This article Hauntworld will rate the best and scariest haunted houses in America 2016.
This article Hauntworld will rate the best and scariest haunted houses, Halloween attractions, haunted hayrides, screampark, most extreme haunted houses, biggest and longest haunted attractions and even the SCARIEST horror movies to watch in 2016. Which haunts have the scariest actors, or features the most extreme screams in 2016. We rate them all! Every year we our main article is the top 13 scariest haunted houses in America but this year we are featuring the 31 scary haunted attractions for the year 2016.
The fastest growing industry in America is the Halloween industry. We’ve seen it grow over the last ten years from a 1-billion dollar industry to a near 15-billion dollar industry. Halloween has grown to levels no one ever expected. Today, we see millions of home owners decorating their houses, turning their garages into haunted houses, changing their backyards into cemeteries and inviting people from around the neighborhood into their own personal HAUNTED HOUSE! Today tens of thousands of home owners buy zombies, monsters, tombstones, and crypts and even use specialized lighting to display and showcase their masterpiece. Many even create CGI FX in their windows. The days of Halloween being a kid’s holiday all about trick-or-treating are OVER! Even moms are getting into the act buying Halloween themed decorations to make the interior of the house Halloween themed as well.
Halloween is not an official holiday. They don’t call off school and work for Halloween. You don’t have to buy anyone a gift or cook a turkey or take your spouse to dinner with cards & chocolates. Halloween is a holiday that millions upon millions of Americans CHOOSE to celebrate and everyone celebrates in different ways. Some take their kids to pumpkin patches and Fall Festivals. Many enjoy decorating their house and yard. Others become obsessed with the haunting of the holiday. Some even build their own haunted house experience right in their own home. And millions visit America’s best and scariest haunted houses to celebrate the holiday! In fact, haunted houses and Halloween attractions now make up more than 1 billion dollars of the ever growing Halloween industry. Every year in March, haunted house owners and operators across America converge in St Louis, Missouri for the National Halloween and Haunted Attractions tradeshow produced by Transworld Exhibits, where these haunt owners can view and purchase new products, monsters, animations, special FX, and more. Watch Hauntworld Video of the Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XGBQzsNYCo
Haunted Houses are going over-the-top bigger, better, and scarier than ever. In fact, haunted houses no longer just compete with other local haunts in their area, but haunted houses across the country. Visiting, attending and traveling to haunted houses is now an America phenomenon as people are using sites like www.hauntworld.com to find the best haunted attractions in the World to travel to attend. America has spoken, and they want HAUNTED HOUSES in the Fall not horror movies and not videos games. They want live, in-your-face scares combined with high tech scares for the utmost in lifelike scares. They want what a roller coaster can’t deliver no matter how high or fast they’re built. It really is strange how big the haunted house industry has become because only a few short years ago the Halloween retail industry wanted the haunt industry removed from their show now they want them back… too late!
We are now also seeing film makers creating horror movies inspired by haunted houses, or film makers utilizing haunts in the off season as film sets for horror movies. Films such as Zombieland rented haunted houses to utilize their unreal sets to film their movies. SYFY Channel recently rented out 13th Gate to film an entire movie. It wasn’t that long ago that horror movies where the staple thing to do during the weeks of October but now the biggest horror films open during other parts of the year. We live in a day and age where content for a digital World is sought and the haunt industry provide the richest forms of drama, colorful characters, and exciting backgrounds for reality television to tv specials. Lastly we are seeing the haunt industry splinter off into all different types of attractions from EXTREME to ESCAPE puzzle solving attractions to Zombie Hunts.. The bottom line is no matter what someone dreams up the concept of scream based attractions are here to stay and who knows where it leads us to next. This is what haunted houses do this is our passion and we present to you a list of can’t miss haunts. The Haunted House industry has been made BEING SCARED a MULTI BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY from escape games, haunted houses, corn mazes, hayrides, zombie runs, escape rooms, to even horror based TV shows to fill the void left when haunts close their doors at the stroke of midnight each October 31st.
Now that Halloween 2015 is here it’s time to find the best, the scariest, and the biggest over the top haunted houses and Halloween attractions in America. Prepare yourself for the biggest screaming season in Haunted history.
