Today on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio’s Around Atlanta edition, our hosts Bryan Nonni, Todd Schnick and Carol Morgan are getting spooky with Ben Armstrong, co-owner of Netherworld Haunted House.
Ben has quite the history when it comes to all things scary! He has been working in the haunted house industry for more than 25 years and started as a late night horror show host, which eventually opened the door to working on haunted houses for charity. A move to Atlanta birthed the idea for Netherworld.
Netherworld Haunted House has become an Atlanta tradition and is arguably one of the most well-known haunted houses in the country. A major seasonal attraction for more than 19 years, Netherworld was created by veterans of the film and television industry skilled in special effects and equipped with everything needed to build the best haunted house ever. The massive attraction is filled with more than 100 actors, and the fright begins in the parking lot with ghosts and ghouls scaring patrons from the second they exit their cars.
There are two attractions in the haunted house this year. One is called “The Rotting,” which is based on ghosts that drain the blood from their victims, turning them into zombie-like creatures. Visitors will see projections of ghosts and actors flying through the air illuminated like ghosts. There will also be ghoulish, rotting zombies floating through the room to add to the fright!
The second haunt is “Vault 13,” a secret government base housing twisted experiments that have turned into a science-fiction nightmare! This attraction has an X-Files feel and plays on government conspiracies and what they’ve hidden from us. There are cyborgs, giant robots and more! Visitors can also expect to see the Netherworld classics, like giant monsters, and amazing special effects, such as a 40-foot spinning tunnel, laser effects and plenty of gory characters.
One of the reasons Netherworld is such a big attraction for Atlantans is because of the production value that Netherworld’s creators put into the elements of the house. Another important aspect is the “deeper aesthetic” that the creators used to come up with the stories behind the attractions in the house. Ben explains, “One of our favorite influences is an author named H.P. Lovecraft who wrote ancient, creepy tales. We actually create new content every year and I think that has set us apart from everybody else.”
Many visitors of the 2014 Netherworld house will remember the two haunts showcased. One was called “The Season of the Witch,” which carried a more traditional Halloween theme that expertly blended Halloween with horror for the perfect atmosphere. The second attraction from last year was “Spliced,” which carried an evil cloning theme.
For newcomers to Netherworld, Ben mentions that the upstairs attraction traditionally is more classic Halloween while the downstairs show tends to be the more horror-based of the two. The weekends are the most crowded, and lighter crowds typically occur during the week in early October. Ben also suggests wearing comfortable shoes, so that means heels may not be the best choice, especially if you’re running from The Mangler!
Netherworld is open from Oct. 2 – Nov. 1, and opens again for a final weekend on Nov. 6 and 7. Hours are 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 p.m. until midnight on the weekends. For more information on Netherworld, visit www.FearWorld.com. Also, check out their social media pages:
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