By Caroline Fontein
At the end of September, the Las Vegas Strip will be home to a haunted hotel and casino, The Delmont. You’ve probably never heard of it. That’s because guests who checked into the now defunct property never left. The hotel owners, Mr. and Mrs. Delmont, had other plans for them. The Delmonts liked to have their guests for dinner… on a plate. At least that’s what the creators of Eli Roth’s Goretorium would have you believe.
The mythical hotel is the premise for Roth’s new $10 million haunted attraction slated to open Sept. 27. Unlike other haunted destinations on the Strip, this one will stay open year-round, making it the first of its kind in Vegas. It’s located on top of the Walgreens at the corner of the Strip and Harmon Avenue and can be accessed via two moving walkways.
The Goretorium is still under construction, but we were able to take a tour with Goretorium CEO Robert Frey, who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the haunted hotel.
“No one else would spend this kind of money and be nuts like we are,” said Frey as he pointed out some of the special effects being implemented in the gruesome haunt.
Encompassing 15,000 square feet of frightening fun, the Goretorium has 24 rooms that resemble the inside of a hotel from the lobby to the basement and even a laundry room where the skins of former guests are washed and used to make pillows. Each room of the Goretorium will be filled with gruesome props and horrifying live actors, creating a terrifying maze for brave guests who venture into the self-guided experience.
The Goretorium also includes a haunted wedding chapel and a freaky ’60s-inspired lounge called “Baby Dolls,” located on the attraction’s balcony that faces CityCenter. The name “Baby Dolls” may seem a little cutesy for the Goretorium, but don’t be fooled. It refers to a massive collage of severed baby doll heads attached to bloodied saw blades that are going to make up one wall of the lounge. The wedding chapel is part of the self-guided tour but will also be available for real weddings and other special events.
Every room has interactive elements, providing guests with plenty of in-your-face fright. One of the notable features Frey revealed is that the Goretorium has 395 speakers, each with their own dedicated sound. For instance, you’ll probably hear things like rats and cockroaches scurrying around while walking through the morbid maze. It’s up to you to decide if the haunt is actually infested with creepy crawlers or if it’s all part of the experience.
He explained that while visitors will have to rely on their own wits to make it through haunt, it doesn’t mean they’ll be alone.
“There are a ton of live actors coming at you at all different angles,” said Frey.
The rooms are all themed with different facets of a hotel and casino. There’s a barbershop where a little off the top has a literal meaning, a conveyor belt for moving dead bodies in the aforementioned laundry room and a tunnel of dismembered body parts that leads to a human meat grinder. Just your typical amenities in a hotel and casino run by a family of serial killers.
Even outside of the lurid labyrinth guests won’t be safe from the Goretorium’s frightful mission. There’s a spooky surprise around every corner.
“As you’re washing your hands weird stuff starts to happen, blood starts to drip down,” said Frey while referring to a sink for people to wash their hands after using the bathroom.
While work on the attraction is still in progress, there’s no mistaking its already gruesome appearance. Blood and body parts were a recurring theme in all of the rooms we walked through, but stemming from the maniacal mind of Roth, that’s no surprise. Roth is well-known in the horror film industry for writing and directing “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel” and “Hostel: Part II.” He’s also known for his role as Danny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in the Quentin Tarantino film “Inglorious Bastards.” Creating a haunted attraction in Vegas is something that Roth has been thinking about for years.
“This is his lifetime dream,” said Frey.
More than anything, the Goretorium team is excited about bringing the first permanent haunted attraction to the Strip. Horror fans have a new destination in Vegas — if they dare.
“We don’t think most people will make it through. That’s our goal,” said Frey.