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All 2010 Visitor Reviews Submitted by karaann

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Event Reviewed: Eleventh Hour (Elk Grove Village, Illinois)
Reviewed by: karaann   (Event Visited: 10/08/10 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Located in Bertholds Garden Center, theres some inflatables out front to catch your attention.

Wait Entertainment: Great, a man and a woman (they very well could be married in real life) actually met us at our van in the parking lot and scared the wits out of my big headed kids and their friends! Nicely done, it made my night. Their characters were very entertaining.

Length of Event: I didnt time it exactly, but I can estimate around 35-45 min with all 4 houses.

Actor Performance: Excellent. I think my girls left pee puddles in some of the rooms, and one ended up in tears. They're in your face, but not to the extent where its annoying or obnoxious. All of them kept to their character, which was different in every room. You can see that these actors put hard work into their characters and really are passionate about what they do.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. The only place we ran into another group was in the last maze, but its a maze.

Appropriate Ages: 10+ there wasnt any harsh language or terrible gore, but parents know their children and their tolerance the best. There are things to do in the festival outside the haunted house if somebody changes their mind or wants to bring their little ones.

Props / Special FX: Every room was so detailed and different from the next. The time and effort that must have been put in this house is amazing. Im so use to seeing plain warehouse walls inside other haunted houses so I really enjoyed the actual house feel of this one. I dont want to give away the scares, but many suprises, especially at the end of the mine part!! Ive never heard my girls scream like that.

Costumes / Make-up: Spooky! I really dont think haunted houses should put people in obviously fake looking masks, which I saw a few of here. But the mojority was hand done makeup. The waiting entertainment monsters had fantastic makeup that you are able to get a good look at since they are in the light. Again very unique in some rooms, such as the opening room.

Summary: Going to haunted houses is something my husband and I love to do with our kids and their friends around Halloween. So far we have been to two other houses, and this one was the best by far. It gets exhausting to consistently see the same things in every house, and thats not the case here. They changed it up a bit from last year which is great since we are returning customers. One great thing they did last year later in the season when its packed, is have only a limited number of people stand in the actual line at the same time. They will call your ticket numbers over a loud speaker so you can wait in a heated tent with picnic tables and consession stands. Great idea, ive never seen this before. It really builds up the anticipation when your group makes their way to the line.  
Not only was this house scary, it was entertaining. My group agreed that this was their favorite yet again this yea, and we will be back next year!

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: karaann   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/08/10
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: I was shocked that they charged me for parking first of all. But visibility is good.

Wait Entertainment: The coffin ride was unique, nothing i would pay for, but unique. Its nice that you get to wait inside where its warm.

Length of Event: 15 min

Actor Performance: Nothin to brag about. I was yelled at to get out of rooms which doesnt make sense- thats not scary. Ive never heard so many "RARRRRWS" walking through a house. The monsters should work on some variety in their acts, everyone did the same thing. The only actor that stuck out to me was the guy in the graveyard looking room with the grass. He did an excellent job. I was the leader in the group and I walked into a few rooms and watched the actor jump back into their pop out...not sure if they were talking with the actors around them or what, but very unprofessional, and totally ruined the scare they could have had.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great, we didnt run into any groups.

Appropriate Ages: Well i had my 8 year old son with me who didnt flinch, if that gives you an idea.

Props / Special FX: Some cool rooms. They were very detailed and I enjoyed the special effects such as the smells and decorations. I really liked the butcher room.

Costumes / Make-up: Nothin over the top, but okay. Seemed like every actor had the usual white face with blacked out eyes.

Summary: Dream Reapers has sunk a couple points from last year, I rated them pretty high the last time i went through. This house has potential, whoever designes the rooms knows what theyre doing, but the actors need some help. I think with some training this could be a top house.

 

 

 

 

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