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Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas - 71912 Views
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas, BEST haunted house in the DFW area. Awards: -Guinness World Record Holder - Twice -World's Largest Walk Through Haunted House -Fangoria- Top 7 Haunted Houses in America -2011 Haunted House Ratings LLC- Voted Top 3 Haunted Houses in America

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Scare Factor: 9.1 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.2 Skulls
Originality: 9.1 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.8 Skulls
Special FX: 9.8 Skulls
47.04 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
PHOBIA in Houston, Texas - 69170 Views
PHOBIA HAUNTED HOUSES: SEPARATE FREE STANDING KILLER HAUNTS, ONE GREAT SCREAMPARK Phobia: Hundreds of Actors, Hundreds of Animatronics... Countless Scares. Relocating to South Beltway 8 in 2015, Phobia's new park will be bigger, better and scarier! 2014: Final Season at 290!

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Scare Factor: 9.6 Skulls
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Originality: 9.8 Skulls
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Special FX: 9.8 Skulls
48.37 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
House of Torment in Austin, Texas - 66535 Views
<center> HOUSE OF TORMENT MAKES HEADLINES: <br> "One of America's scariest haunted houses" --The Travel Channel <br> "20,000 square feet of terror" --The Wall Street Journal <br> "Austin Texas' premier haunted attraction" --Hauntworld Magazine

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Scare Factor: 10 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.8 Skulls
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Special FX: 9.8 Skulls
49.47 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon, Texas - 24398 Views
Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Rosharon, Texas near Houston is a must see, must experience haunt! Click here for details...

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Scare Factor: 9.5 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.6 Skulls
Originality: 9.4 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.4 Skulls
Special FX: 9.5 Skulls
47.40 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Thrillvania Haunted House Park in Terrell, Texas - 13934 Views
Thrillvania Haunted House Park is located approximately 33 miles east of Dallas, Texas at the intersections of I-20 and Wilson Road in Terrell Texas, 75161. Click here for a map and directions to Thrillvania Haunted House Park. With 4 haunted attractions, including the world famous Verdun Manor, Thrillvania Haunted House Park is an experience not to be missed! You can easily spend an entire evening here. Please join us this Halloween Season and see for yourself why we have been selected as one of the best haunted houses in America by Haunted House Ratings, AOL, Fangoria, Haunted Attraction Magazine, MSN and America’s Best Haunts.

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Scare Factor: 9.2 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.5 Skulls
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Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.5 Skulls
Special FX: 9.5 Skulls
47.08 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Reindeer Manor Halloween Park in Red Oak, Texas - 8007 Views
Reindeer Manor Halloween Park featuring 3 horrifying haunted houses in 1 terrifying location. 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon Of Doom and the ALL NEW Reindeer Manor Haunted House. Rebuilt. Reborn. Reimagined. The Oldest Haunted Attraction in Texas. Over 40 Years of Thrills and Chills.

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Scare Factor: 8.6 Skulls
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Originality: 8.3 Skulls
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41.78 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Terror Nights Haunted House in Tyler, Texas - 7877 Views
This year Terror Nights Haunted House in Tyler, TX returns and it's BIGGER, BADDER, and MORE SCARY THAN EVER! Be ready for the fright of your life with our all new Haunted Attraction, Chiseltooth Manor and returning this year Nightmare Factory IN 3D! Ten's of Thousands will come but only a few will make it out alive... Click this profile for videos, pictures, directions and more. Come "Join The Family"

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
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Originality: 9.4 Skulls
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Special FX: 9.4 Skulls
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13th Floor Haunted House - San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas - 6914 Views
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Scare Factor: 8.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.3 Skulls
Originality: 9.6 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 10 Skulls
Special FX: 9.7 Skulls
47.20 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Haunted Shadows Lake Trail in The Colony, Texas - 1409 Views
Haunted Shadows Lake Trail is a self-guided journey of over one mile through the woods and weeds along the shore of Lake Lewisville in The Colony. No strobe lights. No blacklights. JUST THE DARK, SCARY WOODS. The wind rustling through the trees The snap of a twig from a footstep The moon shining off the lake The shadows that provide refuge for some UNSEEN HORROR Each group is given a flashlight to negotiate the winding marked trail and to illuminate the various creatures that inhabit the Haunted Shadows Lake Trail.

