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The Biggest Vegas Surprise Of 2013

December 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.

In Vegas, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see a lot of things coming. For every grand opening, there's a very predictable grand closing just off in the wings. Some things are announced and you just know there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks they are going to become reality. But, the biggest Vegas surprise of 2013 was a true shocker, happening out of the blue and over a weekend, no less.

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Goodbye, Goretorium... Hello, Sin City Scare Fair

Where: 121 E Sunset Road [map], 89119
October 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’re still scratching our heads over Goretorium’s decision to close up shop just before the Halloween season kicked off. Fortunately, a new player has emerged in the Las Vegas haunted attraction scene to fill the void. At first glance, Sin City Scare Fair sounds a lot like Goretorium. Walk-through haunted attraction? Check. Celebrities from popular TV horror shows? In attendance. Zombie-themed vodka? They’re a sponsor. That’s, however, where the similarities end.

The most important difference between Goretorium and Scare Fair? People don’t leave Scare Fair feeling like they were ripped off. And, with lower ticket prices and more to offer, this new seasonal attraction seems much more likely to succeed. We were invited to attend the Sin City Scare Fair this past weekend to see just what kind of horrors they had in store. A quick glance at their website left us impressed. Two haunted houses, a burial simulator, some type of go-kart race against the dead, a pumpkin patch, and celebrities from both The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Not bad, not bad, at all.

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Goretorium Confirms Closure On Facebook

September 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just over a week after rumors of a rapidly approaching demise first surfaced, it's now official.

Goretorium has announced it will close after one "last haunt" this Wednesday, October 2. The year-round attraction, located within Harmon Corner, just marked its one-year anniversary. Its closure, right as the Halloween season gets underway, has shocked many of its fans. Although, as you can read by clicking the comments below, others are blaming poor frights, poor management, and poor (read: high) ticket pricing.

Here for its opening, horror director and producer Eli Roth, who once expressed to us his desire that Goretorium be the gold standard in haunted houses, will be here to lay it to rest as well:

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Legal Letter Informs Bride-To-Be Goretorium Wedding Likely Won't Happen

September 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

Vegas' only year-round haunt could cease to exist this week, right as the Halloween season begins.

Rumors of the imminent closure of Goretorium have been swirling since mid-September with VegasChatter readers Alice U.R. and Michael P. informing us that word on the street was that a shutter would happen before October 31. And, maybe even as soon as today.

Over the weekend, bride-to-be Andrea V. shared the news that Goretorium's legal team has warned her that her October 18 wedding at the haunted house likely wouldn't happen. A letter from Larson & Zirzow, dated September 27, 2013, states:

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Goretorium Nearing Demise? New Tip Says Expect It By Month's End

Where: 3717 Las as Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

If true, this could be the saddest timing for a closure ever.

Last week, we shared news that Goretorium could be closing before Halloween arrives. Now, a new tip from VegasChatter reader Michael P. reveals we could see the demise of the round-the-calendar haunt before the most frightful time of the year even begins.

Michael reports that laid off workers have informed him that Goretorium's last day of business will be September 30. Goretorium's social media accounts, however, are still urging folks to visit next month. Although, a Facebook fan wondered about the lack of Halloween event info earlier today.

Meantime, a member of the Fright Forum on HauntWorld.com made this remark two days ago:

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Is Goretorium Closing Right Before Halloween?

September 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

VegasChatter was the first to tell you about Goretorium, Eli Roth's year-round haunted house experience on the Vegas Strip, so it seems fitting we be the first to tell you about its possible closure. Yes, closure. But, also possible.

Goretorium first opened its doors to rabid fans in September 2012. Once the season for scaring was over, it turned to a number of promotions to keep the good frights going, from hosting Santa's evil twin and vampire weddings to live exorcisms. But, financial woes brought news of a bankruptcy filing this past July.

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Goretorium Files for Bankruptcy

July 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM | by | Comments (3)

First, Priscilla. Then Peepshow. And now Goretorium. This is has not been a good week for Vegas attractions.

After whispers of financial struggles, Eli Roth's haunted house has officially filed for bankruptcy, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Creditors listed in the filing include contractors, merchandisers, media producers and, no surprise here, the Nevada Department of Taxation.

However, the nearly year-old fright shop in Harmon Corner will continue operating despite the filing. In fact, Roth himself took to social media today to reiterate this:

Goretorium is open and plans on staying that way as an original haunted attraction, open year round on the ‪#‎LasVegas‬ Strip- Eli Roth.

