|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average|
Visibility/Location: Eleventh Hour Haunted House is located at Berthold’s Garden Center on Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village. There's a large lighted sign along the road so bypassing it is almost impossible.
Wait Entertainment: There was little wait entertainment but that was not necessary due to it not being very busy.
Length of Event: It took me about an hour to do all 4 attractions.
Actor Performance: The actors in the attractions came to life. There were some standard scare tactics which were sprinkled throughout each house and the catacombs. Some of those tactics worked, some did not.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: I was in a group of 4 and was very impressed with the fact that we didn't run into any other groups. Overall, the flow for the attractions was phenomenal in terms of length of wait time and time to get through each attraction.
Appropriate Ages: I don't think children 10 and under should be taken to Eleventh Hour. The last and second house, "INTENSITY" would certainly be too much for little children.
Props / Special FX: I expected an actual corn field with a complex maze that would take quite a wile to navigate through and be somewhat difficult, but no. It was corn affixed to wire fencing and easily navigated in about 15 or so minutes.
The first house and second attraction, "ELEVENTH HOUR", had many creative rooms which had lots of work put into them.
There was a lot of dark corridor navigating in the catacombs, but was plenty of skeletons and ofther niffty prop work throughout.
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make-up work fit each character and attraction quite nicely.
Summary: It was fun to have 4 attractions in one location. The effort that has been put into the haunted houses and catacombs is clear and makes for a really fun trip. The corn maze will most likely be the most dissapointing part of the Eleventh Hour experience so don't expect it to be the greatest highlight of the night. The simulated drop on an old rickety elevator in the catacombs, which was a jerky and freakishly wild was the best part of my experience.
Patrons should be aware that the strobe lights and intense music in the last and second house, "INTENSITY", could cause heavy disorientation. This heavy disorientation could cause patrons to become easily annoyed and lost thereby repeating their experience. Should patrons find it too intensifying, they can simply exit through several emergency exits.
It's understaffed and there are some lost opportunities to scare patrons. But overall, it was a plesant experience and I'd highly recommend a visit.