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|Event Reviewed: Haunted Haven (Rock Falls, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: hauntedman   (Event Visited: 10/22/11 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Very easy to find. Its very visible from the highway.
Wait Entertainment: The music was good set the ambience and concessions are available. More character interaction would have been good.
Length of Event: They do a great job of building stories in the attraction that give you ample time to enjoy the time in the Haunt.
Actor Performance: They have some of most unique actors I have ever seen. They are young but very professional.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It is easy to find your way for the most part but I found myself making a few wrong turns that added to the anxiety and fun of the Haunt. The actors are very good about directing you without breaking character.
Appropriate Ages: PG-13 for sure kids.
Props / Special FX: Excelent use of special fx to direct your attention to the area they want you to look. They use an electrical device that pops on the ceiling before the clown room. You can't help but look up and when you finally look back forward there is a clown right in front of you when before there was empty space.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make up were very well done! This is a professional Haunt with great attention to detail on the make up and costumes.
Summary: Haunted Haven is a professional Haunt at a new location that is growing in size and well deserved reputation. The theme rooms are well thought out and executed like the sheet maze with strobe effect, the sugery room, and my favorite the clown room. You can tell they take a great deal of time to set up the scenes. For example: after the strobe effect you are greeted by an actor who is very good at immitating the spasmodic look of the Silent Hill character.
They use distraction well to keep your attention where they want it to set up the actors. Using items haning down in front of you keeps your mind focused on moving around the obstacles instead of where they might be waiting.
The fact that they build a story in each room let's you take time to immerse yourself in the attraction. My favorite part of all is Tweeker! I know the actor personally and he was still able to scare me to the point where I had to back up a few steps. The way they have the trap doors set up in the clown room and the way they use them you would swear there were 6 or 7 evil clowns running around when there are actually just 3.
Haunted Haven is growing every year and I for one can't wait to see where they go from here.