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Scary Birthday Elvira, From Scare Zone

Today we wish a very scary and happy birthday to our favorite goth gal, Elvira!

As our Haunt Stalkers know, we love Elvira and have been big fans since she first made her big impressions on the 80’s boob tube with her infamous Movie Macabre TV series. Elvira has had an enduring career in the horror and haunt worlds and the ageless Mistress of the Dark has no signs of laying down on the retirement couch yet (at least in the face down position). This year she continues her reign as the Queen of the park after dark at Knott’s Scary Farm as she returns to titillate and frolic all over the stage. And she’s doing a show too, which always gets the crowd’s blood pumping.

cassandra-peterson-elvira-at-vip-opening-of-knott-s-scary-farm-haunt_1We think Elvira’s shows at Scary Farm are as good as it gets when it comes to theme park Halloween shows. She always gives it all up in her spooky Vegas style variety shows that fully mounds… rounds out the Knott’s Haunt entertainment experiences. In past years she also had  her own Knott’s Scary Farm mazes– Elvira’s Nightmares and Elvira’s Red Moon Massacre – a haunted log ride (her favorite kind of ride). There’s also a 3D Elvira stimulation… simulation ride call Superstition that can be found at other theme park haunts across the country.

Elvira’s looking great and we appreciate that she’s continues to provide scares, fun, and so much love to the Horror and Haunt community. Now we just hope we can get to see more of her… on the boob tube again.

You can keep up with Elvira’s other haunt season appearances by visiting her site Elvira.com

 

To further celebrate, here’s Elvira’s birthday cakes in action at Knott’s Scary Farm!

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows has a New Haunt for 2015!

 

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The scariest show on earth is bringing an all-new experience to its trilogy of terror for 2015. The Coven of 13 joins Freakling Bros. line up of madly intense and terrifying mazes, which includes Castle Vampyre and the R-rated Gates of Hell.

We’ve been through a lot of haunted houses and we can still say that Freakling Bros. Horror Shows in Las Vegas contains some of the craziest and scariest haunted attractions we have ever experienced. This is the only haunt to earn our highest rating of 666 skulls.

We hope we’ll be able to make our way back out to Vegas to see if we can survive another visit… we already cheated death with them 3xs before. We highly suggest you also step up and test your luck with them as well.

 

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Freakling Bros. presents The COVEN of 13 – an ALL NEW HORROR SHOW that pushes the boundaries of complete and total immersion while offering a unique, company-trademark take on one of Halloween’s oldest and most classic themes: Witches, Warlocks, and Black Magic. 

In the thick darkness of the witching hour, as night becomes early morning, When most of us are fast sleep, a pack of cloaked, ageless figures gathers and chants. If you listen closely in the night, you will hear them. They speak slowly, softly, deliberately, and with insidious intention. Their physical bodies are diseased, decrepit, and rotten, but when the Old Hag summons the dark spirit, and the High Priest channels the ferocity of its essence, they are empowered, and they are fierce. These are the dark witches of 13, born of sepsis and poison: You have been invited to make their coven complete. They call to you and welcome you in, to be vetted, initiated, and even reborn as one of them. Do you dare try to make the cut?

About Freakling Bros.

Established in 1976, Freakling Bros., creators of Las Vegas’ premiere haunted attractions, unveiled the cities first free-standing haunted attractions in 1992 at the corner of Sahara and Decatur Boulevard.

Three years later the company pioneered the development of the industry’s first six trailer, completely self-contained mobile attraction, paving the way for a new concept in “haunted houses” that would sweep the country.

By the year 2000, two additional attractions had been added giving the company three separate and unique haunted structures. Every few years one of these attractions is demolished and completely rebuilt, insuring Freakling Bros. the ability to present the newest and most innovative technology available.

Gates of HellIn 2011, in an aggressive attempt to remain on the cutting edge, we unveiled the first ever R-Rated Haunted attraction in the state of Nevada, The Gates of Hell: an experiment in serious, uncompromising, interactive horror. It was an unprecedented gamble based on one simple theory: that our adult audience was ready for something more. What we had initially built for a niche’ audience surprised us by becoming a main stream success. Geared for the 17+ crowd, and based on the concept that “things happen to you”, The GATES of HELL is now a nationwide haunt industry phenomenon and an absolute game changer in the city of Las Vegas. 2011 represented a sort of rebirth for Freakling Bros. We experienced overwhelming crowds, and were Ranked #1 in the Western U.S. by Scarezone.com.

