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2007 X-treme Hauntings Haunted House Review
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X-treme Hauntings Haunted House
145 Sayton Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020

Visited: 10/19/07


Visibility/Location: This attraction is pretty easy to find, especially if you use a mapping website like Yahoo Maps.  There was a "Haunted House" sign on Rollins Road, showing you where to turn, but it wasn't illuminated very well and you might miss it if you aren't paying close attention.  Once you get closer to the event, there was a bright backlit arrow sign showing you where to turn.
Wait Entertainment: They did pretty good in this category.  Although there wasn't much of a line when I arrived, they still had a couple of actors interacting with the crowd.  Outside there was a clown stalking patrons and for comic relief, they had an individual named "Skippy", pretending to be mentally challenged, using a walker and wearing a helmet.  In the indoor waiting area, there were two televisions playing horror movie clips.   
Admission Price: $12.00

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

Scare Factor: Medium-Low
Crowd Control: Crowd control was good throughout the attraction; however there were a couple of times I ran into other groups inside the dark maze.  


The tour began with a ride in the Hellevator, which was an enclosure that used sounds, color changing / flashing lights and a floor that actually moved, to simulate a wild ride on an elevator traveling to the depths of Hell.  This effect really did a great job in establishing the mood for the rest of the attraction.  The X-treme Hauntings Haunted House consisted of a series of scenes, each separated by lengths of dark hallways.  The morgue featured a dead body on an examination table.  After the zombie in the scene finished eating its intestines, he came after me.  The funeral parlor was one of the more detailed scenes, with a casket sitting on a platform, pictures on the walls and a fancy chandelier hanging from the ceiling.  As I passed through the scene, the funeral director asked me to get into the casket, because he needed a body for the funeral.  I enjoyed the clown room and the "hillbilly house" was the most elaborate area in the attraction.  The last part of the house was a dark maze and let me tell you, it was very dark.  You couldn't see an inch in front of your face.  While walking through, actors taunted you, trying to lead you in the wrong direction.  One of them even told me that I needed to find the ladder to get out. 

Some of the actors had high-energy performances, while others, like the one in funeral scene, were more passive and gave more theatrical performances.  Overall, all of the actors did a great job and stayed in character.  The actor's costumes were consistent with the scenes they were in and they had great make-up jobs.  Their timing was good, for the most part; however, there was a time or two when scares weren't quite on target.         

The X-treme Hauntings group did a great job this year.  Many of the scenes were highly detailed and the actors did a great job.  It was a lot of fun and an event I'd definitely recommend.   It'll be interesting to see what this up-and-coming haunt has to offer in the future. 

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