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2012 Visitor Reviews of
Fear City/Hades (Morton Grove, Illinois)

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89 out of 95 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: sniper   (Event Visited: 10/12/12 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/12
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: They were very visible. There was a police car with flashing lights at the entrance.

Wait Entertainment: A couple of actors wandering around telling lame jokes.

Length of Event: Both events probably a half hour.

Actor Performance: They were very theatrical. Many were playing a part, but there were no scares.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Pretty good. The night I went, there really wasn't anyone in line, so we didn't run into anyone.

Summary: Fear City wasn't really any different from last year, and that isn't a good thing. There were all sorts of detailed scenes, but no scares.  
 
They still had the airplane and the red line train, along with a bunch of other scenes. It really wasn't scary at all.  
 
Hades was just weird. There were a bunch of dark hallways and some strange theatrical actors. It's hard to describe, but imagine a theatre group on crack. A bunch of people in the dark chanting and whispering. Weird dancing. I'm not sure what it was supposed to be.  
 
The real sad part is that they jacked the price up from $25 to $35 this year, supposedly because they had "Two World Class Haunts in One Location". When I visited, I didn't see one that was even close to good, much less world class.  
 
How they can charge these prices and expect people to swallow it, I don't know. Guess Halloween is just becoming a cash cow in Chicago. It's so sad!

65 out of 72 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/06/12 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/12
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Decent off a main road with a flashing light

Wait Entertainment: There were a few actors in line. 2 guys with extremely cheesey lines "DO you want to put "mas SCARE A" on me, and two females who were decent.

Length of Event: Appox 1 hr for both houses

Actor Performance: Theatrical and unconvincing. Nothing particulalry scary at all.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We didnt run into anybody.

Appropriate Ages: 5 and up

Props / Special FX: The props and effects were very good.

Costumes / Make-up: These were done well. Very good makeup and costumes

Summary: I went to this house last year and was completely insulted by how bad it was for the money spent. I told the group of people I went with I wasnt going, but they begged me to go and paid for my ticket. Free ticket, Im there!! I was mortified when I saw they were charging $35 this year!  
The haunt starts off with a peep show which is one small room with a newsstand and one peephole. Not much there. Then its a taxi scene explaining the haunt, and off the to the redline train. The redline is nothing more than an oversized Hellevator that many haunts use, There were two actors in there, but nothing particularly scary. From there the house becomes disjointed. There is no them IMHO. A slaghterhouse, hospital scene, doll room, jet plane, lady with a piano, all were in this house, but none of those scenes were scary. The piano room added nothing to the haunt, the doll room was very detailed, but not much of a scare. The hallway with flashing lights and several doors was pretty good, which kept you guessing where the actor would pop up from, but little to no scare was delivered. I though the best scene in the house was the "white room" which had a hazy feel to it and an actor dresses in white delivering a decent scare. The 3d area of the haunt and the black and white maze were also done well. 
From there the haunt goes into HADES. That is nothing more than one dark hallway after another, with whispering voices heard throughout. Not much else.  
My advice would be if you are going to go, dont expect it to be scary. Just go for the Fear City portion of it and save yourself $10 by avoiding HADES. 
This haunt was better than last year, but does NOT give bang for buck IMHO. It is NOT scary at all, and is a bit to theatric for me. There are better haunts for less. 
NOT RECOMMENDED!

23 out of 42 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: scareme13   (Event Visited: 10/19/12 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/20/12
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find, had signs pointing where to go and had a bunch of lights outside the house.

Wait Entertainment: There were a few actors walking around entertaining the crowd.

Length of Event: 15-20 minutes for Fear City and about 10 minutes for Hades.

Actor Performance: The actors were good, they stuck to their roles but I think they need to learn how to get a good scare. They were jumping out too early or standing in plain site sometimes. A lot of them would only go after the first person in line too, which isn't as fun for the people in the back.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good, we never ran into another group.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up.

Props / Special FX: The scenery in the house was awesome. It was really cool to see some iconic Chicago elements replicated in the house.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make-up were good. They seemed to be appropriate for the room that the actors were designated to perform in.

Summary: Overall, I thought it was a good haunted house but it could have been better. I know that this is only Fear City's 2nd year and they will only get better as they continue. The performance aspect of the house needs more work, but the scenery is amazing. I would like to have had more people jumping out at us because I felt like a lot of it was going through the rooms with actors just standing there reading their lines. I know that they will get better and I would recommend this haunted house for anyone who is a first timer or who appreciates the scenery in them.

 

 

 

 

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