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All 2010 Visitor Reviews Submitted by bigstick4u

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27 out of 42 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Doom Haunted Factory (Zion, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/02/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Not good. No signs anywhere. The billboard at 137 and Peterson is facing south instead of north. In other words if you are traveling from the south to Zion you'd NEVER see the billboard showing where the haunt is.

Wait Entertainment: NONE outisde, other than Zion police giving people hard looks.

Length of Event: 15-20 min

Actor Performance: Very good acting. Over the top, and lots of actors in the haunt.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. Did not run into anybody until the cage maze.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: Very good props. Almost movie like effects. Very nice.

Costumes / Make-up: Extremely detailed, and realistic. Looks right out of a horror movie!

Summary: I am another patron who is miffed they moved out of the fairgrounds, and didn't follow them to the new fairgrounds. The place is way up north in the middle of nowhere off an industrial road. I have NO IDEA how they think people will come to this based on location. 
The haunt itself was pretty good, and the acting great. It WAS shorter than last year with the $25 tix. only one portal. Not sure if that was done on purpose or not. The night we went very few people were there, so maybe they rushed us out of the house. Many of the same scens as last year, only darkened up. They had a year to change things up, and all they did was darken most rooms and kept them the same. The scenes are good, but pretty much the same as last year. Bring back the phone booth! 
Mercy General was almost 100% identical as last year including the same opening scene. Good haunt if you've never been there. Check it out if you can find it! 
If you were there last year expect a repeat.

10 out of 18 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/15/10 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Not bad. On a main road at a go cart track.

Wait Entertainment: A+. They had tons of actors. From the front and back, from above and below the actors in line got at you from ALL SIDES!

Length of Event: 20 min

Actor Performance: Great. In your face and intense.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. Did not run into another group until the maze

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: Pretty good. Maybe not as top notch as some of the bigger haunts, but good enough.

Costumes / Make-up: Again, pretty go, but not top notch.

Summary: Don't let the mini golf and go kart courses fool you. This is a VERY intense haunt! I enjoyed t he cafeteria scene, the clown with his "friend", and the fact actors came at you from all sides. The Realm is so much better than say 5 years ago. Its a very narrow house with scares around every corner. Some people have complained the maze is too easy to figure out. It took us a while and was quite disorienting. People started to pile up and panic. 
All in all good show! This is one that all haunt fans should check out.

15 out of 28 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: The Asylum Xperiment Haunted Experience (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/08/10 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/10
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Pretty good. Not many signs but in a giant sports complex.

Wait Entertainment: NONE! There was a movie screen, but the house was still being "worked on" when we go there. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!

Length of Event: About 25-30 mins

Actor Performance: AWFUL! These actors must be ALL newbies to this. The timing was off on nearly every room, and the delivery of lines was awful!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. Never ran into anybody

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: Fantastic. A+

Costumes / Make-up: Pretty good. Fit the scenes fairly well

Summary: This house COULD have almost been a 10, but definitely a solid 9 if it had good actors, and was actually scary.  
This house gets a 10 in props and room detail.  
Tons of detail,imagination,and $$$ went into this house. Too bad it didn't deliver in performance. 
The house starts out as a dark maze. I was hoping something would pop out in that maze, but nothing. The man in the fog with the red eyes was the best scare. SO much detail in the rooms which start after the dark maze. The timing was off on nearly ALL animatronics. There was a room with a mom and child, but no scare in the room, then you walk through the childs closet, but nothing really happens. The toy room with ET anf the Ninja turtle mask have tons of details in it. The toy that comes to life offers NO SCARE. The TV room where you are on tv...great imagination...no scare. The Frankenstein room...visual overflow....no scare. The room with the truck driving through the living room... awesome to look at...AWFUL ACTING...and NO SCARE! There is a giant prop alien creature... LOOKS AWESOME....sadly yet again no scare. 
There is a room that gives the impression the haunt is over...its not...great imagination, but the scare was horribly timed. The junk car alley...real cars, real chains, little to no scare. 
I know it was opening night and kinks need to be worked out. You see a trend in all the rooms I listed. Again, this house has the best detail,imagination, and probably the most $$$ put into a house that I've ever been to, and I've been to all the big haunts in the area. Kudos to whoever put this house together.  
It needs better actos, and MUCH BETTER TIMING! It's worth the $20 IMHO just to see the detail in all of the rooms, but it does need improvement, and some people may not like it the way it curently is.

 

 

 

 

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