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All 2014 Visitor Reviews Submitted by Foxy_Loxy

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10 out of 25 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Foxy_Loxy   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 8:45 pm)
Review Posted: 09/29/14
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Fairly easy to find. There were a lot of parking spaces.

Wait Entertainment: In line we had a girl who just walked around and looked incredibly bored. I wish there were some actors to set the mood a little better.

Length of Event: 20 minutes

Actor Performance: Since the majority of the cast left this haunt the night before, it wouldn't be completely fair to comment on the lack of actors. The only thing I can say is that a lot of these actors left had low energy and not too much to say.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We were let in with a group of 4 and that was a good group size. Unfortunately we ran into another group, by no fault of the haunt, because a jerk felt the need to touch all of the props.

Appropriate Ages: 14+

Props / Special FX: The props were pretty cool, especially in the 3D and Hillbilly/ serial killer haunt.

Costumes / Make-up: The make up was good and fit the rooms the actors were put into

Summary: This haunt had it hard the second night with all of the mishaps from opening with a Rob Zombie concert and trying to cater to 4000 drunk jerky people. They were understaffed due to no fault of their own, but the actors could have had more energy. The sets were beautiful and it shows that a lot of time was put into the last house. The first house was very mild on the scare factor. There was a long winding hallway that you went through in total darkness and by long I mean 15 minutes of hallway. I expected actors to be in there and I am sure opening night they were. I felt like there was more people saying "No, don't" or crying and staying in one place rather than trying to scare us. In the 3D haunt, I felt like I was in a fun house. It was interesting, but the whole time I was waiting for something to happen and was sorely disappointed that nothing did. This haunt has a ton of potential and I really hope things come together for them. Right now, it is a rocky start and I am sue better things are to come. New haunts are definitely a learning experience for everyone involved.

14 out of 44 people thought this review was helpful.
Event Reviewed: Statesville Haunted Prison® & City Of The Dead (Lockport, Illinois)
Reviewed by: Foxy_Loxy   (Event Visited: 10/04/14 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/14
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: This haunt was easy to find and the location was decent. There was a ton of parking, which is always a plus.

Wait Entertainment: The line entertainment was the best part. The red and white clown had a ton of energy and was super fun to watch. That character had such personality! The man on stilts was another actor that had caught my eye. His stilt walking skills are phenomenal.

Length of Event: 35 minutes because the actors herd you in rooms for minutes at a time.

Actor Performance: In the house was a different story than outside. I saw maybe four or five actors that were memorable and one was only because she said "boo" twice. The other actors that stuck out to me used their pop out spots well, but I wish I had more to talk about as far as acting went. They are well staffed, but I saw many actors either unprepared or unfamiliar with how to work their space.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was probably my least favorite thing about this haunt. Before you enter the second line to the haunted house, you are herded into "the dog cage" to show that you have your tickets. My group and I were stuck in this part of the experience for fifteen minutes! That seems a little excessive considering we were only going to be led into the next line. The next line led to another room where you were rounded up to watch the opening show. Unfortunately that wasn't the last time I was herded into a room for a long period of time; I found myself in two more areas like this and I still ended up running into the group ahead of me or the group behind me caught up.

Appropriate Ages: All ages, there's Llamas to feed at the farm portion.

Props / Special FX: The sets were great. You could tell how long the crew spent on making these sets perfect. They were camera ready and the idea of just the sets make me swoon.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were okay. The makeup was pretty fun to look at. The only thing about makeup I didn't care for was the repetitiveness in the skull/bone room in the second haunt. So many skull masks with little to no variation can get boring after awhile, otherwise I really enjoyed the makeup I saw.

Summary: This haunt was not exactly what I expected. I feel like this is a haunted house to visit once every few years. The group I went with had been before within the last three years and said nothing about the house has changed too much. I feel like the set up is nice and the outside actors along with the sets were definitely the strongest assets of this haunted house.

 

 

 

 

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