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Quit your (Walking Dead) shuffling and run to the most fun you'll have this Halloween. Witching Season has only just dawned, but already we've discovered this year's must-see event. Fright Dome within Circus Circus' Adventuredome theme park is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
This was our first year entering the Dome, but we now wish we'd attended previous incarnations. We'll give you a rundown and offer some tips. But, this is an easy review to write. If you want a fantastic evening of thrills, scares and laughing out loud, Fright Dome is no-brainer. BrrraaaaiiiiiNNNNNSSSSSS.
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Looking for a little less gore with your scares this October? We've a ghoulish option at the Stratosphere to share with you. And, another located downtown, that will be anything but bloodless.
In our ongoing cataloging of all things icky, creepy and bumpy in the night, we're gearing up for two months of chills and thrills. We're been chomping at the bit for Goretorium's to open later this month. Circus Circus is close to unleashing Fright Dome upon us and they've just announced that the now and forever Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, will be appearing live in person on their first two nights, September 29th and 30th. (Dead in person may be an option for their other scary participants.) Full details are yet to come.
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Celebrating its 10th year on The Strip, Fright Dome has announced that zombie "godfather" George A. Romero (think Night of the Living Dead and the other of the Dead flicks) will scare up some unexpected thrills of his own under the bright pink glow of The Adventuredome. (Eli Roth is behind such horror movies as Hostel and Cabin Fever.)
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Do you have room to slot in even more horrific scares on your next visit to The Strip? We've been captivated by all the forthcoming news swirling around the haunted house attractions of Goretorium and Fright Dome, the Halloween event at Circus Circus. (And, we have a very bloody Goretorium update for you below.) But, first, we'll tally yet more instances to add to the creepy quotient of our fair city.
"Dr. Havock's Sideshow Curiosities" is currently searching for actors to participate in a "fully immerse show experience that allows audience members to explore a dark sideshow-like world full of visual illusions, humor, and creepy characters. The show is inspired by the medicine pitch men, circuses and sideshows." We don't know at what stage of the theatrical process they are at, but it sounds promising. Expanded from a 10-minute Halloween attraction, the performer's Facebook page quotes:
"Their host was the charismatic Dr. Havock - a slightly mad Medicine Pitch Man who demonstrated several of his latest experiments including: Hannah The Living Decapitated Head, Elixir Injection, Forearm Rejuvenation and an experiment utilizing a Medical Guillotine with an audience member volunteer which had a shocking surprise ending."
Ooohhh. They already have a very strong connection to the Stratosphere, but who knows where this pitch could ultimately turn up. Online images invoke a nice retro-imagining of midway and carny-tent sucker draws.
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The corpses are piling up on The Strip. And, not in a good way.
We’ve been warning you of the impending haunted-house-style-super-scary-splatter–fest attraction, Goretorium, coming this September. It’s set in a Vegas resort where things go bump in the night. More on that below. It’s also time for Circus Circus to gear up promoting their Halloween spooktacular, Fright Dome. Even more on that below. But, right now at Planet Hollywood you’ll venture into the basement and within the woods to kill off demonic spirits with a chainsaw, axe and shotgun. The Evil Dead have arrived. In 4D. We’ll have to explain. And, frankly we wish we didn’t.
In 1979, a group of very enterprising, fledgling filmmakers, made a feature called The Evil Dead. Low budget. Very high on ingenuity, black humor, genuine shocks and all-out fun. Stephen King called it the “the most ferociously original film of the year.” The sequel, a sort of re-imagining was even better. This writer saw the London premiere in a tiny sold–out theater, with happy horror fans sitting on the floor, crushed into the space. It was a cult movie series in the eighties. It’s still a cult series today.
Sam Raimi, the film’s director, went on to make the Spider-Man trilogy. You might have seen Bruce Campbell, the film’s star, in the TV series, Burn Notice. Folks have great affection for Evil Dead. Spin-offs include video games and comic books. It’s a franchise. Now, it’s a musical.
Five college students take a vacation in a cabin in the woods. They find a creepy old book written in a cryptic text, bound in human skin and a tape recorder that contains a narrated translation of the texts. The tape recites the incantation that summons the wood’s demons who promptly start possessing the guests. Then mayhem starts. Way, way over the top mayhem.
Circus Circus is giving us the creeps again. And, we like it.
A Haunting Tour will take guests up to the hotel's 13th floor to see 13 frightful rooms in, yep, 13 minutes. The sinister attraction isn't as well known as Fright Dome, but it just might be better. Smaller, creepier and a real unexpected scream according to blog, My Ghoul Friday. (Warning: Don't click that link unless you're ok with reading some serious spoilers.)
What's even scarier than a Vegas hotel overrun with shrieking kids? A Vegas hotel overrun with even more shrieking kids than normal.
Yes, it's that time of year to get folks
scared excited out of their minds about stepping foot inside Circus Circus. The hotel's annual fright fest, Fright Dome, will open October 1 and will run all month-long through Halloween. The horrors will begin as soon as you arrive with a heart-stopping shocker -- a $36.95 ticket price! (shriek!)
Then, just as you're still disoriented, they'll really get you with fog-filled pathways, strobbing lights, creepy clowns and a first time partnership with the iconic HALLOWEEN movie brand and not one, but two HALLOWEEN-themed haunted houses.
Some of Circus Circus’ most treasured staff
However, it definitely will be turning ghoulish from tonight, when the Fright Dome opens in preparation for Halloween.
The whole of the Adventuredome will be turned into a five acre haunted house tour/ride/live experience (see here for a review of last year’s), and there will be “plots” from the Saw franchise and My Bloody Valentine along with five haunted houses. What to do? Think interactive games a la Saw, and being scared
shwitless by the various extras employed to creep up on you and creep you out.