2004 Realm of Terror Haunted House Review
Kristof's Entertainment Center
421 W. Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073
||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.
||The wait entertainment was provided by various actors, walking around outside the attraction. While I was near the waiting line area, I saw
two different characters entertaining the patrons. One of them, a "Gravedigger", repeatedly
dragged his shovel on the pavement and frightened the customers
waiting in line. There was also a black van outside that
had “Realm of Terror” painted on the side, with a zombie driver, accented with fog, flashing red lights and spooky music playing in the background.
10 Minutes+ *
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different
rates, your time will vary.
level of detail in this attraction was improved from last year's
performance. Appropriate sound effects and animated props were
used in various areas of the house. A spooky music
soundtrack, played throughout the attraction, further enhancing
control was excellent. I didn't run into any other groups.
This year, the Realm of Terror has added more detail to their scenes, as well as a few new surprises. Once inside the house, you
move through several themed rooms. One of the best and most detailed scenes was the dungeon. The dungeon had a painted brick pattern on the walls with a girl behind bars, in shackles, begging to be set free. There was also an animated skeleton behind bars, rattling its cage.
Another nicely done area of the house was the bloody Psycho shower scene. Just when you least expected it, an actor with a bloody knife advanced on you. Various other scenes, such as the live electrocution and the clown scene, were also entertaining. One of the most surprising scares had to be the ghoul hanging from a harness above your head,
who reached down at you. This house also had a couple of very dark hallways, with a surprise or two. The actors were all very enthusiastic and into their roles.
They all stayed in character the entire time.
The Realm of Terror is located in Kristof’s Family Entertainment Center. Besides the haunted house, for
additional fees, they offer miniature golf, batting cages, video games and other activities, for an entire evening of family fun. The Realm of Terror really
provides a good “bang for your buck” this season. Not only did they increase the size of their haunted house, but they also
lowered their admission price. For an attraction that is only in
its second year of operation, they really put a lot of work into
it and it shows.
here to find out more about this event.