of the actors. May I call for sweat and water resistant make up next time? And latex effects, especially for the theme of this haunted house, is a lot better than air-brush effects.

Summary: Overall, I would recommend this house if you want to be entertained, not scared. The name is Hotel Massacre and it did not live up to it's name. Better name it Hotel script-a-thon. Some of the rooms had absolutely no where to place an element of surprise. So I can see how script is needed, however, this house was absolutely killed with too much talking. Add more creepy and scary, possibly a few.... massacres??? First place actor goes to the clown in the checkers room who really put in the effort. He scared my wife because she is scared of clowns. So a quick summary of what to improve on if I owned the house: 
1. Get grown-up actors, not kids. 
2. Lose the script completely and pop out at people. 
3. Lose the "hanging room". 
4. Make the event longer.





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