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2005 Dungeon of Doom Haunted House Review
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Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
19200 E Belvidere Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030

Visited: 09/30/05

Visibility/Location: This event could be difficult to find, if you don't know the area.  It was tucked back in the Lake County Fairgrounds, so you really can't see the building from the road.  There were signs posted to lead you to the event, but they weren't brightly illuminated so they were a little hard to see.  
Wait Entertainment: There were several costumed characters roaming around the indoor waiting area, as well as a couple of actors outside, who entertained the customers who were waiting to get in.   Just the sight of the waiting room is entertainment in and of itself.  They had various Halloween props set-up, as well as a big screen TV playing horror movie clips and spooky music playing in the background.   This year they had a new detailed skull facade at the main entrance, as well as an elaborate graveyard set up along the far wall.  
Admission Price: $11.00

12 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: High.    
Crowd Control: They did a great job with crowd control.  I did briefly see one group ahead of me, but never caught up to them.  Near the end, I did have to stand and wait for a couple of minutes before they let me into the finale "Buried Alive".   


The Dungeon of Doom did a great job this year.  The whole event started with their trademark introduction, which was a Frankenstein's monster scene.  In this scene, Frankenstein's Monster  laid flat on an inclined metal slab.  As they threw the switch, you could hear the pulsing of thousands of volts of electricity traveling through the monster's body.  I don't want to give away too much, but there was a big surprise at the end of the scene.  This haunted house is made up of several scenes separated by very dark hallways.  As you walked through the dark, you had to duck down to avoid various "items" hanging from up above you.  

Many of the scenes were highly detailed, while some had a little less detail.  Throughout the house, they had some really great distraction scares.  While you were focused on the props or the detail of the scene, an actor would spring out of a hiding place to scare you.  There were a lot of memorable scenes.  I thought their closet scene was pretty creative.  It was like walking down the center of a huge walk-in closet.  The clothes hung up on either side of you gave actors plenty of places to hide.  Another one of their new scenes was called "Monks Mayhem", which featured stained glass windows, various monk characters and a custom music soundtrack.  Apparently there was an "accident", as you could seen one of the monks had his head smashed against the wall.   

In the center of the attraction there were a few 3D rooms, where they had you wear 3D glasses and let me tell you, the glasses were very disorienting.  One such scene featured blood-spattered, reflective tin walls.  The strobe light in the scene, in combination with the 3D glasses, made it very difficult to see where you were going.  The clown room featured a clown in a racecar bed, decapitated clown heads on a shelf and an evil clown character wielding a power saw. What made the scene even more disturbing was the soundtrack of children singing "This Old Man".   In other 3D rooms there were some glowing hand prints, polka dots and other glowing 3D artwork. Of course I can't forget to mention the usual crowd favorite, the spinning vortex tunnel.     

Of course one of the big highlights for many was the finale "Buried Alive".  This scene, as the name implies, simulates a group of people actually being buried alive in an avalanche, with you right in the middle.  As I entered the scene they had everyone lay flat on the ground, so they could bury you!  I literally couldn't move my arms and legs, much less stand up!  It was quite an experience.

Well, the Dungeon of Doom did it again.  They consistently put on a good show every year and this year was no exception. I was particularly pleased that I got such a great performance on their opening night.  Kudos to the Dungeon of Doom crew.  They put a lot of work into their attraction and it shows.  

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