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2010 Midnight Massacre Review

Midnight Massacre
3440 Odyssey Court
Naperville, IL 60563

Visited: 10/14/10

 

Visibility/Location: This event was located at Odyssey Fun World, which is an arcade in Naperville.  Although it wasn't visible from the main road, there was a "haunted house" sign along Rt. 59, to show people where to turn.  A large vinyl "Midnight Massacre" banner was above the entrance and a strobe light was flashing on the front of the building, to increase visibility of the event.         
Wait Entertainment: There really wasn't much in terms of traditional wait entertainment, with the exception of some spooky music playing in the queue line area.  There was a horror movie playing on a television near the entrance, but because of the angle and location of the television in respect to the queue line, only the first few people in line could see it.   In the rules room, "Hotel Massacre" (what the attraction was named last year) was still printed on the rules board.  This should have been changed to their new name, for the sake of continuity and to eliminate any confusion.  Also, the attraction did not open until 20 minutes after their advertised starting time.             
Admission Price: $20.00 
Parking: Free
Length:

8 Minutes * 
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= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

LPR: 1.000
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Low-Medium 
Crowd Control: There really wasn't much of a line on the night that I attended, so I can't comment on how well they could have handled a crowd.      

Summary:

Midnight Massacre consisted of a series of scenes of varying themes.  The largest area in the haunted house was built into the facility's laser tag arena.  Unfortunately, there really wasn't much in terms of haunted house theming here.  The existing laser tag barricades were positioned to make a zig-zag path, which was accented by laser light effects and the flashing colored lights normally used in the arena for laser tag events.  A few monsters, like Michael Myers and an evil clown, inhabited this portion of the haunted house, staring at patrons as they walked by.  Considering the absence of a spooky haunted house atmosphere in this area, the monsters really seemed out of place.    

The rest of the haunted house was built outside of the laser tag arena.  I really liked the huge animatronic T-Rex head, with realistic chomping motions and growling sound effects.  In another area, there was a walkway with floor panels that shifted, as patrons walked across it.  The circus scene, which was one of the larger scenes in the house, started off with a maze of red & white plastic curtains.  Strobe lights were used to disorient patrons and a few dead ends only added to the confusion.  There was also a long corridor of hanging clown bodies that twitched.  Another room in the clown area had a large toy box, multiple clown mannequins, carnival music and clown artwork painted on the walls.  As customers walked through, a clown actor sitting on the floor stared at costumers, as they walked by.  Another memorable room in the attraction was the morgue.  It featured bodies on embalming tables and another table with a collection of arms, legs and other body parts on it.  While passing through the scene, I was stalked by a girl in a bloody smock, who was carrying a decomposing severed head on a hook.  In another area, there was an open casket funeral, with a surprise at the end.  In a hallway of pictures, Freddy was leaning against the wall.  As my group approached, he darted off into another scene, where he would pop out of a hiding place later.        

Overall, there were some issues with the actors.  While some of them did a good job, others had lackluster performances.  In the arena area, I surprised an actor who wasn't prepared.  When he saw me, he jumped and quickly tried to pull his mask down over his face.  Most of the costumes were adequate and consistent with the rooms they were in; however, in many cases the make-up was poorly applied.  Also, many of the scare attempts were pop outs and screams, but since the attacks were made after the actors had already been seen by the customers, they were primarily ineffective.  Those who had speaking parts did a great job, with the exception of a couple of actors who stumbled over their lines.      

On their website, it states that Midnight Massacre "...was voted the Midwest's SCARIEST Haunted House".  The website makes no mention of who did the voting.. and there is probably a good reason for that.  Considering that this was the tamest attraction I have attended this season, I can only surmise that this claim was just their opinion, intended to draw more customers to the event.  If an attraction is going to make grandiose claims, they need to deliver, otherwise customers will be disappointed.  I'll have to admit that I was.  Don't get me wrong.  There were a lot of things I liked about this haunted house.  It definitely had some decent entertainment value and I think it would be fun for haunted house fans of all ages... but it just didn't live up to the hype, nor was it worth the hefty $20 ticket price.          

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.midnightmassacre.net/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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