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|Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Darkness (Pekin, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: The_Shadow   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 10:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/09
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: This location rivals where it has been held in the past. Easy to find with being across from the Pekin on Veterans Drive Wal-mart.
Wait Entertainment: The actors did a great time staying in character which made the wait seem shorter then it ended up being. They used several entrances so you never knew when they would be standing right behind you. They also rotated around so you get a different mix of actors and not the same scenario every time…..but can someone take that dang horn away from the one clown (you know what I mean :)……
Length of Event: Went through twice and first time made it in 8 min because we caught up to a group that was 3 groups in front of us…. They were really lost so we knew not to go that way… Second time we got caught up in the maze and it took us about 13 minutes.
Actor Performance: Actors knew their marks pretty well….I don’t want to give away the scares but…. I think it was an actor in the shower but may have been a prop. If it is an actor they did a bang up job there.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We went through as a group of two so it was hard to tell but we only saw the group ahead of us on the first time through. They were really lost because there were two other groups between them and us. I think the ideal grouping is 4 but not more than 6….so if you have a larger group plan on splitting up you will get more scare unless you are to afraid of that.
Appropriate Ages: Ok….I have been to many haunts all over the state and if your child is scared and crying…..don’t make them go through….my 8 year old my handle more then yours or vise versa. You know your kids best don’t traumatize them from future haunts. If I had an age group it would be 10 and older….
Props / Special FX: They had great placement of props this year. Nothing really seamed out of place or did not fit with the scene. AMAZING attention to detail with makes this years haunt rival the other years. What I liked is that they tried to transplant you into the scene which is a very hard aspect when you have several rooms that you walk through. They put thought into the customer aspect from entrance to exit which I think helps set the mood.
Costumes / Make-up: This is one area that I feel they have changed and that is that they are getting away from mask and going with more make-up. The few that had mask did a good job in bringing the mask to life so to speak with good body movement and drawing attention away from the mask and towards a monster about to attack you. We must give the credit to the ones applying the make-up each night since it is not an easy task to do it right and they are doing it right if you ask me. Also I don’t recall a costume out of place in a scene when going through the haunt.
Summary: These guys did an amazing job this year and my most memorable item would be when we were in line waiting a lady literally sprinted from the exit to the outside doors. This was no jog but flat out running…. That is when you know that they are doing a great job on the inside. I look forward to next year and the 10 years after that since they seem like they like to put on a great haunt.