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2016 Visitor Reviews of
Trail Of Screams (Rockford, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: Bre1315   (Event Visited: 10/07/16 @ 8:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It was a little hard to find because of all the back roads and the sign wasn't lit up.

Wait Entertainment: The guy that read the rules at the front of screamatorium was very good, not much of a line for entertainment though.

Length of Event: About an hour to an hour and a half.

Actor Performance: Everyone was so scary! Everyone in my group was screaming their heads off and running, one of them even tripped because of running from the chainsaw.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We never ran into any other groups.

Appropriate Ages: 16+

Props / Special FX: Most of the makeup looked so real! and I loved the props at the candy house and the one with the dolls.

Costumes / Make-up: Makeup looked really real and I liked some of the masks people had on. The dolls were adorable and creepy at the same time.

Summary: Overall, this is the best haunted house ive been to in the past two years. I may sound calm writing this review but my throat hurt so bad the next day because of how much i screamed. I also found out that i could probably run a marathon with how fast i was running away from the clowns. Two great haunted houses and shooting zombies with paint balls for $20? Pretty good deal to me. Wouldn't recommend for kids younger than 15 though, it can be kind of intense especially at screamatorium but the zombie paint ball thing is definetly a fuin relaxer to end running for your life from chainsaws!

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10 out of 28 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: nellyjelly   (Event Visited: 10/01/16 @ 11:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/05/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: I feel it's a good location. You have to drive through some creepy woods to get there. The drive to the haunted house just sets the mood.

Wait Entertainment: Didn't have to wait long at all. Had time to go use the restroom then the group was ready to go.

Length of Event: At least a hour if not a little more.

Actor Performance: Everyone did a great job staying in character and had good come backs when you asked them stuff.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Never caught up to a group. Felt the flow worked out very well.

Appropriate Ages: I would take my 12 year old niece to this. I think she would enjoy it. But also entertaining for adults

Props / Special FX: All looked very good.

Costumes / Make-up: Very realistic. Did a very good job.

Summary: Had a lot of fun. Try to go every year. Always a good time. Make up and props flowed together very well. Set the scenes up nicely. The trail is marked very well to guide you to each station. Thebus that drives you to the trail is a nice touch. It adds to the scare factor. Everything flowed very well. The actors were really good at staying in character.

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6 out of 45 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: DollFace   (Event Visited: 10/21/16 @ 10:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/16
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: This haunt to me has a good creepy location that helps the effect and atmosphere they are going for but it is extremly difficult to get to, find, leave. Located in the woods and having such a large amount of land to work with really helps with the creepy affect but unfortunately just trying to get to them is a very difficult task. I have passed the enterance to just start the journey to get to thwm off the main road alot of times. Once you do manage to get it right then you must maneuver yourself through a good amount of woods hoping you dont miss the next sign directing you to them. Most of the road throughout is intended to be a one way so trying to get there then get out cars have to share a very small amount of road. I have gotten lost leaving a good amount of times. One time it took me over 20 min to figure out the right way out. I truly love the area they selected but im not a fan of the difficulty on finding them and getting there.

Wait Entertainment: The actors they had tonight were really good. They stayed in character throughout, even poped up in other areas of the haunt. I didnt feel uncomfortable or uneasy with their closeness ratio to me. They were affective with a good amount of people in the line.

Length of Event: The wait length in line was only about 15min so they are really good at trying to get people through as quickly and efficient as possible. Then the overall length to get through the first two haunts they provide was about a half hour to 40min. Me and my family chose not to wait in the line to go through the third and last section they provided with paint balls and zombies. If we would have i feel it would of been just another 15-20mins added on so really if they are not crazy busy, you could get through the whole haunt they provide in about an hour or so. For the large amount of what they have that is a really good time.

Actor Performance: The actors were very good projecting the characters they were playing. They had a good amount of effectiveness on their ability to scare alot of people in the group i was in. I also really appreciated their ability to do what they needed to get the responses they were trying for while still knowing the cut off and closeness comfort of the patron. My enjoyment leave here was alot easier to accomplish. The only thing for me i would have enjoyed seeing more actors in certain areas. I do understand though that especially with the large amount of space being used it can be difficult to be able to get the amount of actors you would like and need. So for me it would of b nice to see more actors but it didnt effect the overall haunt too much for me. I was still able to enjoy myself throughout.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow here was more how i enjoy haunts to be. Within the group i was in there were times that certain memebers slowed the flow down a little but the ability to move through thr whole haunt at your pace was nice. You didnt have to stop and stay in certain areas until the actors allowed you to move forward. A good amount of this haunt to me was able to get the reactions and effects they were going for. The parts that werent exactly able to get the same reaction knew their cut off and i personally didnt feel them trying to push or force you to do what they wanted. This haunt didnt make me feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Oncr they seen i wasnt effected they moved on to other members in my group that were easier to scare and would give them the reaction they were trying to get. I did enjoy myself throughout this haunt.

Appropriate Ages: For me i would say that this haunt would be fine for the younger age ranges and up. Im not exactly sure on what the actual appropriate youngest age is but whatever the youngest age that a haunt is able to go to me would be fine. If the parent feels the child will have the ability to handle it then to me i feel this haunt would b fine for them.

Props / Special FX: The appearance, effects, realism in my opimion were really amazing. Throughout a large amount i could see the effort and creativity they put into them. I enjoyed seeing alot of the detection and hard work they did show throughout the haunt. I feel they put alot of work into a house they have there. The candy house n the effects and dialog were to me well done.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make up were completely on point some even better then thought to me. The actors overall to me did a really great job transforming themselves into the roll and/ or character they had to project. 2 Thumbs up from me for being able to accomplish that effectively.

Summary: So overall this haunt for me was enjoyable and didnt make me feel uncomfortable or annoyed or unself. This haunt i would go through again and actually go through the last section and experience the whole haunt. The first two for me were entertaing. The difficulty of finding and geting to the haunt as well as needed a few more actors are all i really feel could use some improvement but i would go through here again and recommend it to my loved ones. Great outcome to me.

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