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|Reviewed by: QUEENQUITA   (Event Visited: 10/22/10 @ 8:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/25/10
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|Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Average|
Visibility/Location: The place was very easy to find (especially if you're familiar with the area). Parking is at the Metra train station across the street. Many signs, as well as helpful bloody ghouls politely point you in the right direction. A small bus picks you up from the train's parking lot and drops you off directly in front of the ticket booth.
Wait Entertainment: On the night that we went, no one seemed at all interested in the entertainment. I found most of them funny instead of scary. Jason, The Joker, The Saw Puppet, just to name a few, provided entertainment to guest while we waiting to enter each attraction. I found the scary clowns a bit over-done.
Length of Event: Haunted House: Maybe 3 minutes or so. Haunted Woods: Maybe 5 - 7 minutes or so.
Actor Performance: A few of the actors were actually pretty good. For the most part, they creepily mingled in and around the line standing behind you as you waited your turn to the attraction. Some of them attempted to catch you off-guard by screaming behind you. One of the "scary" clowns continued to annoyingly repeat "Come join the circus!" which was more obnoxious than scary, in my opinion. Overall, their performances were ok, at best.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We were in and out of the haunted house before we knew it. It literally took maybe a couple minutes. We thought we were entering another portion of the house and were actually leaving out of the exit. Even at your own pace, the haunted house is still much too short. Although, because it's not very scary, I don't know that you'd want to endure it much longer than it is already. So, I guess it flowed pretty well. :/ The haunted woods once you're inside, a guide walks you in and briefly shares with you that the village had been "taken over by evil clowns". Various personnel jump out from behind trees and other random fixtures to add to the experience. Keeping in mind that you are actually walking through an area that has been made to actually look and feel like the woods, your navigation through this haunt is temporarily interrupted throughout by the ocassional hill, tree stump or small boulder. So watch your step!
Appropriate Ages: Ages 5 and up. If you're not easily scared, this is sooooo not the place for you! You'll be bored to death and will desire your money back! Perfect for kids and pre-teens though!
Props / Special FX: A lot of smoke, blinking lights, fake blood splatter throughout the areas. Pretty standard overall.
Costumes / Make-up: Some ghouls had somewhat convincing costumes and/or makeup. Nothing too frightening though.
Summary: Overall, Breezy Hill is just ok. I would definitely recommend this place to families that would like to do something scary for the kids. I'm certain they won't have nightmares after this one. Very appropriate for ages 5 and up. As far as the price, however, I think $18 per person per haunt is a little steep considering I've visited other Haunted Houses that actually gave you your money's worth. Breezy Hill may want to consider lowering the admission price per attraction. Though on this night, there was a somewhat steady flow of patrons, they came in pretty small groups. Perhaps, lowering the price will help spark some interest in a little-known haunted house.