2003 Dream Reapers Haunted House Review
|Dream Reapers Haunted
1985 North Mannheim Road
Melrose Park, IL 60061
|Date of Review:
Dream Reapers is set off the road quite a distance, they are
conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways. While
there were no signs posted along the road leading you to the
long line of customers was enough to get your attention.
Reapers is located in a strip mall, so the exterior is pretty
plain-looking. They did, however, have a hearse sitting
outside to enhance the appearance of the attraction.
actors were roaming the waiting line, interacting with the
crowd. The night I attended, they even had a demolition derby for the crowd's
enjoyment! Once inside, customers were entertained by
horror movies playing in the indoor waiting area.
General Admission: $13.00
VIP Pass: $25.00 (allows you to bypass the main
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different
rates, your time may vary.
great eerie atmosphere was established from the start, by the
great artwork on the walls of the waiting room and it continued
throughout the house with their various detailed scenes. Dream
Reapers is one of the most detailed haunted houses I have ever
seen. They effectively use lighting, fog and custom music soundtracks
in all of their scenes, to
enhance the overall mood of the attraction. The combination of numerous animatronics
and spirited actors further added to the atmosphere they were
trying to create.
control was pretty good; however there was a time or two when I
noticed that groups ran into each other. Overall, though,
customer flow was pretty smooth throughout the attraction.
that I spoke with was very pleased with their visit to Dream Reapers.
scenes were elaborately detailed in this attraction, which is
what Dream Reapers does best. To keep the show interesting, they added some new
scenes this season, as well as making improvements to others.
enjoyed their new scenes this year. The boiler room was
outstanding. With a boiler, heat exchange pipes and other appropriate
props, this scene was very realistic.
Another one of their new scenes featured broken pipes, 55 gallon
drums and glowing
toxic waste oozing from every crevice of the room, to simulate a
radioactive disaster. Dream Reapers effectively used
a combination of detailed scenes, eerie lighting, artificial scents and custom music soundtracks
in every scene to create an atmosphere of alternate reality, making you believe you are
somewhere else, not in a haunted house.
It seemed like
they had more
actors than they had last year. For the
most part, all of them were very enthusiastic and well
motivated. In my trek through Dream Reapers, all of the
actors stayed in character.
Reapers really put together a great show this year. This
a must see.
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