Haunted House owners and operators have created attractions that are so detailed they remove you from the realm of reality and plunge you into a haunted World you never knew you could experience. So finally, we present you some of the best traditional haunted houses, real haunted houses, haunted hayrides, corn mazes and more. If it’s an attraction opening during the Halloween season, you’ll find it here on www.hauntworld.com. Now sit back for the best 31 haunted houses in America for 2016.
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1.House of Torment - Austin, Texas- www.houseoftorment.com:This Halloween Season, House of Torment haunted house moves to a new, larger, permanent home doubling in size to span 40,000 square feet. Famed for its over the top production value and creativity House of Torment is proud to consistently be recognized by local, regional, and national media outlets as well as industry associations and trade publications as one of America’s best haunted houses.
This 2016 haunting season, wake up to the Dawn of Evil, a catastrophic virus outbreak is destroying the lives of central Texas residents. The city has become a chaotic disaster area run amok with voracious, maniacal zombies. And then, the most demented nightmares of the human psyche become reality when you enter what can only be described as a visceral manifestation of humanity’s most crippling fears, the walls of The Frenzy will bring to your knees. Up on Ridgepoint Drive just east of town, many souls have perished within the dark walls of Graveside Manor, but no one truly knows what lies beneath.
2.Netherworld - Atlanta, Georgia- www.fearworld.com: NETHERWORLD Haunted House is a self-guided, dark attraction known for its over-the-top special effects, intense make-up, elaborate costuming, skilled stunt actors, unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail! To put it simply NETHERWORLD is the total package - an extremely high quality immersive event that merges SCARY, FUN and COOL into a safe environment. More importantly after 20 years in the business NETHERWORLD is still ever changing - coming up with new effects, scares, characters and story lines every season, while still retaining the Halloween feel that brings back guests year after year. World famous, massively attended, and highly respected NETHERWORLD is without a doubt one of the most successful haunted attractions of all time!
This Year Featuring: The Flying Angel! The Lair of The Sea Witch! The Feasting Vampires! The Goloth Invasion! The Attacking Harpy! The Transformation Chamber! The Cavern of The Werewolves! The Blood Beast of the Arena! The Boogeyman’s Return! The Chapel Of The Gargoyles! The Cyclopean Soul Eater and The Doom Stone Unearthed! Experience an incredible avalanche of never ending horrors sure to shock during NETHERWORLD’S 20th year celebration!
This year featuring: The Xenomorphic Terror! The Collapsing Missile! The Blast Off Inferno! The Bride of Proteus! The Melting Core! The Radioactive Roach Infestation! The Mega Slammer! The One Million Volt Tesla Coil! The Spinning Kill Floor! Machine Gun Zombies! Crazed Automatons and the return of the Toxic Foam Room! Total Terror and SCI-FI Thrills Reign during NETHERWORLD Haunted House’s 20 Year Celebration!
3.The 13th Gate - Baton Rouge Louisiana- www.13thgate.com: Blurring the lines between reality and horror, this massive haunted attraction frequently has its guests wondering between screams whether what they are experiencing is real or not. The Attraction’s level of detail, set design, and special effects combined with their impressive actors and incredible makeup effects can only be compared to a Hollywood movie. The attraction features a real snake-infested Louisiana Swamp, claustrophobic cellars, hidden subterranean passages and even a prehistoric ice cave all seamlessly woven together into one of the scariest Haunted Attractions imaginable. If this wasn’t enough, adjacent to the 13th Gate is their secondary attraction, Necropolis Haunted Cemetery. This huge outdoor New Orleans Style cemetery has underground catacombs, nightly voodoo shows and over 400 dark zombie-infested crypts that guests must explore to reach the exit.
New for 2016, guests must wade through a dark flooded sewer littered with the bodies of Jack the Ripper and later make it to the end of a long dark train tunnel before one of two ghost trains make an appearance.
