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All 2009 Visitor Reviews Submitted by radsponge

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4 out of 8 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Chronicles Of The Cursed: Hades Emerges (Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: radsponge   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: The only sign I saw was for the $10 parking (which I did not have to do)

Wait Entertainment: they had more than just the rat man. Creepy big guy turned transvetite and errie clown lady, voodoo man was good

Length of Event: 20 min

Actor Performance: Some of the actors' performances were fine, but the problem is the design of the place. Only a few rooms where they had a chance to scare you. Most rooms way way too large. Whoever designed the layout must not have designed haunted house layouts before. You could see the actors way off in the distance at times so they have no opportunity to impress you unless they are assigned dialogue with you.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: this night flow was good. We did not get squished by those behind us (probably because it was not scary at all). We paced ourselves to ensure actors had time to reset for our group, but as I said, many rooms so bid it did not matter, they had no chance to launch a scare on us.

Appropriate Ages: You could take your 6 year old to this one.

Props / Special FX: What special FX? They had a black light room ok. It is clear from looking at the props in the second waiting area that some $$ got spent with a design in mind but they must have run out of time. If anyone else noticed on the right as you enter the room is the WGN logo and a stage that was meant to be a news anchor desk. There is a very complex robotic manequin behind the desk and she has a few subtle movements, but there is no voice, no intro. Somebody had an idea and it did not work.

Costumes / Make-up: Some of the costumes were quite good, but if they don't have a chance to launch the scare with the right timing and inflection because you can see them a mile then what good is the level of detail.

Summary: Well impressions started off wrong with the house opening 15 min late. Having taken my kids to the old Hades year after year in Villa Park, expectations were high, and this reincarnated Hades is the biggest letdown of the decade. How with so much $$ backing from tribune, WGN, and other is it possible to this haunted house design was not scary at all, but some kind of mis-guided circus affair? I was really disappointed. Their trailer was 10 times more scary than the house. I cannot believe with all that backing that they blew it, unless their intent was to attract the kiddies next year like they used to do inside Navy Pier on Halloween. I will not give them a second chance if they survive this year. What happened?

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Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Doom Haunted House (Zion, Illinois)
Reviewed by: radsponge   (Event Visited: 10/17/09 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/09
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Little tough to find, but the parking is well organized and no charge! New location is awesome and potential for making it even bigger next year is there to be taken.

Wait Entertainment: did not get a good look cause I paid for 6 VIP tickets

Length of Event: 45-60 min

Actor Performance: Actors are awesome. In their places and able to adapt. Proof in point was phone booth man. I was first in line (dad) and when he asked who goes in the booth I spoke up and said I would. He replied......ladies first which I could not argue with and my son's girlfriend's sister went in. All the actors appeared to be enjoying their roles and they were full on. I did not see anyone slacking at all.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was good. Never bunched up except at Mercy General (needs little work there). Really impressed on how they processed the various groups based on what they paid for. See summary for recommendation.

Appropriate Ages: 16-60

Props / Special FX: Loved the giant bat eating corpse in the main waiting area. Did not get to see it long cause we were VIP. The room with the refrigerator was nice touch. Loved the rickety rope bridge over to Hoochie House.

Costumes / Make-up: Many of the costumes were standard fare since they for most part were executing scares from drop downs, recessed openings, etc. Mercy General greeter and the crazy guy there had effective costumes, as did lobby dudes.

Summary: We have been many times to DD in past at fair grounds and I must say, for 1st year at new location, they really pulled it off. Really good design, but here are a few suggestions: 
- Get a VIP entrance or at least provide a path to their holding area. I did not enjoy getting popular with the masses as I crossed through 4 lines of people to get someone's attention that I had some VIP tickets. Hello! 
- Expand Mercy General because advertising 2 floors is a bit misleading since 2nd floor was a few mercy general rooms and a maze 
- T-shirts! Where are the T-shirts? DD only sold sweatshirts and hoodies. Come on! You could make a killing selling inagural T-shirts and you blew it. 
- Oh the buried alive..what happened? Balls barely covered us and no pressure applied to them after they were dropped like in 2007. Go big with it or take it out. Too much wait time to then get disappointed. 
- Sinister Scents....try them 
Loved DD in new location and will be back next year. 





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