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|Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers (Melrose Park, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: BIGGUN   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/16/12
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Same place as always off of North ave
Wait Entertainment: Excellent. Tons of creepy characters mulling around and freaking people out. Love when the waiting area lights go out and the buzzer sounds.
Length of Event: 20 min.
Actor Performance: Fantastic! Really well done!
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Great! never ran into another group
Appropriate Ages: 12 and up
Props / Special FX: Very good details
Costumes / Make-up: Excellent
Summary: Dream Reapers has done a terrific job for their final year. While the house is similar as in past years, the acting and dedication to scaring people really is outstanding this year. I love the slaughterhouse, and the disorienting maze. The attention to detail in every room is amazing. Whats better is they have TONS of actors in the house from ALL angles. You really do get bang for your buck this year. My group enjoyed the haunt, and there are lots of pop out scares in this haunt. There is a surprise scare at the end I wont spoil. Kudos to DR!
|Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Average|
Visibility/Location: Not too bad. RIght on Devon Ave with a flashing sign
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors mulling around the line
Length of Event: If you do all 4 events its appox 35-40 min
Actor Performance: Not good. There were few actors in the haunts to begin with, and the few that were there were mediocre at best.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not good. For starters, they put you in huge groups, and we quickly caught up to the other huge group in front of us.
Appropriate Ages: 6 and up
Props / Special FX: Fair. Lots of plastic looking props, with a handful of decent props mixed in. Not very convincing overall.
Costumes / Make-up: Average. Masks and bad makeup for the most part
Summary: Over the years Ive made it a rule not to go to a haunt before October. Too many times it seemed like the haunts were either understaffed, or the actors werent in the spirit of haunting yet. When I read 11th Hour was having more actors this year per their website, and you add the ticket deal 2 for 1 that HI.com was running, I decided to go for it.
To their credit I got their Saturday 9/29 and 6:50 pm, and their was already 25-30 people in line. I have never seen that before so early in the season.
My group chose all 4 haunts that started with the corn maze. It wasnt much of a maze at all, and was very easy to navigate in about 5 min. Nothing scary about it at all. The only actor we ran into was a guy scaring people at the very end of the maze. Otherwise, it was a big bore!
The rest of the event was divided up into 3 haunts. The first haunt was the "house" where a goth looking woman who was barely audible led you through a staircase. That prop was very cool, but there was no real scare in that room. Our group was put into two other groups which ballooned it up to 10 people! Ridiculous!
The next room was a twitchy lady looking for her husband, telling you to shh and be quiet. Shed ask the group questions, then tell you to shut up when you answered. Nothing scary, but really annoying!
From there it was a bathroom scene with no scares in it or actors, dark hallway with no scares or actors in at after dark hallway. We got a lame attempt at a Hellevator in one of the haunts, but wasnt particularly good. The goth funeral scene was one of the few good scenes, with an actual scare in it. The graveyard was a great idea, but had only one female actor in it looking for her husband. No scare at all! The cagemaze with fog and flashing lights was easy to get through and navigate, and only had 1 actor in it. The spinning vortex was disorienting, but ive been in those a million times. My complaint with this haunt arent the ideas, but the lack of actors in the haunt. I actually started to get bored halfway through, because the place had nobody in it! Lots of patrons, but no actors. NOT RECOMMENDED!
|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: At the Odeon on Villa RD. Cant miss it.
Wait Entertainment: Some decent actors roaming. It was a loooong wait taht night
Length of Event: appox 30 min
Actor Performance: Fair at best. many actors werent very good, and the animatronics seemed to be mis-timed.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Poor. Ran into 2 other groups
Appropriate Ages: 7 and up
Props / Special FX: Incredible. The haunt is worth the price just for the props
Costumes / Make-up: Awesome!
Summary: As stated before, the haunt is worth the $$$ just for the props. They are some of the best you'll ever see in a haunt! Paton flow was a problem this year, unlike in years past.
The toy room was cool with the Ninja turtles and ET. Frankie's lab and the pet room were cool and visually awesome!
The acting in these rooms isnt very good, and the scare factor is low. Some rooms the actors shout out cheesy dialogue, and I think thats what bogs down the groups and hurts the patron flow. I liked blackout with the spooky noises and feeling the creepy things that you have to maneuver through. All in all I do recommend the haunt for the amazing visuals, but dont expect to be scared too much!