#6: House of Torment (Austin, TX)

#6: House of Torment (Austin, TX)

House of Torment turns fifteen this year, and it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings. In fact, it’s been so successful that they opened a second one in Chicago. And with the original House of Torment’s new location in Austin for 2016, we just had to include it in this list.

With twice as much space as their old location, House of Torment has made the most out of the upgrade to create a truly terrifying group of three haunted attractions.

Our Favorite Parts

House of Torment has a crew of experts who spend all year perfecting the art of terror. By the time the haunting season rolls around, they know exactly what they’re doing.

Dawn of Evil is inspired by classic zombie movies and takes zombies to the next level. Set in a central Texas town overrun by a zombie pandemic, Dawn of Evil takes you through a hospital setting where the survivors are desperately working to find a cure—and failing. The contained hospital setting makes the zombies even scarier, leaving the visitors locked in with the zombies instead of outside where there’s room to run. The level of realism is intense, with vivid scenes, expert makeup, and well-trained actors. The effects perfectly create the sense of being trapped in a zombie movie.

The Frenzy takes terror to the next level by distorting the senses and bring your worst fears to life at the same time. Moving floors, laser beams, light effects, and more are completely disorienting, which is a psychological terror by itself. These are then coupled with horrific figures from deranged nightmares with incredible makeup effects. Everything is carefully timed for the maximum effect. This house also has some interactive effects and other features that make it an excellent showcase of the artistry House of Torment has to offer.

The last attraction is Graveside Manor, a more traditional-style haunted house filled with non-traditional scares. The story is an old standard: a creepy and mysterious abandoned house filled with mysterious horrors. Inside, you’ll find well-trained actors, an incredible amount of detail, and top-notch effects that elevate the scares above the normal ones you’d find in a haunted house.

What We’re Excited About for 2017

House of Torment switches out their house every year for all new attractions. They’ve now had a full season to get used to the new space, not to mention special events throughout the year (including a Krampus attraction, Valentine’s Day, and more) to figure out the best use of their much larger premises.

We can’t wait to see how they pull out all the stops for their 2017 season and elevate the terror to the next level.

Know Before You Go

Lines can be long, but there are plenty of monsters roaming around to provide entertainment and scares.
The attractions are best experienced with plenty of space around your group, so go early in the season or on a weekday for the maximum effect.

Free event parking is available nearby.

Tickets can be purchased online and credit cards are accepted on site.

House of Torment turns fifteen this year, and it’s come a long way since its humble beginnings. In fact, it’s been so successful that they opened a second one in Chicago. And with the original House of Torment’s new location in Austin for 2016, we just had to include it in this list. With twice …

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Summary : 4.65 Skulls!

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