Netherworld has plenty of clout in the haunting business. In their almost two decades their haunt and crew has been involved a couple large Hollywood horror films. Zombieland filmed some of their sections at Netherworld, and Rob Zombie used a lot of the props and a lot of the crew to film Halloween 2. Just to add to the Hollywood cred, a good number of the crew members have worked on The Walking Dead.
2 new haunts every year
What does all that mean for Netherworld? It means that you can expect intricate sets, movie-style special effects, and make-up that is so realistic you’ll get chills before the actors even do anything. The crew is also use to creating incredibly detailed and realistic sets from the ground up, and they put that skill to the test. Every year they build two completely new haunts. As you might guess, this gives Netherworld an extremely loyal following who come back every year for new scares.
Spirits, witches, and supernatural horrors
The main haunt in 2015 was The Rotting. Spirits, witches, and supernatural creatures come to life. They’ve also thrown in a shadowy government agency and aliens for good measure. All told they’ve created 13 different individual features and sets with great names like the Sinking Tombs of Whyshburg, Boswick’s Revenge, the Slithering Soul Eater, Engulfed by the Shoggoth, the Arena of Ghosts, and the War Wraiths. Each of the features is expertly designed to build on each other and ramp up the terror.
Sci-fi horror and unleashed monsters
Their downstairs haunt was Vault 13 Unearthed. The story here is one of a serial killer, the Mangler, who created an AI and drove him mad. Now they’re both locked in a vault that the foolhardy guests decide to visit. In a contrast the supernatural bent of the Rotting, Vault 13 is all about sci-fi horror. You’ll find features like the Toxic Foam Room, the Hideous Hatchling, the Massive Defense Grid, the Steel Vault, and the Wind Tunnel.
While the sets and effects themselves are impressive, the haunts are really brought to life by the cast. The actors are given intricate make-up and costumes, and they definitely make the most out of them. Expect plenty of scares, chills, and outright terror.
- You can buy tickets just for the main haunt (the Rotting) or for both haunts. Speedpasses are also available online to skip the line.
- Credit cards are accepted online, on-site, and in the gift shop.
- You may have guessed from titles like the Toxic Foam Room, but don’t wear your best clothes.
- If you’re coming from out of town, check out their website for local hotel deals.