Then in 2013, with the unveiling of The Victim Experience, an all new level of intensity was achieved: “The only must-see Haunt in Nevada!”. “Third most Extreme Haunt in America!”. “Our staff considers Freakling Bros. one of the top Haunted Attractions in the world!”. We have reestablished ourselves, once again, as the trend setter in the haunt industry.

By concentrating on primal fears, relying on the power of live performers, and employing the art of theatrical illusion, Freakling Bros. has been and continues to remain a leader in the haunted attraction industry, with a reputation as “one of the best in the business” for over 30 years.

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Leatherface Gets His Buzz On in Vegas

Leatherface follows in the bloody footsteps of Michael Meyers, Jigsaw, and The Collector, as Fright Dome’s 2014 icon and featured haunt.

For our readers under 18 who live in Las Vegas, we think that this could be some exciting news as Fright Dome offers some good Halloween fun for this age set. We say this after our visit to Fright Dome back in 2011 where we were lured in with two Michael Myers mazes. It’s possible that they’ve matured their scare-craft over the years but for our more sophisticated Haunt Stalkers, the gamble is yours to take.

Here’s more details of the massacre taking place in Vegas…

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Fright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time.

Beginning Friday, October 3rd, Fright Dome will once again takee over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house will immerse guests in scenes from the iconic film, leaving them to fend off the attacks of one of the most notorious chainsaw-wielding killers ever created, Leatherface. No corner is safe as guests fight their way through in hopes of escaping the cannibals in pursuit. Will they survive… or become the next sliced and diced item on the dinner menu?

“We are happy to be working with Fright Dome to bring The Texas Chain Saw Massacre haunted attraction to the fans for the film’s 40th anniversary,” said writer Kim Henkel.

Utilizing the THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE theme is yet another milestone in Fright Dome’s long-standing history of frightening the masses. Over the years the haunted attraction has worked with many industry greats, including George A. Romero and Marcus Dunstan, to utilize themes from popular franchises including HALLOWEEN, SAW, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, THE COLLECTOR, and more.

“I am thrilled we are able to work with such a renowned brand this year,” said Jason Egan, owner and creator of Fright Dome. “Being able to utilize a movie of this magnitude as a partner is quite an honor. For the past 12 years we have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the best in the horror industry, making Fright Dome one of the top haunted attractions in the nation year after year.”

In addition to this groundbreaking theme, the sweeping 250,000-square-foot haunted theme park attraction will feature five additional new haunted houses, including a solo haunted house, appropriately named “Isolation.” Separated from friends and forced to enter alone, guests will forge their way through a labyrinth of industrial corridors filled with traps, crazed inhabitants, and those that have ventured in before them but never escaped. Endless passages make each person prey in this shadowy haunted experience.

Dark and fog-filled, Fright Dome creates a chilling atmosphere with roaming characters, high-powered strobes, multi-colored lasers, and five acres of horror made up of four all-new extreme scare zones, rides, attractions, and nightly live stage shows.

Fright Dome is open from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight October 3-31 on select nights. General admission tickets start at $34.95, and fast pass tickets are available for an additional $15 to $20, which allows express line entry for all six haunted houses. For more information visit Fright Dome online.

 

Rumor Zone: The Haunted Play – Las Vegas?

In a recent Facebook post – our friends at The Haunted Play Presents: Delusion have been hinting around with the idea of doing a Vegas version of their show. With their show’s mix of magic and horror we think that The Haunted Play could be strong compliment to Vegas’s unique haunt season offerings such as Goretorium, Freakling Bros.,  The 13th Floor Experience and Penn & Teller (scary we know).

In his recent trips to explore the possibility, Haunted Play creator Jon Braver, believes that there is great amount of potential there, yet he realizes that the Vegas audience is quite different from L.A. (Hollywood) crowd. In addition, for a Vegas production  he received the suggestion to make it more of a flow-through event (i.e. get more people through, quicker!). From a purely business perspective it makes sense. From a Haunted Play perspective that means a loss of intimacy and doesn’t coincide well with Jon’s goal to make it a high price ticket event which will allow a truly unique, interactive and intimate experience.

Perhaps, they can find the right balance with either a space that allows for  two groups to tour simultaneously or enter more frequently after each other. In L.A. the challenge is that the mansion location requires some backtracking through scenes, so to keep groups from colliding they have to keep them spaced apart thus limiting the number of “tours” they can offer each night. In addition, the mansion is located in a residential neighborhood so they have to stop shows by a certain hour which isn’t an issue in Vegas.