The 13th Gate is one of the Scariest, Most Elaborate Haunted Attractions in the Country! www.13thGate.com
Also located next door is 13th Gate Escape, Louisiana’s Ultimate Escape games. Featuring some of the most detailed escape games in the country, 13th Gate Escape is open year round, 7 days a week. www.13thGateEscape.com
4.The Darkness - St. Louis, Missouri- www.scarefest.com: The Darkness is one of the biggest haunted houses in America spanning nearly 60,000 SCREAM FEET! The Darkness in 2016 has doubled its size by adding a zombie themed haunted house called Silo-X and 3 High Tech Escape Rooms. The Darkness also features Zombie Laser Tag where guests hunt, shoot and kill REAL zombies! The Darkness also features an outdoor scare zone, monster museum, and Terror Visions 3D where crazed clowns are looking for blood. The Darkness itself spans over two floors and features some of the most amazing detailed sets in the World. The Darkness also features over 200 animated special fx, moving floors, falling walls, and monsters around every single corner. The Darkness has been hailed by many in the haunted house industry as the best haunted house in America. The Darkness has been filmed and featured more times on national television than any other haunted house in America because of its amazing realistic Hollywood style sets and fx. The Darkness is located in downtown St Louis and features sister attractions in town called Creepyworld and The Abyss which is under an old brewery.
5.Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses - Ulster Park, New York- www.headlesshorseman.com: Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, named #1 in America, gallops into its 24th season. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a unique, immersive experience with a theatrical theme that changes each Halloween season. This year featuring: The Horseman’s Spawn, a theatrical one-mile hayride, Dark Harvest corn maze, in addition to 7 haunted attractions which include: The Lunar Motel, Glutton's Diner & Slaughterhouse, The Horseman’s Tomb, Night Shade Nursery & Greenhouse, Dr. Dark's Black Spider Circus Sideshow, The Feeding presents “The Pain Killer”, Two Raven’s Manor, and illusionist Ryan Dutcher Stage Show.
Headless Horseman continually evolves with unusual monsters, amazing illusions, stunning special fx, unique and original costumes, makeup, animations and frightening detail. Only the courageous will survive the intense encounters with the infamous Headless Horseman.
In addition, the creators of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses are proud to present a new concept of interactive, immersive entertainment. A real life escape experience "The Great Room Escape" featuring Houdini’s Work Shop and Poison Plum Lab. A first for the Historic Hudson Valley.
The attraction also includes line actors, four themed gift shops: Magic Moon Gift Shop, Scare Ware, Fear Gear, and Phantom Photo, and five food options: Evil Eatery, Witch Hazels, Croaked Crow, The Coffee Cauldron, and Deadly Donuts. We employ over 350 actors and staff trained to provide a memorable and enjoyable evening for the whole family.
6.Erebus - Pontiac, Michigan- www.hauntedpontiac.com: The theme is time travel Erebus is the result of Dr. Colber who worked for the government to build a time machine. After leaving the government, he worked on the time machine on his own. Successful at sending people back into time, with the only one glitch the time period looked at the people like a virus and wiped them out. Determined to over come this glitch he sent in group after group of his own personnel. Unsuccessful, he ended up broke and lacking the proper personnel to run his machine. Dr. Colber came up with a brilliant idea to disguise his time machine as a haunted house and have the general public help fund his project and use the people going through as human guinea pigs. Michigan is the haunted attraction capital of the world with more then 70 haunts in a 50 mile radius yet Erebus prides itself as one of the most unique haunts in the country by designing and building almost all of our own props in house. You will see things here that were born from the imaginations of a couple guys that have been thinking about scaring people for over 37 years!
7.The Bates Motel - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- www.thebatesmotel.com: The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is celebrating their 27th season of screams and fun. Always on the cutting edge, this year’s show has more monsters and pyrotechnics than ever. The Bates Motel is unique in that we build our own sets, props, costumes and makeup in house, so you will only see them here. With incredible attention to detail, stellar acting and unique special effects, The Bates Motel is heads above the competition. Bates Motel also includes a massive Christmas lights display, bonfires, escape rooms, pumpkin patches and much more.
