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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by Hagerhogan

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Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror Horror Experience (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Hagerhogan   (Event Visited: 10/07/11 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/15/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: The location of this house is it's pitfall. The parking lot lighting and waiting area in the parking area takes away from the doom & gloom ambience. 
The VIP waiting room was done well with GROSS videos streaming on the flat screen. The bar was convenient. Being opening night, we didn't have to wait long so the VIP was just an extra area we got to experience.

Wait Entertainment: They have people wandering in the waiting area, but like I said previously the ambience is weak due to location restraints.

Length of Event: I haven't been to a haunted house in years, so this was perfect length for me to get my feet wet, but some in our party that have been to more than I, thought it was a little on the short side for the thrills and chills part. The maze was a non-climactic end that wasn't enjoyed by the majority of our group but a select few enjoyed it.

Actor Performance: The actors are the best part of this haunt. They really enjoy what they are doing and truly are frightening inside the haunt. Outside there is too much lighting so they have to resort to loud noises to scare you as they can't really sneak up on you. Inside the attraction, A+ I realize that to be truly creepy they have to get "in your face" a lot, but I found that I wasn't able to see anything else when they did this.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We got through the attraction cleanly. Some of the "rooms" were cramped and too tight to take in all of the effort that was put into them. I wish they had more room to theater-ize the rooms and give you the space and time to experience them.

Appropriate Ages: I think this is appropriate for ages 10+. The best part of this attraction is Kristof's dedication to running a safe and family friendly event. They don't let the 14-16 year olds walk around smoking, they are hyper vigilant to make sure there isn't mischievious congregating (except by the cast). I would feel 100% positive about sending my teens un-chaperoned to this attraction!

Props / Special FX: Most of the props/special effects were done well. The "intestines" hanging from the ceiling felt REALLY GROSS. The "pregnant lady" room was on the cheezy side, but was humorous cuz' we saw a lady in the parking lot that was pregnant and questioned whether she would be allowed in. They have the spinny fun-house tunnel thing and it is REALLY cool to throw you off of focusing on what is going to "getcha".

Costumes / Make-up: After we went through the attraction and were chatting in the parking lot, we saw some of the "cast" walking in and out and made comments that some of the costumes were REALLY well done (the guy in all black and red).

Summary: Overall, a little on the short side was our concensus. But the actors were top notch and really did a good job of startling and creeping you out. The maze was a hit or miss depending on the person. The smoke in the white maze was a little overwhelming but really necessary to pull off the illusion.  
No crawling in this haunted house which was a plus for the lower-middle-age group of us in our group of 6. 
I hope my "ratings" are correct is this is my first haunted house is years but you can compare as I review the 3 others we have on our to-do list.

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Event Reviewed: Evil Intentions Haunted House (Elgin, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Hagerhogan   (Event Visited: 10/22/11 @ 9:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: It isn't a haunt that you will come across by accident. We didn't see any signs until we were pulling into the parking lot.

Wait Entertainment: They only had two characters in the line. One clown and a guy with a chainsaw. The exhaust from the chainsaw was so bad you had to cover your face cuz' he would hang in the same place so long. But overall

Length of Event: 15-20m

Actor Performance: There seemed to be a shortage of actors. There we ALOT of places where you were just in a room or area and there were no characters. This happened more than once and was VERY noticeable. The masks/make up was pretty fundamental. Nothing special in the character department.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: There was no side attraction, and we were diappointed that there was no "story line" they put you through a door and you are in the haunt. No story line, no pre-haunt entertainment except a video that was running on a wall in the waiting area that told you it was an old casket factory that was believed to be haunted... The screamo music wasn't awful but got tedious and annoying cuz' it was on a short loop.

Appropriate Ages: 10+

Props / Special FX: There were some great props at this haunt but every one of them left us wanting more. The coffin hallway was REALLY well done but could have been taken to the next level so easily with sensory additions like something hanging from the ceiling, or lower lighting with a strobe or spot lights. The outside section was AWESOME but nothing haunted about it, something needed to be added here. Over all we felt this haunt had TOO MUCH LIGHT INSIDE.

Costumes / Make-up: We were sadly disappointed in the masks/characters. There was one or two characters in the whole haunt that we thought had good costumes/make up. Not good odds.

Summary: Overall, if this wasn't an established haunt, we would say it was off to a "good start". They have some great infrastructure and a great facility but they need to enhance the sensory input from the haunt. Less lighting, more "grossness" dangling from the ceilings, etc. The wheelchair room was our favorite but we though could have been enhanced by flash lighting so you wouldn't see her moving so much... Overall we would compare this to a Jaycee's quality haunt in a top notch facility... We are looking forward to some changes for next year and are planning on going back if we hear they lost power :-D

 

 

 

 

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