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Scare Factor: 7.8 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 7.7 Skulls
Originality: 7.4 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 8.5 Skulls
Special FX: 8.3 Skulls
39.65 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Zombie Safari in Forney, Texas - 213 Views
Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive real time haunted hay ride where you are the first person shooter in a Zombie Outbreak with special Paintball equipment.

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Scare Factor: 7 Skulls
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Originality: 0 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 0 Skulls
Special FX: 0 Skulls
7.00 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
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Texas Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in the Cleveland, Texas  the haunted houses in Texas seemed to be around every corner especially in the Cleveland, Texas area haunted houses are very popular form of entertainment and more haunted houses in Texas can be found at Hauntworld.com. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Texas from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Texas here at Hauntworld.com.  Texas has some of the biggest haunted houses in cities like Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, San Angelo, Texas.

 When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Texas look no further than the area of Cleveland, Akron, Toledo and Columbus, Texas because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses which would also include the Akron area. Texas has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Texas has many cities with great haunted houses especially Texas area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.

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Ghost Towns in Texas

In the mood for a real fright? Spend the month of October spooking yourself from visits to some of the scariest ghost towns in the state of Texas. You are sure to be frightened  by the dilapidated, eerie ruins that are left in these towns.

Indianola, Texas:
Business was booming and Indianola, Texas was one of the most prosperous cities on the Texas coast. Now, most of the city is located underneath the bay. Residents of the city thought that they were protected from hurricanes, but in 1875 a giant hurricane took place and wiped out the town. There are faint remnants of the town, such as pieces of the town courthouse that remain and can be seen by visitors. A visit to Indianola is eerie as there is a clear understanding that a bustling town with a booming economy used to exist there.

Helena, Texas:
Helena was a busy city until the town made the decision not to pay a bonus to the railroad. City officials made this decision to avoid having the railroad go around the town. During this time, any town without access t to a railroad had a difficult time keeping business afloat. In response to not paying the bonus to the railroad, the president of the railroad company re-routed the train to be even further away from the town. Residents began moving away and in a flash, it became a ghost town. Plenty of ruins from the town still exist and are certainly worth a visit.

Thurbur, Texas:
This coal-mining ghost town was once a booming town but today has a population of 25 people. With over 10,000 people in 1886, this town specialized in mining coal and was known as one of the largest coal-mining towns in all of Texas. In 1903, the mining employees unionized and the mines closed down. Thurber then became a ghost town. A cemetery still exists which has over a thousand graves to see. Other buildings also remain standing, such as homes, a church and old businesses.

 

 

Hauntworld Reviews Texas Haunted Houses

Welcome to our Texas Haunted House and Halloween Attraction page where you can find all sorts of haunted houses in Texas. Some of our favorite haunted houses in Texas are located on this page.  Listed below are some of the best haunts you can find in the state of Texas.  If you know of a haunted house, haunted hayride, ghost tour, real haunted house, haunted attraction, scary attraction, or Halloween attraction in Texas please refer those attractions to our site so they may create a FREE listing.  If you you would like to review one of the attractions we have listed please create an account.  Once you create a user account you may post your reviews and rate any haunted houses on our system.

 

One of the scariest haunted houses in Texas is in Fort Worh The Cutting Edge Haunted House. This haunted house is so intense that the visitors who survive are thankful they can live to tell about it and warn others. You are surrounded by complete darkness and creatures you only dreamed about as a child are crawling all over waiting to claim their next victim to try to escape. Think you are brave enough? 

The House of Torment in Austin, Texas featured in Hauntworld the Magazine in 2008 is one of the best in the nation known for its innovative and over the top scares. You will come face to face with monster dropping from above and illiousions that will make you question your sanity. Monsters have rage that they take out on guests or should we say VICTIMS.
 

Also in Houston is Heart Stoppers Fright where creatures will scare the crap out of you and your friends. You will fall into the depth of fear when you eneter the 150 foot snake pit. You thought the Boogey man only scared you as a child but he is back and ready to take your soul to the other side this time. Once inside you won't know whats real and whats not...till its too late. 

 

Another great Houston haunted house is Phobia NINE seperate attractions in two different locations where you are invited to enter upon your own free will but you may not make it out. The sick and twisted things that you will see are enough you make a grown man become ill. Mental Asylum patients will chase you, Clowns will try to eat you...RUN! Run as fast as you can to survive the dark. 
 

