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HauntedIllinois.com's
2010 X-treme Hautings Review


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X-treme Hauntings
76 Honing Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020

Visited: 10/15/10

 

Visibility/Location: They did a great job with signage in this category.  Along Sayton Rd there was a large illuminated "Haunted House" arrow sign, telling you where to turn.  There was a similar sign on Honing Rd and yet another directing you into the parking lot.  There were also a couple of parking attendants with flashlights, to show you were to park.   In the parking lot, there is an arrow sign, pointing to the entrance, where they had a canopy set up to keep patrons dry. 
Wait Entertainment: There wasn't much of a line on the night that I attended, so there really wasn't a need for wait entertainment.  They did have a troll character outside, who was interacting with the people walking up to the ticket booth.  Inside, they had a large indoor waiting area that was themed very well.  There was a two story facade of a run-down old shack.  Trees, shrubbery, old car tires and colored lighting helped set a spooky mood.  Flashing floodlights were synced to a thunder soundtrack, to simulate thunder and lightning.  A backwoods character was there taunting the people waiting in line.  There were also two televisions, in the corners of the room, that were playing horror movie clips.         
Admission Price: $14.00
Parking: FREE
Length:

10 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: 1.785
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
Crowd Control: They did a good job with crowd control.  The customer flow was well regulated (didn't run into any other groups), with the exception of the black maze, where I ran into 2 or 3 groups.  This could be expected, though, considering the circumstances.     

Summary:

The tour started off in a "Hellevator", which is a room that simulates a wild ride in an out of control elevator with a shaking motion, flashing lights, mechanical sound effects and artificial scents.  From there, customers advanced through several scenes with unrelated themes.  The moderate to high level of detail maintained throughout the attraction established a believable atmosphere.  

The cave, which was illuminated by hanging lanterns, had rough textured "rock" walls, as well as up & down ramps, for a more interactive feel.  Also in this area was an actor who was dragging a shovel across the floor, to make a nice clanging sound.  Fox Lake General Hospital was one of the most disgusting scenes in the haunted house.  It was set up as a hospital with backwoods characters.  An actor who was lying face down on a table was getting an enema.  As patrons walked by, they were sprayed with a fine mist of "anal juice". In another room of the hospital, bloody actors on crutches chased customers out of the scene.     

One of the most visually appealing rooms in the haunted house was what I will call the Witches Lair, because it reminded me a lot of the scene with the witch, in the movie "Sleep Hollow".  The entire scene was illuminated by several flickering candles attached to the walls.  In the center of the room was a table made of old weathered wood, which had skulls and other bones on it.  A "witch" in a long white dress & veil jumped up on the table, saying lines like "They made me do it" and "You shouldn't be seeing this".  I also liked the North Pole scene.  With strings of Christmas lights stretched across the top of the scene, this area was decorated with festive presents, bleeding candy canes painted on the walls and Christmas trees hung upside-down from the ceiling.  Before leaving the scene, customers were approached by a creepy little elf and Santa, who attacked with a power saw.  

At the end of the attraction, there was a pitch black maze, with several dead ends.  Throughout this area, actors taunted customers and did their best to send them the wrong way.  Other notable scenes included the nasty kitchen, the clown room and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre room.  

Overall, the actors did a good job.  They all had high energy performances.  Some of them did pop-out scares, while others were more theatrical and interactive.  While everyone stayed in character, there were a couple of timing issues, where scare attempts (especially the pop-outs and drop windows) were off their mark. 

I really enjoyed going through Xtreme Hauntings this year.  They always put on a fun show and this year was no exception.  They created some great new scenes, while making changes to existing ones.  I recommend checking them out this season.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.x-tremehauntings.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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