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All 2007 Visitor Reviews Submitted by ThatGuy

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Event Reviewed: Saint Pascal's Haunted House (Chicago, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ThatGuy   (Event Visited: 10/13/07 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/07
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It's hard to miss, especially if you know where Saint Pascal's is.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't much for wait entertainment, just a haunted soundtrack, one actor briefly stopped in, and the old schoolhouse atmosphere. This could benefit greatly from turning down the lights in the school, even just a little bit would make a huge difference.

Length of Event: Probably ten minutes or so, but no less.

Actor Performance: Pretty solid for opening night.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. We had a small transition issue near the beginning, but it wasn't a problem at all and didn't hurt the experience.

Appropriate Ages: Depends, I'd guess 10+ maybe.

Props / Special FX: Very resourceful and cool for a charity haunt. They also had a great new effect, just as good as Dream Reapers new one. 
The best effect is the overall scare factor they are able to achieve in the dark, dank basement.

Costumes / Make-up: Pretty standard, but everything worked for sure. Lots of masks, which looked good in the dark atmosphere

Summary: I've been attending Pascal's for many years now, since I was kid. Year after year they deliver one of my favorite houses. Something about the feel of the place, it just is more exciting than most out there, and my group agrees.  
For only $7 this is a great deal. If you use the coupon on the web site, it's only $6. That's hard to beat. 
My main criticism is that in the school, and in the waiting area, the light is just too bright. After being in that great, almost ominous courtyard, they bring you into a pre-show waiting area. This area was too bright, should've been dark, and had an inappropriate techno soundtrack. Change those things, keep in darker and spookier, and to me you have one of the most best shows in the Chicago area for a great price.

Event Reviewed: The haunted barn plantation of the dead (marion, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ThatGuy   (Event Visited: 10/05/07 @ 11:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: We missed the turn the first time around, the signs were far more visible from one direction than they were the other.

Wait Entertainment: An enclosed area featured creepy lighting, a movie screen playing Silent Hill, and an enthusiastic, relentless boy, covered in blood, carrying around a leg he told us was named "Corbin."

Length of Event: About 15 minutes, I'd say.

Actor Performance: Some were great, some were okay. It was later in the evening, but one of our guides yawned multiple times and that kinda killed the mood a bit. 
Some of the actors had clever techniques, and worked together for maximum effect. Michael Myers played his part very well, as did several others like the girl on the ground begging for help.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very slow-walking guides made sure no one bumped into each other.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up maybe.

Props / Special FX: Somewhat ambitious, but not terribly impressive. There were a lot of things to look at, lots of static displays. This stuff would look absolutely great in a $6 charity haunt, but wasn't all that thrilling for a $10 show. 
The intro room was scary... meaning that the prop looked so bad we were scared we'd wasted our money. Luckily things got back on track a bit after the first several halls. 
We enjoyed the vaccum effects, the attraction had great sound, and some of the clown stuff was very well done.

Costumes / Make-up: Acceptable for sure. Some looked better than others. Masks and makeup, with some very cool masks. 
The highlight of the event for me was the stilt actor in the cool costume near the end.

Summary: I'm not trying to get down on this haunt, I'd give it this same 5 even if haunted illinois allowed you to give lower scores. Considering the $10 price and the fact the owner plastered his name all over the promo material as if this were his masterpiece, our group was expecting just a little bit more. 
We happened to be traveling through Marion, and remembered the haunt from haunted illinois. It's certainly the first time I've ever signed a waiver before entering a haunt! 
I've seen several of the biggest haunted houses, so take this review for what you will. Marion is a small country town, and this haunt reflected that. It was fun, but absolutely should've cost about $6.

Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: ThatGuy   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/02/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Great location, easy to find. Flashing sign on the corner and lighting on the building made it hard to miss.

Wait Entertainment: Not a long wait because it was early, but Dream Reapers had an interesting new photo feature, Spike Mike- The Return, and surprisingly enough massage chairs. Cool idea, but I hope for their sake the chairs don't get completely destroyed!

Length of Event: Maybe 10 minutes.

Actor Performance: Very, very Good.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Perfect the night I went.

Appropriate Ages: Depends, I'd say 11+

Props / Special FX: Nicley done.

Costumes / Make-up: Also very well done.

Summary: Dream Reapers is my first stop every year. To me, they are the best in the area. As always, they put on a great show, Andy the Corpse looked great in his newer role, and the guys in the barrels with the glowing faces were terrific, and highly memorable. 
If you are a fan of Dream Reapers, this year will have it's positives and negatives. For the positives, so many little accents here and there that made the overall house more enjoyable. Lighting changes, maze changes, extra special effects all over the place. Make no mistake, the haunt flowed so smoothly this year that it really is hard to find anything to complain about. 
The reason they get an 8, though, instead of the usual 9 I'd give them, was that there were no big time changes that really were ground breaking. It seemed like mostly little changes, which were cool, but after paying $60 to see last years show 4 times, there almost didn't seem to be enough changed to warrant a second trip this season. 
That said, our group had a great time, we loved it, the actors were awesome. Show-Me the Clown is a classic. If you didn't see Dream Reapers last year, you -must- see it this year. If you saw it last year, you -should- see it this year.





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