Just when we thought that New York might be home to the most disturbing, torture-porn fright attraction of all time in the form of Blackout, comes the May 1st announcement that the man who brought the tourism horror of Hostel to the big screen is bringing a whole new type of fright to Sin City. Eli Roth’s Goretorium haunted attraction is scheduled to open on September 27 in Las Vegas, just in time for Halloween.
Aiming to tap into the $7 billion a year Halloween industry, the 24/7, year-round, multi-level Goretorium, situated at the corner of the Strip and Harmon in Vegas (on top of the local Walgreens), aspires to become “the world mecca for horror fans,” says Roth.
He goes on to explain:
Horror fans know that with my name on it, it won’t be for little kids. They know it will be a very scary experience. There has never been a horror experience like this. We’re building an entire interactive community for everyone who goes through, so horror fans globally will be able to connect to anyone who has gone through the haunt.
With a little research we’ve learned this is a much bigger deal than we originally imagined (and we can imagine a lot).
Our friends over at Bloody Disgusting discovered that the downstairs of the Goretorium will have a bar along with a movie prop and costume museum. The top floor will contain another bar, horror-themed this time, complete with caged zombie dancers and a venue for concerts and premiere events.
Zombie cage dancers? Can you stand it?
Last year, Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season, a meat grinder of a horror maze, was the one of the most highly attended attractions at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.
Roth, who’s heading off to Pennsylvania next week to start shooting his Netflix mystery series Hemlock Grove, says he’s already had pre-opening offers to franchise the Goretorium in London, Tokyo and New York, as well as elsewhere in America (Chicago please, please, please!) meaning the Goretorium could represent the first serious worldwide competition for Universal’s Horror Nights.
No word yet on exactly what terrors lurk in the depths of this attraction, but Roth has a P.T. Barnum-meets-Jack-the-Ripper level of showmanship that virtually guarantees genre hounds will not be disappointed.
In other words, maybe drop grandma off at Cirque du Soleil before you go.
Are you ready for Halloween to be every night of the year? Now please excuse me while I book my flight.
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