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|Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour (Elk Grove Village, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: Haunt_Master   (Event Visited: 10/02/10 @ 8:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/10
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|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: I was on a bus tour and the bus driver had trouble finding the place. There was an inflatable to look for however waving outside.
Wait Entertainment: There was a rude girl in a wheelchair (she wasn't really crippled) rolling around and picking on people in the crowd.
Length of Event: About 20 minutes worth of haunted house activity after you get done waiting in line.
Actor Performance: Mediocre. No one seemed too into their roles or too intense. There were some girls who were really loud screamers which was more annoying than anything. I was not too impressed with the actors. Also, there was an actor shortage. There was only about one guy in the maze and maybe 2 tops in the corn field.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Poor. We were constantly running into other groups at all of the 4 haunts. The cornfield, the house, and the mazes.
Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.
Props / Special FX: The house is about the coolest attraction for props because it is pretty detailed, especially the first room. However, there are zero props and special effects in the cornfield, and the mazes. It's just dark and you are trying to find your way out.
Costumes / Make-up: For the most part it is dark so you can't really see anyone's costumes that well. There was little to be impressed about.
Summary: I did not enjoy 11th hour for a multitude of reasons. One, there are hardly any actors. Actors are what help to make a haunt truly intense and scary.
Two, the patron flow was horrible. We were constantly running into other people and the group behind us caught up to us. They did not do a good job seperating the groups which limited the scary atmosphere and your chances of having an actor pop out at you.
Three, in the last "pitch black" maze (it wasn't)... my group was following another group. We went out an exit that wasn't really an exit. There was an exit (probably an emergency one) that wasn't marked as such. So we took it thinking it was the way out. We then had to walk past a quarry and hop over various wooden planks and boards and rocks. My friend tripped as it was very dark and you couldn't see all the debris in th way as we tried to navigate our way back to the car. We weren't the only ones to take this route, as about 20 people thought it was the exit too. Clearly it was not though, as the end of the debris path was blocked with trash cans we had to squeeze past. This is poorly designed and there should have been more actors in the house to ensure that exit was not taken.
Overall, this is a poor bang for your buck haunted attraction. None of the attractions take long to get through at all. I think they greatly exaggerate how long their attraction is. Unless you count waiting in line, this is definately not the longest in the Chicago area!!!