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Event Reviewed: Basement Of The Dead & Shattered (Aurora, Illinois)
Reviewed by: icecoldbtch0   (Event Visited: 10/03/14 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/08/14
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It wasn't the easiest to find, if it werent for the black pick up truck outside the haunt, we would've never seen it! I suggest more signage directing to this haunt, coming from as far as 25, being it's located in the back of an Irish pub downtown Aurora, literally right across from the Hollywood Casino, but if you aren't familiar with this area, you could get lost easily, trying to find this haunt. Plus you have to walk downstairs, behind the Irish pub, in order to get to the entrance. It is literally in the basement of this downtown building, Hence the name Basement of the Dead!

Wait Entertainment: Wonderful line entertainment, there was this guy on stilts, he must've been 7 or 8 ft tall! There was also this creepy aged faced doll looking girl, holding a doll, walking around interacting with the crowd. There were also a few evil clowns outside, very fun & entertaining to watch. Along with a DJ playing a great variety of both dance & metal music, so this long line wait was most def not lacking in entertainment, or boring whatsoever!

Length of Event: Total time inside both haunts, (Shattered & Basement of the Dead), about roughly 25-30 min. Total time standing outside waiting in line, a little over an hour. It was pretty crowded when we got there, so I knew the wait would be semi long. Didn't really mind, thanks to that awesome DJ especially!

Actor Performance: Top notch. There were a ton of actors in this haunt, sometimes as many as 3 or 4 in the same room! And they ALL brought serious intensity to their character roles. I was so beyond impressed walking thru Basement of the Dead, you could tell they have both young actors, and veteren actors scaring thru out this entire haunt! I experienced a TON of startle scares in just about every room/scene I walked into. And I am a startle scare enthusiast! So this upped the anty for me personally, kept my on my toes the entire time. Also the actors movements were crazy awesome. The sets were great too, but the actors really put a ton of energy into their characters, and noone ever broke character the entire time I was in each of their rooms. Loved how deep they got into their roles! I felt like I was literally walking thru movie sets, that's how top notch & talented these actors truly were!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was excellent, they spaced out enough time in between patrons, so that noone ran into any other groups while inside the haunt. We never ran into anybody, so noone ruined the surprises ahead! Which was great. I think they really got this part down! The staff clearly know what they are doing when it comes to patron flow here.

Appropriate Ages: 12+ up.

Props / Special FX: The giant Spider that came down from the ceiling scared the h--e--double-hockey-sticks (censored) out of me! Also, the guys throwing up in barrels were a very cool affect, I LOVED the mechanical mannequins one of them actually starts moving towards you it's crazy! I loved the clowns all thru out Shattered, you couldnt tell who was a prop & who was real until it was too late! Haha. I also enjoyed the Hospital room, with the bloody patients on the operating tables, & the hanging bodies all bloodied up all over this room. The chuch pews had moving rocking monk bodies in them, along with some actors hidden in the mix. This was also a great effect. Last mention here, would be the bouncing clown bodies in bloody bags that you have to literally walk thru, in a dark scary loud hallway. This was another creepy part of this house. So I'd say props alone are many, & awesome to boot.

Costumes / Make-up: The costuming in this haunt is all custom made really cool stuff. You can tell they dirtied up, distressed alot of the dressed the female characters wear, & the masks on the male actors were scary as h--e--double-hockey-sticks (censored) my personal fave being the Devil guy with the horns. Also this haunt is flowing with evil scary looking clowns! I loved the masks & make up was pretty cool too. There were a decent amount of actors made up wearing scary looking cool contacts in their eyes, & the rest were in some killer looking & well thought out masks.

Summary: Having never been to this haunt before, I had no idea what to expect. This is one of those best kept secrets you will instantly fall in love with, upon experiencing... Not only did this ENTIRE haunt scare the bejesus out of me, but the price was great for the amount of time spent in both haunts. The scenes here that stood out to me the most, would have to be the church scene, between that creepy nun, & that scary looking Red Devil guy! You will see just what I mean when you make your journey thru this church room. They both did Excellent work, & this room alone was very effective in setting the entire mood for the rest of this haunt. I also must give special mention to the Silent Hill Nurses room. Just OMG between the way these nurses moved, & twitched! Like they were exactly in the Silent Hill movie. And the victim screaming peircing screams, really built the tension up in this scene, made you actually terrified to walk THRU the room, the way it was set up, being you had to walk Past both nurses. I must say how bad a@@ (censored) both nurses were to watch, I almost wish I couldve stayed in that room longer, just to appreciate their acting performances some more. Haha! Top notch acting thru out this ENTIRE house, as I said earlier! Between the drop boxes, the loud scary screams I was hearing thru out this whole haunt, the pop out props, & the actors, I not only had a thrilling time in this haunt, but I'd give this one a 10 out of 10, in my overall haunted house experience for the last 20 yrs!!! Prob one of the best I have been to in a long while. And that's saying a lot, for me. Being I do not scare easily, I am pretty desensitized when it comes to walking thru most haunts. But these guys got it right! I had both my fill of startle scares AND amazingly horrific visuals, making for an insane experience!!! Basement of the Dead is a Must see, for all die hards out there who appreciate a genuinely scary, & unforgettable Haunt experience.