8.Bennett's Curse - Baltimore, Maryland- www.bennettscurse.com: The legendary Bennett's Curse Haunted Attraction, in the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, MD is an assault to the senses. Over 40,000 scare feet awaits thrill seekers looking for the very best in Haunting entertainment! Known for its incredible array of giant monsters, skillfully themed shows, and an over the top team of movie quality costumed characters, Bennett's Curse has reached a level only a handful of haunts nationwide can claim. This year, experience even more fear, with the addition of the all-new bonus show Coulrophobia and expanded asylum themed Ravenbrook Asylum Plus three other amazing shows at one location under one roof, come experience the best Haunted attraction in the Mid-Atlantic and one of the best in the world! Bennetts’s Curse is one of the best haunted houses in America because of the unique characters, giant animations, and over the top monsters who roam, lurking and seeking souls!
9.The Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio- www.frightsite.com: The Dent Schoolhouse is one of the tightest themed haunted houses in the nation. Taking place in an actual haunted schoolhouse from the 1800's, the schoolhouse follows the legend of its murderous janitor. Detailed to the max, each scene is right out the 1950's and looks just like a horror movie. The Dent Schoolhouse is full of state of the art animatronics that make each scene better than the next! The attraction's theme also is taking place during a vintage Halloween. Carved out human faces, 120 + carved light pumpkins, and an old trick-or-treat stage show greets guests before they get into the attraction.
10.Haunted Overload - Lee, New Hampshire- www.hauntedoverload.com: Haunted Overload is a haunt like no other. Described as The Ultimate Halloween Experience, it blends spectacular handmade sets and oversize creatures with lush sound, lighting and award-winning costumes for a terrifying experience that is utterly unique. Haunted Overload can be found every year on various best haunts lists both nationally and internationally, and in 2014 won the grand prize on America’s Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC. in 2015 it was listed as Hauntworld’s #1 haunt. Set in an eerie forest in New England, it brings to life the true feel of vintage Halloween terror. Every Halloween the dedicated Haunted Overload crew creates entirely new twists to its trails, and takes each added scene to unimagined heights. Last year the Victorian-themed Abaddon Hall stunned patrons with its detail. In 2016, its incredibly over-the-top Sinister Circus will give horrifying new meaning to the term “Big Top”. Haunted Overload is partnered with the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and gives a percentage of its proceeds to help local animals. It’s located at DeMeritt Hill Farm, a traditional stop for apple picking, blueberries, pumpkins and home-made goodies from the farm store. The farm also offers seasonal holiday hayrides and classes.
11. Hundred Acres Manor - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- www.hundredacresmanor.com: Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction in Pittsburgh, PA has been featured on the Travel Channel, LA Times, forbes.com, USA Today, Good Morning America and dozens of other national and local news outlets for over 13 years! Hundred Acres Manor features 6 attractions spanning almost 1 mile long leaving patrons begging for a way out for over 45 minutes. Hundred Acres Manor features state-of-the-art technology and special effects throughout all 6 attractions including a dropping elevator simulator and rooms that rock, as if you are in a bayou in Louisiana. Hundred Acres Manor in 2015 also sent its design and built team over to Dubai in the United Arab of Emirates to build the first haunted house in the world famous Dubai Mall. Hundred Acres Manor is a 501c3 non-profit that has donated over $1.5 million to two Pittsburgh charities, The Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends. Hundred Acres Manor also features two multi-room horror escape rooms, The Meltdown and Alchemy.
12.13th Floor Haunted House - Denver, Colorado - www.getscared.com: 13th Floor Haunted Houses are rapidly becoming a fan favorite across the nation, with locations in Denver, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Chicago. The attention to details of production, makeup, and costumes are really what sets this amazing haunted house apart. It’s an incredibly immersive experience that is continuously improving and keeps fear seekers coming back year after year!
This 2016 haunt season at 13th Floor Denver, creep through Slasher: Remix and experience the heart pounding thrills of a classic slasher film. Run for your life in Undead: Abominations, fleeing from the creatures that dwell beneath the earth. Cursed: The Ritual takes you back to before last year's “Feral Moon” awoke these ravenous creatures, when the living and the undead were revived by the act of necromancy of a local “bokor,” a sorcerer or witch. This voodoo themed attraction rounds out the perfect trifecta of Halloween entertainment!
