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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by dreamer1107

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5 out of 9 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Nightmares Basement Of The Dead (Aurora, Illinois)
Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/29/09 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Luckily my husband and I go to this one every year, so we know exactly where it is located. However, for those newcomers, once you see the bright lights of the casino, you are in the right area. Watch for the hearse parked on the street to give you a clue...

Wait Entertainment: Wow--they always excel in this area, but this year the makeup and actor commitment seemed even better... if that is possible! There was no line when we attended, which surprised me, but still there were multiple actors in amazing costumes/makeup mingling with the people coming and going outside. Watch for the tall male zombie, girl with the freakish eyes (standing creepily still--love that it wasn't overdone), and the werewolf. Fantastic acting skills! I think the best around! And we've been to many houses over the years.

Length of Event: maybe 15-20 minutes; had to wait for a slow group of younger girls ahead of us--but again very happy as the Nightmares crew tried to slow us down so we wouldn't run into the group ahead of us.

Actor Performance: Amazing! Throughout the house, they were creepy and fairly unpredictable. Great job of scaring those second and farther back in the group. Usually it seems haunted house actors just go for the first person in the group, but not Nightmares! You never know who is going to get the scare next.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not their fault that we almost ran into the group ahead of us. They actually had us wait a long time to avoid the group ahead, so kudos to them. I think patron flow has always been a strength of this house.

Appropriate Ages: 13+

Props / Special FX: love the backstory of Imus and Al Kilya. Very creepy. And my husband was wondering if the basement type smell was intentional or just part of the building they are in--either way, very effective for the story. I love that Nightmares always changes their layout and props each year for those returning patrons. I just can't predict anything, even though I try!

Costumes / Make-up: Like I said, just fantastic--especially those actors outside the house. But love the Imus and Al masks and getups. This is the best year for makeup in my opinion.

Summary: This house is always fanstastic, and I've been going since their opening a few years ago. I would say this has been my number 1 favorite (always voted for number one) every year, and I feel they are underrated for what they put out there. The only reason why I rated it as a 9 instead of a 10 this year is that I felt that somehow this year wasn't quite what the past few years have been in terms of startling me in the house. I can't put my finger on it, and I hope I'm not being unfair, but maybe it was that they used more air cannons and noise to startle than in previous years (which aren't my favorite scares--I prefer the actors and animatronics). Too bad there isn't a 9.5 score I can give them :) 
Either way, go see this house! It is still excellent and we need to keep them around as they are one of the most original houses each year (especially for those repeat attenders).

7 out of 14 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/28/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Still in the same location, so we found it easily. Good signage and large windsock type creatures outside the building. If you get there early enough, you can get street parking.

Wait Entertainment: (for the most part this was n/a as we didn't really have to wait long) However, they have a great indoor atmosphere with creepy artistic graffiti on the walls and the alien like creature that led the groups into the house. They also had a film showing other people being scared over the past years.

Length of Event: 20 minutes--one of the longest over the past few years at this house.

Actor Performance: Great--one of their best years yet! I'm not the easiest to startle since I'm a seasoned patron, but they actually had actors coming down from the ceiling to scare you. Very impressive!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Seemed okay, as we were in a small group. We started to run into a group ahead of us, but we were able to slow ourselves down.

Appropriate Ages: 13+

Props / Special FX: This is where they are always superb with the amount of detail in their rooms and they even use scents to make the experience hightened. My friend was so impressed by their foliage in a couple rooms, saying it was very realistic and detailed. I was so happy that they really stepped it up this year. I've been disappointed a few times the past few years and was debating coming back. I'm so glad I returned as this has so far been my favorite of all the houses around! I can't believe I could've missed it! I won't ruin it for you, but they even have a scare outside the house--got my friend pretty good!

Costumes / Make-up: Always amazing==very professional. The detail in the makeup is unreal. You can see their "creatures" in full light and still be creeped out by them. I can't imagine what kind of time and money goes into their makeup/costumes.

Summary: I feel that this year is quite possibly their best year yet. They really changed it around this year for the better, with new rooms and scares. You won't be disappointed! Highly recommend!

 

 

 

 

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