|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
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?