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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by iammrk

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14 out of 26 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Asylum Xperiment Haunted House (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: iammrk   (Event Visited: 10/23/11 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/11
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It is a little hard to find. One you are on the street the signage is good.

Wait Entertainment: There was a video playing showing an old horror movie. Not too long of a wait to get in though on a Sunday night.

Length of Event: It took us about 20, maybe 25 minutes to get through Asylum Xperiment.

Actor Performance: The actor performance was fantastic. I have to give some serious credit to the two ladies in the door room that have quite the transformation during the show. I was trying to talk to them about what they did in the scene. They never broke character and really kept driving me through the room. AWESOME acting job!! I should also call out the guy in the story/ intro room for Asylum Xperiment. He did a great job setting the mood for the event!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great patron flow, we never ran into anyone else.

Appropriate Ages: I would say over 12

Props / Special FX: Asylum Xperiment has more unique props than any other event I have been in. The place is just full of things that make noise, things that pop out, lasers, smoke, things that move, a wild Frankenstein show. Really this place is bad a@@ as far as their props and special FX go.

Costumes / Make-up: The two girls in the door room have amazing makeup on. Other than that there were quite a few good makeup jobs, but not a lot of great makeup jobs. Now I am saying that as someone who loves horror / spfx makeup. Their makeup was amazing for a haunted house. But as good as this show was, this was one area I think they could step up their actors in. Make the actors look bad a@@, and they will feel / act bad a@@. Granted, I NEVER saw a single mask in there. So this was like 100 actors done up in makeup. It was a great job for the massive number of actors in this event.

Summary: This was second year going to Asylum Xperiment. I actually make a special trip from Normal Illinois each October to check their show out. This place really is good enough to justify a two hour drive and 30 minutes in a line. The show is absolutely one of the best I have ever seen. The sets are amazing. Some of the rooms are just crazy, I mean crazy full of things. You snake through this place on like a never ending path. It just goes on and onÖ it might be 30,000 sq ft but the place feels huge. It was just room after room, then you thought it was over and there was like 10 more minutes of this place. The Frankenstein room was awesome. The graveyard is one of the best sets I have seen anywhere ever. Just a freaking cool set. The actors were giving stellar performances across the board. This show ROCKS, no question. This is one of the best shows I have seen in Chicago, ever. If there is one thing I can say I didnít like, it is the first event that is the black maze. That is just me. I seem to find my way through a maze quickly. I think I ruined the event for the people who were in front of us, then trailed my group as I just walked through the maze. It was pitch black, well-acted, and one heck of a cool event. Just keep us maze rats away for the other people who canít find their way out of those places. As a parting thought I want to repeat how impressed I am with Asylum Xperiment. This event is one of, if not the best in Chicago. The only reason I donít say itís the best is that I have not been to them all. For me, this is the place I drive two hours to see the show. It is that good. Make the trip, you will not be disappointed. I left laughing my a@@ off at all of my freaked out screaming friends. THAT, is why I go to a haunted house. And Asylum Xperiment delivers!!!  
 

10 out of 22 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: InnerFears (Bloomington, Illinois)
Reviewed by: iammrk   (Event Visited: 10/22/11 @ 8:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/11
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It is a little hard to find. One you are on the street the signage is good.

Wait Entertainment: There was a great guy dressed as a green demon interacting with the crowd and a couple of random monsters wandering around adding atmosphere.  

Length of Event: About 30 minutes in the line and under 15 for the event.

Actor Performance: The actor performance was fantastic. I loved the clowns, they were absolutely out of their minds. The one who was helping us and then started freaking out was amazing.  

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good, we never ran into anyone else.

Costumes / Make-up: The makeup was awesome. The guy taking tickets looks straight up out of walking dead. The clowns were freaky and their zombies were all nasty and gory. This is one area these guys really stood out.

Summary: This was my first time going to InnerFears. That is probably not a surprise as this is this first year they are open. The event was a little short considering the $10 price tag, but was overall a great time. I really do want to know what they are giving the guys in their clown area. One of them was actually bouncing off of the walls. I am not kidding! He was physically bouncing off the walls. The house sections were cool, but very expected in a haunted house. Though the bugs in the kitchen were a nice little bit of gross. I was actually startled by the guy in their room with the annoying strobe. The light was bright enough and he took so long to move I thought he wasnít going to move, or was a prop. He then jumped in on us in-between the flashes of the strobe. Normally I donít jump, that guy got me. Overall a great job for a new event. Kudos to the cast of InnerFears on a great show!

 

 

 

 

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