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All 2010 Visitor Reviews Submitted by marv58

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Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: marv58   (Event Visited: 10/17/10 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Ive been to this haunt before, so I knew where to go. If you use a navigation system you will haven no problem noticing the haunt from the main street.

Wait Entertainment: This year when I attended there was only about 50 people in line so there were not many characters roaming around. There were two well detailed actors inside the building interacting with the crowd.

Length of Event: I timed the event from opening scene to gift shop it was 17 minutes. However I did walk really slow.

Actor Performance: I believe the actors did a great job this year. Not once did any actor break character, or tell us to leave a room. My gf did get hit in the back of the head by an actor and he did not apologize. GREAT JOB!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: As stated above I was the leader in our group and walked very very slow, I wanted to see everything reapers had to offer this year, however I did catch up to the group in front of us a few times. I did wait for them to advance further and did not get hurried by the actors.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and above would be appropriate.

Props / Special FX: Top notch, this is the reason I attend every year, the attention to detail is amazing. From the slaughter house to the sewer area, everything seemed very professional and time consuming.

Costumes / Make-up: Another strong area of this haunt, every actors makeup/costume fit the scene they were in, and not one actor looked rushed or like they needed touched up. Great job in this area as well.

Summary: First I would like to start off with a thank you to the gate keeper/ticket person at Dream Reapers. My girlfriend and I were followed in by a group of apparent drunk teenagers, and I thought for sure my experience was going to be ruined and I just threw away 32 dollars. As we approached the door to get in, the ticket master pulled us a side and asked if we would like to go in with the group ahead of us instead of being stuck with the arrogant retards behind us. THAT MADE MY NIGHT!!! Not only did we not have to go in with the gorillas but we got to lead our group. 
 
Anyway on to the review.  
 
As for the attention this haunt gets I would say that its well worth the hype. I will quickly go over some of the pros and cons of this years haunt. 
 
Cons- 
 
This year seemed to be a little more well lit this than years past. There were many areas that were not completely covered and you could see the ceiling of the building. To me that kind of took away from the atmosphere a tad.  
 
Some of the transitions from room to room were off the mark as well, maybe spacing the main rooms a little further apart might have helped get you ready for the next scene. 
 
To me it also felt as if the actors were not as intense as previous years. Most of them did their parts, and did them well however last year just seems like they were more over the top and in your face. 
 
I know it seems like im nit picking, but there really wasnt much in terms of cons. 
 
pros- 
 
As stated above the customer appreciation aspect of this haunt is top notch. They really want you to get your moneys worth, and having one of the workers being that observant of the rowdy teenagers in line really made me appreciate this haunt even more. 
 
The actors followed the typical haunting rules of DONT just scream, and yell get out, or leave here. Seemed like every actor his his/her own set of lines and strayed away from the stereotypical commonly used phrases. Kudos to that. 
 
The pop scares seem to come more frequent this year, seemed like they were around every corner. Fortunately for me the rest of the patrons in my group were very easily scared so hearing them scream, and feeling them jump into my girlfriend and I added to the experience. 
 
Im very happy about the length of the haunt this year, it felt as if they added a few more minutes than last years haunt. I know the type of work it takes to add just minutes to a haunt so great job there. 
 
I have a feeling this haunt is going to match its reign of top stop, however I dont feel it lived up to last years standards. Ive been to 4 haunts this year, and I still havent decided if this is my top haunt. 
 
Definitely this haunt before the seasons over, you will not be disappointed.

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Event Reviewed: Basement of the Dead (Aurora, Illinois)
Reviewed by: marv58   (Event Visited: 10/02/10 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/10
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Well if you havent been here before it could be kind of tricky to find this haunt. Luckily there were two LARGE glown figures directing people where to go on the main street in downtown Aurora.

Wait Entertainment: As usual they had lots of characters roaming the lines. This was probably one of their stronger characteristics this year, as all the actors did a great job, only breaking character for pictures.

Length of Event: It was a little longer than years past but still around 14 minutes.

Actor Performance: This is where Basement usually shines, however I didnt get that high intensity, in your face over the top acting as I did in previous years. Im taking into consideration that its early in the haunt season, but most of the actors were slightly off mark.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Everything was great till the last portion on the house. We ended up having 4 groups run into one an other. Thats after me secretly telling one of the actors of the situation. This part of the haunt needs serious help as it ruined the last portion for many people.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and up

Props / Special FX: Very good this year, more detail, more gore, and more props than last year. I enjoyed all the detail they put into their individual rooms.

Costumes / Make-up: The line actors make up was very very impressive. Inside the haunt it was slightly too dark to tell most of the time. From what I did see most of the costumes and make up were top notch.

Summary: Well this haunt is usually a haunt i get excited for. I did not leave disappointed maybe just a little annoyed? 
 
To start the haunt off first, we were set to be in the front of a 4 person group. As we were walking in my girlfriend stressed how she did not wsnt to be in the front. At this time the greeter clown made her go in first and then slammed the door shut, leaving her in the opening of the haunt by herself. KUDOS for that she really enjoyed it. 
 
The haunt consists of about 7 scenes separated by either pitch black maze type walls, inflatable tubes, or body part infested hallways. 
 
I do remember seeing some of the same stuff as previous years, but a few new additions did keep my appetite for something new satisfied.  
 
On a very positive note I did not hear "get out" or "leave here" once which was pretty impressive, give in that is pretty much the staple of go to lines to keep patron flow going. 
 
However this leads me to the only problem of the night. Crowd control toward the end of the haunt. I can see running into the group ahead of you. But, I was walking really slow to take in the scenery. We actually caught up to a group that already caught up to a group. We we had two other groups catch us. This was a serious problem and something I hope they can fix before they get really really busy. 
 
Second, sad to say some of the actors really missed their mark, once again very early in the haunt season so I was not being too critical. However, I did get accidentally hit in the face by an actor and he did break character to see if I was ok....I would say unless im on the floor bleeding to death a simple "sorry, but your in my house now" would have worked much better. 
 
Overall Was not disappointed, really enjoyed my first haunt of the season. Great Job Fellows, work on some of the quirks and I dont see how this is not a top three haunt again this year.

 

 

 

 

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