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12 out of 23 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Night Terrors Of Effingham (Effingham, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Contagion   (Event Visited: 10/17/14 @ 10:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/19/14
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: The attraction is located in a mall. The entrance was kind of misleading in that the sign is over one entrance, but there is a smaller sign that states to use the main mall entrance. When we first arrived we thought the attraction was closed until we noticed the sign. Being from out of town, we weren't familiar at all with the location, this can be confusing. I witnessed multiple other groups make this same mistake. Make sure you go straight to the mall entrance.

Wait Entertainment: They had multiple actors dressed in costume wandering the line. My favorite was a female dressed as The Jackyll from 13 ghosts. Everyone had good costumes on.

Length of Event: 15 minutes

Actor Performance: Great job! They did great at scaring the people in my group and didn't focus much on the ones, like myself, that just loved the make up and scenery and weren't scared at all. Everyone fit with the scene they were doing.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was good, there are some misleading passages that may cause slow down during busier times, but the staff kept everyone moving.

Props / Special FX: excellent props. It was my favorite part! I don't scare easily, so I love good scene setting, and they accomplished that. Moving trains, a zombie apocalypse area that was really cool. Some neat special areas that cause members of your party to "vanish".

Costumes / Make-up: Good make up. Some of the masks were very realistic. They did a mix of make up and masks.

Summary: While waiting you can hear the screams from patrons already in the attraction. Once you enter they divide you into two groups, guys and girls. Guys, this is a good way to scare the girls with you when they catch up! The staff did a great job of interacting with the patrons. They take you through a variety of scenes, some based on horror films, others just on people's fears. My personal favorite was the zombie apocalypse room. Maybe that's because I love zombies, but the set made you feel like you were in a real one. Very cool!  
The staff did an excellent job making sure everyone in my group had fun. From the time we walked into the mall until we left they kept us entertained.

6 out of 15 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Hoppers Haunted House (Rockford, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Contagion   (Event Visited: 10/20/14 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/20/14
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It's on a dark portion of Illinois 2 between Rockford and Byron. It's located just on the Ogle side of the county line when leaving Winnebago. When I went with my date we found it rather easily, there is a big sign lit, and two smaller bright advertising portable signs. Plus there was a fake emergency vehicle with it's lights running. At first I thought it was a real ambulance, but it's not.

Wait Entertainment: There was almost no wait when we went, I was able to talk to the owner, very nice gentleman. We waited less than 5 minutes.

Length of Event: 15 minutes.

Actor Performance: The actors were good. The only time I saw them break character was when my date got so scared she was laying on the ground using me as a human shield. Each actor fit well with the scene they had set up.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow seemed to go really well for us, until we got to the clowns. The person with me had a huge fear of clowns and it really took some coaxing by me to keep her going. Not the events fault, they did a good job. At the very end the group behind us caught up.

Appropriate Ages: I'd recommend a more mature group, depending on their maturity, it can get a little intense.

Props / Special FX: There were a lot of good gags and props. Most of them were static. The crypt area was pretty cool.

Costumes / Make-up: There was a mix of makeup and masks. I really couldn't tell the quality too well due to the dim lighting. They worked well enough to give the effect they wanted.

Summary: I really enjoyed this attraction. You could hear the actors through out the mazes taunting the crowd. The final maze was painted so well that it was difficult to see the passages, you really had to concentrate to find your way. There are no dead ends, but it sure does look like it due to the tight cornering. This attraction is handicap friendly. Before the final maze there is a handicap exit. The final section is too tight and twisty for wheelchairs to maneuver. I can't remember having this much fun in a haunted house ever. Well worth the $10 admission price. From what I heard Sundays are the nights to go, there is almost no crowd there, so you can get in relatively quickly. That was my experience too.





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