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All 2010 Visitor Reviews Submitted by pumpkinhead2

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9 out of 17 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prison® (Crest Hill, Illinois)
Reviewed by: pumpkinhead2   (Event Visited: 10/28/10 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/10
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Super easy to find. The farm was very well lit and parking was easy to navigate and free.

Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was the best I've ever seen. They got some scares but, they did things that just creeped people out. You'd have to see it to get what I mean. As freaky clowns, they have the luxury of being able to go for a scare, act inappropriately, or to make people laugh (in a scared way). I loved the outdoor staging area that was like a prison camp setting. This was the beginning of their setup for the prison theme and it was flawless!

Length of Event: I forgot to hit my timer on my phone (I know, nerd right?!) but remembered to take note of the time about five minutes into it. It was 25 minutes at a minimum.This impressed me.

Actor Performance: These actors are just fantastic! When I left there was a "guard" trying to corral two clowns with shockers and it was just awesome. I can't say enough about how real the prison theme seemed to me.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: You could see other groups at many points but, this is probably part of the backstory as we are all "prisoners." I had not problem with this.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: The first room in the prison was jaw dropping cool. The bass was too high on the audio though, so I had a hard time understanding what the character was "saying." SPOILER: Clowns doing flips and actors flying around on hooks was just crazy.

Costumes / Make-up: Makeup was great but the costumes sold it. They use masks in several areas but to great effect. These aren't masks that try to convince you they are the actors' faces. These masks are supposed to be recognized AS MASKS. What a great concept. Scary people in real life wear masks to disguise themselves. That's actually scary; not fantasy scary, it's real life scary.

Summary: I really had low expectations for this haunt because of what people have to say about the price versus the show you get. This is a negative, and I must agree, it's very expensive. However, their website, the signs out front, and most reviews indicate that the admission is expensive. Yet, on a Thursday night there were hundreds of people in line to go. This suggests to me that if people will pay $30.00 anyway, it's not overpriced. You know it's over priced when people stop going, end of story. No one forces people to go to a haunt. 
 
I have been to a lot of haunts and this one really impressed me. This was my first time going and I was blown away. Tons of actors and elaborate sets that put you into another world are highlights of this unique show. The second house is completely different from the first and although not as good, the sets and atmosphere is amazing! I'll probably never go again because of the cost but, I don't regret the money I spent this night.

9 out of 20 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers Haunted House (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: pumpkinhead2   (Event Visited: 10/29/10 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/10
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Easily found via GPS or directions from their website. Good location but, watch where you park. Look for the signs for DR parking otherwise you'll have to move your vehicle.

Wait Entertainment: This evening a bus from thetruth.com was there playing hip-hop and passing out anti-cigarette info. While not scary, it was entertaining to watch people dance and be interviewed etc. One actor was mingling in the crowd and did scare a busload of kids.

Length of Event: I timed it from the point that they opened the door to the room where you hear the rules until we got to the gift shop. It took 11 minutes 33 seconds. To be fair, this would vary depending on the people in your group. I was with strangers and thought they went too fast for my taste.

Actor Performance: The actors at DR are really great. I can't say enough about them. They all seem to have different techniques for walking, speaking, and even screaming. I appreciated the diversity of characters.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I saw other groups in rooms I was going to be going into later. I was in the first group that night so, they must have different paths they take or something. I suppose it could have been the guys from thetruth.com since they went through with video before anyone else. Anyway, the point is, we saw another group.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: I saw some very detailed props but, I missed animatronics in every room as I was the last one to go through. I'd rather not comment for that reason. I should have gone first.

Costumes / Make-up: Very good costumes and makeup. I really like the dried, crusted blood around the mouth look some actors had. It's becoming my new favorite makeup. LOL 
 
I wasn't convinced by the actor's costume in the last room however. I'm trying to remember but, I think he was wearing a fake muscle costume and a mask. Some might like it but, it doesn't appeal to my taste in costumes.

Summary: I wish I could have spent more time taking it all in. I think that's a compliment for the haunt as well as a criticism. I don't have the solution however. At a haunt that big, in a city that large, I don't see how they can allow guests to linger for a while but, it would be great if that was possible. Having guests go through at their own pace allows them to race through. I should have just hung back but didn't want to ruin the next groups experience by having them run in to me.  
 
The good part about wanting to see more, is that it tells me they spent a ton of time on details. If I went through and thought "saw it all..." then I'd think they threw the haunt together on the cheap. This isn't the case in my opinion.  
 
I was disappointed to be able to see outside the haunt ceiling in several rooms however. It really really took me out of the scene each time. Every time I noticed the opening, I began to think about the layout of the haunt and what the building was prior to the haunt. If they covered the ceilings I wouldn't have noticed that. 
 
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