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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by hessianhorse

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4 out of 10 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Pesotum House of Horrors (Pesotum, Illinois)
Reviewed by: hessianhorse   (Event Visited: 10/09/09 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/09
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: The location is one of the best traits of this haunted house, as it's located across the street from an actual cemetery and is located in an old church.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't any wait entertainment when we arrived. There wasn't actually a line at all when we arrived, so I guess there wasn't anyone TO scare; this could've been because it was at the beginning of October.

Length of Event: Approximately twenty minutes.

Actor Performance: The actor playing Hannibal Lectre was decent, but he was locked in a box in the middle of a room and it wasn't very threatening, therefore not scary. Everyone else was pretty average.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We were one of two groups there, so the flow was great. Unfortunately, we had a GUIDE in this empty church... that pretty much made no sense.

Appropriate Ages: 5 and up

Props / Special FX: The sets were very sparse, and that made quite a few moments with potential dull rather than suspenseful. Some hallways were nothing but empty sheets with no one to jump out and scare you when you reached the corner. They definitely needed to work on this area. Darkness would've been better than empty space.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were average. There was a pretty decent Michael Myers, and the Hannibal was done well.

Summary: More than anything, I actually felt sorry for this haunted house. Great location, but it was obvious they had no money and therefore few actors to hire and little props and backgrounds to afford. One room was nothing but a bunch of real tree limbs, no joke, in the middle of the room with nothing else around it with one person to jump out and say "BOO"... kinda pathetic, really. If they knew how to set up backdrops and work with darkness, it could've worked. For the hefty ticket price, I would've expected a lot more effects, more actors, and better backdrops than tree limbs pulled from the yard outside. Practice makes perfect, guys!

3 out of 13 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: The Scream Haunted Adventure (Decatur, Illinois)
Reviewed by: hessianhorse   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/09
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: With the hearse parked just next to the street and the kids helping park cars, the area is easy to spot from the street.

Wait Entertainment: The line is formed inside the warehouse, and therefore there isn't much chasing around. A couple ghouls walk around in creepy costumes and try to surprise or intimidate kids when they're unawares; average line entertainment.

Length of Event: Approximately 30 minutes.

Actor Performance: The actors in the first 3/4 of the event were pretty on-time and spooky, though they could've definitely pushed it more (I'm a tough customer, what can I say?). There was this old man in a wall that got me when I wasn't expecting it, and he actually laughed at me after he surprised me. That made my night! The actors in the hockey mask room were very good with stalking you in the darkness. In the last scene and a half, I was disappointed to find the remainder of the actors just standing around as if they were on a break.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was surprised how well they spaced out different groups, because there were no guides in this haunted house, and only near the end did people start to catch up to us. (And that has more to do with me hesitating in the pitch-black hallway than anything else!)

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up

Props / Special FX: I thought the vortex was pretty impressive! I couldn't tell if I was spinning in a circle or not; kudos for getting that right! The hockey mask room was also pretty great; I couldn't tell which one was attached to a person, though I knew the scare was coming. The best prop was a rubber arm that brushed my husband's leg and made him leap up in the air like a leprechan! The car honking at the end was freaking me out before I even got to it; maybe if the actors next to it hadn't been on a break it would've been even scarier!

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make-up were average; the event worked well with darkness, and that helped.

Summary: Pretty decent haunted house. They appeared to have some experience, and that leant for some good scares and knew at what point a person begins to feel uncomfortable. When the lights went out in the hallway, I had to be dragged down it because I was imagining the worst-case scenario. They should've had a Michael Myers standing at the end of it! ;)





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