The Vegas version isn’t confirmed but they are currently scouting locations so it seems that there is a strong likelihood we’ll see see some Delusions in Vegas.

Back in L.A., The Delusion Mansion (talk about your fixer uppers), which has been their home for the last two years, is currently for sale. It seems that bids are coming in around the $900K. It’s believed that owning the mansion would serve as a viable investment property as it’s frequently used for film shoots throughout the year and of course Delusion from mid-Sept to mid-Nov.

This doesn’t mean they’re planning to move out of L.A. (pending the new owner’s willingness to rent the home for an extended period of time) but they are also considering opening another show in Pasadena (L.A. suburb). This could be good whereas they will be able to create a completely new kind of experience within a new house/mansion. Pasadena has some very old historic and creepy neighborhoods and houses including the famous Michael Myers house from Halloween so they should fit right in.

We also don’t know if Neil Patrick Harris will be contributing his creativity to the show again but we’ll keep you  posted as we hear more.

Graphic Sneak Peek of Eli Roth’s GORETORIUM

Last year, haunt stalkers had a chance to experience, in real-life, the disturbing terrors from the mind of Director Eli Roth inside the HHN Hollywood maze Hostel: Hunting Season. Now Haunt Stalkers can experience his terrors year-round at The Goretorium.

The Gortorium has shared a first-look into what promises to be Sin City’s most terrifying horror experience. The gruesome video trailer gives a glimpse of what guests (victims) will be exposed to should they dare to take a tour through Las Vegas’ first year-round haunt, opening this September. Roth’s twisted plans for the world’s first GORETORIUM will showcase his unfiltered approach to horror, bringing it from the screen to reality when the mythical hotel comes to terrifying life on the Las Vegas Strip.

In addition to the video, they’ve shared with us some gory details of what our Haunt Stalkers can expect when they “check-in”: The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby of the eerie hotel and unveils gruesome sights of past hotel guest victims, and the serial-killing family behind the deeds at every turn. Employing high-tech Vegas showmanship with old-fashioned scares, the terrifying labyrinth of live actors, animatronic frights and stunning special effects is contained in a vintage hotel setting that rivals Hollywood’s best movie sets. Fans can expect both the trailer and GORETORIUM to have all the gory, classic scares amplified with the edgy spin that has made Roth the new mastermind of horror genre.

For those of you who’ve been trapped inside a Hostel torture chamber the past few years, Eli Roth is best known as the creator of the Hostel and Cabin Fever movie franchises, and for his role in front of the camera as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.  His film label “Eli Roth Presents” produced the enormously successful horror hit The Last Exorcism, and he currently is shooting the horror series Hemlock Grove for Netflix.

Now, check out the Goretorium trailer in its full gory glory (WARNING – Features Gore Galore)

Advanced ticket sales for GORETORIUM are available now at Goretorium.com.

Eli Roth’s Goretorium: A New Year-Round Haunt in Vegas

Last October, Scare Zone made a trip out to Vegas to experience several haunts in the area. There were some extreme highs (Freakling Bros’ Trilogy of Terror), and some terrifying lows (Bonnie Screams, Fright Dome). We’d love to go back to check out Las Vegas Haunts (and of course, experience Freakling Bros all over again), and with a brand new haunt opening up this September, we may have found the perfect excuse to return.

This September 27, Eli Roth’s Goretorium will open on the Las Vegas strip. Although details are still scarce, Deadline is reporting that it will be a “multistory” attraction and will be open year round. There is no word on the theming, but given the fact that Eli Roth is involved, and the name “Goretorium” itself, we can certainly guess that there will be a lot of blood.

Reports say that the haunt will be located at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Harmon Ave., which places it in the vicinity of Planet Hollywood and the CityCenter. In fact, VegasChatter.com is placing the location of the haunt as inside a multistory Walgreens building currently under construction. (Other tenants in the building include Panda Express and a Bubba Gump restaurant—scary, indeed.)

We think a year-round haunt in Las Vegas is a fantastic idea. It’s a city brimming with all kinds of entertainment, but the horror genre has been sadly absent–until now. (We do feel a bit sorry for the future scareactors who will probably have to deal with drunken patrons on a nightly basis.) Scare Zone can’t wait to check out this haunt!

