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REVIEW: Fright Dome

Fright Dome
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV

We visited Fright Dome during their 10 Years of Terror celebration in 2012. Creator Jason Egan pulled out all the stops for the massive celebration housed in the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. 

Fright Dome is an epic Halloween party. Five haunted houses, twenty-five amusement park rides, a stocked bar,  celebrity appearances, live music, and four scare zones all capped off with a nightly dance party led by a bunch of terrifying clowns.

Christine visits Fright Dome at Circus Circus

Christine visits Fright Dome at Circus Circus

The weekend we visited the celebrity visiting was one of the cars used in the film version of Stephen King’s Christine. Since my name is Christine, I am a huge fan. Thanks to Christine’s owner Bill Gibson, I had the privilege of sitting in Christine. I watched with awe as the car seemingly came alive.The dashboard lit up, the radio played “We Belong Together,” fog poured from the dashboard, and my seat lurched forward toward the steering wheel. It was AMAZING.

Back to the haunted houses. All of the haunts were stunning with a fast-paced tour guide format. We were completely wowed by their zombie themed haunt, Ward of the Dead, created in conjunction with George A. Romero. The facility was experiencing a breach and the tour guide shouted guidance about how to avoid the creatures. We jumped and dodged and ducked out of the way…. well, I did. Shelly, who was behind me, couldn’t hear the guide’s instructions and found herself fighting through hoards of zombies. We both had a spectacular time and the sets and costumes were incredibly detailed. 

Another highlight of our trip was riding the Adventuredome roller coaster in the darkened Fright Dome environment. You can’t see what’s coming next, which adds a delicious element of surprise.

Final Thoughts

Many haunts try to create a hip party-like atmosphere around their haunted attractions, but no one succeeds like Fright Dome. Fright Dome is the ultimate Halloween party.  

Fright Dome 2014 Season

October 3  – November 1

Ticket Information

General Admission:  $34.95 – $39.95  |  Fast Pass: $54.95 – $59.95  |  VIP Tour: $89.95

Age Requirements

Not appropriate for children under 12.

New For 2014

Six new haunted houses including a Texas Chainsaw Massacre themed haunted house that will incorporate scenes from the film. The new Isolation Haunted House is just for fast-pass and VIP ticket holders and must be entered alone.

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Las Vegas Haunts:
Hotel Fear & Asylum
Las Vegas, NV

Hotel Fear and The Asylum have been spooking Las Vegas residents and visitors alike for more than 15 years! In that time, R&J Productions has been leading the way in developing trailer haunts: entirely mobile haunts that are self-contained within groups of customized trailers. We had never been to a trailer haunt and were excited to check out what the genre had to offer. It’s amazing what’s accomplished in such a small space. Both attractions explore the life of Mortimer Feoray, a troubled child that goes mad (Hotel Fear) and is eventually institutionalized (The Asylum). Even with a limited budget, Hotel Fear and The Asylum create a fun and innovative story-driven haunt that’s likely to make you scream for more.

  

Is it Scary?

R&J Productions says: This is the REAL DEAL…the Real Fear you NEED to experience!

The Raven and Black Cat says: The Asylum and Hotel fear provide the perfect midrange haunt: it’s not too gory and it’s not so scary that you won’t make it through. You’ll be delightfully horrified by the carefully designed story and the actors will actually scare you out the door.

 

What We Loved

We love story-driven haunts! Hotel Fear starts out perfectly, picture this: You walk into an old Hollywood style hotel lobby. A sign says ‘ring bell for service’. The moment you ring the bell the lights go out and chaos ensues. It’s fantastic. You’re sent on a quest to find Mortimer in Room 13, but that’s no easy task. The hotel is specifically designed to trap and confuse you. Many rooms have hidden doors and it creates an awesome feeling of distress that you’ll never make it out alive! The key to this scare tactic is the small size and ample spacing between groups.  There is plenty of time to get lost in the maze of the hotel without creating a backup, and if you’re the least bit claustrophobic you’ll be terrified. The fact that both haunts stay true to the theme adds to the realistic nature of the scares. Every scene supports the story and every scare is designed around the theme- you get lost in the story and experience some fun scares along the way.

