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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by bigstick4u

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62 out of 93 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Fear City: A Haunted Attraction (Morton Grove, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/01/11 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/02/11
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: Not good. Off of two main streets but very little directs you to the actual street. The outside of the house is well lit however.

Wait Entertainment: 1 lady who I will elabaorate on in the revirew summary

Length of Event: 25 min of boredom!

Actor Performance: Crude to lousy!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: There was nobody there. We didnt tun into anybody

Appropriate Ages: 5 and up

Props / Special FX: Decent. Some good props...but not utilized properly

Costumes / Make-up: Decent to good. Lots of generic face paint

Summary: PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW ENTIRELY! THIS IS THE WORST HAUNTED HOUSE IVE EVER BEEN TO IN 10 PLUS YEARS OF HAUNTING!!!!! Let me say this again.....THIS IS THE WORST HAUNTED HOUSE IVE EVER BEEN TO IN TEN PLUS YEARS OF HAUNTING!!!! 
I've been writing reviews for various haunts over the years on this site. I go to 5-7 haunts a year, and I have no allegiance to any of them, and I review them honestly. 
This haunt was a compplete TRAINWRECK. For starters you can buy the GA house for $25 or the VIP house which has a "peep show" for $35. I'm not paying $35 for ANY haunt so I skipped the peep show and dropped the 25 bucks and took my GA ticket and got in line. There was NOBODY in front of us, and a group of 3 teens joined us in line. AFter about 5 min waiting in line a large buxomed female/tranny? came up to my group, and made some strange(not in a good haunt way comments to my group, and the one behind...like "do you want eat me or the concessions" and "you look delicous" to the 15 yr old kid behind me. Again, there was nothing scary about this, it was more disturbing, but not in a good way. The music they were playing did NOT fit a haunt either. 
We seemed to wait an ETERNITY befor we were let in the house. They foolishly combined my group with the one behind us even though there was NOBODY there!  
After 10-12 mins of waiting we were FINALLY let in. You walk in to what looks like a run down redline station. Props for the original idea. You walk through a turnstyle to get to the train, but you are stopped by the guard. She stops the group and says "what are you doing here and where are you going" then she proceeds to make a "phone call" and holds a phony conversation saying things like "these guys can wait" and "see you at the motel". 
Then she lets you go through. That entire ordeal lasted about 2 mins and was completely ANNOYING, and added NOTHING to the house in terms of scare factor or atmosphere. What is the point of making you wait to walk thru the turnstyle, and hold a pointless converstion on a cell phone?!?!? 
Finally, we are allowed to walk to the train prop. A very cool and large train prop, but before we are allowed to walk on one of the actors screams "Hey A--HOLE who says you can board the train!?!?" Im not uptight about foul language, but is that really there best scare technique!?!? We are then allowed on the train, which turns into a hellevator like scene, a bumpy ride where the actor is screaming the rules and regulations but you cant hear a thing because the effects are too loud. 
Once you get off the train you start the house, and you go thru some very large rooms, as well as smaller chambers. The acting was TERRIBLE. That is when there were actors in a room! Many twists and turns led you thru rooms with nobody in them. A detailed abandoned car scene had a miss timed horn honk and one lousy actor jumping out at you. The slaughter house was almost too big and underwhelming at best.  
We have a scene with dolls hanging from a ceiling, and an actor doing her best to attempt to scare people with poor results.  
Another scene involves an older woman asking if you'd like to look at her sculputres, and a young girl pops out of a closest asking "have you seen my dog" This is supposed to be scary!?!? Then you walk thru an old mans living room, and the scare in that room was "dont block the tv". Pathetic. 
The bathroom scene was "cute" and was probably the only scene that I actually liked. There is a short dark maze near the end, but nobody bothers to scare you in it. One other interesting room, is an immpresicv laser light scene, but the one actor in there that pops out from the side is so NOT scary and unconvincing, it ruined the entire scene! 
I was so upset by this haunt, I almost asked for a refund. The seemed to try and copy Asylum Experiment with some of their scenes. This haunt..with its ridiculous $25-$35 price tag looks like a group of people who wanted to make a fast buck, and charge a lot of dough and NOT deliver, while laughing all the way to the bank. The hype and name dropping they advertise is a JOKE! Names mean nothing when you cant deliver! I literally got bored half way thru the house and looked at my watch which was QUITE VISIBLE since most of the scenes were TOO WELL LIT! You are better off going to the Skokie haunt for $8 and getting a cheap scare there! If you want to spend $20-$25 on a haunt go to any other attraction in the city. Those haunts know what they are doing at least! Shame on you "Lame City" for calling yourselves a haunt! REFUND!

