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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by necrodude31

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26 out of 36 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour Haunted Houses (Elk Grove Village, Illinois)
Reviewed by: necrodude31   (Event Visited: 10/08/09 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: all i can say is DONT USE MAPQUEST. It took us 4 trips up and down devon ave to finally find it. There are small signs but nothing to major i saw.

Wait Entertainment: Nothing really for ticket sales, but thurs night = no ticket line thus no actors. 
the entertainment for the eleventh hour house was nice tho. 2 actors who played a husband/wife role were very funny and scary.

Length of Event: Eleventh Hour Haunted Houses ~ 35 min 
Haunted Corn Maze- took us a good 20min (maze is VERY difficult to get through)

Actor Performance: EXCELLENT! All the actors very in character, in your face, and had a scare everytime. Great job here.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Again amazing. They separated groups about 3-4 min apart so we never ran into anyone nor did anyone run into us.

Appropriate Ages: 13+ for sure. Not for children.... at all.

Props / Special FX: Not too many special FX but props, yes. I especially liked the big zombie dragon thing or whatever in one of the middle haunts.

Costumes / Make-up: Pretty good, a lot of masks. however the ones in make up were decent and the costumes matched the rooms.

Summary: This was my first year going to this haunt and i got to go on my birthday which was cool. Right from the start there was a very eerie atmosphere and it continued through the whole attraction. The corn maze was one of my fav parts because you had no idea what to expect. one of the actors in there was on stilts in a guile suit and you COULD NOT see him in the corn stalks. The actual 11th hr attraction was top notch. The intro scene was really cool. I also liked how some of the exits were hidden, i.e. the staircase, the book case, and the refrigerator. The elevator scene was cool too, very disorienting. And of course, the classic ending. And the actor played it off well, couldnt even see the chainsaw until he counted to 3 to "play with his new toy"... priceless. 
Overall i really enjoyed this house and i can now say i am a hooked goer and fan. I will most definitely go again this season and again every other year this house is open. 

15 out of 26 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Doom Haunted House (Zion, Illinois)
Reviewed by: necrodude31   (Event Visited: 10/29/09 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It was tucked way back off of Sheridan Rd. However, we were lucky and were able to take Wadsworth rd East to Sheridan North. From Sheridan rd there tons of signs everywhere including those LED construction signs. Once off of sheridan, there were police to help guide the way.

Wait Entertainment: For a rainy thursday night, there obviously wasnt much. However, there were a few ghouls entertaining the guests waiting to go inside. I know DOD always has good acting including their wait entertainment. ANd with the few actors they had it still was very entertaining.

Length of Event: My group did the Ultimate $25 package which got us both sides of the first floor, buried alive, and the second floor.... so... 
1st floor Right Side- 10 min 
1st floor Left side- 15 min 
Buried Alive - 5 min (give or take wait time) 
Second floor- 15 min 
Our entire time in the house was substantially longer because of how the flow had to work to make sure we didnt hit anyone else and to make sure we saw everything. I'd say we were in the house for a good 45 min.

Actor Performance: Decent. This year they seemed to focus more on the jump and scare tactic rather than actor performance and role playing. However, the actors that did have a role to play did in fact play it very well and were very entertaining.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: EXCELLENT. the attraction opens with 6 different doors on (3 on either side) each having different entrances to the house. We did a hellevator simulator and the shock bridge.  
In the house the actors did a great job of keeping groups separated and telling us which way to go in order to go where we were supposed to. There a good half a dozen or so "checkpoints" where they asked for wristbands or tickets and this determined your path.

Appropriate Ages: Really it all depends on the person. A few actors were using adult language which can be inappropriate for younger children but overall i think 12 year olds could handle the attraction.

Props / Special FX: As always fantastic. The attraction was over loaded with props and FX. Some of which actually provided actor-less scares which i enjoyed.

Costumes / Make-up: Again, fantastic. D.O.D. never lets up in this category. The only problem was that a few actors werent wearing costumes (I.e. what i believe was the basement portion of the attraction) and a few rooms were too dark to even see any make up.

Summary: I've been going to the dungeon of doom for years now, i even worked there for a few years but i must say, going through it without being on the inside of the operation makes it even better. I must say i dont agree with people claiming it to be disappointing, i think that it was overall much larger and more enjoyable than previous years. A few parts that really stuck out in my mind were the cock roach hallway, the cabin room, mercy hospital, the cage/wood rack maze, the squishy foam hallway, the clown room, and this shock type room where the actor was above you the whole time smashing around on metal grates and fences. 
I really wish the season was a bit longer so i could return to the DOD again because i really did have a great time. I think that just the shier enormity of the attraction made it awesome...and they only used a small fraction of the warehouse!! I can only imaging how long this will be in a few years when they have enough supplies to make the entire building a haunt! 
With that is my only complaint. I think it would have been a lot more interesting to use the buildings natural features instead of wood walls and mazes. If they would have used the actual corridors of the ware house and such, i feel that that would have more than doubled my enjoyment. But, they still put on a great show none the less. 
Great job!

6 out of 17 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror Haunted House (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: necrodude31   (Event Visited: 10/29/09 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Its located behind Kristofs entertainment center off of Rollins rd. ONce you pull into Kristofs, there are people with flashlights to guide you the rest of the way. Be careful though, Kristofs can come and go if youre not paying attention.

Wait Entertainment: This night it was non existent but given the day and weather, its understandable. I thought the concession stand in the pre haunt wait area was nice though.

Length of Event: Surprisingly long actually, around 25 min. (the maze at the end took forever too)

Actor Performance: Great, very in your face and intense. And the actors who had a role to play did a fair job executing that role. RoT is a more jump and scare house and it WORKS for this haunt.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very nice. Never ran into a group... unless you count this. 
The opening room is also the middle room. Where, you enter the house on one side of a check in counter and then you pass through the room again behind the check in counter. As we were going behind it, another group was coming in.

Appropriate Ages: Actors were very adult oriented and used vulgar language. There is also mass amounts of blood and gore in this haunt and many tortured victims. I agree that no one under 10 is allowed in.

Props / Special FX: Very nice actually. A lot of animatronics were used in place of actors as scares which really helped. You can also tell that this haunt really likes to use air cannons as almost every room had one.

Costumes / Make-up: Decent, a lot of blood and gore again but the costumes/ make up matched the scene they were in.

Summary: This was my first year going to this haunt and i will definitely be returning in future years. Right away at the ticket booth there was a scare, in the wait area there were scares, this haunt is NON STOP from beginning to end... including the maze at the end.  
let me explain something to you, if you think youre good at mazes HAHAHA good luck! This was a little tiny 10X20 tent that took us over 15 min to get through. It is a very random maze made up of white walls, a slow white strobe light, and so much fog you cant see your own hand 6in from your face. The white walls made a dizzying effect and one that when the strobe light blinked, what you thought was an opening was actually a wall! You had to feel your way through and had to use the actors as guides to help get you through.  
Overall though i really enjoyed this attraction. And for how new this haunt is they did a spectacular job. Cant wait to see what next year is like!!!





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