Rob Zombie and his twisted world of horror characters have become familiar Halloween and Haunt icons, especially at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Now, after 2 HHN haunt incarnations of House of a 1,000 Corpses (in 2000 and then again in both 2010 and 2011) Zombie is now ready to breakout on his own. For 15 nights in October the L.A. County Fairgrounds (FAIRplex), will be transformed in Zombie’s own nightmarish playground aka FEARplex. Highlights will include 3 haunts based on his movies and characters along with music acts.
This is not the first time the FAIRplex has been given a haunt layover. In the mid 2000′s it was transformed into SCAREplex. That event wasn’t much to remember besides just being something else haunted to do during Halloween season in Southern California. The mazes were generic and lacked any kind of scare factor. However, Zombie is now breathing new life (or death) into the fairgrounds and from how it sounds, he will be offering a new must-see haunt attraction for the ever growing Los Angeles/SoCal haunt market. With his experience in working with Universal’s HHN team we’re hoping his new FEARplex will prove to be a fresh and intense experience. Perhaps since he’s freed from the limits of what could feasibly be done inside Universal he’ll now take his mazes to a higher level of terror. You can bet that we’ll be there this season to find out and go through the 3rd haunt version of the House of a 1,000 Corpses. This also kills the rumors that there’ll be a Lords of Salem maze featured at HHN.
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 and going up for VIP packages beginning Saturday, June 29 at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and midway activities.
**Excerpts from the Official Press Release**
Groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie will unleash his Great American Nightmare on Los Angeles this Halloween season. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013 at the
Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, CA, just outside Los Angeles.
A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The shocking–and sometimes disturbing–fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make one scream with fright and laughter.
Each haunted house will be completely different in look, theme and effects:
- Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction–based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film–is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
- Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world ofRob Zombie’s El Superbeasto 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make one scream with fright and laughter.
- Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the 10-year anniversary of the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Rob Zombie. This extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.
As if these sinister attractions weren’t enough, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also feature 15 nights of music from top national and regional artists in the indie/punk, EDM, metal, rock and Latin genres including Andrew WK, BL3ND,Blood On The Dance Floor, Dirtyloud, Dirtyphonics, Doctor P, Emilie Autumn,Evol Intent, Fei-Fei, Goldfinger, Heavygrinder, Kottonmouth Kings, Metalachi,One More Time, Ozomatli, Reel Big Fish, Terravita, The Used, Twiztid, William Control, Zomboy, and many more. In addition to music, one special night will also feature the outrageous pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA. Look for details about the music performance schedule–including additional major headlining acts–to be announced on June 29 and visit www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com for details.