Another must see haunted house in Houston, Texas is Nightmare on the Bayou located next to a Cemetery the ghost of those that have laid to rest are creepy into this haunted house where sometimes.even the employees are scared to be there alone. These aren't just people dressed like ghost. they are realy paranormal inhabitiants lurking the grounds who never wanted to be disturbed.

 

Dr. Haunts Chamber of Fear in Gainsville, Texas a haunted house that thrives on tortured souls. Once you enter the darkness you will beg for your life as monsters bring to life your worst nightmares. You will hear blood curdling screams from those who are trapped inside, see savaged killers who are looking for their next victims and witness unspeakable acts that will make you scream for mercy

 

Texas loves to scream so please be our guest and click on the profiles for Halloween attractions in Texas listed above.

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When the converted Fort Worth meat-packing plant, now world renowned as Cutting Edge Haunted House, first earned the distinction in 2009, the path that wound through the 235,000 square foot meat packing plant measured a mere 2,261 linear feet.  Yet, it took the average visitor the better part of an hour to travel the treacherous highway through Hell.  The following year it was lengthened to 3,590 feet, whereupon Cutting Edge Haunted House once again dominated over a would-be rival in Ohio.

In 2011, the designation of World's Longest Walk Through Horror House went to an attraction in Yamaguchi, Japan, whose path was measured at 4,235 feet.  Come this September, Cutting Edge vows to reclaim their title by more than doubling the length of their 2009 record-breaking passage through Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas.

Cutting Edge Co Creators are keeping the exact length under wraps, but the haunt staff feels certain they have this one in the bag.

The colossal haunted house is built in a meat packing plant located on the ruins of what was once the raunchiest, bawdiest, deadliest gun slinging neighborhoods on the east side of Fort Worth, Texas.  Once known as "Hell's Half Acre," this is a former hideout for notorious outlaws the likes of Jesse James, Sam Bass gang and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The old brick factory building itself is rumored to be haunted by mysterious specters from bygone days, and haunt crew members give regular ghostly accounts of hearing sounds of a woman crying while working on the sets.  There are even parts of the edifice where some fear to venture.

"I've seen something over there," says haunted house set designer Frances W. "You can laugh if you want, but there is something over there in that part of the haunt’s building, and I will not go over there alone."

It could be the haunting spirit of a long dead prostitute named Sally, who was found murdered and nailed to the door of an outhouse behind the old meat packing plant in 1887. This is just one of the many unsolved homicides in the lawless ranch hands stop on the cattle trail to Kansas.  Or perhaps the meat being cut up in the factory wasn't all bovine…

The haunted house’s factory with an old two-story conveyor system has been preserved and put to use, now moving macabre carcasses through the building on actual meat hooks, while crazed clowns, bloodthirsty zombies and an apocalyptic industrial drum line terrorize all haunt goers who dare venture inside.  Playing on scrap steel, miscellaneous car parts and all sorts of metal objects, the drummers give a perfectly executed, eerily disturbing performance worthy of a top notch competitive drum line, all the while sporting horrific costumes and frightening the wits out of everyone haunted house attendee who crosses their sinister paths.

With a live haunt cast and crew of 150 able, terrifying bodies and countless animatronics, Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth keeps the horror action going from the moment patrons tentatively step through the gaping maw of the two story skull that serves as the haunt’s entranceway until they make a final panicked dash through the 100-foot wall of solid foam that awaits those hardy enough to persevere.  Haunt visitors who panic and depart early get the distinction of adding to the annual tally of those who "failed to finish," numbering over a thousand faint-hearted souls every year.

For the extra stout of heart and quick of wit, there is a 30,000 square foot human maze, through which competitors may race with the aid of a single chemical glow stick to light their way in the stifling velveteen darkness.  Few if any will find this haunt’s exit before the lights come up at the end of the allotted time.


In addition to their Guinness record book title in 2009 and 2010, last year Cutting Edge garnered the #2 spot in Haunted House Ratings' Top 13 Haunted Houses, as well as the #6 spot in Hauntworld Magazine's Best Haunted Houses in America, adding to a long list of haunt awards and commendations that Todd James and his haunted house crew have racked up over the last 23 years of haunting.


"It's very competitive, a lot like the movie industry," says James about the haunted house industry.  Why are we so fascinated with fear?  What drives otherwise ordinary people to pack up the family hearse and head out across the country every October to visit legendary monumental scare fests like Cutting Edge in order to be totally and completely terrified for a whole hour at a time?  "I think people want to be kids," says James.

