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|Reviewed by: DragonSlayer   (Event Visited: 10/04/13 @ 7:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/30/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: Located in the old Cicero Town Hall, this daunting two story brick building is hard to miss. There was a large tent outside with lots of lights and music pumping. Plus, with all the people around you know you have found it.
Wait Entertainment: A couple of actors in costume walking around and messing with people.
Length of Event: about 30 minutes.
Actor Performance: The actors were decent to good. There wasn't anything too exotic or over the top here but they get the job done. Most stayed in character the whole time and a few went far into their character to create a unnerving feeling but most of the actors were just okay.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was here last year and found that people tend to move quickly through this haunt so I always have groups catching me from behind and losing me in the front. They do not do much inside to control this. However, they did a better job this year with letting people into the haunt by forming groups of about 5-6 people in front of three doors. They let one group in then wait about a minute and a half and let the next one in. Each group then moves down to the next door. Much better system than last year.
Appropriate Ages: I would say 10 and up but there's nothing too crazy inside.
Props / Special FX: Cicero is a community haunt but they tend to get some cool props and design some really cool rooms as well. This year was no different and the effects in some areas are near movie quality.
Costumes / Make-up: Nothing elaborate and most are sub-par. The clowns and some of the demon people are probably the best looking.
Summary: Cicero has grown into a must see attraction and this year they changed the entire inside. While I really liked several scenes inside, I was disappointed from what they did in the previous year. I was really looking forward to the expanded part of the haunt but it was lack luster at best. Many parts were too well lit and without much fog and these were areas that had little to no detail. Several times I couldn't figure which way to go and the house is not well organized inside with regards to closing off areas that are off limits to patrons. The other major issue was the large presence of non- costumed security personal inside the haunt which majorly distracted from the scenes. Plus, they got rid of the white maze which really set this haunt apart from the masses. I really liked Cicero Hall of Horrors better last and while it lasted longer, it was not a good addition.
Now some of the changes were good like the clown area, the chainsaw area, and a bio-hazard area but nearly good enough to warrant a higher score. They did away with the prison scene as well which was really good because they have actual prison cells inside this building. They also did not have any of the sound effects turned up loud enough. The one thing that Cicero does well though is the fun house concept and they had many of the crawling parts and climbing parts still incorporated into the attraction. Cicero is also the only place I know of that does claustrophobia unlike any other haunt. It is long, dark, and super tight. It takes minutes to get through! If anything, check out Cicero Hall of Horrors as I will give them the benefit of the doubt because I did visit them on opening night right after they opened. Cicero does a good job and I will still come back next year to see what they have done or fixed.