2011 Haunt Profile: Asylum and Hotel Fear (Las Vegas, NV)

When Scare Zone was in Las Vegas just a couple of weeks ago, we had a long list of haunts we wanted to see. Unfortunately, two of the haunts had long lines stretching to hell and back, so we were unable to squeeze in as many haunts as we wanted (click here to our reviews of the haunts we attended in Las Vegas). Two near the top of our list that we didn’t make it to were Asylum and Hotel Fear. And just because we missed out on this haunt, we don’t want you to!

Asylum and Hotel Fear (collectively known as “Las Vegas Haunts“) are located just north of the Las Vegas Strip in North Las Vegas. Both have extensive back stories and are billed as “story-driven” haunts:

Asylum and Hotel Fear, hosted at the same location, each tells the story of Mortimer Feoray, troubled child turned madman. Visit the subject’s former home at Hotel Fear, then experience his new “haunt” at the Asylum.

The haunt prides themselves on providing elaborate detail in every set and a cohesive theme, not only within each haunted house, but also between the two houses. On the web site, you can listen to the back stories for both houses. In addition, they’ve been voted a Haunt World Top 13 haunt.

Next time we’re in Vegas, you can bet that we’ll be sure to visit this attraction.

Haunt Review: Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror (Las Vegas, NV)

A few miles north of the Las Vegas strip, we pulled into the nondescript parking lot of an unremarkable suburban shopping center. The three attractions of the “Trilogy of Terror” were set up in a U-shaped formation. We made our way to the ticket booth and paid $27 for all three attractions. It was early in the night, and the lines were pretty short. The paintings on the facades of the mazes were cool but a little basic. There were some fog machines going, and even one of those colored spinning lights favored by low-rent DJs. We’ll admit that we didn’t think it looked completely awesome from the outside. But as anyone who’s watched a horror movie should know: you shouldn’t be fooled by outward appearances; the real evil is never what you expect.

We’ve been going to haunts for 20 years. We’ve been through  a lot of mazes/haunted houses/walk-through attractions. And we can easily say that Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror in Las Vegas contains the three craziest and scariest haunted attractions we have ever experienced.

Attractions

Circus of Horrors

The show really starts in the line, as a freaky clown takes your ticket while an evil ringmaster looks on from the steps above, deriding the clown and threatening him with violence for being too nice to the customers. It was an entertaining but subtle act, and it instantly reminded us of the movie Fun House, which fit in perfectly with the circus haunt. Only small groups are allowed inside at a time, although it’s timed well and the line does move (unlike the lines of torture at Bonnie Screams). While in line, we watched people exiting the haunt–some were running, some were screaming, but they all had a huge, dazed smile on their faces that told us something crazy was going on inside. We even saw two groups leave the maze through the Chicken Exit. It had been a long time since we’d been in an attraction like that, so it really started to get us amped up and curious about what was inside.

 

Before entering the maze, the Ringmaster drew us close together and told us the rules (typical stuff like don’t touch the actors or props, etc.). Once inside, we found ourselves in a room with a couple of freaks and no exit. Immediately, we sensed that this was going to be a different type of attraction, not the standard type where you just keep walking, pushing your way from scene to scene through shredded curtains. In fact, in many of the rooms, you have to open doors yourself or wait for something to happen before you can proceed. Needless to say, this really increases the suspense. We feel that it would be a felony to spoil the amazing scares with too much detail in our review, so we will keep it general. What you will not find in this attraction are black-light gimmicks, clowns with chainsaws, frenetic circus music, and silly 3D effects. The Freakling Bros. have mastered the art of lighting only what they want you to see. This maze has doors that open by themselves, a crazy room with inflatable balls that you have to actually pick up and move out of your way in order to get through the room, and a particularly suspenseful and ingenious ending involving “feeding the beast” that had us screaming and laughing like crazy. There are extended interactions with a some of the actors, all of whom were top notch. We exited this attraction breathless from screaming so much. We thought, “That must have been the best one of the three. Nothing could top that.” Boy, were we wrong.

