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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by 6demo6gorgon

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26 out of 40 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: 6demo6gorgon   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 09/28/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Extremely easy to find. The outside is very visible from North Ave and there was a large inflatable tube man on top of the building.

Wait Entertainment: Since it was opening night the wait wasn't very long, but they had a few actors interacting with the crowd. Also it's always fun to admire the great artwork all over the walls in the waiting room.

Length of Event: 12 minutes

Actor Performance: Very impressive. All the actors were very enthusiastic and looked as though they were really into their roles and enjoyed what they were doing. Though one actor didn't seem to develop a character appropriate for his costume and spoke casually.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Pretty good throughout most of the attraction until the end where I ran into groups in front of me.

Appropriate Ages: It really depends on how brave the child is. Being a haunted house actor myself I've seen kids as young as 7 not scared at all, but then 16 year old teenagers in tears. It's really up to the discretion of the parents.

Props / Special FX: Fantastic. Dream Reapers has always been able to pull off the most detailed scenes I've ever seen. The swamp and graveyard areas are a real treat for the eyes and make you feel like you're actually outside. Props are very high end and I can tell they put a lot of work into the decorations.

Costumes / Make-up: Appropriate for the rooms they were in. I always find it disappointing to go through a haunt and see actors not wearing the correct costume for the room they are in, but Dream Reapers never had this problem. The makeup was also very professional.

Summary: All in all Dream Reapers put on an outstanding show this year. The elevator ride in the beginning is always a favorite scene of mine and produces a great effect. The scenes were all greatly detailed and included such themes as a butcher shop, a swamp, graveyard, toxic waste dump, and clowns. I was slightly disappointed there was no medical area and they got rid of the hillbilly shack, but out with the old, in with the new, making the show fresh every year. Being in haunted houses for 9 years, it's hard to really scare me but there were a lot of well placed actors that actually got a jump out of me. Good job everyone at Dream Reapers, your hard work and dedication to what you do really shows.

11 out of 22 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Frightmare Haunted House at Haunted Trails Amusement Park (Burbank, Illinois)
Reviewed by: 6demo6gorgon   (Event Visited: 10/26/09 @ 6:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/27/09
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: Easily visible from the street with flashing lights and the big Haunted Trails sign. You couldn't miss it.

Wait Entertainment: There was none since I was the only one in line.

Length of Event: 5 minutes

Actor Performance: Hit and miss. A couple actors timed their scares right but some made an appearance after I was almost out of the room. They relied mainly on popouts while some actors just stared.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was the only one there so I didn't run into anyone.

Appropriate Ages: Since the scare factor was quite low, I'd say this an appropriate family event.

Props / Special FX: A few props like body parts here and there, and there was a scene with a mutilated body on a table.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were appropriate for the scenes and I couldn't see the makeup too well because the whole house was lit with blacklights.

Summary: The tour starts off with the rules being read by a very eccentric female actress. Then as you progess through the house, a majority of the detail consists of artwork illuminated by blacklights. More variety in lighting was definitely needed. There were also several scenes with railings that in my opinion separated the customers from the action. It was more like you were walking past a scene instead of walking through it. Though a few of the actors had well timed popouts, such as the scare in the library. Many of the walls were black, with spider webs scattered throughout to add effect. 
As far as the acting goes, a few popouts were on target, and some were too late. The actors not in popout scenes seemed to just stare and growl, with the exception of the butcher scene where the crazed butcher and an actor portraying a severed head on a table interacted with each other. Halfway through the house your path continues outside and up a winding staircase onto the roof of the attraction where a single ghoul stood guard. I expected a scare, but nothing happened up there, then you walk back down another winding staircase back into the main haunt.  
The scene I was impressed with most was the forest. In this scene you walked into an area with trees and various outdoor bushes along a walkway with wooden railings on either side. This part was dead silent, and just when I thought it was void of actors, they just appeared out of nowhere and attacked from both sides. It was as if the forest just came alive. 
Near the end of the house you enter a bottomless pit effect that was done nicely, but when I entered this area the actor there was sitting down on the steps in the middle of the walkway and texting on his cell phone. Very unprofessional, and killed the mood for me immensely. 
This wasn't a bad haunt, for the 10 dollar price tag. Due the low scare factor this would be a good family friendly event. 

8 out of 16 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Evil Intentions Haunted House (Elgin, Illinois)
Reviewed by: 6demo6gorgon   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/09
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: There could have been some improvement here, as there were not many lights and/or signs to point in the right direction for parking. There was a banner on the side of the building and that was about it.

Wait Entertainment: There was really no need for wait entertainment, since I attended on opening night, but there was a clown with a chainsaw outside to entertain guests.

Length of Event: 10 minutes

Actor Performance: Pretty good, most of the actors stayed in character the entire time, but some of their attempts at pop out scares had timing issues or you could see them before they attacked.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. I never ran into another group. But this was opening day so I don't know what it's like on a busy day.

Appropriate Ages: It depends on the bravery of the child and the discretion of the parents, but nothing inside was really gory or inappropriate for children.

Props / Special FX: There was little to no props or special FX. Most of the entire haunt had just plain black walls with only a few distinct scenes. Maybe 2 or 3 at the most, everything else was a black walled maze.

Costumes / Make-up: Since there were no real distinct rooms or scenes, most of the costumes seemed to consist of black clothing and some actors wore masks while others wore makeup. The makeup was somewhat decent, from what I could see since the haunt was very dark.

Summary: The tour starts off with a short video on the history of the location(which by the way kudos for having it in an old casket company, which adds a very spooky atmosphere), and a fictional story about a killer who apparently haunts the halls of the building. Then you are led to 6 stand up coffins where each person in the group is separated and locked into each coffin to view another shorter version of the video you just saw. In my opinion they should just show the one main video in the coffin because the second video seemed slightly unnecessary. Either way I thought this part of the haunt was very creative and after the video is done the back of the coffin is unlocked to allow you to continue the tour. 
Throughout the rest of the house, as stated previously, was mainly just a long twisting path of black walls with actors here and there trying to get a scare. They were all very enthusiastic but some were off time and one bumped into me hard when he popped out. One aspect I did like very much was how they used some of the original spooky architecture of the warehouse to their advantage. It's nicer than always seeing plywood walls in a haunted house. The erie atmosphere of the warehouse, coupled with some appropriate soundtracks really worked out well. 
The only few decorated rooms I did see was the hanging bodies, the dirty bathroom, the locker room, and the morgue. The bathroom and locker room have secret hidden exits that I wont reveal, and to exit the morgue you have to get down on your hands and kness and crawl through a tunnel. These were interesting scenes but they could have had more decoration. Actually the whole house could use ALOT more decoration and props. The bathroom didn't even have toliets in the stalls. There was also a few areas where it looks like there was supposed to be a room there, but it was just a big open space with black walls. 
All in all I'd have to say it's a decent haunt, but I am slightly disappointed. With the lack of detail and sub par acting of some of the monsters, this haunt's quality fell short of its price tag. Though this is their first year in that location so maybe they aren't quite "settled in" yet. With such a creepy location this haunt has a lot of potential to be great, but the inside needs a creative touch that it's lacking at the moment.





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