13.Basement of the Dead - Aurora, Illinois- www.basementofthedead.com: Basement of the Dead Haunted House proves why everyone has a FEAR of going down into old basements! A top attraction in both Illinois and America, this haunted house is located deep in the Basement of a hundred year old building in downtown Aurora, Illinois - just thirty short miles outside Chicago. Fire dancers, stilt walkers, and grotesque characters roam outside the Basement while a live DJ creates a sinister Halloween atmosphere. But immediately upon entering and walking down the steps of the building, it is clear this place would be frightening even if there was not a haunted attraction inside. The decrepit brick walls, old pipes, eerie creaks, along with its cinematic makeup, costumes, and sets make Basement of the Dead a truly terrifying experience. Come down to discover the true stories of the deadly boiler room explosion, mysterious mass murders, occult sacrifices, and demonic hauntings that makes the Basement legendary. The Basement of the Dead also features Shattered 3D, another world class haunted attraction. This circus themed house will keep you screaming with devilish delight. Shattered 3D 2016 features a unique twist, but what would be the fun in telling? Shattered and his clowns dare you to see for yourself!
Halloween doesn’t end there… now here is our list of the next best haunts thru 31 for 31 nights in October. Did a haunted house in your city make our list? PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE!
Oklahoma Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Hex House is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hex House is one of the best and scariest haunted houses in Oklahoma. Read the full review and story of Hex House in Oklahoma. Please share this page and leave your reviews of one of Oklahoma's best and scariest haunted house. When you find yourself in the Tulsa area go to Hex House.
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Hex House hexhouse.com , located in Tulsa Oklahoma, has long been known for being the scariest and best haunted house in Oklahoma but in recent years Tulsa Hex House has burst onto the national scene by receiving recognition as one of the scariest Haunted Houses in America nationwide. HauntWorld.com rated Hex House as one of the 15 Scariest Haunted Houses in The World – America’s Top Rated Haunts- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0uIhtoU4hE and Fox News ranked Hex House in Americas 10 Scariest Haunted Houses just to name a few. Hex House has earned its spot as one of the BEST Haunted Houses in America by providing a terrifying experience for its customers.
Tulsa Hex House provides three haunted attractions in one location! hexhouse.com
Hex House is inspired by a true story from Tulsa’s dark past. In 1944, Carolann Smith was sentenced to prison for holding two young women under a hypnotic or occult spell for seven years. The police investigation uncovered proof of bondage, spell-casting, mesmerism, hypnotism and a casket buried in the back yard. What these two young girls went through was truly chilling. See full story: http://www.tulsahexhouse.com/about WARNING: Today the Hex House is one of the most extreme haunted attractions in America (not intended for children). Tulsa Hex House is an intense multi-element, walk through haunted attraction. You will be fully submerged in an altered reality that is much darker and less predictable than anything you’ve seen before. As you make your way through the flickering haunted hallways and eerie ghostly rooms of Hex House, you descend from mere creepiness into a full-on, intense nightmare that you won’t soon forget. The gruesome sets have horrific detail. The Actors are allowed to touch you and are trained to truly suspend reality for a moment in time allowing you to experience what real terror is.
WestSide Grim is also inspired by a true story from Tulsa’s haunted past. In the early 1920’s Tulsa opened its first amusement park (Crystal City). It offered patrons Tulsa’s first roller coaster, boat rides, concessions, side shows, a bath house and dance hall. Back then, amusement parks had a seedy side. After dark, concessions sold bootlegged alcohol by the bottle. Vaudeville was the rage and drunken patrons crowed into the dance hall to get their eyes (and often their hands) on Can-Can girls brought in from around the world. Organized crime was prevalent and Tulsa was no exception. For nearly 30 years Crystal City Amusement Park provided West Tulsa with entertainment of all kinds. Rumors and gossip centered around Crystal City until 1950 when the dance hall burned down and mysteriously took most of Crystal City with it. Today Westside Grim is located near if not exactly where the dance hall was located in West Tulsa, and this haunted event is like no other. The haunt is occupied by the West Tulsa Bootlegger; Mondo Grim. Mondo and his band of henchmen come at you from every direction as you walk through the burned down remains of the Bootleggers House, Crystal City Amusement Park and descend into the dark world of WestSide Grim. Experiencing the realistic carnage that Mondo Grim leaves in his wake. WestSide Grim is truly WestSide Scary!
