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HauntedIllinois.com's
2006 Realm of Terror Review
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Realm of Terror
@ Kristof's Entertainment Center
421 w. Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Visited: 10/20/06

 

Visibility/Location: This event couldn't be easier to find, as long as you know it is located at Kristof's Entertainment Center.  There was a large Illuminated Kristof's sign right along the side of the road, as well as a smaller backlit sign that read "Haunted House". There were also a couple of large vinyl banners out in front of the building, to point you in the right direction.    
Wait Entertainment: They did a good job in this category.  There were a couple of costumed actors interacting with the customers waiting in line. There were also a couple of small televisions playing horror movie clips, near the entrance of the haunted house.
Admission Price: $10.00
Length:

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

Scare Factor: Medium-High
Crowd Control: Crowd control was excellent.  I didn't run into any other groups.

Summary:

The Realm of Terror consisted of a series of scenes of assorted themes.  Some of the scenes were highly detailed, while others had minimal props and a lesser degree of detail.  Throughout the haunted house, they used a combination of animatronics and actors to get their scares. One of the more detailed scenes was the living room.  It had bookcases, a television, flickering light and other appropriate props & furniture.  As you passed through the scene, a recliner chair opened up and an actor reached out at you, unexpectedly.  Another one of the more visually appealing scenes was the dungeon. This scene featured stone walls and a series of jail cells, one of which had a girl chained to the wall, who was calling out for help.  While the actors in most of the scenes were just performing in front of you, there was one scene that was more Interactive (interactive scenes are always a plus).  The actor had me participate by letting me throw the switch for the electric chair and then he had me feel the guts of a disemboweled body that was sitting on a table.   

Many of the special effects were timed well, although there were a couple of exceptions.  As I was exiting one area, a prop triggered after I had already left the scene.  

Overall, the actors seemed more organized this year.  They knew their roles and stayed in character.  The actors' timing was pretty good; however, there was one time I caught an actor peeking around a corner to see if a group was coming.  Overall, though, the actors did a good job and were more energetic than they were last year.  I was surprised by a couple of unexpected attacks from actors hiding in dark corners. 

The Realm of Terror is Located behind Kristof's Entertainment Center.  After visiting the Haunted House, you can check out a number of great activities that they have to offer (Bowling, Mini-Golf, Go-Karting, Batting Cages, and more).  Kudos to the Realm of Terror.  They did a great job and I had a fun time.  This event is definitely worth checking out. 

 

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