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|Event Reviewed: FearFest 2009 (South Beloit, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: gothicskull6   (Event Visited: 10/10/09 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/09
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: We came from about an hour away and we didn't have any problems finding this event since we attended it last year. It is very easy to access off of I-90 and follow the signs.
Wait Entertainment: Our group was quite impressed with the set-up of this event. They had 3 different attractions at this location which seemed to offer something for all ages. We heard ALOT of people screaming! The Screamatorium had a tv playing in the waiting line with scary movies -great add on!
Length of Event: Our group attended the Screamatorium which was put on by the Trail of Screams. I would say it took about 20 minutes to get through this attraction. (I guess it depends on how fast you can run - especially after being chased by a chainsaw maniac clown)
Actor Performance: We had a group of five people and we were ALL scared to death! All the actors were in-your-face and VERY INTENSE throughout the whole attraction. The clowns in the carnival were scary as H**L. They never backed down and followed us with no stopping. One of the clowns actually had a girl in our group down on the floor screaming hysterically! All the actors did an EXCELLENT job and fit nicely into their scenes. They utilized alot of different type scares which was very impressive. They added ALOT more detail in the scenes than last year and it also complemented the actor performance. This event is definitely worth seeing!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Compared to their outdoor attraction with a little longer wait sometimes, the groups here seemed to be moving along with no problem. They had a nice waiting area which added to the whole creepy atmosphere.
They weren't extremely busy probably because it was so flippin cold (25 degrees)
Appropriate Ages: I wouldn't recommend it for 14 and younger due to the intense scenes and some content.
Props / Special FX: OMG!!! they really went all out this year- the scenes are unbelievable (even the new pitch black maze where they had a few surprises). The lighting transition from scene to scene is remarkable and the props are VERY realistic (like the Dentist office, lab and the carnival was unbelievable)! They really had a nice mix of detail, total darkness, hallways and alot of turns and twists. Great use of blacklight effects - AWESOME!!!
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and makeup were very realistic for every scene. Some actors you couldn't even see until they were right in your face! They utilized great special fx makeup and great costumes
Summary: Overall I can't think of a better haunted house we have attended in the past. For their second year they did a remarkable job. This haunt, the actors and the scenes are VERY professional and VERY realistic. We came from Wisconsin to check it out because we have been a huge fan of the Trail of Screams )(and we will definitely be coming back to check that out and hopefully the Fear Asylum!) Thanks so much to the creators, the actors and everyone who made this event well worth the drive and the $10 we paid to get in. We will definitely be telling all our friends. GOOD WORK GUYS!!!