Rise of the Living Dead – Is an indoor walk through zombie apocalypse set in an urban environment. The set design is realistic and has an urgent heart racing vibe. You won’t see masks here. The makeup is amazing! According to Gene Watson, it takes several hours every night to do their zombie makeup, and I believe it. These flesh eating, brain seeking Zombies are a work of art!
We talked in depth with Gene Watson, owner and president of Tulsa Hex House to find out more about the day to day operation.
“Being in the Haunt industry sounds fun, and it is. What most people don’t realize is how much hard work, man hours and sheer expense is involved. To be one of the best haunted houses in American takes commitment. We focus on three things. Quality of haunt design, staffing and promotion. Building a quality haunt and hiring talented actors isn’t enough. You must promote your haunt. We produce quality promotional material like our latest promo video: https://youtu.be/93hNhTvzstA
How many people does it take to operate Tulsa Hex House?
“We have over 65 actors nightly, 9 makeup artists, security, ticket booth, Sound and Lighting and parking lot attendees, so on busy nights our staff can reach triple digits.”
Why do you focus so much on make-up & costumes at your haunted house?
“We do go overboard on makeup and costumes. Our goal is to suspend reality for a moment and provide a truly terrifying experience for our customers. I think it’s hard to do that with a cheap costume and mask. We spend a lot of time on our makeup and costume but it pays off in the end for our customers.”
How important is the Hex House brand?
The brand is so vital we have it trademarked! Hex House is synonymous with horror, terror, fear, shock and panic. It isn’t enough for us to entertain our customers we scare them to create the most terrifying experience possible. We are intentional with everything we do.”
Where do you find all of those great haunt actors?
“Honestly they come to us. We have a great casting director (Steve Palmer) and a lot of veteran Hex House actors that are a wealth of knowledge. These guys know how to get to the fear of our customers, and once they get someone rattled they show no mercy. We have many customers that tap out and ask to leave the haunt early. We call that a job well done. The secret is that we are family and we love what we do!”
Why did you get into the haunt industry?
“I started off like most guys in the haunt game…simply going to haunted houses. I love Halloween and I would take my kids to haunted houses every year. I would always pick a busy Saturday night and go. I loved the long lines. It gave me a couple of hours to hang out with my kids when they were teenagers. It was an opportunity to be eyeball to eyeball with them for a couple hours before the haunt. They would be excited and apprehensive. It was great. Then after the haunt we would go eat and laugh about things that happened. I have five kids. The youngest is 7 and my oldest is 30. I get to spend a lot of time at Hex House with my kids. My son Nick is the General Manager and my other son Tanner works by my side and is instrumental in our success.”
Why is Hex House so successful?
“It’s our crew. They are dedicated to each other. It has been my greatest surprise. We truly are one big dysfunctional family! Our staff loves Hex House and they love working together. They feed from the energy and fear of our customers and provide the best haunt experience in Oklahoma.
For more information about Tulsa Hex House go to: hexhouse.com
Georgia Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Netherworld Haunted House is located in Norcross, Georgia. Netherworld is one of the best and scariest haunted houses in Georgia. Read the full review and story of Netherworld in Georgia. Please share this page and leave your reviews of one of Georgia's best and scariest haunted house. When you find yourself in the Atlanta area go to Netherworld. This attraction is also rated the longest haunted house in the World. Read our full review here. This article will showcase the history of over 20 years of original themes, icon monsters, and much more from Netherworld in Atlanta, GA. Netherworld attractions tens of thousands of customers including famous movie stars, and lines that stretch for miles to experience something new each year. Now prepare to learn the history and backstory of 20 years of fear!
