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|Reviewed by: estumpf17   (Event Visited: 10/06/13 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/11/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Quite visible, as it's on a main stretch of road. If you're within 10 miles of the haunt, you'll see searchlights. Follow those, and it'll take you right to RoT.
Wait Entertainment: Terrific! There were 5 different actors that entertained/violated the people waiting in line when I visited. They had excellent improv skills, but were not afraid to be raunchy and in-your-face. As funny as they were, things got pretty explicit with free swearing and sexual dialogue. 1 in 4 will likely get offended by what they say/do.
Also, for the 21+ crowd, they had a cash bar! Wingo!
Length of Event: 20-30 minutes, depending on your difficulty in navigating the dark maze at the end.....
Actor Performance: Everybody I encountered did a great job staying in character and nailing their scares for each and every person, aside from a few that 'missed' (too soon or too late). The acting highlight were the ones outside; their thespian skills were never in question—some of the best ‘performances’ I’ve seen to date.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Stellar. They sent no more than 8 people into the beginning at once, and THEN split them up into two groups of 4. Shortly thereafter, they again separated us into 2's. So basically it was just me and my date, no one in front or behind us, except for the soon-to-be-infamous 'maze' portion......(see below)
Appropriate Ages: Considering the thematic content and graphic language the actors use, I would not advise anyone under 13 to attend. In fact, Realm requires those between 13-16 to be with a parent, and with good reason! This is NOT a children’s spook house.
Props / Special FX: The interior scenes were well-designed and set pieces looked fantastic; a good mix of animatronic and old-school jump scares. The hanging body bags were a creepy touch. Included the now obligatory inflatable hallway and spinny-vortex room (lots of fun).
Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were very good, as was the make-up (from what I could tell). Hard to tell inside the haunt, as it was rather dark.
Summary: Overall impression: I had high hopes for RoT, since I drove 1.5 hours to experience it, and they fell just short of my lofty expectations. First, the good—the scares were intense, and the scenes nicely constructed. The engaging wait entertainment was one of the best parts of the whole haunt. Separating everyone into smaller and smaller groups was excellent, so kudos to the crew for doing this. A good value, too, for $15!
Now the bad—the intro scene, while promising, had absolutely NOTHING to do with the rest of the haunt. No relevance whatsoever. Even though only myself+date went through the house, the actors seemed to miss several scare points (saw them returning to their ‘areas’ in preparation for the next couple). There were other minor qualms I had with RoT, but none of them nearly as big as the pitch-black ‘maze’ you traverse at the end. Instead of being scary or fun, it wound up being confusing and downright frustrating. I ran into THREE other groups (2 ahead of us, 1 behind) during this part, with almost no help from the staff, which I’m sure was intentional. There were no strobos, no exit signs, nothing—just utter darkness. The only way to finish was to feel your way out, and even then it took close to 15 minutes, although it seemed like an hour. At one point, I grabbed what I thought was my date’s a@@ (censored) turned out to be someone else (lulz). People were constantly walking face-first into walls and getting completely turned around, even going backwards at one point. So what was a cool idea in theory, was in reality kind of annoying and a moderate safety concern. Almost ruined the haunt for me…..almost.
All in all, the RoT crew knows what they’re doing, they’re masters in scaring mature audiences. If profanity and darkness doesn’t faze you, go and check them out!
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|Reviewed by: Alexandriamm   (Event Visited: 10/05/13 @ 9:15 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/06/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: It's was real easy to locate bc it's right off Rollins witch is the main road in round lake
Wait Entertainment: Last year it was really good this year I don't know bc I got skip the line passes for free by winning a Facebook offer they did for the grand oping but it was awesome
Length of Event: The event was 30-45 min long but it depended on how busy they were and it doesn't even feel like it was that long once you got in
Actor Performance: They are really good they know what there doing and everything I loved it
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It was kinda hard to get thru bc you really can't see but it was pretty good I enjoyed trying to find my way out
Appropriate Ages: Probably 16+
Props / Special FX: There's a lot of strop lights and really good makeup artist
Costumes / Make-up: I couldn't really see there faces but when I seen the people out side there makeup was awesome
Summary: Realm of terror is one of the best haunted houses around lake county there make up is awesome and there actors know what there doing there's a movie you watch then you go in to the haunted house it's even better to go if the people working know you bc they scare you to death lol but it was a pretty good haunted house. They have a flaming ball when you first walk in to it that scares you then people just jump outta know were and you never see it coming the only thing I that was wrong was when you walked in to some rooms things would hit you in the face but the actors made it all worth it I drove an hour away just to go bc I love that place it's the best one by far that I have gone to
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|Reviewed by: DragonSlayer   (Event Visited: 10/12/13 @ 8:30 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/30/13
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Realm of Terror is located at the Kristofs entertainment center and there are lots of lights and people around to let you know you are in the right place. Plus there are several signs before and at the location.
Wait Entertainment: I had VIP so I'm not too sure but I did see a wicked Santa Clause and a guy chasing people in the parking lot with two large machetes.
Length of Event: This event can vary greatly between 15-30 minutes due to the pace and time you get stuck in some parts. I got completely lost in the maze and therefore it took me about 30 minutes to traverse the haunt.
Actor Performance: Completely over the top! Every actor had their game face on and many were ridiculously well conditioned and good at contorting themselves into various areas and poses. Many of them got right in your face.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good. I didn't run into any groups until the maze at the end and no groups caught me until that point as well.
Appropriate Ages: I would say 13 and up. This is not only a very intense haunt but also one in which the actors use foul language and belittle the patrons.
Props / Special FX: Very well done. Everything looks very dirty and messy and fairly realistic. Some of the best set pieces I have seen inside a haunt.
Costumes / Make-up: Very elaborate and well done. Many had unbelievably good make-up and the costumes were head to toe authentic with the scenes.
Summary: Realm of Terror is truly in a category of its own. The Realm of Terror really makes you feel unnerved and uneasy as you go through. The one thing that really separates Realm of Terror is the fact that it is extremely claustrophobic inside. All of the rooms are tiny and the actors are right in your face and taunting you the whole time. There is never a let up in this either all the way till the end. Going through tight quarters and actually having to touch in your face props or not knowing if you are going the right way is what makes a good haunt terrific. They used all of their available space to the best of their ability and it shows.
The other thing to note about Realm of Terror is that the owners don't seem to care if people like them or not in the sense of what they will do inside. There is a huge maze at the end. Half of it is white with fog and loud noise and strobes and the other is black, dark, and quiet with a few actors. I absolutely loved this concept as it makes you feel like they don't want to let you out ever! A lot of people complained about this and said people were pushing them and what not to get but really that is the point. I paid someone to make me feel unnerved and trapped and Realm of Terror does it the best. You go through the intense stuff first than get smacked in the face with fog and a maze. I love it! I also want to note the neat use of a moving room/floor which immediately follows a vortex. This really throws you off and confuses you. The placing and timing of all of their scares and effects works wonderfully into their overall theme which is truly maddening. Realm of Terror is a top notch haunt and on my list as one the best places to visit this year. I see only better things for this place in the future.