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Event Reviewed: Evil Intentions Haunted House (Elgin, Illinois)
Reviewed by: icecoldbtch0   (Event Visited: 10/04/14 @ 11:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/14
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find, if you follow the GPS, well lit up signage outside. Hearse car out front with people & Clown character actors, Parking lot right across from Haunt, which was very convenient.

Wait Entertainment: Not much at the time outside, being we were the last customers walking up to the Haunt..However, inside there were 3 different Character actors entertaining the crowd/line patrons. One of them was a big Hill Billy looking guy with woman's breasts, Scary mask he had on, sticking his tongue out thru the mask & playing with his (woman's) nipples, posing for cell phone flash cameras that were being taken of him while he posed "sexy" for the patrons. He was very off putting, perfect for line entertainment. Also there was a man in some crazy long faced hazmat looking mask, he got right up in our faces more than once while waiting in line. A woman also came around interacting with the crowd, she had great make up on in a dark witchy looking dress. Also! Can't forget the unplanned "entertainment". Two HUGE racoons came walking up the plywood above us, they clearly got into the building by accident & were lost. But I just kept watching them the entire time as they walked the rafters above us thinking OMG I hope they dont fall INTO the haunted house! And then we get attacked by these Racoons. That added to the scare factor just standing in line alone, altho I must report there were no further sightings of these racoons once walking inside this haunt. Thank GOD. Haha

Length of Event: Total haunt length was around a half hour, very long! Impressive being most haunts I walk thru never take more than 20 min tops. As for line wait, I'd say around 35-40 min total, being we didnt purchase VIP.

Actor Performance: Some were decent, others were Superb at their craft. They all stayed in role character, noone broke act thru out the entire walk. Some made screechy loud screaming noises, others were quiet & simply creepy the way they stared at you, & yet the rest were laughing evil deleriously mad laughs, I personally loved the variety of characters & dialogue as I walked thru the different scenes/rooms. Also I must point out this one girl on a hang glide looking strap harness came flying across the room out of nowhere, calling my husband "Daddy?" it literally came out of Nowhere, and not only startled us both but was unbelievably entertaining in itself. Special mention must also be given to the girl in the pigtails who looks like the exorcist girl, she is wheeling herself around in a wheelchair in the room you being forced to walk around her, to get thru this candle lit dark creepy room....The entire time she has her head backwards contorted over the backrest of the wheelchair, looking up at you not saying a word, never once moving her head upwards or her neck, it was an amazing part of this haunt in my opinion being she never once broke character. Definitely added to the overall creepiness of this entire Haunted House.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was perfect, being we were the last couple walking thru this haunt for the night. So we ran into noone.

Appropriate Ages: 12+ and up.

Props / Special FX: Great masks. Excellent Make up I must also give mention to. As most haunts do not have exceptionally good make up, but this one absolutely does. Well worth the visuals alone!

Costumes / Make-up: Very good costuming & excellent make up. Props to this make up crew! Also the masks & clothing on the male actors was equally great for a haunted house. No big named Horror slasher flick killers being portrayed in this haunt, just good old fashioned creepy & evil themed stuff here.

Summary: This haunted house was very long to walk thru, so I am sure I wont possibly remember each & every single scene! But I will just tell you the overall experience, as I have said which characters stood out to me in the above notes.....I had a great time at Evil Intentions, having never been in this haunt before, so I had no idea what I was in for. But I am a heavy critic when it comes to haunted houses, being I have been frequenting them since the mid 90's. So I definitely had a lot to compare it to!! I remember the beginning of this haunted house being a little cheesy, so to speak, just 2 young guys in zombified make up taunting & lightly harassing & insulting (jokingly) you while telling you the rules of the haunt. They didnt scare me at all. However, one of the next rooms I remember going into was this huge prison cell maze, where they actually jump down from every direction at you, they run along the ceiling above your head which is all prison bars....Very cool effect. Then another part that stood out was the Satanic room. There was this girl in there with crazy awesome make up. She was dressed in black, she didnt say a word til after you passed her by, then she let out this loud sound in my face. It was great. A lot of the females in this haunt were scarier than some of the males in masks!! Just the way they acted, the things they said, or didnt say...& there was even one who came following me outside where I thought the haunt was over, but boy was I wrong! After we walked thru this outdoor graveyard, we walked back inside to a whole other section which was very scary the way the walls were all black diamonded, like the feeling of the walls closing in on you. There were monks in black, monks in white all lined along the walls you had to walk in between them to get thru hallways, it was very scary because you werent sure who was a mannequin & who was real. Last part of the haunt that stood out to us was the ending. Super scary, I wont ruin the surprise but the last 2 actors we ran into were what I believe to be true psychopaths...The way they spoke, the things they said to us, & the last evil clown looking guy was twisted enough to actually scare me into thinking the scene might have been real. Let's just say he was holding an ax, and he wasnt afraid to use it to intimidate on a level I have barely ever seen in a local Haunt. This alone upped the scare factor GREATLY!! As both my husband and I are horror film buffs, we love & appreciate everything horror. And even he questioned whether this guy was for real or not! I'd say this is a Must see haunt, esp for the die hards like us, who appreciate a good old fashioned unnervingly deliciously disturbing & creepy haunt. I did not get as many startle scares as I would have liked,,,but the creepy factor was most def present, being this is an old abandoned Casket Company warehouse, so the building is creepy in itself already.

