|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: This was pretty good. I got directions from their website, and could see the "air men" (as I call them) from North Avenue. Plus, the sign for parking in the middle of the street was great!
Wait Entertainment: Pretty good. We got there early, and there was an actor in the line for tickets, and two actors in the actual wait line. Being a slow night it didn't seem that they had the other area up and running, but what is the point when the wait time was so short.
Length of Event: About 15-20 minutes.
Actor Performance: Amazing! The actors stayed true to the character they were playing. The interaction was great. I had a girl between the slaughter house and doctors office tell my friend behind me, "I like your face, can I have it?" My friend's response, "Sure but leave my hair, it rocks." The girl comes back with, "No I'll take your hair and put it on my leg." In the swamp, there was a very tiny woman that was almost like a native shaman, and she was creepy. She jumped around, talking in a "language" I have never heard before, and was great at jumping out and scaring us more than once. Also in that area was the creepy woman "ewok" like character. She freaked me out, and when I said that (after passing her) I swear she must have heard me, because she came up behind me and freaked me out again.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Pretty good. We ended up going through twice, and the first time we never saw anyone in front or behind us. The second time I swear the group of girls must have peed in their pants at some point because I saw them a room ahead of us, and the actors were doing a pretty good job of trying to slow us up. It didn't make it any less scary for us either.
Appropriate Ages: Minimum of 13. However, if you have a child that is not good with scares at 15 I wouldn't recommend it.
Props / Special FX: Great. I wonder how they do their walls to make me not to want to touch them. Plus the smell of the rooms were great, and match the room. The swamp smelled like a swamp, the area with the waterfall smelled like a musty outdoor area.
Costumes / Make-up: If there was an award for the make-up Dream Reapers should win in my opinion. The make up is very well done. The actors that have "wounds" look real. Even in the dark if not done properly, you can tell. Here, you can't. The attention to detail on all the actors is great. Plus, the make-up is not limited to the actors inside, they even do it for the people working in the shop as well. It makes me wonder why these make-up artists are working at a haunted house, and not on a hollywood set.
Summary: Dream Reapers has been rated highly in Illinois, and nationwide for years, and there has to be a reason for it. If you are looking for a haunt that is going to scare everyone in your group, keep you from running into others or not herd you like cattle, this is a place to try. It has been a long time since I went to a haunted attraction and been scared to the point of almost having an asthma attack. For me, the price point is almost too low for what you get. I would gladly pay more to go through this haunt.