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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by head_dunce

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Event Reviewed: Chronicles Of The Cursed: Hades Emerges (Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: head_dunce   (Event Visited: 10/10/09 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/11/09
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: It's easy to find right off Grand Ave. You'll see the sign for parking where they charge you $10 to park in a gravel lot.

Wait Entertainment: The line wasn't that long, and they did have a couple guys walking around. They also has a spoof of a TV show on a screen, but you couldn't hear it at all.

Length of Event: Maybe 20 minutes?

Actor Performance: These were the worst actors I've ever seen at a haunted house. Part of the problem seemed to be not enough actors. Some scenes didn't have anyone in them. Other scenes took large areas and just didn't have anything going on in them but a lot of wasted space, which seems odd since the whole haunt takes place in a tent. Either you got a BOO or your got an actor who seemed to forget they're suppose to be scary - a guy in a cow outfit leaning against a fence going moo... yeah, not scary - lame. These guys need help.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was good for about 3 minutes. Then we bumped into the group that seemed endless in front of us until the end. They had a lot of pitch black areas that slowed people up, but they didn't do anything in them. It was just black. No one attempted to break up the endless group, it was just follow the leader - and we showed up early!

Appropriate Ages: These guys couldn't scare a 3 year old.

Props / Special FX: The fog machine was in over drive I'm assuming because something had to cover up the poor actors and bad scenes.

Summary: This is the only haunted house I've ever been to where I wanted my money back. As we were walking out, everyone around us was saying how it was just BAD. It's as if these guys have never been to a haunted house before.

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: head_dunce   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 09/27/09
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find right off North Ave with a flashing sign out front.

Wait Entertainment: We were there really early. There wasn't a line outside at all, yet there were still characters dressed up outside waiting to greet us. The crazy clown on the mini-bike and the 15 foot tall monster were great.

Length of Event: I didn't pay attention to the time all that much, but it was a pretty long attraction - maybe 20 minutes?

Actor Performance: Some actors were better than others, but keep in mind we were there on their second day of opening - you could almost tell the new actors vs. the ones who've done this before.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Since we came early, it was just my girlfriend and myself for about the whole attraction. I'd highly suggest going right when they open and see the show without the crowds so you're alone in the house.

Appropriate Ages: This is not for kids.

Props / Special FX: I really likes the butcher shop area, great props and actors, I won't eat bacon the same way again.

Costumes / Make-up: Some of the actors had those colored contact lenses which really look freaky.

Summary: A very cool haunt and a great way to kick off my traditional running around to every haunted house I can find until Halloween. The only disappointing part was the ending, you go through this great haunted house, walk into what looks like a really creepy hallway... and you end up in a gift store - the end - the irony.

 

 

 

 

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