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2009 X-treme Hauntings Review

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X-treme Hauntings Haunted House
76 Honing Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020

Visited: 10/03/09


Visibility/Location: They did a great job with signage in this category.  Along Sayton Rd there was a large illuminated "Haunted House" arrow sign, telling you where to turn.  There was a similar sign on Honing Rd and yet another directing you into the parking lot.  There were also a couple of parking attendants with flashlights, to show you were to park.  The parking lot was brightly lit, but unfortunately it was very small.  Several semi trailers occupied a sizable section of the lot.  Early in the season this wouldn't be an issue, but may come into play as it gets closer to Halloween.  In the parking lot, there is an arrow sign, pointing to the entrance, where they had a canopy set up to keep patrons dry.    
Wait Entertainment: There wasn't much of a line, thus not really a need for much wait entertainment.  They did have a character wearing a skull mask outside, who was interacting with the crowd.  Inside, they had a large indoor waiting area that was themed very well.  There was a two story facade of a run-down old shack.  Trees, shrubbery, old car tires and colored lighting helped set a spooky mood.  Flashing floodlights were synced to a thunder soundtrack, to simulate thunder and lightning.  There were also two televisions, in the corners of the room, that were playing horror movie clips.             
Admission Price: $14
($12 on Sundays)
Parking: FREE

12 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

Scare Factor: Medium
Crowd Control: There really wasn't much of a line, so it is hard to judge this category. I got in right away and I didn't run into any other groups.      
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After the ticket-taker explained the rules of the house, the tour began in a "Hellevator", which is a room that uses movement, flashing lights and sound effects to simulate a bumpy ride in an elevator. The elevator operator, who was wearing a straight jacket and had safety pins stuck in his face, added to the affect by jumping up & down, and bouncing off the walls.    

The rest of the attraction consisted of an eclectic group of scenes, most of which had a moderate to high level of detail. The mine shaft featured textured walls and braces made of square wooden posts. The miner in the scene, who had a very gruff demeanor, struck the ground with his shovel, making a great clanging sound. In the kid's playroom, the entire room rocked back and forth, making it hard to keep your balance. There was also a Texas Chainsaw Massacre area, where a victim was laying on a table, begging for help. After a few seconds, Leatherface came out of nowhere and charged at the group with a power saw. In the disgusting kitchen, a chef offered up one of his delicacies... a frying pan full of eyeballs. The stuffed animal room had piles of stuffed animals, which covered every square inch of the room. Just as you were about to leave the scene, the animals came to life and attacked the group. The backwoods shack was one of my favorite scenes, as well as being one of the most detailed. There was a nicely adorned front porch, trees on either side of the walkway and colored theme lighting. There was also a great surprise at the end! The cage maze was very disorienting, with its slow flashing strobe light. Actors in the area were jumping up on the cage like monkeys and there was loud heavy metal music playing in the background. Other scenes included a dot room, an alley, a maggot hallway and a pitch-black maze.

Throughout the attraction, everyone stayed in character and a lot of the actors had high-energy performances. There were more than just pop-out scares, though. The interactive nature of the attraction made it more entertaining. Costumes and make-up were appropriate for the scenes they were in. The acting was particularly convincing in the backwoods shack scene and the actors were the most intense in the clown room, where they were literally bouncing off of the walls.

Kudos to the X-treme Hauntings crew for a job well done. They have come a long way in the past few years and they always put on a good show. Be sure to check this one out if you get the chance.            

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