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Halloween has always been the one time of year when horror
fans get to experience terror outside of cinematic experiences. Haunted houses,
mazes, plays and the like all emerge in October, then fizzle and disappear
until the season rolls around once again. But no longer! Eli Roth’s Goretorium
opens this month and will function as a year-round haunted attraction, which
Roth discussed with Fango.
“I wanted to build, basically, Disney World for horror fans,”
the CABIN FEVER/HOSTEL creator tells Fango. “I want it to be the scariest place
in the world.” Roth’s ability to manipulate cinematic fear will no doubt find
new expressions within this Las Vegas attraction, which takes place in a
fictional hotel called The Delmont, where attendees will watch as the fates of
past guests unfold. Roth felt that Vegas would be the perfect location because
it’s one of the few U.S. cities that functions as a year-round tourist
destination: “People go there to have fun; they go there to have wild
experiences and have a great time.”
Besides the main haunt, Goretorium will also feature a bar
called Bloody Mary’s, a lounge called Baby Dolls (equipped with zombie girls
dancing in cages) and even a wedding chapel. You can check out a recently
posted promo video below that is sure to put a smile on any gore-lover’s face,
with HOSTEL-esque moments of mutilation that hint at what’s to come in the
The HOSTEL maze at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror
Nights last year served as a test run for Goretorium, and it became the most
attended house there. Roth attended himself and witnessed the overwhelming
positivity fans had toward the entire event in general and the HOSTEL portion
in particular, “I saw thousands of people an hour going through,” he recalls.
“There has been record attendance at Horror Nights, the Haunted Hayride…it’s a
special thing. I wanted to build something that, year-round, would be
incredible all the time, and we’ll be able to update our haunt. The problem is
that once you go through a haunt, there’s no reason to go through again, but we
can really change it seasonally, or [to tie in with] a movie.”
Eli Roth’s Goretorium is set to open September 27, and
tickets are already available (for $35 on-line) at the official website.
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