 

What Could Be Better

There were a few actors that really stood out, particularly the woman in the spa and the man in the white out room – they encouraged you to interact with them and were very successful at creating the perfect atmosphere and set up for the scares to follow. Unfortunately, many of the other actors utilize the scream-in-your-face tactic, which is much less effective. Not every actor is a star and not every actor is able to improvise, but vary the tone and tempo of the startle scares. A whisper is often creepier than a scream and discovering a silent actor in a pitch black hallway would be truly disturbing. Use the actors as living set pieces and get rid of some of the tired animatronics. We love the sections of complete darkness – our first reaction is to reach out for the walls, so make them feel sticky or wet, and maybe add some elements of unsure footing to add to the disorientation.  

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on younger actors.  Unfortunately, we spotted one high school age asylum patient listening to her ipod. 

 

Final Thoughts

If you’re tired of haunts that jump from theme to theme just for the sake of a scare, then Hotel Fear and The Asylum are your new haven of horror. 

 

Las Vegas Haunts 2012 Season

October 3 – October 31

Ticket Information

Hotel FearGeneral Admission: $15.00   |  VIP: $20.00

Asylum: General Admission: $15.00   |  VIP: $20.00

Combo Pass: $25.00   |  VIP Combo Pass: $35.00

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The Haunted House/Daniele Montella

The Haunted House/Daniele Montella

Still celebrating Halloween? The following Haunted Houses are open this week:

NEW YORK

Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel
Brooklyn, NY

Open  Nov. 5   |  Tickets: $6.00


Blackout Haunted House
New York, NY

Open Nov. 5 – 10   |  Tickets: $50.00

2012 Review


Blood Manor
New York, NY

Open Nov. 8 – 11   |  Tickets: $30 – $60

Discount Tickets   –   2012 Review


Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House
New York, NY

Open Nov. 9 – 10   |  Tickets: $30 – $60

Discount Tickets   –   2012 Review


Times Scare Haunted House
New York, NY

Open Year- Round   |  Tickets: $27.00


PENNSYLVANIA

Terror Behind The Walls
Philadelphia, PA

Open Nov. 10   |  Tickets: $29.50

2012 Review


LAS VEGAS

Goretorium
Las Vegas, NV

Open Year-Round   |  Tickets: $25 – $60


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Haunted Houses

Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities
The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st  | 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Tickets: $12.50

This spooky interactive sideshow is a delicious morsel of Halloween entertainment.


Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror
2321 N. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $12.00 – $35.00

Don’t miss this brilliantly theatrical terror fest. Three attractions ranging from clown-themed startle scares to an intense R-Rated Haunt that will scare even the bravest horror fans. 


Fright Dome
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $37.95 – $52.95

Fright Dome is the ultimate Halloween Party! 5 Haunted Houses, Live Shows, Premium Rides and Attractions, Scare Zones, and one of the best Zombie-themed Haunted Houses we’ve ever seen.


Goretorium
Harmon & Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

Open Year-Round | 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Tickets: $25.00 – $60.00

Eli Roth’s Goretorium will not “F*ck you” as their tag line suggests, but this year-round attraction delivers on their promise of gore and a good time. 


Las Vegas Haunts
Two Locations
Las Vegas, NV

Hotel Fear is located at Craig Road and Revere. Asylum is located at The Fremont Street Experience.

October 31st | 6:30 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $12.00 – $15.00

Two traditional walk-through style haunted houses with a haunted hotel and insane asylum theme. Fun haunted houses for all ages.


The Screamont Experiment
Vegas Club Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $20.00 – $30.00

The Screamont Experiment has taken over part of the Vegas Club & Casino on Fremont Street. This clever maze of mayhem and deception is a fun Halloween adventure.


EVENTS

Evil Dead The Musical
Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 8:30 PM & 11:30PM

Tickets: $49.99 – $69.99

The only Halloween Event in Las Vegas that will send you home literally dripping with blood. 



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The Raven & Black Cat is headed to Las Vegas tomorrow! We’ll discover what horrors Sin City has to offer. Our itinerary includes at least 5 haunted houses and one blood-drenched musical! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter  to Live Chat and receive Photo Updates about our Vegas Adventure.