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Event Reviewed: Asylum of Mad Dreams (Cordova, Illinois)
Reviewed by: lverhulst   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/21/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It was very easy to find this attraction. There was a lighted sign on the road with an arrow to direct cars. There was also plenty of parking space in the wide open field, but there were no lights, so be careful and watch for people walking around. It was also nice that there were port-a-potties available, but there were no lights inside so take a flashlight along.

Wait Entertainment: There was very little wait entertainment. A couple of actors walking around. There was a concession stand that had some items including hot chocolate which was very nice. There was also a fire that you could warm up by.

Length of Event: We timed how long it took us to go through this event - it took an hour. And we kept moving practically the whole time while we were in the event, so this was great! Warning: if it is raining when you go, then the back woods area will be closed and so the event length will be much shorter.

Actor Performance: The actors were pretty good. They had a LOT of scary clowns and one girl in our party has a clown phobia. She was freaked, especially by the one clown that kept following her around and asking for a hug, which the rest of us thought was hysterical. He came out at the end and took off the mask to apologize to her which I thought was really nice.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow inside the attraction was good. We were kept moving at a decent pace. Never had to speed up or slow down too much.

Appropriate Ages: I would not recommend this for children younger than probably 12.

Props / Special FX: They had a lot of nice props, but some of them were hidden by the fact that everything was extremely dark. A couple more small lights in spots would have made things better. That said, they had the awesome rotating wheel room, a constricting wall room, freaky attractions in the woods that reminded us of Deliverance, and lots of strobe lights. And some very neat animatronic items.

Costumes / Make-up: There was one mask that was really cool. A freaky face that just made you want to stare but was too freaky to look at. And the actor would make this weird chattering noise that just made the masq complete.

Summary: In summary, I found this attraction to be very cool and quite scary. They used to run a haunted house in Morrison, IL which I've gone to for years and always enjoyed. This year's attraction wasn't quite up to last year's, but it is probably due to the fact that they changed locations and it takes some time to work out all the issues. And because the old location had things built up from previous years. I still recommend this attraction to everyone I know and I will be back next year.

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Event Reviewed: Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, Illinois)
Reviewed by: lverhulst   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/21/09
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: This "Inn" is a house at the end of a dark street. There are signs, but it is a little hard to find the first time. Luckily, it is near the middle of town, so it isn't that hard to find.

Wait Entertainment: There are interesting things outside the house to look at and a couple of decorated cars in the parking lot. And some cats running around. You get a ticket with a time on it, so you don't have to hang around if you don't want to.

Length of Event: It took us about 45 minutes to go through the house.

Actor Performance: Jim is crazy strange. And very amusing. The other people are amusing as well. I would classify this more as a fun house with a couple of scares here and there than as a haunted house.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow is a little slow. The rooms are small and if you are in a big group (which you will be in Oct), then things take longer. Waiting to go down the slide takes a while and then waiting for the rest of your group to go down the slide also takes a while. On the plus side - it's a 4 story slide!

Appropriate Ages: It isn't a really scary attraction, so it is appropriate for most ages. I would not recommend children younger than 7 attending though just because there are so many props around.

Props / Special FX: There are a LOT of props around. More than you can see in one visit. And stuff is always being added or changed around.

Costumes / Make-up: There aren't really any costumes or make-up. Jim wears a funky coat and a clown wig and his other main helper wore a pirate bandana, but that's it.

Summary: This attraction is open year round. I recommend going to it sometime other than Halloween to get a real personal tour of the place. You will also be able to take your time if you are in a smaller group. It is a fun place to visit.





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