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2010 Realm of Terror Review


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Realm of Terror
BEHIND Kristof's Entertainment Center
421 West Rollins Road
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Visited: 10/08/10

 

Visibility/Location: This event is easy to find, especially if you know it is located behind Kristof's Entertainment Center.  Right below the Kristof's marquee was a backlit sign that read "Realm of Terror Haunted House Now Open".  On the night that I attended, there were also two large plywood signs to show people where to turn, as well as a golf cart by the curb with a yellow rotating light, to make the event more visible.     
Wait Entertainment: A large haunted house facade helped patrons get in the mood for their upcoming tour.  There were also numerous actors outside, interacting with customers.  In their covered waiting area, there were a few props and a video of surgery being performed, to add to the atmosphere.           
Admission Price: $13.00
Parking: FREE
Length:

21 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: 4.038
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: High
Crowd Control: They did a pretty good job in this category.  In the main attraction, I only caught up the group ahead of me once.  I did run into several groups in the fog-filled maze; however, that could be expected in an area with dense fog & flashing strobe lights.     
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Summary:

It should be noted that this event is for adult audiences.  Due to the graphic content within, young children should not attend.  With that being said... let's continue with the review.  The tour started with an intro video being played on a big screen television.  In the video, which had a very graphic ending, the house rules were explained to the patrons.  Moving through the attraction, I found that the majority of the scenes in the Realm of Terror followed an insane asylum theme.  Some rooms had disgusting grungy walls, while others were covered with bloody hand prints & blood streaks.  In the many scenes of the haunted house, there was a nice mix of actors and animatronic props.  In a number of areas, there was foreshadowing of what was to come later in the tour.  Customers could see through windows into other scenes, then later on, walk through the scenes themselves.  I thought that was an interesting touch.  

One hallway had crutches bolted to the walls and another area featured a grungy sink, with a large pile of empty pill bottles stacked on it.  In the dentists office, a maniacal dentist took a break from working on his patient in the chair, long enough to taunt my group.  One of my favorite scenes was the morgue.  It had a wall of morgue drawers, blood-splattered walls and a corpse on an examination table, with several syringes sticking out of its eyes.  Immediately afterward was a freezer for body storage.  The actor in the scene said "Don't disturb the patients", referring to the numerous body bags that hung from the ceiling.   

Throughout the attraction, there were some scenes that were more disturbing and/or controversial than others.  In the chapel, there was a priest who asked patrons to pray with him.  Throughout the scene, crosses and pages from the bible were glued to the walls.  The most disturbing area in the entire attraction had to be the "birthing room", which had used condoms stuck to the bloody walls.  As a pregnant woman laid on a table, a crazy doctor reached in and yanked out the baby, still attached by its umbilical cord.  As the woman screamed for help, the mad doctor tried to put the baby back where it came from.        

After exiting the main attraction, patrons entered a maze, which was filled with dense fog, loud booming sound effects and lots of strobe lights.  The fog was so dense, seeing two feet in front of you was a challenge.  There were a couple of actors in the maze, who did their best to lead you in the wrong direction.  To confuse patrons even more, there were a couple of moving walls that the actors had control of.  To say the least, it was a very disorienting experience.    

For the most part, actors performed well and were relentless, stalking patrons through their scenes.  I really enjoyed the high-energy, enthusiastic performances.  There were, however, a couple of times when their timing was off and some of the actors were pretty short, which made them less intimidating.  Kudos to the actor with metal pot on his head, who had one of the creepiest and most convincing characters inside the attraction.  He sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with conviction, then offered me a ham sandwich.      

If you are someone who gets offended easily, then this attraction may not be for you.  The Realm of Terror is billed on their website as "Illinois' Most Extreme Haunted House" and I can certainly agree with that.  If you are looking for an event that pushes the envelope, be sure to check this one out.  Also, considering the length and entertainment value of the attraction, the Realm of Terror really provides a lot of "bang for your buck".  

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.realmofterror.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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