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Doc Zarvin's Zombie Annihilation (Stone Park, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: HalloweenFan   (Event Visited: 10/05/13 @ 8:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/13
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: It was not the easiest to find. I used their address and Google Maps took me to the wrong block.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't any, but then again, there wasn't a wait to get in.

Length of Event: Less than 4 minutes. I timed it.

Actor Performance: They needed more actors. I only saw a few in the whole event. Half of the ones that were there were talking to each other (see summary below).

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: My group was one of the only ones there, so we didn't run into any other customers.

Props / Special FX: One GREAT visual effect. (see summary)

Costumes / Make-up: Some actors with no make-up and a few others with zombie costumes and makeup.

Summary: I wasn't sure what to expect, when I got there. All I knew about the event was what I read in their listing, on this website and that was a pretty vague description. It all started off great, though. Doc Zarvin, who was wearing a white lab coat and carrying a ray gun of some sort, gave a very dramatic, sci-fi type performance. It started off very interactive. He had everyone in my group line up against the wall, to be scanned by a soldier in military fatigues. After we were all scanned and identified as humans (not zombies), we were allowed to continue. It was an amazing intro that got me stoked for the rest of the event. 
Unfortunately, that was the high point of the haunted house. After the first scene, the rest fell flat. And when I say “fell”, I really mean “plummeted”. The haunted house was a series of a few trailers, connected by some short pathways, in between. In a couple of areas, there was maze (not so much a maze, as a zig zagging path) of metal grid fencing. As we were going through, I was disappointed to find that most of the trailers were empty and there were only a handful of actors in the entire attraction. And those actors only occupied two scenes. The rest were empty. 
In one scene, there was an open casket funeral. The grieving widow looked at me and just moaned. When we walked by, the man in the casket, who was wearing a short black wig, laughed and said "I'm a pretty little girl". What?!?! The name of this event is "Doc Zarvin's Zombie Annihilation". What the {bleep} did that have to do with zombies? Keep in mind that neither of these characters were wearing any corpsy makeup, so couldn’t be mistaken for zombies, by the farthest stretch of the imagination. It was just really weird.  
Another one of the trailers had metal grate fencing that made you walk through in a zig zag pattern, as a psychedelic laser machine made moving dot patterns on the wall. Again, there were no zombies (or actors, for that matter). I remember all of us laughing, because the only props in the room were two vampire bats hanging from the ceiling. Again, WTF?  
I do have to give them props (they desperately needed some. LOL). Seriously, there was an awesome visual effect in one of the trailers. We looked down through a window in the floor and saw what looked like a cave wall with colored light shining on it. After that, we realized that what we were looking at was the wall of the next room, turned 90 degrees, with a clever mirror trick. Again, awesome effect. 
Other than that, though, the other trailers were basically empty. In a corner of another trailer, there was a large glass panel about the size of a door, at a 45 degree angle. The area was lit up, but there were no actors or props to be found. I assume this was supposed to be used for some sort of reflective visual effect, but it was vacant and nothing happened, when we walked by.  
The last scene was a real bust. At the end of the last trailer, we found three actors outside, talking to one another. After they saw us, they just turned back around and kept talking, like we weren't even there. WOW! What a disappointment!!!  
It really upsets me that I had to spend $15 of my hard earned money for this haunted house. Not only was it sub-par, but it wasn't even 4 minutes long. This is definitely an event I won't be going back to, any time soon... unless they make some big changes.





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