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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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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.
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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:
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:
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.
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 and plans on staying that way as the original haunted attraction, open year round on the... http://t.co/QLRk6tdg44— Goretorium (@Goretorium) July 10, 2013
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
If you don't like spoilers and are planning to go into the Goretorium without a clue as to what to expect besides a dreadful good time, look away. Now. Really, just click the back button and pick another story from our front page.
If you're still reading, you've been warned.
Vegas visitors will be f#@ked starting this Thursday when the Goretorium makes its Strip debut and kicks off a non-stop, year-round scarefest. But, before it does, CNN is
ruining it for us all giving us an advance heads up about the frights in store for guests. (Ok, seriously. This is your last chance to hit the previous page button.)