The horror festivities aren't just limited to the 45 days around the Halloween season either, at least not in Fort Worth, Texas.  Cutting Edge Haunted House is open every Friday the 13th, which occurs one to three times each calendar year, plus Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day offer special engagements with special themed shows for those seeking a different and unusual way to celebrate, taking these holidays to a horrific new level.

And this September when the man from Guinness returns to Cutting Edge, with a nightmarish journey of delicious chills and thrills approaching a mile long...

To Learn more about Cutting Edge visit their website at www.CuttingEdgeHauntedHouse.com


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 For whatever reason, Texas is a major Haunted House state. Next to Ohio, Pennsylvania & Michigan it was just one of those places full of attractions that people were always talking about. In the late 90’s when we were just getting rolling, names like Dr. Blood’s Screamscapes (The brainchild of Drew Hunter, now with Sally Corp.), Hangman’s Haunted House (D'Ann Dagen’s place), Verdun Manor (masterpiece of the late great Lance Pope), Cutting Edge (owned by Todd James) and Elm Street Haunterpreneurs (Leonard Pickel and Beau Baumann) all called Texas home. Other Texas names often surfaced at Transworld and on the message boards of the time, folks like the late JB Corn of Castle Dragon, Patrick Matthews with Nightmare in the House of Wax and the legendary Dr. John Anderson.

I like to joke that in Ohio it was the proximity to Lake Erie that contributed to the local creep factor, but I still don’t know what it is about Texas. But one thing is for certain, all over that great state they love scaring people! In 2008 an Austin, Texas haunt, a mere youngster by Texas standards (at just 6 years old) emerged on the national stage and dropped jaws, a new attraction with a powerful visual presentation that would do the long tradition of Texas Haunts proud….The House Of Torment!

The House of Torment?
It started with a video posted on the Hauntworld forums, a black and white nightmarish presentation featuring a pig-headed man and some truly twisted imagery. Then came the photos, stunning shots of two or three story construction, a toppled steeple, a blasted city filled with rubble and filth, and some crazy custom creatures. Then came the website, featuring a 2008 theme trailer that looked and sounded like a Hollywood movie! Other parts of the site resembled a video game with creature power ranking graphics and pop out monsters and then there was the infamous “Creep” call, a feature that would allow you to get a phone message from their icon “Mr. Creep”. Cool stuff that so impressed Larry Kirchner and the Hauntworld message boards that the HoT ended up on the Hauntworld Top 13 list! But who were these guys and where did they come from? I was about to find out!

One Dark Night…
It was a weeknight in early October 2008 at NETHERWORLD when the House of Torment came to call. All four of the core team members had made the trek from Texas just to see us. In attendance were Daniel McCullough, the Owner / President of HoT; Jon Love, the Vice President and marketing whiz; Matt Garcia, the Art Director, creature creator and alter ego of “Mr. Creep”; and Mike Garcia, the General Operations Manager, actor coordinator and slider also known as “Sgt. Graves“. It is always fun to have fellow haunters come to visit, but we were in for a special treat! After going through our haunt, Matt Garcia and Mike Garcia transformed into their alter egos and spent the rest of the evening scaring and entertaining our customers with the rest of our lot actors. What a blast to see Mr. Creep comparing top hats with the Collector (our top hat wearing skeletal guy) and Sgt. Graves doing power slides with our slider goblin Caliban and downhill spins with Baron Samedi!

After NETHERWORLD wrapped for the night we spent several hours comparing notes on haunting at the local Denny’s and heard some of the background on this emerging haunt. It was clear HoT was on the fast track with their event, and growing at a huge rate. What were the secrets of their success? Don’t touch that dial!

Beyond October….
The 2008 season now behind us I saw The House of Torment yet again, this time on America’s Scariest Haunted Houses 3 playing back on my DVR. The season at last over it was time to relax for a moment and catch up on all of the Haunt Shows that had aired in October. There they were, greeting and terrifying patrons on their own home turf, flying from zip lines, and generally rocking the joint. The sets and costumes really looked different from most haunted houses, and I started to get the bug to check ‘em out first hand. Of course, Larry called within the week and asked if I wanted to write a story for Hauntworld about them. Before I knew it, it was late January and I was on a plane to Texas!


