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All 2011 Visitor Reviews Submitted by necrodude31

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Event Reviewed: Realm of Terror Horror Experience (Round Lake Beach, Illinois)
Reviewed by: necrodude31   (Event Visited: 10/08/11 @ 12 Midnight)
Review Posted: 10/13/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to see. Located at Kristof's Right off of Rollins rd. There were the classic inflatable ghosts along with strobe lights and employees flagging you in. The actual entrance lane was a little weird to see from afar, but once in the turn lane it was fine to navigate.

Wait Entertainment: Questionable. They have plenty of actors outside, but the all seemed to keep to themselves. My friends and I knew Dozer the Clown already and well as Kasper the unfriendly Ghost, so we chatted with them 'til literally 11:59 before we bought our tickets. Just wish I was there when there was a line to see them really go at it, 'cause I know they have and they will.

Length of Event: The haunt itself was about 15 minutes, but adding the classic strobe maze, NEW pitch black maze, and a new ending scare scene, we were in the haunt for around 25 minutes.

Actor Performance: To be frank, it was not good when we went. We were the last group of the night to go through and we could tell the actors wanted us to leave their room so they could leave, which isn't fair. They need to give 100% all the way to the last patron.  
 
They also tended to block paths quite a bit. I hate that. Scare me and entertain me as your character, but dont get in my way. A big problem with that is having the rooms be way to confined to fit patrons and actors.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Just fine. Again, last group of the night so no one behind, but props for having a long enough wait time in the "rules room" to not run into the group in front of us.

Appropriate Ages: 13+, the haunt is terribly graphic. which is awesome and I love it, but no good for children.

Props / Special FX: OUTDATED!!! Buy some new props, I HATED seeing the foam and zipties on the fake legs in the abortion room.

Costumes / Make-up: Fitting to the scenes of the haunt. All very generic, but it works 'cause it's a one-themed haunt.

Summary: We had a fun time all around. The biggest thing that bothered me was the actor performance, but, visiting at a better time would probably fix that. 
 
One of the highlights in my book of the haunt is their special effects series of rooms. It was very clever (SPOILER!!) to go straight from a vortex tunnel into an aircushion hallway. Even MORE clever than that, was going from the aircushion hallway into a new room at RoT. The room was suspended in the air and contained a massive amount of body bags. The crazy part, was the entire room moved and shaked. I could hardly keep my balance in this thing!! If this is what RoT spent their money on this year, it was well spent! I want to get one of these things for myself!! 
 
My biggest complaint, however, is the same on I have every year. And this year, it got worse. The strobe maze. I enjoy it... however, a lot of friends absolutely dont have feel awful afterwards. What made it worse, is you were forced into the maze this year. Literally an actor opened a door and you went in. No emergency exit anywhere to be seen, no questions about opting out, NOTHING. The other thing that made it worse was the new pitchblack maze that immediately followed the strobe maze. The annoying thing about this maze, was the fact that the actors lead you into a circle, and after traveling to one end of a "maze" and then back again, they opened "the secret way out" and you turned a corner and were done. It literally seemed like they had walk a series of halls into a deadend and then back again just be let out. Terribly frustrating. 
 
RoT slowly but surely gets better every year. I've always loved the clever layout of "seeing where you'll be later" where in one room, looking through a window looks like scenery, then 3 rooms later your "in the scenery". Amazing. If they would modernize the props a bit and add some more scenes, it really would be the best haunt around.  
 
This was my first haunt of the season and the local competitors sure do have a bar to beat. Good show RoT, see ya next year! (just get rid of the maze!!!)

 

 

 

 

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