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|Event Reviewed: Henry Street Horrors (Pontiac, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: cassafrass   (Event Visited: 10/30/10 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/04/10
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|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: My group and I came from Bloomington, IL. The drive wasn't too bad, the location was good. They have some signs. My group got a little turned around, but that was our fault and not the fault of the haunt.
Wait Entertainment: We waited for about 35 minutes to get into the haunt. There were only 2 creepy people in the line, "Sprinkles" the clown, and another ghoul type person. The ghoul only hung around for a few minutes and the majority of the time, we spent with Sprinkles. Although Sprinkles was entertaining, it would have been better if there was a better variety of scary people in the line. Sprinkles, was extremely committed to his role, however, and was very enjoyable. He followed our group into the haunt for a while and kept finding us in the maze. Sprinkles found out my name, and sporadically would yell it throughout the maze.
Length of Event: We spent 45 minutes in the haunt. The haunted house before the maze is kind of a maze in of itself, and I was impressed at how disorienting it was.
Actor Performance: As I stated, Sprinkles was extremely impressive. He remained in character and was entertaining. In addition, the hillbilly at the beginning of the haunted house was also committed and remained in character. All in all, it seemed like there was only 10-15 actors total. Knowing this information, it is amazing how many times the same person was able to scare our group. The best scare was a couple of guys who were "buried" to their armpits in the ground. As you are walking by, you think they aren't real, and then they climb out of the ground and is a spectacular scare.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was really good. The only time we caught up to another group was in the pitch black maze who was lost with us.
Appropriate Ages: No younger than 8. A lot of this haunted house is in pitch blackness, and I don't recommend taking small children who are afraid of the dark into this haunt. I am afraid of the dark, and I started hyperventilating in a particular area.
Props / Special FX: A lot of the scenes were really well executed. However, there were some rooms where I thought something was going to scare us and nothing did and that was a little disappointing.
Summary: I had never been to this haunt before and I was pretty impressed. I had heard some good things about it and I was really excited to go. I am terrified of clowns and the dark and this haunt brought some of my worst fears together in one place.
Some things that could have been different was some consistency of props and actors. In the very first room, there is a woman in a kitchen stirring pasta with a knife. This could have been an obvious fix and made that room all the creepier.
I really enjoyed having to search for your own doors. This made the experience more sensory than it already was and helped add to my groups confusion.
The only problem with the maze was since it was pitch black, you had to use your hands on the wall to feel for corners or turns. I was very impressed with the maze, however, the plywood walls could have some better paint for varnish or covered with plastic or something because I felt multiple splinters and actually had one in my hand at one point.
Overall, this haunted house was worth the money and time I spent inside. There were a lot of good scares, I was impressed with the costumes and make-up, the sets were well lit and designed, and the maze was great. I loved how the actors tried to deceive the hauntee and tell you to go the wrong way. Bravo, Henry Street Horrors! I shall be back next year in hopes of another great experience!
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: This was my first time going to this haunted attraction and it was easy to find. There were some people with lighted batons that were helping cars move into the parking lot.
Wait Entertainment: We didn't have to wait at all since my group got to the attraction near closing. I don't recommend doing this at other attractions so close to closing, but nonetheless, our wait was minimal. From what I could see, there was a bar area and actors came out to entertain the crowd during the wait.
Length of Event: Total, my group spent about 35 minutes in this haunt. The house itself took about 15 minutes and the maze at the end probably took another 15. It's hard to say though, because we lost track of time in the maze.
Actor Performance: The actors were phenomenal. Some of the actors outside the haunt made my younger brother cry (16) and he had to run back to the car and couldn't actually make it to the ticket booth. In addition to that, I had multiple conversations with actors and they impressively stayed in character and helped immerse myself in the world of the "insane asylum." A lot of the actors made it difficult to travel through the house, they would stand in the path and force you to touch them, or get extremely close, to get through. In addition, there was this one girl who said nothing, looked disgusting, and spit this red-globular mass from her mouth onto the ground. She actually shocked one of the members of our group and she was probably the most impressive actor there was. Although, I was impressed at the performances of all of the actors. My only complaint however, is some actors, one in particular, was wearing lovely smelling cologne, and looked decrepit and gross. This broke my suspension of disbelief and it took me out of the world. It would have been better if the actors wore NO SCENT to keep me involved.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Since there was no wait, there were a few groups ahead of us and we kept catching up to them. I'm not sure if our group was moving too quickly or their group was moving too slowly, but we had to keep pausing and waiting to get our share of scares. The actors, of course, did not appreciate our hovering, and tried to usher us along, but it's hard to tell exactly who was at fault.
Appropriate Ages: No one under 13. Absolutely. The scenes in the house were extremely graphic, some times sexually, and violent, the actors were extremely committed and no one was safe. On Real of Terror's website, they say that absolutely no one under 10 is admitted into the haunted house.
Props / Special FX: The props were good, and the special effects were good. It would have been more interesting and entertaining if they had used "Sinister Scents" or used hot and cold to their advantage. I think they over used the strobe light in the house, especially since you had to weave your way through dense fog, with a strobe light for the maze.
Costumes / Make-up: The make-up was excellent and use of masks was spectacular. Sometimes, however, some costumes looked cheap, for example, the legs of the woman in the abortion room. Overall though, I was extremely impressed.
Summary: This haunted house is one of the scariest haunted houses I have been to in a long time. The first scare had me in the corner of the path and multiple other scares were perfectly executed. Their use of "distraction-scare" was unbelievable, and even though I knew it was coming and from where, the actors of Realm of Terror were able to get multiple good screams from me. I had an excellent time at this haunted attraction, the actors were well trained, made my brother cry, and stayed in character, the maze was insane and at the time stressful and confusing, but thinking back it was wonderful. I wouldn't be surprised if this haunted house remains #1 for quite some time. Congratulations, Realm of Terror, on scaring the bejeezus out of me.