The Trip to Torment…
Now I couldn’t go all the way to Texas and just see one haunt… So I stopped by Ft. Worth and saw the infamous Cutting Edge Haunted House! Owner Todd James played a classic joke on me… After driving me to the haunt in his monster truck hearse, we started walking through the show with the lights on and BLAM one of those propane machine guns goes off making me jump out of my skin, the lights go out, Todd disappears and the music turns on. I start walking and actors are leaping out! They gave me a full performance, actors and all, including covering me with 8 feet deep of bubbles in their infamous foam room! It was a massive haunt and a very cool show but that story is a tale for another day…I highly recommend checking it out if you are in that part of the world next October!

A Tour of Torment…
I finally arrived at HoT. They have a very interesting building, a former movie theatre that had been converted to a Laser Tag arena. When they got in the place, the floors were level and all sorts of interesting multi-story ramps were in place. Guests approaching the building are first greeted by the huge Scarefactory Slayer that sits outside, affectionately known as Goggath. Then they must run the gauntlet of marauding characters that stalk the parking lot including Mr. Creep and Sgt Graves. When you enter the main Haunt (called Contagiom in 2008) you are greeted with a massive façade of buildings complete with fire escapes and business signage. The theme was an invasion of strange creatures and some sort of infection of the population stemming from a secret research base. Unlike many haunts they stayed totally on theme through the entire event, and it sort of visually played out just like a video game.

You enter the main haunt through some sort of police station where some creatures are held in cells and then comes the Arena! This striking set is the heart of the attraction. It is a large scene, surrounded on all sides by towering building facades. Directly in front of you is a toppled church steeple, and strewn around are massive piles of rubble. The paint scheme of the entire place drips with dirty washes, almost as if the world has slipped into another realm a la Silent Hill.
In the dead center of the room is an upside down car that guests must wind around to escape the area and that is when some of HoT’s wild stunts come into play. In 2008 they used acrobatic Parkour trained actors to leap OVER the heads of guests, and climb about in the rubble. In one spot covered by wreckage is a stage designed for that very purpose, a platform built to allow a leap to the overturned car! Also in the Arena is a long zip line maybe 80-100 feet. Actors in extremely expensive professional harnesses fly over the crowds landing on the second floor of a building on the other side of the Arena only to rotate around and fly right back!
 
Leaving the Arena you head into a decayed building with several rooms including a bedroom and a living room. One cool thing here is the low ceiling with drop sprinkler heads. Few haunts can afford to do this, and the claustrophobia feeling after the massive Arena is a great effect. Also in this room you come across the first of their remotely controlled scares. From a hidden control room, operators can watch night vision cameras, and decide exactly when to trigger certain gags, in this case a powerful air cannon concealed under the bed. The detail is top notch, webs, drippy paint washes, old magazines and dead flowers are in abundance along with several hidden actor doors.

Back out in the street you have a view of the Arena, passing by police barricades and piles of skeletons near an old newsstand. Then it is into the butcher shop for a surreal experience. After the meat display case scene (where a corpse animation drops down behind the counter) it is into the back room of the shop. Here a nasty stringy meat beast, reminiscent of the THING in the 80’s remake dangles from the ceiling. In the meat locker guests bounce between hanging pigs to encounter a twisted sight, a massively muscled bare-chested actor waits in the back of the freezer, his head that of a horse!
Leaving the shop, guests find themselves on the back part of the toppled steeple with more views of the Arena. Here awaits the second zip line, another chance to be buzzed by crazy stunt actors. It is in this area along the back wall of the building that a funny thing began to happen with the HoT guests. When the alley scene was built they added a fake door to the exterior wall for set dressing. Freaked out guests have repeatedly tried to escape out that particular door, repeatedly ripping it off the hinges to reveal a blank wall!

At this point you enter a collapsed building choked with rubble. A faux wreaked elevator confronts guests, along with a room filled with tons of flickering candles. Now a series of sharp ramps must be hiked up, leading them ultimately to the upper level of the building. The final zip line is found here as a strange creature zooms overhead in a hall of pictures. Reaching the top you wind through a series of rooms including an attic (with a weird animatronic creature hidden among the boxes), an office and other mundane settings all rotted out by the effects of the strange invasion. A long catwalk between sections is actually concealed inside of the clock tower, and now guests are very near to the final section, the Secret Lab!
A busted out wall just past a strobing mass of electrical wires reveals the tunnel to the secret lab. All the walls are corrugated metal, a favorite place for indoor sliding! The Lab sequence begins with an autopsy/morgue area featuring several posed creatures and a thrashing chained body. In a corner is a huge rack full of 55 gallon drums, a favorite percussion area for the actors. Then patrons pass a series of cool custom body chambers, made totally in house. Curved plexiglass walls show strange experiments within the tanks and one has a door for a hidden actor.

