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HauntedIllinois.com's
2003 Realm of Terror Review

Realm of Terror
421 West Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 
Date of Review: 10/04/03
Visibility/Location: The Realm of Terror is in a great location.  Situated right along the side of Rollins Rd, it is very easy to see.  With their large, illuminated "Kristof's Entertainment Center" sign, you can't miss the entrance.
Outside Appearance: Outside the attraction, there is a nice castle-type facade, with a line of hay bales and corn stalks in front of it, for added effect. The facade has directional arrows on the front, leading you to the attraction's entrance and the ticket window.  
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was provided by various actors, walking around outside the attraction.  While I was near the waiting line area, I saw three different characters entertaining patrons.  One of them, a "Gravedigger", repeatedly hit his shovel on the pavement and chased patrons around the parking lot.  
Admission Price: $10.00
Length:

6 Minutes *  
*
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time may vary.

Scare Factor: Medium.    
Atmosphere: The level of detail in this attraction was adequate, but the mood could have been enhanced, if a little more detail had been incorporated into the scenes.  Appropriate sound effects and animated props were used in various areas of the house. A spooky music soundtrack, played throughout the attraction, further enhanced the mood.
Crowd Control: Group spacing could have been increased.  There wasn't much of a crowd the night I attended, yet I ran into the group in front of me about halfway through the house.  
Other Customer's
Opinions:
Many customers were pleased with this attraction.  The spinning vortex seemed to be a crowd favorite.  There were mixed reviews; however, as some patrons thought the attraction was a little overpriced.  Overall, though, it seemed like everyone had a good time.

Summary:

The Realm of Terror crew put together a pretty nice haunt.  While this event is a guided tour (which normally takes away from the scare factor and total "feel" of an attraction), The Realm of Terror staff helped preserve the illusion and atmosphere by having the guide stay behind you at all times. 

They used a wide variety of scenes to entertain their customers.  There were some great effects.  One of my favorites was the optical illusion that made it appear that an actor's body had been severed in half.  Their eclectic collection of scenes included everything from glowing toxic waste barrels and an electrocution, to skeletons in chains.  Of course I can't forget to mention the spinning vortex.

The actors performed well and most were very energetic.  I was impressed that none of them broke character and they seemed to be very much into their roles.  From the actors roaming the waiting line to the ones inside the house, they all did a great job.  

The Realm of Terror staff put together a great first year haunt and it has a lot of potential for future performances.  The only downside was that the attraction seemed a little small for the admission price paid.  Overall, though, it was an enjoyable experience. Kudos to the Realm of Terror staff.

 

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