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While elaborate complex themes and backstories are common in modern Haunted Attractions, it was not the case twenty years ago. One of the things that made NETHERWORLD different back in the early years and still keeps it relevant in the modern age is the use of complex stories to both connect it from season to season and create a fresh start for marketing and production design each and every year. What follows are VERY short descriptions of the themes of NETHERWORLD from its first season to 2016. If you would like to learn more, see the museum page of www.fearworld.com or find our weekly blogs counting down till opening day of the 2016 season, year 20 of NETHERWORLD Haunted House! Year 1 1997 The Colber Mansion - The gateway to the NEHERWORLD is opened by Maxmillan Colber for the first time and a legion of horrors emerge! The first year haunt featured a vortex tunnel, original monsters and a giant fish like biting puppet called the Netherspawn. The first icon Character was also introduced: the nightmarish Angel of Death!
Year 2 1998 Vampire The Masquerade and Vault 13 - The haunt featured characters from White Wolf games such as a Nosferatu Vampire, a massive werewolf and a tentacled war ghoul, in addition to storylines, sets and concepts from the games featured in its WORLD OF DARKNESS series. The second attraction began with a descent to a secret base buried deep within the earth via an elevator effect, bizarre mutations, alien artifacts and a 1 million volt Tesla coil!
Year 3 1999 The Apocalypse and NETHERWORLD 3D - On the eve of the millennium the attraction featured blasted cities, armored war beasts and the horsemen of the Apocalypse! NETHERWORLD 3D was one of the first attractions to use 3D ChromaDepth glasses and was sponsored by the inventor of the technology
Year 4 2000 Primeval, NETHERWORLD Extreme 3D Haunted Mansion and Blood Feast - Guests were sent back in time to a prehistoric jungle to confront giant spiders, man-eating plants, dinosaurs and primitive beast men. The Extreme 3D Haunted Mansion featured ghosts and the supernatural housed in a creepy mansion. Bloodfeast was an offsite guided tour of an elaborate Medieval Torture Chamber filled with extreme gore!
Year 5 2001 Buried Alive and Planet X in 3D - The main show revolved around the reanimated dead of a twisted monastic order controlled by a weird creature from another dimension. Planet X in 3D was filled with aliens, spaceships, pure science fiction and a visit to an optically amazing alien world – Planet X!
Year 6 2002 Inner Sanctum and House Of Creeps in 3D - The mad Dr. Vargas created a device to make his patients’ fears into reality in Inner Sanctum and guests had to confront these horrors along with the inmates of his notorious asylum as they attempted to escape the haunt. House of Creeps in 3D revolved around a twisted sideshow filled with oddities and demented clowns, along with the bizarre illusions that a 3D show provides.
Year 7 2003 Dark Harvest, Vault 13 the Berserker Project and Tomb Of Darkness - Dark Harvest was an unsettling adventure through rural horror with scarecrows, abandoned farms, inbred townsfolk and of course, an encounter with the savage moss covered Harvestman. A return to VAULT 13 featured a secret base totally choked with green fog swarming with grotesque mutants, and the first year of our downstairs show had guests explore a pitch black Egyptian tomb of an accursed queen who had been purged from history… Necrotis!
Year 8 2004 Spirits of The Dead, Very Scary Tales in 3D, and Oblivion - The Collector, the most famous of NETHERWORLD’s icon characters stalks the tilted tombs and yawning graves of Whyshburg cemetery in search of human souls in Spirits Of The Dead, a book of children’s stories comes to horrifying life in Very Scary Tales in 3D, and evil souls are twisted into creatures of torment in the pitch dark and edgy Oblivion haunted house
Year 9 2005 Abomination, Terror On Tiki Island in 3D, and Slaughterhouse - An aquatic warlord of the Dark Ones emerges from the ocean to lead monstrosities into battle in Abomination! Terror on Tiki Island in 3D featured amazing artwork that captured the beauty and horror of a lush tropical island gone mad, and Slaughterhouse explored the dark evil at work in the depths of a long abandoned meat packing facility!
Year 10 2006 Cursed, Shock O Rama in 3D and Freakpit -The 10 year anniversary of the haunt heralded the return of Maximillian Colber from the depths of the NETHERWORLD telling of the nightmares soon to unfold in the Cursed places of our earth. Shock-O-Rama in 3D delved into the craziness of pre-comics code “funny books” and Freakpit featured Dr. Bile’s collection of freaks taking up residence in Mann’s Slaughterhouse. NETHERWORLD appeared on CBS this Morning on Halloween this year in a very positive story on haunted attractions around the country.