Now you descend down a series of ramps past odd displays of alien/creature tissues, deeper into the source of the contagium. The final area is a sewer sequence featuring a semi submerged monster leaping up from the water along with a powerful water/air cannon blast! A quick turn and guests run screaming into the parking lot, glad to be alive!

Illusion Manor
The second attraction at the House of Torment was Illusion Manor, a show that had many of the gothic trappings absent from the more modern Contagium. Guests enter an old mansion façade with a siding wall gag designed to move the last person in the group to the front. Of primary importance were the effects, wild illusions and other visual tricks designed to freak you out! They included a vortex tunnel, 2 squeeze tunnels, a haunted singing bust, Illusionator animated painting, upside down room, mirror maze, curtain hall and gypsy séance room among others. Also nice was a very ornate library sequence, and a custom made rotating wall. My favorite scene was the tilted anti-gravity room, a mind warping set where the athletic Parkour actors could literally run up the walls around the amazed guests! The final scare was a clever gag featuring a hanging TV, but I cannot tell you EVERY thing can I?

Behind The Scenes
We spent hours touring the haunts that day…myself, Daniel McCullough, the owner; Jon Love, the vice president; Matt Garcia, the art director, aka “Mr. Creep”; and Mike Garcia, the general operations manager, aka “Sgt. Graves“. Other interesting areas were the tricked out boardroom they had for meetings, the aforementioned control room (see control room article) and most of all Matt’s creature creation room. This is where all the creatures were sculpted and molded, and the amazing custom costumes were fabricated. The room was brimming with creepy goodies including a vast collection of scary toys for inspiration. Over it all a life sized figure of Mr. Creep stood watch from the corner.

After Hours
It was time for dinner after a long day of driving and haunt exploration. I was treated to a Texas tradition, The Salt Lick, an all you can eat meat feast that would be with me for DAYS! After that we had a considerable amount of tasty adult beverages, returning to the haunt in the wee hours to do a bit of flying on the zip lines! Yes, there was a designated driver/zip line instructor so we were never in any real danger….I think! A huge thank you goes out from me to the HoT crew for being gracious hosts and allowing me such a close look into their nightmarish world.

Torment and Beyond!
Overall the impression of The House of Torment was that of a very tightly themed, very realistic and very SCARY haunt, one that that totally had the vibe of a survival horror video game. The costuming and custom creatures had that twisted, almost S&M look sure to disturb as well as terrify with some of the wildest imagery in the haunt industry.
The environments were initially extremely realistic then covered by a layer of grime and rot that was evocative of the transformation sequences in Silent Hill as a point of reference, a style reminiscent of the paint washes and facading techniques of Universal Studios Horror Nights. For those of you who have been around awhile, it also had a strong feel of BRUTAL PLANET, the Distortions Unlimited/John Burton haunted house from so many years ago that pioneered the central room format and the decayed city look.

I don’t think I have seen many haunts that held so close to an actual theme as this one, as the progression of scenes really seemed to follow a clear story. Yet another aspect that totally rocked about this place in addition to the custom art and the crazy stunts was the vast set of the Arena leading into the tight drop ceiling rooms - a juxtaposition that created an extremely claustrophobic feeling. All this in only their 6th year really shows an astounding potential…I know I as well as their “tormented” fans in the city of Austin will be eagerly looking forward to the new horrors they will unleash in years to come!
 

 

 

 

FAST FACTS:
Name of Haunt: House of Torment
Location: Austin, Texas

Owners:
Daniel McCullough - Owner / President
Jon Love - Vice President
Matt Garcia - Art Director
Mike Garcia - General Operations Manager

2008 Attendance: 40,000
Size of Attraction: 17,000sq ft.
Amount of Actors: 75
Total Operation Staff: 110
Ticket Price: 14.99-19.99
Marketing Budget: classified
Operation Days: 32

Website: www.houseoftorment.com

www.thrillvania.com

 
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 Terrell Texas near Dallas Texas is the home of one of the scariest haunted houses in America called Thrillvania Haunted House Park. Texas has many incredible haunted houses and Hauntworld rates and reviews the best haunted attractions in America.  Hauntworld can help you find hundreds of haunted houses in Texas and America .
 

