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All 2010 Visitor Reviews Submitted by Haunt_Master

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Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prison® (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Haunt_Master   (Event Visited: 10/02/10 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/10
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: This location might be hard to find, but it's easy to see when you drive by it. They have a lit up scene advertising the haunted prison.

Wait Entertainment: There were quite a few actors interacting with the crowd. Some had really good costumes, like the the actor on stilts running around and scaring people waiting in line.

Length of Event: About 30-35 minutes to get through both the prison and city of the dead.

Actor Performance: Excellent. There are sooo many actors at this haunted house which is what really makes it stand out as being one of the top in the Chicago area. They have great costumes and totally get into their roles. Even though we visited near the end of the night, the actors were very energetic, scary, and did a great job. 
I loved the entertainment in the one room where everyone had to get into lines. The actor here made random patrons do various tasks to entertain the rest of us. He made random patrons have a dance competition, do the hokey pokey, and the chicken dance. It was sooo funny.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We ran into the group ahead of us a few times. Mainly because they were walking so slow. The actors tried to keep groups seperated, but sometimes it was tough for them to do it.

Appropriate Ages: 16 and up. This place is very intense and graphic.

Props / Special FX: They have very detailed scenes! Especially city of the dead. Fountains and lighting, it really truly looked like an ancient jungle city that was haunted. The beginning room with the warden is very cool as well.... a nice surprise awaits for you there I don't want to spoil it.

Costumes / Make-up: Very good costumes and make-up. Some are very detailed, you can tell it took some time and artists who knew what they were doing. It looked very professionally done.

Summary: Statesville Prison is one of the most intense haunted houses I have ever been through. It seems like there are hundreds of actors inside the attraction! There are so many of them and they all do such an incredible job. I have reviewed Statesville in the past and they missed the mark because patron flow was so bad. This year they did a much better job, I am glad I gave them a second chance. Statesville is one of the scariest attractions in the Chicago area, it is definately worth checking out. It is worth the price of admission due to all the actors and professional-grade props and special effects.

24 out of 42 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Haunt_Master   (Event Visited: 10/02/10 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Good, they have lights you can see from the street and an inflatable thing waving in the wind.

Wait Entertainment: There was an actor or two in costume interacting with the crowd and getting in people's faces to scare them.

Length of Event: Not counting the wait in line, about 15 minutes.

Actor Performance: Good acting here at dream reapers. The actors were very into their roles and had great timing at popping out to scare patrons.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: They tried to keep groups seperated and I did not run into another group while I was inside.

Appropriate Ages: I would say ages 16 and up.

Props / Special FX: This is an established haunted house that has amassed a good collection of props over the years. The scenes are very detailed and realistic. The lighting is very good and spooky.

Costumes / Make-up: They really excel in this department. I really enjoyed the ticket taker girl's mask. It looked like she was a scary puppet with a mouth that could open up super wide. It was the best makeup/mask I have seen in a haunted house. It was very SCARY.

Summary: I have given dream reapers lower grades in the past, but this year they did an excellent job. One area they improved on was crowd control. They kept groups small and timed it so groups didn't run into one another. They kept people seperated well. In the past, this has been an issue. However, this was a slow night at the beginning of October so they were not pressed to be rushed. Regardless, I am glad I went to Dream Reapers this year. 16 bucks is a good bang for your buck. This isn't overpriced and everyone in my group really liked it.

15 out of 48 people thought this review was helpful.
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
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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!!!

 

 

 

 

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