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All 2007 Visitor Reviews Submitted by chugcub

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: chugcub   (Event Visited: 10/21/07 @ 6:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/22/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: With the website's instructions, the venue was easy to find. I noticed that they were encouraging people to park in their lot for $3 dollars, but we managed to find street parking further down.

Wait Entertainment: Security people walked around with large snakes around their neck. Once you paid for a ticket, and was waiting inside you were in a themed cemetery with a large screen showing the wait entertainment from a previous year. Honestly, it would have been nice to see that in person outside instead of on the screen.

Length of Event: 15 minutes from seeing a video reiterating the rules to when you entered the gift shop.

Actor Performance: Perhaps it was a bad idea to go so early, but it seemed like they did not have enough actors when my party went through. There were three "rooms" where there was no one at all to jump out and scare us. Even the last room which was large enough to have us all gathered together and had a corpse in a coffin seemed like it was set up specifically to stop us and give us a dramatic scare before sending us off out of their event, but it had no one. We literally stopped there for a minute to mull around, anticipating that something would happen, but gave up and went out when it seemed fruitless.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good, I was in the front and never saw the group in front of us. Not sure if anyone bumped into the back of our group.

Appropriate Ages: I believe a sign suggested it not be for anyone under 16.

Props / Special FX: I loved the details of the rooms, especially the swamp area. Also an A+ for the "squeeze" corridor, having to push the hanging bodies out of the way to make it through, and the long spinning vortex tunnel. There was a smaller spinning vortex tunnel but it was too short to cause same effect.

Costumes / Make-up: For the most part average, however the camouflaged man with the glowstick before the swamp began provided a great scare.

Summary: They could improve dramatically by having more actors. There was more than one moment when I felt blinded by a strobe light and then put into a dark room that I thought would have been ideally to provide a good scare, but to my disappointment they placed what few actors they had in easily visible locations.  
Overall, it was a good event but I felt it was a bit expensive for what it was.





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