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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by multiplesean

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Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prison (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: multiplesean   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to locate, very visible from the road.

Wait Entertainment: We had a VIP pass so we skipped the line. However I found the security man (right before tickets are purchased)screaming at everyone rude and annoying. He used offensive language. This has always been my biggest complaint about Statesville, but this year he was the only person using it.

Length of Event: 20 minutes

Actor Performance: Great in Haunted Prison. Very in your face. Great job, and a huge improvement from previous visits. 
City of the dead, was the downfall, and why I did not give Statesville a 10

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Really good, did not run into other groups.

Appropriate Ages: 15 + The language has been toned down, but the scares remain. Great job!

Props / Special FX: I noticed allot more this year, maybe because no fog machines were running? Also the new rooms are great. 
I wish they could improve City of the Dead

Costumes / Make-up: Great make up. Perfectly fitting for the theme

Summary: Statesville has made some really great improvements this year. The new scenes were much needed, and executed nicely. The actors were on their toes, and doing their jobs. I just wish they could do something with City of the Dead. I also feel it's still too expensive.

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: multiplesean   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/09
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find. Well lit, and vendors on the street.

Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was great, and did a really good job. The line was huge, all the way to the main street. The entertainers worked the whole line. However, there were some plain clothes security gaurds in a golf cart that used extremely foul, and abusive language. That really ruined the expierince for me. Also I felt they had the best costumes, and best actors outside working the line. I really think the management should look into the "security" behavour as it was extremely offensive.

Length of Event: 10 to 15 minutes. It seemed a little longer than past visits.

Actor Performance: Inside the haunt the performance seemed better than in the past, but was still a little non enthusiastic. We arrived late to this, and the line was huge, and I think the actors might have been tired. The overall effect was better than the past visits.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. Did not run into another group. I was at the end of the group, and found it slightly annoying that two workers dressed in Dream Reapers hoodies followed the group through most of the haunt.

Appropriate Ages: 12+..HOWEVER 18+ if the security gaurds dialog is a regular part of the routine.. I'm 39, and I found it really bizzare that these men would be using that sort of language in front of a large group of younger adults and children

Props / Special FX: The details inside the haunt are really worth the visit. s from the past got cut. to see some of the scenes from the past got cut. I dont know if the air bag was malfunctioning, but the people in the hoodies were complaining about something with it, and it smelled terrible. Something got on my clothes, and they smelled the whole hour drive home.

Costumes / Make-up: The outside actors were amazing..inside, not so much. Esp. the two in the hoodies.

Summary: I feel DR really improved with the acting this year, but it still lacks that in your face impact. Also I wish it lasted a little longer. It's a great time for the price though. I also hope that what happened with the security was a one time fluke, because that was a real drawback.





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