20 out of 37 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Screams In The Park (Rosemont, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/08/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Not bad. Behind the Rosemont theatre.

Wait Entertainment: NONE! There were a good 30 people in line and no actors roaming! UNACCEPTABLE!

Length of Event: appox 20 min

Actor Performance: Decent. Ranging from very good to mediocre!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: AWFUL! ran into tons of groups, and literally had to stop several times for the backup to decongest!

Appropriate Ages: 8 and up

Props / Special FX: Some were terrific, and some were very lame. I'd give it a 6.5 on fx.

Costumes / Make-up: See props and fx

Summary: This was a mixed bag haunt for me. I'd give the overall haunt a 6.5 Its quite obvious a first year haunt, because they have no clue about patron flow, or timing.  
The actual haunt DOES have potential to be good. WHile there were many high school aged actors in the haunt..some were very good and into their roll.  
The downside to this haunt was that it relied too much on pop outs that didnt pop out at the right time. There were some huge and detailed props like the giant skeleton that screams at you, and the coffin scene with the surprise was pretty good as well. The cockroach on the wall effect was good.  
The acting was so so. As stated before, some were real screamers and into it, and some actors pretty much said "boo".  
The mechanical dog at the opening scene was cool too. 
I'm on the fence for recommending it or not. $20 is a lot for a first year haunt that overall didnt deliver. But it's not as bad as some Ive been thru over the years.

25 out of 48 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Asylum Xperiment Haunted House (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/08/11 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/09/11
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Not bad. Signs lead you to the location. Its in a HUGE structure as well.

Wait Entertainment: Not sure. We had VIP tix at a discounted price( thanks asylum xperiment) and we went thru a special entrance so I dont know if there was any wait entertainment in the main line.

Length of Event: appox 25 min.

Actor Performance: Terrific. In your face and over the top, and timed right!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Super! Never ran into another group!

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up

Props / Special FX: Top notch! Some of the best fx you'll see in a haunt!

Costumes / Make-up: A+ Great make up and costumes!

Summary: I was at this haunt last year, and liked the haunt and props, but thought the acting was poor. This year they have corrected that.  
The first part of the house is the blackout. Several series of dark passageways with actors popping out and screams from coming all around. This is a DEFINITE improvement of last years black out. You then go on a hellevator, which is a bumpy light flickering elevator. Better than most haunts that have one of these. Many scenes are the same as last year, but have improved scares that are really in your face and over the top. The props are some of the best Ive ever seen in a haunt, and the detail in each room is absolutely tremendous! The hillbilly scenes are excellent, and have some humor as well.  
The guy eating crap out of the toilet and flinging some at you was gross but awesome, and the Franksteins monster has a hidden surprise for you. 
The pet store scene was awesome, with his caged creature! 
A real top notch haunt from the Asylum Xperiment. This IS what a haunt should be. Seeing that other haunts charge the same or more, and DONT deliver...this haunt delivers the goods.  
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

22 out of 47 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dungeon of Doom Haunted Factory (Zion, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/15/11 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/18/11
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Fair. If you are not from the area it is a challenge to find without a GPS

Wait Entertainment: Excellent. The place was packed and there were tons of actors working the line.

Length of Event: 45 min with ultimate ticket

Actor Performance: Excellent..over the top...in your face!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Terrific. Only times I ran into groups were buried alive, mercy general, and the maze. I expected that though.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up

Props / Special FX: DOD ALWAYS has some of the best props!

Costumes / Make-up: Top notch!

Summary: I rarely give haunts a 10, but this one deserves it. For $25 I got 45 min of haunted house. A truly great deal! The detail and acting put into this house along with the impressive props are head and shoulders over most haunts Ive visited.  
From the raucous hellevator...to the hanging heads where some of them bite you!....to the torsos collapsing on you, to the cockroach scene....to the renegade santa who made my friend jump....to the electric shock room...dont touch the walls!...... twists and turns ups and downs...a true workout. The clown room was cool, and the vortex disorienting. 
Buried alive was claustrophobic as ever, and Mercy 3d was very cool! The 3d or 4d effect did work well this time. Some years ago they tried this at their old location with mixed results. This year they nailed it. The maze was how a maze should be. NEarly pitch black with a strobe light flashing every 5 seconds or so, so you can see just enough. Of course the actors in the scene mess with you royally. Kudos to the tons of actors in this haunt for being spot on. Every room had someboyd in it. 
This house is worth the bang for the buck and I highly recommend it!

 

 

 

 

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