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October’s right around the corner, and everyone knows what that means. It’s time to start thinking about scary shit. And of all the people out there who better to be at the helm of this exploit in horror than Rob Zombie? Come October 10th, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will commence featuring three haunted houses based off his works in film as well as a selection of bands that perform each night.
The Performing Bands
As mentioned above there will be music. I mean… it’s Rob Zombie. Of course there will be music. Each night a new group of bands will be performing throughout the whole experience. For your convenience here is the list of bands and their respective dates. The observed lineup is eclectic to say the least. There are a number of electronic artists, and things as odd as mariachi groups with wrestling, but by the end of the month it looks like the concerts will be trucking away with hard rock and heavy metal acts, and of course there’s Rob Zombie, so fear not. Our kind has not been exiled.
10-10 – 3OH!3 with Wallpaper
10-11 – Blood on the Dance Floor with HeavyGrinder
10-12 – Twiztid and Kottonmouth Kings with Blaze ya Dead Homie
10-13 – Ozomatli
10-17 – The Used with William Control
10-18 – DJ Blend with Dirtyloud and O.M.T.
10-19 – The Vandals with TSOL, The Dickies, and Duane Peters
10-20 – Lucha Libre USA Wrestling with Metalachi
10-24 – Emilie Autumn with Disco Death Rock and Lupe Fuentes and the Ex-Girlfriends
10-25 – Doctor P with Zomboy, Terravita, and Evol Intent
10-26 – Vampires Everywhere and Winds of Plague with Butcher Babies and Ghost Town
10-27 – Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger
10-31- Andrew W.K. With Mod Sun and Beware of Darkness
11-01 – Dirtyphonics with Fei Fei
11-02 – Rob Zombie with Eagles of Death Metal, Powerman 5000, and 45 Grave
The Haunted Houses
There are three haunted houses available based off different endeavors of Rob Zombie’s. Given the lengths the marketing team has gone to ensure everyone gives informed consent, I feel it’s my duty to pass on the message that they’ve stressed this experience is hardly suitable for children or squeamish people.
Behind door number 1 is the Haunt of 1000 Corpses. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the similarly named movie House of 1000 Corpses, Haunt offers a more traditional haunted house experience as people walk through a recreation of the Museum of Monsters and Madmen and a trip on an expanded Murder Ride. Plus there will be serial killers because, y’know. Who doesn’t love them? The main features in this house come from animatronics, video effects, costumes, sounds, scents, and lighting.
Door number 2 is the Lords of Salem in Total Black Out. Based on Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem horror movie of yesteryear, this house is based around manipulating the senses, limiting some, while strengthening others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and just plain being afraid of no idea where you are and what’s going on will be exploited as you lumber aimlessly through the 60-degree maze. Do have fun with that.
Finally door number 3. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D. Probably a bit more playful than the other two, this house gives you chromadepth glasses and pitches you into the animated world of Zombie’s El Superbeasto movie. The main draw here is artwork, colors, and shameless humor.
That’s Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. It starts on October 10th, and it runs through November 2nd. Depending on when you go the tickets are anywhere from $30 to $45. It’s an awesome way to merge the season of horror with great music, so if you’re planning a trip out towards Pomona, California then it’ll probably be worth your time. You can get more info at GreatAmericanNightmare.com