Hotel of Horror provides a rush of adrenaline that begins at check-in and doesn’t let up until you check out.
Your visit begins at Hotel of Horror’s “Zombie’s Revenge” attraction. As you enter an elevator to head to your room, it’s quickly apparent this isn’t a Holiday Inn. The concierge informs you that the hotel pool is closed because it’s filled with bodies: “Where else do you go when the septic tank is full?” (Answer: Inside the walls, apparently, because they’re littered with skeletal remains.)
Zombies and other creatures of the night get right in your face and scream from the moment you walk in until the moment you walk out.
The props are excellent. The make-up is excellent. The acting is excellent.
Zombie’s Revenge seems to go on for level after level, a feeling perpetuated by the sheer number of steps you take as the attraction winds on.
All the while, eerie piano music — like you’d find in hotel lobbies from days gone by — punctuate your time. Our favorite room was a demonic church, complete with upside-down crosses, pentagram and an absolutely terrifying preacher. Other rooms are pitch black, further heightening the experience.
For as much as Zombie’s Revenge offers in-your-face terror, Altered Nightmares’ “Voodoo” attraction provides a more nuanced experience.
As the name suggests, Altered Nightmares takes some of your deepest fears and forces you to confront them as they play out in front of you. Dolls come to life in a young girl’s bedroom, where baby doll parts are nailed to a shelf. An evil clown torments you. A gruesome murder goes unresolved. Missing children’s photos wallpaper another room.
While all this goes on, you hear a pulsating bass and what sounds like tribal music. At one point, you’re literally on your hands and knees crawling around in the dark trying to escape. Delving deeper into the depths of Altered Nightmares, you find yourself in a room filled with caged creatures eager to entrap you.
Upon exiting, Exhibition Macabre — a $5 add-on — offers a glimpse at the personal collections of “Dead” Dan Ritter of Wind Gap. Ritter collects authentic asylum, medical and funeral items from the past. The exhibit offers the chance to see some pretty gory stuff, like equipment used a century ago to perform eye surgery or remove tonsils.
Rating: 5 Tombstones out of 5