Year 11 2007 Leviathan and Primal Fear - This year the upstairs Haunt that had previously been separated into two attractions was merged to create a much larger haunt called Leviathan. The theme was based on the Frankenstein legend with the creation of murderous flesh golems and an insidious plan to attack mankind. Primal Fear was a show encompassing as many of the deepest fears and phobias that one could possibly experience in a haunted house. This was one of the first years that NETHERWORLD was featured on the Travel Channel and it certainly wouldn’t be the last!
Year 12 2008 Carnivore and Mangler - Carnivore was a show about werewolves at war with the forces of the NETHERWORLD, the midpoint of a three year arc of famous classic monsters that had begun with Leviathan. Mangler debuted a tale of a methodical serial killer devoid of human emotion and immune to pain. The character of the Mangler became the de facto icon character of the downstairs show for years to come due to his popularity, and returned as a featured player or at least in a cameo role in all most all of the downstairs haunts from that point forward.
Year 13 2009 Blood Night and Zombie Rampage - In Blood Night the vampire lord Ghoulich devised a plan to black out the Sun so that vampires and creatures of the NETHERWORLD could ravage the earth without the fear of daylight. In Zombie Rampage, special chemicals developed to help soldiers fight better and to heal wounds get added to a popular energy drink, and when spilled into a local graveyard cause a…you guessed it… zombie rampage!
Year 14 2010 Gargoyle and Dead Salvage - Part 2 of the Blood Night saga sees an invasion of Gargoyles betraying the vampires in an all-out assault on both humans and undead. Dead Salvage explored the return of the Mangler as he began creating zombies with robotic parts in an indoor junkyard.
Year 15 2011 The Nightmares and Raw Meat - The final chapter of the Blood Night story featured the Gargoyles rulers, the Nightmare Kings, locked in all-out war with vampires and humanity. Raw Meat exposed alligators, mutants and worse living in the sewers and storm drains deep beneath us all!
Year 16 2012 Banshee and The Hive – In Banshee, The energy expended to stop the Blood Night allowed the evil sunken city of YS to rise once more, unleashing a plague of Banshees, the harbingers of death! In the HIVE a vast bomb shelter sealed since the cold war cracks open releasing an army of Insect /Human hybrid intent on world domination
Year 17 2013 The Dead Ones and Boogeyman – In The Dead Ones, The Inquisitor, a servant of the NETHERWORLD rises from YS to judge mankind. He finds that we have abandoned the old ways and summons the DEAD ONES – Skeletal life draining horrors to punish us. In Boogeyman, six innocent people are trapped in comas, their minds imprisoned by a legendary creature that takes the form of your greatest fears.
Year 18 2014 Season Of the Witch and Spliced - The Witches seek to stop the DEAD ONES by appeasing the Inquisitor. On Halloween they release creatures and spirits in a celebration of the old ways, but the doorway swings too wide and ghosts escape the NETHERWORLD in mass! In Spliced, clones created for black market organ harvesting are corrupted by the Mangler to become bizarre and deadly new forms of life!
Year 19 2015 The Rotting and Vault 13: Unearthed - The invading ghosts are draining the life from people causing them to become energy starved zombies called The Rotting! Vault 13 is taken over by an Artificial Intelligence called Proteus that uses its robotic defense systems to capture the Mangler and his clone creations.
Year 20 2016 Monsters and Vault 13: Meltdown - Primordial artificial lifeforms called Soul Eaters or Goloths are released from their Antarctic prison to cull the ghost population, but they rapidly spread and threaten all life on earth. Only the return of the legendary monsters of the NETHERWORLD has a chance of stopping them, but no matter what side wins we lose! In Vault 13: Meltdown, Proteus demands that the Manger make him a bride or he will set off all the warheads in the Vault creating a nuclear meltdown! And there you have it, a snapshot list of all twenty years of NETHERWORLD Haunted House! We hope you get a chance to come see us this year as we celebrate our 20 Seasons of Screams!
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