|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Good job! Not hard to find with directions. A large illuminated sign pointed into the lot, and the corn maze and other attractions could be seen from the road. Eleventh Hour and Evil Intentions both had great facades that enhanced the overall look of the exterior.
Wait Entertainment: Quite a bit of it. There was a number system, so the line wasn't a big part of the wait. There were concessions, extra attractions for an additional fee, a corn maze, music, pumpkins, and decorations everywhere. There were actors roaming around interacting with folks a still others walking around scaring with chainsaws. The whole thing felt like a festival.
Length of Event: The entire experience provided my group with over an hour of live entertainment. Actual times for each haunt I'd estimate as follows:
Eleventh Hour: 11-12 minutes
Intensity: 12-14 minutes
Evil Intentions: 6-7 minutes
Actor Performance: Most of the performances were very good! There was too much improv style acting and talking in 1 or 2 rooms of Eleventh Hour, but this was offset nicely by the styles of the other 2 houses. Eleventh Hour had more theatrical style. Intensity had old-school scare tactics and a few surprises. Evil Intentions had wild, twisted actors willing to go the extra mile to mess with us.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Our group did not have any problems through the entire 3 attractions except for finding our way out of the mazes in Intensity and Evil Intentions.
Appropriate Ages: That would depend on the child, but I'd say if you have kids under 10 stick with the Eleventh Hour and forget the other 2. Of you are over ten I'd recommend all 3. In my opinion you are not going to find another haunt around with as much crossover appeal.
Props / Special FX: Eleventh Hour had some of the best detailing I've seen in a haunt and a few special effects to compliment. Intensity had a couple twisted effects and a whole lot of old-fashioned darkness and sensory deprivation. The chainsaw guy at the end was perfect. Evil Intentions had plenty of saws too, standing dummies, well-placed strobes and original tactics.
Costumes / Make-up: Most of the make-up looked good. Most actors fit the room or situation. Eleventh Hour actors fit the rooms they were in. Intensity actors were dressed for scares. Evil Intentions actors were very sinister in appearance.
Summary: I am writing this is a review of Eleventh Hour, Intensity, and Evil Intentions combined. The reason it worked so well is because of how the 3 complimented each other. Some people are reviewing Evil Intentions seperate, but that doesn't make sense to me. The strength of this was how between the three they covered it all.
I think they've got a very good direction here and I hope they continue with this format and expand on it next year.
There are reviews on here that are not favorable and in reading them I must believe they attended on a bad shift or night. That is a shame because they missed out, and that is not their fault. If that's the case I understand the complaints. However, on Halloween when I attended it was just right. The other people leaving also seemed happy. Therefore, I tend to agree with many of the higher reviews given on this page.
Unless you are looking for an unapologetic bloodbath or lots of animatronics, this year's Eleventh Hour offered a little something for everyone. Quite the turn around from my visit a couple years ago in Elmhurst when it seemed like Eleventh Hour was the worst haunted house ever. They have pulled off quite the feat, because now it is a really good haunted house.
Thumbs up to the entire crew!