Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is exactly what you should expect when walking into three haunted houses all based on his movies. You are semi-scared, certainly disturbed, and highly entertained. As a reminder, Rob Zombie is a horror guy not a scary movie guy. A lot more goes into horror than the scare factor. The majority of the horror community loves the gore, disturbing scenes, and edgy humor. Also, Halloween is their Christmas and there are not many things that scream Halloween more than a haunted house. When you mix that with the horror show that is Rob Zombie, you’re going to have a good time!
The first house you walk into is based on The Lords of Salem. This is going to be the closest thing you are going to get to a traditional haunted house. It is demonic themed, there are people jumping out at you, and at one point it is pitch black as you walk down what feels like and endless circle of hallways. It gets the blood pumping for sure.
The next stop on your tour of Rob Zombie’s movie madness is the house based on El SuperBeasto and to put it over the top, it is in 3D! That’s right, you have to wear 3D glasses while walking through this house. It is simply awesome! You first walk through a spinning tunnel that pretty much makes you feel drunk, that is if you weren’t already ready hitting the lounge area at the Odeum. For those of you who have not seen El Superbeasto, it is an animated musical comedy horror film based on a comic book series Rob Zombie created. It includes a luchador, a stripper sidekick, werewolf Nazis, Dr. Satan, and a Satanic birthmark. Needless to say, this is an awesome change of pace haunted house!
And last but certainly not least, the grand daddy of them all, the Haunted House of 1000 Corpses! All included with Captain Spaulding who told me to, “Stop ringing that God damn bell!” The excitement you will feel at this point will make your head feel like it is going to explode! The extended “Murder Ride” includes Charles Manson, Ed Gein, Dr. Satan, and John Wayne Gacy. Yes, that is right, Gacy. There has been quite a bit of backlash about the Gacy Room considering some of the family members of his victims still live in the surrounding areas. This poses the question, what do you think. Has Zombie taken his madness too far and hit Chicago too close to home. Let us know what you think below.