Goretorium is open during the week from 5pm to midnight and until 1am on the weekends. General admission tickets are $29.99 while VIP tickets are $49.99 But you may want to avoid the horror joint during a heat wave. A recent visitor posted this rant on the Goretorium Facebook page:

My husband and I were severely disappointed! Paid for VIP tickets because we thought it would be worth it. We waited longer to get in than it actually took to through. There was nothing scary and it was at least 85 degrees in there. Baby Dolls was a joke. Vegas was 108 and the bar is open to the air so it was just as hot in there. No zombie cage dancers like advertised online. No music for that matter.

Well, you know what they say--the first things to go during hard times are the zombie cage dancers. Truth.

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Goretorium Adds Female DJs... And, Live Exorcisms?

February 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Trust Goretorium to do something different for Valentine's Day. We recently puzzled over the lack of V Day theming at the year-round horror haunt. Other than the ability to get married by a vampire, or dressed as a zombie. You know, the usual stuff. But, we received word that they will be celebrating today with a couple of additions to the Goretorium experience.

Tonight will be the first night of a new, bi-monthly DJ event called Stereo Love. Held in the Baby Dolls Lounge, the bar with the million dollar view of the Vegas Strip, the twist is all the tune spinners will be female. And, out in force. For tonight's Valentine reveal, DJ Miss Joy, DJ Miyuki, DUWOPRose The Vinylist and DJ Crykit will kick off the series. You still have time to make plans. It runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $5 and free for locals. And, they will announce future dates in the series soon.

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Goretorium Skips Out On A Valentine, Vampire Weddings Still Ok

February 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Missing from our list of 61 things to do this Valentine's Day, is number 62. Valentine's Day at Goretorium. Which is odd as creator Eli Roth told us himself it would be an important re-branding touchstone for the Strip's only horror-haunt attraction. Their last seasonal re-vamp was their Christmas theme built around an Evil Santa.

But, we've received no notice of any special V-Day events. Instead, they are pushing their year-round opportunity to get married in a zombie wedding. Or twisted fantasy of your choice. A handful of former matrimonial ceremonies are available for viewing on YouTube. So, if this video gets you in the mood, packages start at $666. You can even choose between a "scary" or "vampire" minister. All sorts of add-ons can also be added on. Including a symbolic bloodletting ceremony. If you go ahead with that on the 14th, do send us pictures.

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'Tis The Season For Santa's Evil Twin

December 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just imagine the possibilities for your holiday photo cards. When we spoke with film director and Goretorium mastermind Eli Roth back in August, he promised the year-round haunt at Harmon Corner would conjure up seasonal updates. “Just to keep it fresh,” he said.

Keeping their word, the Santa scares arrived on schedule. From December 14th though the 28th, the thrill attraction's new killer concept revolves around Santa’s evil-twin, Sick Nick. If you've been naughty, Sick Nick will be handing out punishment. And, he has some back-up help from killer elves.

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Rabid Fans Mob Goretorium Looking For Strip Scares

September 28, 2012 at 8:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Has it only been five months since we introduced the world to the Goretorium, Eli Roth's year-round haunted attraction? Back in April, a non-Halloween, gothic, gory, horror maze opening above a McDonald's and Walgreens was an unknown quantity. Would anyone care, regardless of the credentials of the creators?

Well, opening night was a bit of mob scene. The line of rabid fans snaked around the building. And, the invited guests crushed into the space. We survived the melee and we survived our walk through the Vegas-themed maze set in a creepy hotel called the Delmont. It would be unfair to review given the unusual circumstances, but blood and guts are plentiful. We'll say we were surprised by how many human participants are part of the scares. It's all people. Mostly dead and dying people, but mechanical spooks are kept to a minimum.

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How Much It Will Cost You To Be A Corpse Bride (And Groom)

September 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're still waiting to hear how much it will cost us to have one Grand Slam of a wedding downtown, but now we know how much we'll be charged to get hitched at the Goretorium -- a cool grand.

Guests who want to pledge their undying love to one another will be able to choose from three pre-set wedding packages, all priced at $1,000. The Til Death Do We Zombie package will, obviously, include a zombie minister, music, a witness (if needed), Goretorium bride and groom tees, appropriate makeup for the undead couple, a zombie gown for her (you'll have to give it back), a silk brains bouquet (that, too), a "special haunt surprise" during the ceremony, an 8x10 photo, and more.

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