ROB ZOMBIE’S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
ANNOUNCES CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT FOR
THE ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN HORROR EVENT
SELECT NIGHTS FROM SEPTEMBER 26-NOVEMBER 1
ROB ZOMBIE TO PERFORM OPENING NIGHT (SEPTEMBER 26)
“Great American Nightmare may be the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses over the last decade…”
–Steven Kurutz, The New York Times, October 24, 2013
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has announced a second engagement for 2014. The ultimate Halloween horror event will invade the Chicago metropolitan area select nights from September 26-November 1 at Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL.
Opening night will also feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.
“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” said Zombie. My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”
The Great American Nightmare’s second city will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013GreatAmerican Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.
The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.
”After the tremendous success last year we all felt we wanted to bring Great American Nightmare to as many people as possible,” says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. “Chicago is a haunted house hotbed with the Odeum Expo center being the go-to haunted house venue for the past two decades. We really feel the Midwest will welcome this event with open arms and this will be the ultimate ChicagolandHalloween event.”
As previously announced, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Arizona for select nights from September 19-November 1. This engagement will feature the following three attractions–two that have never been seen before–based on Rob Zombie’s horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.
At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions, each completely different in look, theme and effects:
The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction–based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film–is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world of Rob Zombie’s El Superbeasto 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.
Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Rob Zombie.The extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM CT at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 27-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevardactivities.
Tickets for opening night (September 26) include the Rob Zombie concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 26 and November 1:
September: 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted houseproducer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
Odeum Expo is located at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, IL, just outside Chicago. It’s easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is presented by 101WKQX.
(2013 Great American Nightmare photos)
About Rob Zombie
As a musician, Rob Zombie has sold over fifteen million albums worldwide to date. The rocker-turned-film director is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of five feature films, with a worldwide gross totaling more than $100 million. Rob Zombie and his band of maniacs–guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and drummer Ginger Fish–launch their latest U.S. tour in early September. Rob’s theatrical live performances feature elaborate, multi-media production, complete with hair-raising theatrics, animatronic robots, oversized LED screens, a non-stop collage of psychotronic monster film clips, a spectacular light show, a gigantic robot with flames shooting out of its body, pyrotechnics, insane guitar riffs and vicious beats. In 2013, Rob released his fifth solo studio album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, marking the first release on his new label Zodiac Swan through T-Boy Records/UMe. On April 26, 2013–the same week his album was released–Zombie premiered his sixth motion picture, The Lords of Salem, which he wrote, directed and produced in tandem with the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise, with Anchor Bay Films. Rob is currently working on his sixth solo studio album and an excitingly brutal new film called 31.
About Steve Kopelman (Great American Nightmare Producer)
Kopelman is the preeminent haunted house producer in the United States and one of the most creative forces in the haunted house industry. Over the past 30 years, he has produced more attractions in more cities than anyone else in the field, including “The Mind Of Madness” and “Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House” in New York City, as well as “The Nest” in Phoenix. Kopelman’s state of the art, award winning, bone-chilling events have attracted millions. His attractions have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and on ABC News, Good Morning America, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, AOL and MSN. Currently he has involvement in haunted houses in Arizona, New Hampshire, North Carolina and New York City.
About Andy Gould/Spectacle Entertainment Group
Manager/film producer Andy Gould has been a behind the scenes icon of the music industry over the last 4 decades. His management expertise and marketing genius have impacted the careers of acts like White Zombie, Pantera, Linkin Park, Guns N’ Roses, and many others. His partnership with Rob Zombie over the last 20 years has yielded several multi-platinum albums, as well as 6 feature films including The Devil’s Rejects (Lionsgate) and the record breaking remake of Halloween(Weinstein, 2007), all of which Gould produced. He is also the president of T-Boy Records, a joint venture label with Universal Music Enterprises.
About The Odeum Expo Center: The Odeum Expo Center is a convention center in Villa Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago. Surrounded by major hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, The Odeum Expo Center is easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.