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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.
While on a weekend visit to Silverton, which is definitely one of this writer's favorite Las Vegas casinos, I stopped to admire the aquarium as usual. One of the most awesome free things in Vegas, this tank is filled with various kinds of fish, stingrays, plant life and, on occassion, beautiful women dressed as mermaids.
As I made my way around the aquarium, I discovered an art gallery against the back wall featuring, you guessed it, mermaids! Local artist Wil Cormier has painted a whole series of mermaid paintings, called Mermaids of Atlantis. Cormier’s attention to detail is stunning. The mermaids are painted sitting on trees or rocks, coyly covering their naughty bits. Check it out:
Look at the naughty mermaid with her little bird!
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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:
Cold Justice is still a couple weeks away (and not set in Las Vegas, anyway) while midnight Bounty Hunters are tough to catch regularly. One sports gambling show has debuted to a giant pan of dud while another is on its way. So, what's a Las Vegas reality TV freak to do? Look for more shows, that's what.
Luckily For better or worse, there's no shortage lately.
One guy from Pussykat Tattoo Parlor and his sidekick randomly travel around the city in search of... you guessed it... bad ink they can fix. These punk rock dudes are seemingly extremely lucky with a great eye in finding the world's absolute worst tattoos. They find one poor sap who tattooed a wedding proposal on his leg right before his sweet Nina was deported and never heard from again. Another put a monkey on his stomach using his belly button for a butthole. In a tat ripped from the
headlines movies, a woman with "NO REGERTS." Then we see a guy with a Patrick Swayze tat. On his ass. Dude. The winner so far, though, is a the bikini clad suntanner with Pamela Anderson's mug below a gigantic back scorpion and above her ass crack. The scorpion gets approved while Pam must go.
Did someone really think a Pam Anderson tramp stamp was a good idea? Worse yet, unless she paid five bucks at a fly-by-night Hep-C carnival, what artist let her walk out their door with that buttface of a tattoo? Yeah, we're skeptical that at least some of these jobs weren't quickly and badly inked in the offices of TV producers.
Even with our doubts on authenticity, Bad Ink earns a slightly positive entertainment value over replacement TV. Assuming the final fixes are real, there is some talent on display. At the very least, camera crews venture into some Vegas spots that haven't been widely filmed, namely lots of Artisan with some
coincidentally sister property Rumor and Peppermill thrown in. So, while we haven't set a DVR season pass, we've tuned in to watch a lot, lot worse.
Bad Ink airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on A&E. You can catch previously aired full episodes online. As for the validity of their punk rock status, that's at least real. You can watch clips of their band, The Vermin, shout out a song titled FU Too and playing in several venues around Vegas, including BB King's and the Double Down on YouTube.
Now in its 11th year, Fright Dome already has its
nose ax to the grindstone, announcing recently that it will be more creeptastic than ever with six haunted houses rather than five. One will be themed around THE COLLECTION while another will be based on THE COLLECTOR.
One of those houses will be called "Hotel Argento" and only those with fast passes will be allowed inside. Oh, and.. you'll need to enter alone. ALONE. (Insert horrified gif here)
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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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Think of it as a training exercise to help you through the impending zombie apocalypse. While the Goretorium and The Amazing Johnathan's Screamont Experiment will extend your scares long past Halloween, we have news of a very limited scare-a-thon that might be right up your alley.
Located in a, cough, alley renamed Haunted Alley, welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse. Here's the scenario: after legions of the deceased decide to go all-zombie on Las Vegas, an evacuation zone has been created by the military to get you the heck out of downtown. This militarized zone has, unfortunately, been infiltrated by, you guessed it, zombies. You'll need to be escorted in groups of fifteen down the alley to safety. It'll turn into a street battle with folks even rappelling down the walls. Intense!
Expect a fifteen minute parade of shocks. And, we have a little inside knowledge. Not everything around you is as it seems. They've uploaded a teaser video to give you a little insight:
Will you choose Heaven or Hell at Senor Frog's or Cowboys or Zombies at Gilley's? Maybe you'd rather see an American Psycho at The Mirage or be Bloody English at Hard Rock? Or, perhaps, a Fright Dome, a Goretorium or an Asylum is more your speed?
However you choose to spend Halloween in Vegas, don't set it in stone until you check out VegasChatter's Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2012. Since creating it just over a month ago, our comprehensive guide has expanded to 50 events, from adults only to family friendly and from haunted houses to costume contests.
Make sure you have a scream in Vegas by scrolling through our guide first!
Click here for: VegasChatter's Ultimate Guide to Halloween 2012