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Event Reviewed: X-treme Hauntings Haunted House (Fox Lake, Illinois)
Reviewed by: mrsmitch2   (Event Visited: 10/18/08 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/08
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: We found the haunted house without any problem. We followed the directions from the internet that got us to the area and then there was a big visible sign that helped as well in case we weren't sure. Once there, there were many people outside guiding us where to park. The parking lot was full so we parked in the street but again, there were many people to help us. We had no problem finding where to go to stand in line.

Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was ok. The characters meant to scare you in line tended to break out of character but they still managed to get some really good scares from the unknowing! The original van from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was quite a treat for those die hard fans! It was really an experience to be up close and be able to see first hand inside and out of the actual van that was used in the movie. Even using the portable bathroom was a treat!

Length of Event: The actual event haunted house lasted about 10-15 minutes.

Actor Performance: I have to give all the characters an A+ here... Even with the very first scene it was extremely convincing and wasn't at all what we thought it would be! The timing of each character was impeccable! When we rounded the corner at one point, we didn't want to walk towards the end of the hall for what we saw was there but then the lights went off and when they came back, the "thing" at the end of the hallway was gone! It reappeared of course, but only at the absolute perfect time! The actors performing did an outstanding job & were very convincing in their roles. Even the girls being held captive did a convincing role of being down right terrified that the "man" was coming back to get them and begged for our help to save them.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: At one point we did run into a the group in front of us but only because they too got stuck in the same rut we did in the clown room. Once we were out of that room, the boys in the next room made sure he separated us using the fear tactic - and it worked! They did a great job in this area even guiding us when we kept running into the same dead ends. They did eventually guide us to the right direction!

Appropriate Ages: DEFINITELY not for anyone under the age of 12. We did not see anyone under the age of 15 or 16 and after going through, we understood why.

Props / Special FX: One of our favorite parts or scariest parts was the "rebirthing" room. If you have any amount of chlostorphia, be wary! This part will definitely give you a run for your money! Another one of our favorite parts was at the very end with the ghouls or clowns "laughing" as you walked in the pitch black to find your way out.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were pretty standard but with the exception of the characters you saw while waiting in line, the acting of the characters really brought to life the costumes that they were meant to be.

Summary: We gave this a 10. We drove just over an hour to get there and after being entertained in line while waiting, it was worth it! My husband and I try to find the scariest haunted houses every year and this by far has exceeded our expectations. We will go back again before the season ends and we highly recommend it but only to teenagers or older.





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