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All 2012 Visitor Reviews Submitted by bigstick4u

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65 out of 72 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Fear City/Hades (Morton Grove, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/06/12 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/12
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Decent off a main road with a flashing light

Wait Entertainment: There were a few actors in line. 2 guys with extremely cheesey lines "DO you want to put "mas SCARE A" on me, and two females who were decent.

Length of Event: Appox 1 hr for both houses

Actor Performance: Theatrical and unconvincing. Nothing particulalry scary at all.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Good. We didnt run into anybody.

Appropriate Ages: 5 and up

Props / Special FX: The props and effects were very good.

Costumes / Make-up: These were done well. Very good makeup and costumes

Summary: I went to this house last year and was completely insulted by how bad it was for the money spent. I told the group of people I went with I wasnt going, but they begged me to go and paid for my ticket. Free ticket, Im there!! I was mortified when I saw they were charging $35 this year!  
The haunt starts off with a peep show which is one small room with a newsstand and one peephole. Not much there. Then its a taxi scene explaining the haunt, and off the to the redline train. The redline is nothing more than an oversized Hellevator that many haunts use, There were two actors in there, but nothing particularly scary. From there the house becomes disjointed. There is no them IMHO. A slaghterhouse, hospital scene, doll room, jet plane, lady with a piano, all were in this house, but none of those scenes were scary. The piano room added nothing to the haunt, the doll room was very detailed, but not much of a scare. The hallway with flashing lights and several doors was pretty good, which kept you guessing where the actor would pop up from, but little to no scare was delivered. I though the best scene in the house was the "white room" which had a hazy feel to it and an actor dresses in white delivering a decent scare. The 3d area of the haunt and the black and white maze were also done well. 
From there the haunt goes into HADES. That is nothing more than one dark hallway after another, with whispering voices heard throughout. Not much else.  
My advice would be if you are going to go, dont expect it to be scary. Just go for the Fear City portion of it and save yourself $10 by avoiding HADES. 
This haunt was better than last year, but does NOT give bang for buck IMHO. It is NOT scary at all, and is a bit to theatric for me. There are better haunts for less. 
NOT RECOMMENDED!

23 out of 34 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Asylum Xperiment Haunted Attractions (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/12
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: If you know where the Odeon is its no trouble.

Wait Entertainment: We had VIP so I'm not sure. There was a long line of people for the NONvip so I hope there was.

Length of Event: 30 min

Actor Performance: Fair. Some were very lame, a few were decent, and a small fraction were above average.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Lousy. We ran into a huge group of 8 people. To be fair though, they were moving at a snails pace.

Appropriate Ages: 8 and up

Props / Special FX: FANTASTIC! Extremely detailed

Costumes / Make-up: Top notch and well madeup!

Summary: This haunt in its few short years of being open gets a 10 in props and makeup. Its the acting and the lame dialogue that brings it down. The first scene is an old creeky bridge you cross, that is very wobbly while skeleton torsos hover over. You are then walking over another bridge like scene, where the trees and greenery close in on you. Absolutely amazing detail to these scenes.  
Blackout was creepy with the twists, turns, inflatables, fur?!? and air pops and horns! 
Frankensteins lab is back with a surprise. The doll room and animal room are well done and somewhat eerie. I liked the maze, but it was rather easy to navigate 
One of the problems of the haunt is it relies way too much on long dialogue in some scenes ie: hellevator and ring around the rosy room that hurt the haunt. They should also cover the floor switches that enable the pop ups. Its quite obvious what the giant patch on the ground is for. I still do recommend this haunt on the props, detail, and length of the haunt. It is worth it, just not overly scary.

22 out of 33 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Dream Reapers (Melrose Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: bigstick4u   (Event Visited: 10/13/12 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/12
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Good. A sign and huge inflatables

Wait Entertainment: TONS! Probably the most fun Ive had standing in line. Funny clown, hospital patient, joker character, and a "lady" with her "smomking" infant. They ALL scared the heck out of people

Length of Event: 15 minutes or so

Actor Performance: Phenomonal and over the top!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. Did not run into anybody

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up

Props / Special FX: Top notch! tons of detail!

Costumes / Make-up: Fantastic. Fit the scenes well!

Summary: If this is the last year, than DR is going out on top! I RARELY give Haunts a 10, but this year they truly deserve it! Even the waiting area was intense this year. 
The hellevator was great with actors inside of it, the mirror maze in the beginning was disorienting and effective. EVERY ROOM HAD AN ACTOR IN IT! Not many haunts can say that. Not many haunts make me jump, but this o ne did! Not only that, the acting was top notch in your face. You got bombarded from ALL SIDES, and with intensity. I liked the wall that seems to be alive, and the forest scene is always cool. The lady with just the torso was back and freaky as ever. 
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this haunt. Thanks for the great haunt Dream Reapers you will be missed!

 

 

 

 

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