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All 2005 Visitor Reviews Submitted by drdpd

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Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prision (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: drdpd   (Event Visited: 10/17/05 @ 8:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/05
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Pretty easy to find

Wait Entertainment: I went last year,and waited in a 2 1/2 hour line. Got the speed pass this year. Didn't look like there was any wait entertainment though, besides the music.

Length of Event: 45 minutes for the two

Actor Performance: If foul language scares you then they did a great job. It seems what these people lack in acting skills they well make up for in trying to intimidate the crowd by singling out people and teasing them. They kept calling one lady "barbie", another guy "four eyes", and I honestly think I heard them replace "maggot" with something else. Once you get into the prison there are alot of actors jumping out at you.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Sporadic at best. Caught up with a group at the maze thing, and we were held back to watch a prop jump out of a steel cabinet. Maybe the actor wasn't watching closely enough...but my small group saw it pop out as we first entered the room. So why they held us bac to watch it again....I don't know?

Appropriate Ages: The language is something to consider, it's not just the language it's the way they treat people. Maybe 15+ ?

Props / Special FX: Ok, the props were spread out between long halls, or it was too dark to enjoy them. The first room in the prison is the same thing as last year, and I still find it hard to say exactly what the warden is saying.

Costumes / Make-up: Great work here.

Summary: Like I mentioned I went last year, something made me want to come back. I was reading on another board that an employee said they changed alot of things this year. If they did it was too subtle to notice. They length of the prison is nice. City of the dead is too short, and some of the big props from last year weren't working this year. Not allot of actors in City of the Dead either. I really wanted to enjoy this, but their scare tactics just turn out to be mean spirited in the end.

Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: drdpd   (Event Visited: 10/16/05 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/05
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Sort of easy to see.

Wait Entertainment: The painting on the walls were nice...created the right mood. The plastic skeletons weren't so great. A few live actors.

Length of Event: 10 minutes.

Actor Performance: Ugh! There were little kids "acting" in there, that really spoiled it for me. The Hillbillies were great. Otherwise I felt they were not into their roles.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Ok, seemed rushed. caught up with another group at the maze.

Appropriate Ages: I think some of the actors were about 10, so I'd say ages 9+

Props / Special FX: Great details everywhere. Allot of attention to creating moods were spent on props, just not on acting.

Costumes / Make-up: I felt cheated in this department, except for the Dr. Satan costume...that was great.

Summary: They do a great job on the interiors, I wanted to spend more time in there, but it was over too quick,and the acting and costumes took the scare out of it.





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