Other 2013 Haunt Reviews
2013 The Fear Review
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at Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
||Since it is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, The Fear is easy to find if you are familiar with the area. Once
I got there, signs were posted to lead me in the right direction. There were also some very bright flashing lights on the haunted house itself, to help get
my attention. The Fear is located at the far end of the pier, so keep in mind that you
will have to do quite a bit of walking to get there.
||They did a decent job in this category. Along the
Navy Pier sidewalk, they had a fire spinner entertaining people walking by and
a little further down there was a band in horror makeup playing “Love Potion #9”. Once I arrived at the attraction, there was a guy with a cackling clown strapped to his back interacting with
some of the people waiting in line. I did notice, however, that some of the staff members were making jokes at customers’ expense. In the queue line, they said to one guy “What kind of creep goes to a haunted house by himself?” and in the rules room they made a rude comment about another man’s age. They might want to tone down the rude comments, if they want repeat customers.
Just my two cents. People come to a haunted house to have fun, not to be insulted.
$21 fee for Navy Pier Parking
6 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 stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by
length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual
quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation.
to see how this event compares to others
visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
||On the night I attended, there weren’t a lot of customers, so I can’t comment on how they would have handled a large crowd.
The Fear Haunted House consisted of a collection of scenes built inside a group of connected trailers. Most of the scenes were fairly well detailed and executed. The tight areas, narrow paths and low ceilings inside the trailers fostered a claustrophobic feel throughout the attraction.
One of the most visually appealing scenes was the medical area. It featured human organs inside jars of colored liquid, back-lit x-rays, bodies on gurneys and assorted medical equipment. A disturbing nurse approached us, as we walked in and a mad doctor lunged at us, after we interrupted his operation. We also encountered a girl with eyes popped out of their sockets, begging for help.
The werewolf cave had textured “rock” walls and a few static werewolf props were standing in corners. Just when I thought nothing was going to happen, there was a surprise near the end of the scene. Another memorable area was the vampire hallway. This was a twisting path, bordered by several toe-pincher coffins that were standing upright. It was inhabited by a few vampires, some more real than others.
The scene that seemed to have the most intensity was a clown room with metal grid cages. As we walked through, actors were climbing on the fencing and reaching out at us. In the next hallway, there was a row of bloody decapitated clown heads that were suspended from the ceiling with string.
On the night that I attended, they were fairly well staffed, although there were a couple of dead areas where an additional actor or two would have made a big difference. All of the actors I saw were on their game and stayed in character. Most of the scares were more pop-out startles, so the attraction wasn’t overly frightening.
I really enjoyed my trip through The Fear Haunted House this year. The scenes were well detailed and the actors performed well without breaking character. It was enjoyable, but considering the smaller size of the attraction, I think it was a bit overpriced, especially if you add in the cost of the Navy Pier parking garage. Cost aside, though, The Fear is a fun event and worth checking out.
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