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|Event Reviewed: Fright Night (Forest City, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: shan1974   (Event Visited: 10/07/11 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Easy to locate even for an out-of-towner' like me. Parking was good and I felt safe around the traffic with our kids. Everyone seemed to be looking out for everyone else.
Wait Entertainment: Waiting took some time but not an unreasonable amount. The actors outside made it fun by having great interaction with guests. Violation of personal space is creepy to me so this set the mood quite well for the rest of the tours. The Very Large man in the Mike Myers costume was particularly good.
Length of Event: I thought the length of the events was just about right.
Actor Performance: Great Actors all around but some stand outs were the above mentioned Mike Myers, the small kids at the church (very disconcerting), and the blonde haired guy with the glowing teeth at the ACME van site.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good pace. Actors seemed to be actively trying to move people along without making anyone feel too rushed
Appropriate Ages: We had a 12yr old boy and a 10yr old boy with us. They were too scared in the first 15ft of the church to even attempt the rest of the attractions. Actors were very kind and spoke to them in "real" voices, but this didn't help with our particular kiddos. I saw kids their age and younger going through and they were trying very hard to be brave. Kudos to the actors for being kind and not scaring them to the point of panic/tears. I saw several actors back away when they knew little ones were coming.
Props / Special FX: I find this area to be most fascinating. I loved looking at all the props and think that this place had some of the best I've seen. Well placed. Could have used a few more in the church. Walking in the pitch black with nothing to see seemed to take a long time.
Costumes / Make-up: Very good on the costumes and makeup.
Summary: Overall this has to be one the best haunted experiences I've had. I really enjoyed myself and I think the kids had fun despite not going through the attractions. The actors were gracious enough to keep them entertained and laughing. The food was also good and they enjoyed the treats around the fire. The tours are creepy to say the least and I was disturbed (happily) many times while going through. I can't imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into something on the scale that we experienced but I'm glad you all do it! I like the museum and found reading the histories of the all the scary movies quite fun. If I had any suggestions it would be these: Maybe one night could be adult only night? Or even just a few hours of one night? With some adult Halloween drinks, lol.
Also, being older I did find some of the footing in the attractions to be difficult to negotiate and was worried at times that I would fall. Also, crawling through tight spaces when you have claustrophobic issues is scary, so um...ok nevermind, good job on that one. See ya' next year for sure. Worth the 3 hour drive from Missouri :) Thanks so much for a great evening.