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All 2008 Visitor Reviews Submitted by moocheex55

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Event Reviewed: Murder Mansion (Forest Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: moocheex55   (Event Visited: 10/11/08 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/08
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: No signage to really identify it, but it is in a very visible building with a large fountain out front. We also had no direction on where to park.

Wait Entertainment: None. This was a "preview" night, so the turn out was really low when we were there. We waited approximately 10 minutes to get in. Had a nice chat with the man in charge of the door!

Length of Event: About 5 minutes. We actually waited in line longer than it took to go through.

Actor Performance: Nicely done! I beleive that the haunt is put on by the local theatre's children's group. Because of this, the actors are all really young (12-18yrs) I'd guess. They really did stay committed to their roles. I was most impressed by the Nurse and the Receiptionist in the Doctor's Office. I swear, I can still hear her telling me "the doctor will see you now..." Creepy!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: If you want to keep moving, go to this haunt. It was over before we knew it. We were spaced out very well and never saw another group. However, the most distracting thing was the presence of non-costumed, flashlight holding adults standing in corners telling you which way to go. At one point, we tried to exit a scene through the wrong way because it wasn't clear which way to go. An actor had come back out from his hiding spot and say "not that way!" It's really easy not to stay on the intended path here.

Appropriate Ages: They recommened for ages 12 and up. I'd agree that that's appropriate.

Props / Special FX: No SPFX to speak of. But the butcher shop and bedroom sets are pretty great. Overall, the haunt is pretty low in decor, but they have spent there money wisely and I hope they can upgrade and "trick out" some scenes more next year.

Costumes / Make-up: The make-up was really good. It's apparent that they really did try to create some interesting characters and not just the ususal "haunt monsters."

Summary: I feel that the discounted ticket price I paid because it was a "preview" night was really the amount that the tickets should be kept at. However, then they wouldn't make anything.  
I feel that this haunt is a good effort for a community theatre group on a tight budget. The use of the building and lockerrooms is good, but the story of it being a mansion taken over by zombies is lost. 
My biggest fear for them is having to have so many non-actors inside just to direct traffic around the haunt. It is distracting and takes you out of the moments for scares.  
For a first go at this, they are to be commended. I did have a few moments where I was mis-directed and they got me really really good.





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