Haunt Design: 4.5 skulls

Scare Factor: 6 skulls

 

Castle Vampyre

It’s hard to make a vampire attraction scary. Vampires are just lazy, narcissistic zombies, who spend their immortal lives making their castles look fancy. But not in Castle Vampyre. After waiting in a longer line and watching yet some more people leave through the Chicken Exit, it was our turn and we were again given the spiel about not touching the actors, etc., and let inside. Inside, it did look like an old castle. The mood and lighting were set perfectly. The monsters came at us from all angles–under the floor, behind the walls, out from the ceiling. In a dark passageway, a creepy hand seemed to float out from the wall right in front of our faces. Although it never seemed that there were too many monsters in any of the mazes, we were amazed at how the scares seemed to be nonstop. This maze had some unique setups, including a room that at first appeared to contain only 2 mirrors on the walls. It was only when you stepped in front of one of the mirrors that you realized it was actually a doorway you had to step through, not a mirror (and so, like a vampire, you don’t see your reflection). This is an example of how well the Freakling Bros. manage to make you disbelieve everything you see, which leads to disorientation and a huge amount of suspense.

Another room had no way out, and the ceiling started to close in on us. We literally had to crawl our way out of a door that finally opened on its own. This maze also had one of the craziest things we’ve seen in a haunt: a vampire who flies above you and straight at you.

Haunt Design: 5 skulls

Scare Factor: 6 skulls

Gates of Hell

This attraction is “Rated R,” and no one under 17 is allowed inside without a parent or guardian. When we read this on their web site, we thought it was probably just hype. But after going through the first two attractions, we actually were nervous about going inside this one. We couldn’t imagine how it could be more extreme than the first two, both of which had us screaming the whole way through.

In line for Gates of Hell, they make you sign a waiver. This waiver says, among other things, that you will be touched and hear offensive language, and you agree not to retaliate. The waiver also mentioned that people with claustrophobia and asthma should not go inside.  We hesitated only a moment before signing. Again, we drew in close to hear the warning spiel, this time from the Grim Reaper himself. Only this time, he warned us that we would be verbally abused and touched. “What the hell is going on in there?” we thought. But we had no time to worry, because we were quickly ushered inside.

We were greeted by a shirtless guy in a gas mask who tells us to follow his directions if we want to survive. He then separated us and put us into tiny “lockers” and shut the door. This is obviously where the “claustrophobia” part comes in. This part does go on for a bit, so if you are claustrophobic, or even just nervous in the dark, your anxiety levels probably will go sky high. But it’s over soon enough, and we began to make our way through the maze.

The attraction takes you through various scenes of horror–suicides, murders, grizzly and bloody scenes. Beware of the dead, because they are likely to suddenly come back to life. There are also passages of complete darkness. Most disconcerting was the lack of music in this haunt–it was replaced by the sound of a busy signal from a telephone, sometimes interrupted with a classic telephone ringing. You may not think this sounds scary, but the sounds were jarring and unexpected. And if you think about it, what do you feel when you hear a telephone ring? Anxiety, because you’ve been conditioned to want someone to answer a ringing phone. It’s so subtle, but effective.

Again, the scares were nonstop in this attraction. People did grab us–our feet, arms, shoulders. In some scenes, the actors pushed us through doors or physically blocked us from moving forward. The “verbal abuse” occurred in only one scene and was not too shocking, but the scare was excellent. Finally, at the end of the maze, we met a woman who prepared us to face Satan himself. But she had a “shocking” surprise that had us screaming for mercy.

Haunt Design: 4.5 skulls

Scare Factor: 6 skulls


Summary

We were completely blown away by the Trilogy of Terror. Each attraction was better than the one before it. We recommend visiting the attractions in the order we did: Circus of Horrors, Castle Vampyre, and then Gates of Hell. Although the sets inside were detailed, they of course don’t reach the level of, say, Halloween Horror Nights. But theme park haunts surely have budgets many, many times greater than the Freakling Bros. Nevertheless, we were very impressed with the level of detail inside. We also think that the scares are more intense and better executed than any other haunt we’ve ever experienced. These attractions are long and truly terrifying. We can definitely see why some people left through the Chicken Exit.

If the lines are long, they have a Fast Pass for an additional $10 that gets you to the front of the line. And the best part is that the pass is a Freakling Bros. t-shirt, so for $10, you get to the front of the line and a shirt. This is one of the best values we’ve ever seen at a haunt. We definitely recommend purchasing it.

You may notice that the scare factors for these haunts have gone off our typical 1 to 5 skull rating scale. Freakling Bros. is the first haunt to earn a 666 skull rating from Scare Zone! We hope that you will plan to visit this amazing haunt. Freakling Bros. made our entire trip to Las Vegas worthwhile.

Overall Rating for Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror: 6(66) skulls

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