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HauntedIllinois.com's
2006 Dream Reapers Haunted House Review
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Dream Reapers Haunted House
1945 Cornell
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Visited: 10/13/06

 

Visibility/Location: If you follow the directions on their website, you should have no problem getting there.   There was an illuminated arrow sign on the corner of North Avenue and Cornell, showing you where to turn.  There were also flashing lights on the top of the building and illuminated inflatable "ghosts" near the entrance, to get your attention. 
Wait Entertainment: There were several actors interacting with the people waiting in line.  Outside there was also a concession stand. 
Admission Price: $15.00
Note: A limited amount of free parking is available along the East side of the street; however, the City of Melrose Park charges $3 if you wish to park in the adjacent parking lot. 
Length:

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

Scare Factor: High
Crowd Control: Crowd control was very good throughout the attraction.  The video that they showed at the beginning, that explained the rules of the haunted house, spaced groups out nicely.  There was one time when my group ran into another one, but that was in the pitch-black maze.  After that, I never ran into any other groups..

Summary:

Dream Reapers put on a really good show this year.  They kept some of the scenes that had worked well in the past, like the clown room, hillbilly house and industrial area.  They also created some really great new scenes too.  Heck, they even added a surprise or two in the staging room where they tell you the rules!   In general, more areas had covered ceilings, which really enhanced the believability of the illusion they are trying to create in each scene. 

Detail, detail and more detail... That is where Dream Reapers really shines.  Their new areas were phenomenal.  The swamp was so realistic it was amazing.  It had standing water, trees, an alligator and animatronic striking snakes.  It was also very dark and claustrophobic.  As part of the scene, they actually had you walk inside of a tree.  The tree was very realistic in appearance and highly detailed.  Inside the tree, there were textured walls that actually moved in and out, as if the tree itself was breathing.  The courtyard was another area that was outstanding.  I really enjoyed the real working fountain, the skull waterfall and the actor who was dressed to look like a statue.  At first I didn't think he was real.   He stood completely still and just as my group had almost passed, he lunged at us, scaring everyone.  The grungy hillbilly house basement was a nice addition to their already popular hillbilly house scene.  In this new area, there were kids caged up under the stairs, pleading for you to set them free.  There was a door that was chained shut, that rattled back and forth as if someone were trying to escape.  There were also a couple of hillbilly characters taunting you from a platform above the stairs.  

Not only did Dream Reapers have highly detailed scenes, acting was another one of their strengths this season.  The actors in most areas were very enthusiastic and energetic.  In the clown room, they were literally bouncing off the walls.  A couple of the other high-intensity areas were the hillbilly house and the industrial area.  Most of the actor's attacks were right on target. They really seemed to know their roles and stayed in character the whole time.    

The Dream Reapers Crew's attention to detail is amazing. Not only did they create some great new scenes, they added some great finishing touches to existing scenes, also.  There is a lot of eye candy in this haunted house.  Kudos to the Dream Reapers crew.  They obviously put a lot of work into their haunted house and it shows.  This event is a must-see.  

 

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