Visibility / Location:
Just five miles off of Route 2, Hopper's can be found by two large signs. One of which is to their parking lot and the other as an advertisement. There is also an ambulance that is blaring its lights just before you enter the haunt.
The constant rain had drowned many haunts in the Rockford area. Hopper's being one of those haunts that suffered. Before we had bought our tickets, my group and I were advised that most of the actors were either not there or on break. There wasn't much of a wait either.
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LPR Score = 5.748
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When my group had gone through, we had slowly realized we were probably the only people going through the haunt at the time. It would be hard to say if there was any sort of crowd control.
My group and I were greeted by presumably the owners of Hoppers. They were both kind and spoke highly of their haunt and the other haunts in the area. After purchasing our tickets We entered the haunt.
We entered the maze that took us through many neon scenes. These were fun and beautiful to look at. Most of the actors, from what we could tell, were teenagers who were most likely handed a small script of dialog and nothing else. I'm huge into dissecting scenes with my eyes if you have a well built scene I am going to want to stick around and admire it. At most of the scenes I did, the actor or actors would play out their scene and then stare at me as if I were supposed to be on my way by then. The most compelling scene was a neon paint drenched bar where an actor had asked, 'wouldn't you like a drink?' I shrugged, glancing around the scene, entranced by it. I said, "Sure. If you're offering." The bartender stared at me, not saying a word. What helps make a scene, are the characters in them. And vice versa. If the bartender was more lifelike, it would have made for some awesome scene work and scares.
After the first maze set we had found ourselves in an outdoor area. There was a great graveyard, the headstones in the rain had looked real and I was afraid I was walking on actual resting areas. And that's when we had heard the first chainsaw. I feel like chainsaws have been overused in haunts to the point where it hasn't really instilled fear in me. It doesn't help that when the actor tried to fire it up, the chainsaw wouldn't start. So my group and I were looking at the actor who was trying hard to get the chainsaw going, said 'sorry, slight performance issues.' It got a good laugh.
The next room that we entered was interesting. It looked liked a child's room with warped dolls lining the walls. An actor came in shouting that 'Annabelle' wanted our souls. The next maze led us to a pitch black, claustrophobic wall maze. It was hard to see any thing in front of my nose and we had to feel around for foot and a half wide holes. By the time we had come to the exit, we thought it was the entrance and turned around, going through the maze again. We came out to an actor in a mask, looking confused that we were there. He guided us out the door to the hallway where we were supposed to exit. In his hand was a chainsaw.
After a blow from a literal truck horn, we were in a long dark hallway which usually indicated the final scare. Another chainsaw and this time, in a sheltered area where there was little air flow. It indeed was the final scare.
Over all, Hopper's was a fun experience with excellent black light scenes. I would recommend checking them out.
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