Comprised of five separate attractions and situated on 50 acres of woodlands just a few miles east of Dallas, Thrillvania Haunted House Park is a world class haunted attraction conceived and built by legendary haunted house visionary Lance Pope.


The centerpiece of the attraction is Verdun Manor, a nightmarish, dilapidated, ghoul-infested old gothic mansion reputed to be haunted by a psychopathic werewolf and his vampire bride. Accessed by way of the dank, marshy Voodoo Bayou and a foggy overgrown cemetery, Verdun Manor has grown and evolved many times over the years since its original incarnation.

The building started out as "Haunted Cannon Manor," a regular attraction at the annual State Fair of Texas.  Anyone who has seen pictures of the original façade of the manor will recognize a striking similarity to Disneyland's haunted house attraction, and indeed the haunt was originally designed and created by former Disney Imagineers.

It was there at the State Fair where a young and impressionable teenager fell in love with “Haunted Cannon Manor”.  Young Lance Pope persuaded the owner of the attraction to let him help out, sweeping floors and cleaning up after the crowds, later working as an actor and eventually collaborating in the creation of new scenes and features.

In 1989, while attending the University of Texas at Arlington and operating the first, much more modest “Haunted Verdun Manor” across the street from his dormitory, Lance got a call from the owner of Cannon Manor, offering to sell him the attraction. The caveat was that he had to be able to get it moved NOW! Lance was so enamored with the haunt that he made it happen.

Lance leased a small plot of land in Forney, Texas, and there he refurbished Cannon Manor to become the new Haunted Verdun Manor, an attraction that grew and flourished so well over the next seven years that in 1996 Lance moved it to its current 50-acre plot in Terrell, Texas.  He named the new Haunted Park “Thrillvania”.  The site in Terrell was large enough to allow Lance to expand his dream, adding new buildings and attractions every year.  In the last year of his life he added Granny Lupus' Séance Theatre, which debuted in October of 2002.

An amazing display of animatronic genius, the Séance Theatre features ghoulish ectoplasmic visitors from the other side, flying phantoms and grotesque talking heads.  More fascinating than truly frightening, it's an especially good attraction for some of the more timid visitors to the park.

Those with coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, may want to steer clear of Cassandra's Labyrinth of Terror, a shocking, in-your-face, brilliant three-dimensional trip through madness, full of optical illusions and treacherous passageways frequented by evil, chainsaw-wielding clowns.

Thorn Hall is a chilling old Victorian style building that rests on the top of a huge hill. It is an experiment in sensory deprivation, forcing guests to face their fears while traipsing through complete darkness, relying on their heightened sense of smell, touch and hearing to guide them past the unseen horrors.

Lance’s original hayride has been replaced by Sam Hain's Trail of Torment, a creepy walking trail where monstrous human experiments come at you from every direction as you fumble your way through the black Texas night.  The actors are able to slip in and out of a cloak of darkness, remaining camouflaged until the very last moment, causing visitors to feel all the more vulnerable and exposed especially to werewolf’s.

The park features so many spectacular pyrotechnic displays that they keep two licensed pyrotechnic operators on site whenever the park is operational.

The hallmark of the haunted house park is still Verdun Manor, Lance Pope's labor of love, and fans come from far and wide to be scared witless inside its hallowed halls.  With amazing set decorations, spectacularly ghoulish themes and an incredible cast of actors, this life-size horrific mansion just keeps getting better and better.

Making full use of 21st century technology to build chilling special effects, Haunted Verdun Manor is a massive experiment of shock and gruesomeness.  There's so much to see as you walk - or run - through the mansion that each trip through brings a different set of terrors.  The world famous manor has more props per square foot than just about any haunt in the world.

Many talented people work together to make Thrillvania come alive every year, dreaming up new ways to terrorize and titillate the thousands of loyal patrons.  Lance's mother Suzette Pope, Jeffrey Gilbreath, Michael Malec and Todd James run the attraction, with a good deal of help from Lance's loyal "wolf pack," many who have been with Thrillvania since its inception.

All of these talented people were friends and colleagues of Lance Pope, and together they strive for one thing: to keep alive his dream, best expressed in this often-quoted sentiment:

 
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