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2015 C2H2: The Terror Within Review


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C2H2: The Terror Within
6226 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

Visited: 10/10/15

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: Using a GPS we found the location easily. The website shows an overhead map on the main page, which is helpful, because it marks the suite of the strip mall it's located in, it also highlights the two main cross streets that have access to the parking lot. When we first got there I had to drive a bit in the lot till I saw some strobe lights in a window and a truck parked in front with a flashing yellow light bar. Parking was vast and plenty, the lot to this particular haunt is quite huge. When we got out of the car and walked up to the storefront you can see the sign hanging on the building. At this haunt you will go inside to purchase your tickets.
Wait Entertainment: We were visiting early in the season so there were maybe three groups in front of us. The waiting area was dimly lit and was playing an entertaining AtmosFX video on a loop and the room was filled with RGB laser pattern which was disorienting due the speed of the motor of the laser. The laser was also projecting on the video on the wall's surface that was made of dark and light panels so I ended up not watching and engaging in conversation and looking around the room for other details. They have bike rack to guide guests in the queue to the entrance. Rule #1 to haunt going, don't wear flip flops (or any open toed footwear) there were a few bent feet on the bottom of the bike rack supports so take care not to stub your toe. The door person seemed to connect to the group about to enter. As we waited a clown did come out of a hidden door and stalk anyone that may not have noticed him. He would stand behind them until they noticed, but in a few instances would just scream, which was unpleasant. Either play the waiting game while stalking or whispering in their ear would have been more effective. There was a couple that was about to go next and they asked us to join them, we happily agreed. (I like to see how others react) the guy at the door allowed it, there was a coach light that flashed and a buzzer and we were on our way. Little did I expect to walk down a small dark hallway and into a large room with a scare. There were no breakdown of the rules, neither did I see any sign posted in the waiting area or near the entrance.
Admission Price: $13 Adult ( Age 10+ )
$9 Kids
Parking: Free
Length:

10.5 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 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: 2.826
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
Crowd Control: The experience of the haunt seemed to be mixed. Flow control was fantastic considering we did not bump into any groups that were ahead of us or behind us.

We did have a slight issue staying as a group. Each scene we were allowed to travel freely as most of the actors either walked around us or walked alongside us. The couple in front of us did manage to walk a little faster, at times they waited for us to rejoin out of haunt courtesy and not fear or moral support. The only time I may have noticed a somewhat hold was Jason popping out of the cabin with his machete and standing in the path, we attempted to go around him but he would move menacingly as to let us know 'no, not yet'

There was only one misfire with an actress in one scene where the couple in front of us was no more than eight feet in the lead and I never lost sight of them, the actress must have thought they were the only group and followed them out of the room to a turn in the hall, where she took a couple steps back and bumped into me. I apologized.

There were numerous pitch black hallways between each scene. These worked as a natural flow control but were way to long for their purpose, I did like the choose your path hallway split, which our group debated which path to take again a good flow control method.

Summary:

Community Commonwealth Haunted House is a non profit haunt which is supported and run by it's volunteers. Which in turn get local children off the streets and give them something to do and they are involved in how the haunt is shaped. I have a feeling we had gone on a low turnout night for actors. Most scenes had at least two people, in them and the scenes that had one actor was necessary due to their iconic situation (Freddy / Jason) Only one was left with no actors and wondered if one was going to jump out unexpectedly.

All the actors seemed to really get into their part. They were energetic and had played their roles very well. No one would break character, or seemed out of character before we had entered or left a room, they were always ready. I liked the medical area the best, that had the most detail out of all the rooms, the most actors, and the most activity surrounding you. The graveyard was pretty good with zombies slowly following you as you exit the scene. The children's room and hostage girl in a cage scripts were the most original. I believe all these actors can really benefit from some proper training. I only say this because two actors stuck out, one would repeat the same line over and over again, and another when they did their scare as we walked in and would just stand there and look at us as we walked through the room.

As for props and animatronics, there were only a few store bought ones and the clowns' hammer prop had a great sound when smashing on the floor or wall.

The haunt floor plan seemed pretty spacious and has a much larger potential based on the construction design, large rooms for scenes, high ceilings, and way too many lengthy pitch black hallways. Perhaps use this wasted space for creating transition rooms.

Overall, this event is great for families to take their teen or pre teen's to as an introduction to the haunted house experience, and to help support the local community. Their mission statement is solid and the group's fundraising should be commended.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.lombardcommonwealth.org/haunted-house.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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