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Chain Saw Failed; Floor Mat Did Her In

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CN) - It could have been worse. A woman claims that as a ghoulish fiend wielding a chainsaw chased her out of a "Realm of Terror" haunted house, she tripped on a floor mat and hurt herself.

Jessica Launderville says Kristof's Entertainment Center should have kept its floor mats in order. But no. Due to its negligence, she says, her feet became tangled in disheveled rubber floor mats as she was "chased out of the exit by an agent and/or employee with a chainsaw as a scare tactic."

The pre-Halloween horror house in Round Lake Beach, Ill., "plunges visitors into a nightmarish insane asylum, each room of which presents another bloody, gruesome sight: from graphic surgery to gore-streaked inmates," according to an authoritative report in the Daily Herald.

Launderville seeks more than $50,000 in damages for negligence.

She claims Kristof's employees "improperly chased individuals in the haunted house towards the exit," and "failed to warn occupants of the haunted house, including plaintiff, of the unsafe condition of the exit and its rubber mats."

Launderville took her tumble on Oct. 18, 2008.

She is represented in Lake County Court by Patrick Halliday of Libertyville, Ill.

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