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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by elvis63

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Event Reviewed: Disturbia (Addison, Illinois)
Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/11
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: This location was easy to find and is housed in a sports dome, so there is a lot of space to utilize. There is signage out front advertising the haunt.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment.

Length of Event: Approximately 15 minutes

Actor Performance: Average. The actors mostly were of the "jump out and yell at you to go away" variety, with little variation across different areas of the haunt.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not very good - altogether on the night I went there were only about 8 people there (including myself and my girlfriend). We were alone when we entered and then ran into a group of six people about 1/3 of the way in and never got separated from them. There was no attempt to keep us apart.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: There were few props to speak of. The haunt consisted mostly of endless corridors, with one area of cages/mirrors/strobe lights intended to disorient and confuse. There were also a few pressurised flexible wall areas that you had to squeeze through.

Costumes / Make-up: There were one or two actors who were in more elaborate masks and costumes, but mostly the actors had on zombie-like makeup with normal clothes.

Summary: Overall, this haunt was extremely disappointing. Before going I read reviews on hauntedillinois and elsewhere and this haunt ranged from one oft he top 3 haunts to one of the top 10 in Illinois, depending on where you looked. However, once there, I found there were very few sets and little variation in the actors' performances - most of which were simply screams to get out and keep moving. In one area we wound up locked ina metal cage with several people and no one would let us out for about 5 minutes - there was nothing going on in the troom, but the actors continued to ingore us and just kept us there. It was not entertaining. In fact, about 1/3 of the way in I was really regretting even being there. I will say that the beginning of the haunt was very promising - upon entering you are placed in an outdoor scene, with giant webs everywhere, fake grass, and a "stone" path that you follow to a doorway. Being in a giant blowup dome really added to the effect of being in a huge outdoor space, and the webs were supplemented by laser lights that gave everything an unreal, sppoky quality, which is perfect for a haunted house. Unfortunately things went downhill rapidly from there. Inside there was little to look at and little to do except grope around in the dark and get stuck in narrow corridors. We were taken through the same area of cages and strobe lights at least twice, and very few actors bothered to do more than just yell at us. Overall, I found it to be a very ineffective use of the huge space that the dome afforded, and for $18 per person I found the entertainment value to be very low. Personally, the only thing that 'distrubed' me about this haunt was the price I paid to get in. If there were more actual sets, more things to look at and more varied actor performances this could be an excellent haunt, but unfortunately it's currently a case of "don't believe the hype", with the advertising being very out of synch with what is actually delivered.

26 out of 44 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Resurrection Graveyard (Hometown, Illinois)
Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: 10/01/11 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/03/11
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: This haunt was located in a large covered structure in the middle of a shopping center parking lot. I knew it was there so I didn't look for signs andcan't comment on whether or not there were any.

Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors walking around. This is not a professional haunt so I wasn't expecting anyone to be outside of it.

Length of Event: 10-15 minutes, depending on how much you look at things.

Actor Performance: Excellent. From what I understand, all of the actors are volunteers and all of them stayed in character the entire time, even when we were finished with the haunt and talking outside. It was hilarious to see actors sneaking up on us while we were talking with one of the people who run the event...that's dedication to character!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We did not meet up with anyone else while inside.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: Several animatronic props, smoke and fog machines and many detailed setups.

Costumes / Make-up: Excellent. Each actor had a well defined costume and there were some really original makeup designs (some of which I can't mention so as not to spoil the surprise).

Summary: I stumbled upon this haunt last year when it was a free event held at a private residence. It was the first home haunt I had ever been to in my 20+ years of haunted housing, so I didn't know what to expect. Although the haunt was small, it was clearly done with a great deal of care, and I came away amazed at what a cool experience I got for FREE! This year the haunt size has tripled and there is an $8 fee, which I was told was to cover the insurance costs for the new location. Regardless, though, the haunt is well worth the price, as the set design is still top notch and the dedication to giving visitors a scare is still there. I am still amazed at the bang for the buck!  
The haunt consists of about 8-10 rooms, all with differing themes. In each room there is a lot of detail to examine, which sets you up for some scares as the actors wait until you're distracted and then come out. Far from being the "shouty in your face" type actors (of which there are some, but in a controlled fahion), there are a numbero f actors who go for the "silent but creepy" approach, showing up behind you or directly in front of you and saying nothing, which really does unnerve you.  
A particular favorite for me in this haunt was our greeter, who was dressed somewhat like a clown, but more like a character from 'A Clockwork Orange', complete with bowler hat. He greeted us opon our entry, then proceeded show up in several different rooms, often hidden behind something or wearing something over his face, only to tell us to keep going in a humorous way. This is an example of the care taken by the people who run this haunt to keep you entertained. I found myself laughing quite a bit when my friends kept getting shocked by the greeter's reappearances. The last time we saw him he was standing still with a bag over his head which he took off to tell us to "get out!" - hilarious and unexpected. 
Kudos to all who run this haunt. It was fabulous last year so we made a point of going back on the first night it opened. It's well worth the $8, and even worth going back a couple more times, and demonstrates how it's not the size of the haunt, or the size of the accompanying hype, that matter, but the dedication put into it.

