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HauntedIllinois.com's
2010 The Fear Review


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The Fear Haunted House
at Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Visited: 10/09/10

 

Visibility/Location: Visibility of this event not very good, to say the least.  This year the haunted house was moved down to the far East end of the pier, which was not visible from the entrance.  There was only one haunted house sign located off to the right of the entrance in the shadows, but you would definitely miss it if you weren't looking carefully.  To get to the haunted house it is easily a 10-15 minute walk from the entrance, so if you aren't already at Navy Pier for other reasons, you have quite a hike ahead of you to get there.  There were, however, three bright strobe lights at the haunted house, which could be seen as you got closer to it.   Lack of signage was definitely a big problem this year.         
Wait Entertainment: They did a great job in this category.  A number of actors were interacting with the crowd outside.  The outside of the attraction was nicely themed with a grungy facade, adorned with signs that read "Danger! Creature Containment Unit".  There was also heavy metal music playing and fire spinners performing for the people waiting in line.    As an added bonus, there was a fireworks show on Navy Pier the night that I attended (they do this every Saturday night).   
Admission Price: $20.00
Parking: $24.00 (Flat Fee for Navy Pier Parking Garage)
Length:

8 Minutes *  
*
= 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: 0.454
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: Medium-Low
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great throughout the attraction.  I never ran into any other groups.       
The Fear Haunted House Pictures

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Summary:

The fear consisted of numerous scenes of varying themes, built into a series of trailers.  The attraction was detailed fairly well and the fact that it was enclosed in trailers, gave it a claustrophobic feel.  Also, this year, the attraction was about twice as long as it had been in the past.  

The medical area, which was one of the most visually appealing scenes in the haunted house, had assorted medical equipment, backlit x-rays and brains inside jars of glowing, brightly colored liquid.  In one area, there was a girl thrashing around on a slanted table and in other areas, various medical experiments were being conducted.  The werewolf forest featured "trees" throughout the path and howling wolf sound effects, along with multiple werewolf characters that stalked patrons through the scene.  In the vampire's den, there were several "toe pincher" coffins propped up along a twisting path.  As customers traversed the area, numerous vampires sprang out to attack them.  To give the illusion of additional space, the room was bordered with mirrors.  My personal favorite was the metal cage area, which was new this year.  Along a winding path, some cages were filled with piles of bones, while others had actors who reached out at customers passing by.  The area was illuminated with strobe lights and one hallway was filled with hanging clown bodies that you had to push to the side, to get through.  They also had a new twist on the standard claustrophobia effect*.  The right cloth panel of the effect was white and backlit with a flashing strobe light, which made it really disorienting.  

Overall, the actors did a good job.  The attraction was well-staffed and all of the actors stayed in character.  There were, however, a number of them who were younger & shorter, which made them less frightening.  All of the actors had great make-up and were wearing costumes that fit in with the scenes they were in.  

The Fear crew did a nice job of overhauling their haunted house this year, adding some new areas and making changes to others. Even so, I think the event is still a bit overpriced, especially if you factor in the cost of parking at the Navy Pier parking garage.  It is a fun event, though, so it is worth checking out.  

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.thefearhauntedhouse.com

 

* = A "claustrophobia effect" is a pair of inflated fabric panels that patrons have to push their way through.  

 

 

 

 

 

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