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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by jamers615

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Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Doom & Labyrinth of Doom (Grayslake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Jamers615   (Event Visited: 10/05/08 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/08
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Being from the area I know where the fairgrounds are, but I was slightly less than impressed with sign visibility and size. If you aren't from the area you reeeeeeally have to pay attention to find the turn ins for the fairgrounds.

Wait Entertainment: None, when we were there. One actor at the front letting groups in, that was it. A bit of a dissapointment, since I've seen some AWESOME outside actors in years past, tormenting customers. Even though they don't scare me, it's always fun watching them chase other people around!

Length of Event: 20 minutes or so

Actor Performance: They all seemed pretty into their characters, but there weren't many of them....

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great! Never saw another group at all!

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up

Props / Special FX: Props were good, but they don't change much from year to year.

Costumes / Make-up: No complaints here! Makeup was awesome and costumes fit the room the actors were in

Summary: As someone who has been attending Dungeon of Doom for somewhere around 10 years straight, I was dissapointed this year. The rooms seemed fewer and more dark corridors. Not as many thigns IN those dark corridors to hit and disorient you. The beginning scene was a let down since only one person is able to "do" it, the chain link "maze" was a joke - there was no maze at all, just a winding corridor that, at the end, an actor very obviously moved a panel IN FRONT OF US and made us walk back to the beginning. Just plain annoying. Also, the actors could stand to learn how to control their movements - I know they're going for in-your-face acting, but at least 4 of them ran right into me with elbows that didn't feel so good in the chest. Buried Alive was fun, as always, but is just starting to get old. 
On the plus side, Mercy General Hospital definately outshined the rest of the house. VERY detailed, and a lot of mystery as to where the actors would be coming from since all the walls are made of hospital curtains - THIS part was definately impressive. 
If you've never been to Dungeon of Doom before it's worth a try, though it seems like every year you get less and less for your $15. Lower the ticket price, or go back to the detail filled, scares around every corner vibe you used to have, and then $15 would be a small price to pay.

Event Reviewed: X-treme Hauntings Haunted House (Fox Lake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: jamers615   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/01/08
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Xtreme Hauntings is slightly hard to find if you're not from the area, but if you can find your way onto Sayton road, there is a large sign at the end of the road they're on to lead to in the right direction.

Wait Entertainment: While we were there, I saw one clown chasing people around outside. Given that it was before october even started, I didn't expect much more.

Length of Event: 20-30 minutes, depending on how long you get stuck in both mazes.

Actor Performance: The actors were awesome! All but 1 or 2 were very high intensity and very convincing!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: AMAZING! We never ran into another group except at the end, which was completely understandable given how hard it was to find our way out.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up depending on the maturity of your kids.

Props / Special FX: Props and rooms were awesome. detail was great.

Costumes / Make-up: Both were very good, costumes were totally appropriate for the areas the actors were in.

Summary: Being from another haunt I'm always a bit overly critical of a rival's setup, but WOW, great job guys!! Actors stayed in character the whole time - even the ones we knew - makeup and costumes were appropriate and well detailed. The pitch black maze had me near tears after being stuck in it for a good 5-10 minutes! What a change from last year - 10 times better! I see great thigns for you guys in the future - you're definately gonna give us a challenge this year! Awesome job!!





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