17 out of 38 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: The Blood Shed Haunted House & Hollywood Horror Hayride (Frankfort, Illinois)
Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: 10/01/11 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/04/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: This haunt is located off of a main road (LaGrange Road) and is well lit. We could see the carnuival rides from far away so you can't miss it.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment to speak of.

Length of Event: 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you take to look at things.

Actor Performance: Good. All of the actors reamined in character, and although most were younger, they did seem to be trying.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We were behind one group and in front of another but never saw either of them - we just heard the screams!

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: There were a number of detailed sets and animatronic props, as well as projected images and moving walls/floors.

Costumes / Make-up: Excellent. All of the actors had well done masks or makeup.

Summary: This was the first year for this haunt, and my friends and I were very leery of the $16 price tag, especially given our experiences with other higher priced haunts. However, the lady at the ticket booth gave us all a $3 off coupon that we didn't know about, so we decided to take the plunge.  
The haunt itself is located in a very large shed type building and the space is used very well. Each tiem we thought the haunt was over it continued into another room. The rooms were designed in such a way as to effectively utilize the space while at the same time remaining open as opposed to dark and cramped.  
This haunt focused a lot on set pieces, with detailed props and moody lighting, as opposed to having people jump out at you. A number of rooms had no actors in them, but the scenes were well done so their absence wasn't felt. The wide open spacing and relative lack of actors made for a very atmospheric experience, as we didn't kow if and when anyone might come out at us, especially when it looked like a room was totally empty. The spaciousness of the haunt made it creepier in my opinion.  
The final scene was set in an outdoor courtyard (still within the building) and combined details sets, animatronics and live actors that made for a really nice closing to the event.  
Overall, this is one haunt that is not too out of line with the price and the hype. The $16 price tag is a bit steep, but it definitely gives you more bang for your buck than some other, similarly priced haunts. Get the $3 off coupon on their website, and look for them on Groupon for a half off deal (as the ticket lady told us they would be on there later in the month) and it will really be worth it.  
This haunt features a hayride, too (for $12) but it was not running on the night we went due to rainy weather.  
A nice effort for a first year haunt that will hopefully get ever better at the years progress.

22 out of 53 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Haunted Mansion & Asylum 13 (Bolingbrook, Illinois)
Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/04/11
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: This haunt is in a large sports dome and is visible from the road. There was one large sign advertising it, so it's not easy to miss.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment of any kindon the night I was there, but it was their first night of operation.

Length of Event: 15 minutes

Actor Performance: Average to Poor. The actors were mainly teenagers, with some even younger. Their acting varied from those who were into their role and who tried to be creative to those who obviously were bored. We even encountered actors several times who were talking with each other and breaking character who didn't bother to get back into character even when we entered the room.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was good, but my girlfriend and I appeared to literally be the only people in the haunt at the time we went there. Thus, it might be different when there are lines of people.

Appropriate Ages: 12+

Props / Special FX: There were a few detailed setups, such as a doctor's waiting room and some others, but none were memorable and as such I can't really recall any in detail. I believe there might have been a couple of animatronic props as well, but again, nothing that stood out.

Costumes / Make-up: Some actors had costumes (such as doctors and patients) and some had on prison wear, but most simply had zombie like makeup on. Nothing elaborate.

Summary: My girlfriend and I went to this haunt for two reasons - 1) It was one of the few in our area open on 9/30 and 2) because we got a 2 for 1 deal from Groupon. Otherwise we most likely would not have gone to this haunt. We wound up paying $35 for two VIP tickets (normally $35 for 1), which were wasted as there was no line to skip as a 'VIP.' In all honesty, this haunt was not worth it for half off, and wouldn't be worth it if we got half off of the regular $20 admission price, either.  
This haunt has a huge space (70,000 sq. ft. to work with) but mostly consisted of wide open areas with nothing in them, a few sets, and corridors or the seemingly very common cage maze with strobe lights and mirrors. None of the space was utilized effectively in my view. 
I had last been to this haunt in about 2005 and I seemed to recall that it was decent for the price (which was less than this year's price), but I might have been mistaken. It is relatively short, given the space they have to work with, and most of the actors simply shouted at us rather than attempt to be creative. After about 5 minutes, it became quite predictable as we knew each actor would yell at us to leave then get behind us and yell some more. One of the actors in the cage maze actually told us to follow her to the way out. We didn't believe and went the other way, but in fact she was showing us the quickest way out, perhaps to get rid of us and have some down time! 
Overall, this was a disappointing (and expensive) start to the 2011 season, and a haunt that I will not be returning to. Sreaming actors and lots of dark corridors do not compensate for a lack of creativity and do not make for an entertaining experience in my view.





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