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Event Reviewed: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare (Villa Park, Illinois)
Reviewed by: icecoldbtch0   (Event Visited: 10/10/14 @ 9:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/12/14
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Being I am from this area, I already know where the Odeum is located. So this was no problem at all to find. Visibility was fine.

Wait Entertainment: Not much, besides some smashed looking piled up cars outside, and a person throwing fire. There was 1 actor working the line, but he was not very frighteneing, kind of joking around with the customers waiting in line.

Length of Event: 2 hour wait, and about 20 minutes inside the haunt.

Actor Performance: Mediocre, at best. Not too impressed being this haunt was overhyped, highly advertised. I really felt they were especially lacking in this department. With the exception of literally maybe 1 or 2 actors, 1 of them being 1 of the Spaulding characters, and the other being 1 of the girls in the Superbeasto 3D room. Other than that, this haunt's actors were weak. And nowhere near as scary, or as entertaining as my group expected.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Horrible. Worst ever orginazation on the staff who held this event's part, in my opinion. They had no idea when to let in groups, the whole thing seemed totally disorganized....And when they were letting in groups, it was like 20 of us at a time! I only had 6 in my group, but they mixed us in with another dozen or so people. That alone lost many points for scare factor experience, while walking throughout this entire haunted house. My whole group was really disappointed we couldn't just go the 6 of us. Kind of ruined the experience we had inside this haunt.

Appropriate Ages: Basing on content, or adult themed dialogue?? I'd say 18. and up. But if we are basing this off scare factor alone? Then I'd say 8+ up.

Props / Special FX: The only cool props we saw were in the 3D Superbeast Manifesto area, other than that all typical haunted house butcher room stuff, Gacy sat there blowing up a balloon in 1 of the serial killer rooms, but the only props he had, were 2 boyscout mannequins. Boring.

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes were ok, some were decent. But as for make up, I was not impressed in the least. For something with Rob Zombie's name attached to it, you'd think they would have top notch make up artists working behind their scenes. Not here. Disappointed in just how ameteur and very basic their make up was. Some of the masks were pretty cool though. I liked the one Spaulding mask, I am assuming since there were 2 Captain Spaulding characters, one of them looked like make up, and the other looked like was wearing a mask. I loved the masked Captain Spaulding. Very cool looking, looked just like the movie! I also did enjoy the 3D room costuming, it fit the room perfectly. These would be my only better notes I can put down here.

Summary: Honestly, kind of a let down this haunt was, being we paid so much, and also we had high expectations since Rob Zombie is the name behind it all. My entire group was complaining most the ride home, and I honestly don't blame them. This haunted house was Not scary at all. The first part of the house was one long black dark hallway maze, not 1 actor in this entire part, it went on for what seemed like 15 minutes! We at first were scared, not knowing what was ahead. But as it went on, we realized there was nothing ahead. Next, was the 3D haunt, which was kind of fun, but still no scare factor. The girls in this room were entertaining, being they danced for you, but still, nothing scary at all being this room was pretty brightly lit. Next was the house of 1000 corpses. This was where all the serial killer rooms were. Gacy room was boring. He did nothing but blow up a balloon that popped in my friend's ear, who complained about the ringing noise in his ear all night after that. The Charles Manson room was also equally lame. The actors in here were dull, strange, blithered crazy talk as you walked through their rooms, there was one girl screaming at a pregnant corpse. It was not scary, just annoying! There were 2 Captain Spaulding characters in the haunt though, and they were both good. Other than that, there were overall not enough actors or scares. My entire group felt pushed through like cow cattle, I can see why a lot of people on the reviews are saying the same thing. Overpriced, not enough bang for your buck in this case. I also heard Rob Zombie is pulling out of this operation, this will be their 1st and last year doing Great American Nightmare in Chicago's suburbs, being it's already a sinking ship, according to many who've already attended this event.

 

 

 

 

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