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2012 Dark Summit Haunted House Review

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Dark Summit Haunted House
Summit Park
5700 S Archer Road
Summit Argo, IL 60501

Visited: 10/06/12


Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: Dark Summit Haunted House was located inside one of the park buildings at Summit Park. Although the building was not visible from the road, there was a bright, backlit sign near the park entrance, showing customers where to turn.  There were also a couple of vinyl "Dark Summit" signs along the road, but they were hard to see, since they were not illuminated.  
Wait Entertainment: The main wait entertainment consisted of a pair of ghoulish twins, wearing tutus and striped tights. They were running around and cracking jokes, interacting with the people in the queue line area.  They were very entertaining.    
Admission Price: $10
Parking: FREE

9 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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted. 

LPR: 3.150
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Scare Factor: Medium-High
Crowd Control: On the night that I attended, there wasn't a long line, so I can't comment on how they would have handled a big crowd. On my trip through the attraction, though, I never saw or ran into any other group.


Throughout the attraction, there was a dark carnival theme.  Near the entrance of the haunted house, I greeted by a wacky clown who led me into the rules room.  Following the main theme of the attraction, this first room had vertical stripes on the walls, resembling a circus tent.  The dark ringmaster, who was wearing a long dark coat, black metal-studded gloves and a top hat, stood atop a circular platform and explained the rules of the house in an ominous tone. From there, I continued on to various moderately detailed scenes that followed the dark carnival theme.  For the most part, transitions between scenes were zigzag paths through lengths of dark hallways.  

I really liked the voodoo room. It featured a sorceress who levitated above the floor. All of the walls were adorned with various bones and animal skulls. In the center of the scene, there was a table covered with piles of animal bones and dripping candles.  The sorceress provided a nice theatrical intro for the scenes to come.

In one area, there was a zigzag path of multiple cages, each containing several "zombie" actors and actresses. As I walked by each cage, the bloody-faced creatures reached out at me through the bars, while emitting bloodcurdling screams.  

In the toy room, there were stuffed animals that covered everyone square inch of the walls and ceiling. As I entered the scene, a creepy girl crawled along the ground, while looking up at me. Very creepy! Just when I thought that's all there was to the scene, and actor surprised me from a great hiding place.

The disgusting kitchen scene was one of the many high-energy areas inside the attraction. One actor was repeatedly slamming the refrigerator door, while another was actually crawling on top of it. Next to the kitchen table, which was littered with plates and disgusting dinner leftovers, two arguing actors were causing a ruckus. Another actress was cooking something on the stove, in a large pot. When I walked in, she approached me and asked if I would like to have intestines for dinner. On the counter, there was a microwave with something gross oozing out of the open door. 

I also like the magicians room. In this scene, the walls were completely covered with playing cards and some were even hanging from the ceiling. In the center of the room, a magician wearing a long-beaked Venetian mask was preached atop a large box, with the girl inside it. As I walked by, he was working feverishly to saw her in half. The more he sawed, the louder she screamed.

Continuing on with the dark carnival atmosphere, one of the scenes was a freak show. In this area, there was a girl bound to a wall by a metal neck collar and chains.  There was also a contortionist, a wolf manlike creature and an unidentifiable strange horned creature.

Many of the scenes in this haunted house were interesting and well thought out, but the real strength was their crew of actors.  Their energetic performances really kept me on my toes.  Also, the house was very well staffed.  There were no dead spots in the attraction. Every scene had at least one actor, and in some cases, several actors. 

Honestly, when I saw that this event was being held in a park building, I wasn't sure what to expect. All I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised. This attraction was a lot of fun to go through. I highly recommend you check them out. It may be a little smaller than some other attractions out there, but the high-energy performances from the actors and the low admission price make this event a "must see".

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