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2011 Screams in the Park Haunted House Review


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Screams In The Park
9703 Bryn Mawr
Rosemont, IL 60018

Visited: 10/08/11

  

Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: Finding this event was a big challenge.  Screams in the Park was located near the spaghetti pile of off ramps that is commonly known as the intersection of I-90, I-190 & I-294. My initial attempt to find this attraction was unsuccessful, as my Garmin GPS took me to the wrong place. After driving around for a while, I saw a small sign propped up in the middle of the road on a dark section of Balmoral Avenue, indicating where I needed to turn. Unfortunately that sign didn't take me where I needed to go, either.  I was so confused that I had to stop and ask a policeman.  He told me that I needed to go back turn where the sign told me to, then make a U-turn after a block or so (which wasn't marked), take a sharp right and that would lead me to the event's parking lot.  Seriously, could they have made the haunted house any harder to find?  
Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment. 
Admission Price: $20
Parking: FREE
Length:

11 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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.  

LPR: 1.375
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 were some serious issues with crowd control. Although there weren't that many customers there on the night that I attended, there were still two times when I ran into other groups ahead of me. There was also one time when everyone came to a complete halt and had to wait for about 5 minutes to continue.  This herky-jerky flow really detracted from the overall impact of the event.       

Summary:

This attraction was held inside a tent and consisted of numerous scenes, which were separated by transitional hallways. Some of the hallways were rather ornate, while others had plain black walls. Most of the scenes in the haunted house were highly detailed. For the most part, Screams in the Park relied heavily on detailed scenes and animated props and put less of an emphasis on actor performances. According to their website, the attractionís theme was supposed to revolve around H.H. Holmes. Upon entering the house, patrons were informed that they were entering the residence of HH Holmes, the famous serial killer, and while most of the scenes followed that particular theme, there were some (like the exorcist room and hospital) that didnít seem to fit in.

Some of the scenes that stood out from the rest included the bathroom, the exorcist room, the church funeral and the graveyard. In the bathroom there were blood-smeared ceramic tile walls, as well as a water spraying toilet, a bloody sink and a body silhouette showing thorough a shower curtain. I was a little disappointed, though, as nothing really happened in the scene.

The Exorcist scene was set-up like a detailed bedroom with an old dresser, mirror and an antique lamp. While an actress levitated above a bed in the center of the room, creepy sounds played in the background.

One of the larger scenes in the haunted house was the church funeral. Upon entering the room, an actress standing behind a church pulpit asked my group to sit in one of several rows of wooden pews. After we had settled in, she opened a nearby casket and asked all of us to pay our respects. Shortly afterward, there was a scare attempt near the casket, which was primarily ineffective. None of the people in my group were startled, since we were all sitting so far away in the pews.

The graveyard was one of the most detailed and visually impressive scenes in the house. Patrons had to weave their way along a zig-zag pathway, bordered by moss-covered picket fencing. Multiple crooked tombstones filled the graveyard and the scene was accented well with colored lighting. As customers walked by, a huge 15-foot tall skeleton animation stood up, towering over everyone, growling.

I really enjoyed the visual projection effects they had, as well. In one area there was the illusion of blood dripping down a white sheet and projected on another sheet were hundreds of scurrying cockroaches, which seemed to creep my group out quite a bit. Along one dark path, pieces of the wall exploded out, revealing colored lighting shining through into the hallway. While it was a neat effect, no attempt was made to conceal the mechanical components. The bright silver pneumatic cylinders and colored plastic air hoses behind the wall were clearly visible, thus reducing the overall impact of the effect. Also further down the hallway was a department store mannequin in an alcove, dressed in red long underwear. I still havenít figured that one out.

On the night that I attended, there really weren't a lot of actors throughout the attraction. The actors that I did see weren't wearing elaborate costumes; most of them were wearing dark jeans and black T-shirts. In fact, the security personnel stationed at various points throughout the haunted house were wearing similar attire, so at times it was hard to distinguish them from the actors. One costume that I saw just didn't make any sense. An actor hiding in a dark corner was wearing a top hat, suit coat & skeleton T-shirt, but for some reason he also had a Freddy Krueger glove on his hand. There were a couple of times when I saw actors break character. The woman in the funeral scene grabbed her water bottle and took a drink before my group had left the scene and a similar incident occurred later on in the attraction. With patrons still in the room, I witnessed a staff member walk in and start talking to an actor.

With all of the high-end animatronics and other eye-candy, the visuals in this attraction were very impressive to say the least, but due to the actor-related issues discussed earlier, there really werenít a lot of screams in this park. The haunted house was fun and creepy, but not really scary. If you are a fan of detailed scenes and professional animated props, then this haunted house is for you. Unfortunately on the scare meter, this one registered fairly low. Also, considering how short it was, along with the steep admission price, I donít feel like I got my moneyís worth.

 

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.screamsinthepark.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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