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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: psycho88   (Event Visited: 10/11/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/09
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to find and accesible from many routes. Directions on the website were dead on. 290 was backed up but it was very easy to detour.

Wait Entertainment: We arrived at 6:45 for a seven o'clock start. We entered the facility at 7:02 and did not witness any actors outside.

Length of Event: 15 minutes

Actor Performance: Every year my wife and I enjoy going to a few haunted house attractions and try to not waste our time with low scare factor events. With that being said, I have to say the these were the best actors I have encountered in a haunted house attraction. The timing was just about perfect in each room and they made an effort to work in concert with the automated effects. There were also many rooms with multiple actors who worked very well with each other. All actors remained in character throughout and they were everywhere.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was excellent. Our group did not run into anyone and no one caught us. The staff seemed very attentive to group size and appeared to care about the scare factor that all members of the group would experience.

Appropriate Ages: Teenagers and up. I didn't think anything was too vulgar for younger children, but they will most likely be terrified.

Props / Special FX: They really put a lot of effort into the details here. Their scenes were awesome. I especially enjoyed the graveyard with people coming out of graves. It felt like the outdoors. A lot of places go with a lot of darkness but this house is lighter than many because I think they want people to enjoy the visual details. You can't miss the stink either. Many of their automated stuff is really good too - I found myself ducking at some points. Overall, the best I have seen in an attraction.

Costumes / Make-up: Highly detailed costumes and make-up. Each room had actors that seemed to match the theme of those rooms which definitely adds to the scare factor.

Summary: I hate to sound like a commercial for the place but I would say that this is the best that I have experienced. My wife and I are in our thirties and don't scare that easy. I mean - you know it's coming. But my wife screamed like a teenager in this place. We were with two other younger couples who just plain refused to move after about three minutes in. So my wife pushed forward and took the lead. I have simply never heard her scream so much in one of these places. She had a sore throat when we were done. You might want to bring a cough drop or something if you are a screamer. The timing of the scares was unbelievably good and they would be one after the other in the same room - people flying out of everywhere just when your attention was on something else. Heck, I even jumped a few times and I am a combat vet. After one good scare, one of the actors even quipped in a sinister voice "Why so jumpy big guy?" I'm thinking to myself, because you guys are good at what you do. This attraction has a good understanding of psychology and how to manipulate the senses, alter perceptions, and create fear. The actors enjoy what they do and are well trained. I would have given it a ten, but it just didn't seem long enough to me. Well worth the price and the hour drive each way.





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