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Haunted House: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare at Pomona Fairplex

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) When you arrive at the Pomona Fairplex, call me at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me!

3) You MUST prepurchase the VIP tickets online. tickets cost $50 per person: http://greatamericannightmare.com/index3.html#/tickets

I chose VIP tickets because I don't want to waste my time in line for the haunted houses, because this will be a very popular event given all the advertisement its getting. Plus you get a complimentary t-shirt! If you don't buy VIP tickets, then do not sign up for this event.

Make sure to select VIP tickets for Saturday, October 12th.

As part of my goal to visit the most scariest haunted houses in SoCal, I plan to visit Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare in the Pomona Fairplex. Rob Zombie is a disciple of the horror genre. The LA County Fair just ended so think of the American Nightmare as what happens if all the weirdos, freaks and monsters took over the LA County Fair and transformed it into fair meant to induce night terrors. So come join me in Pomona to experience the Great American Nightmare!

Check their website for more info: http://greatamericannightmare.com/index3.html#/about

From LA Daily News:

"POMONA - Rob Zombie’s “Great American Nightmare” aims to make make fear-seekers skin crawl with its Zombie-approved haunted house attraction. And that’s not even with the help of the horror film festival and major musical acts that also are part of the scary fun.

“If people say this thing isn’t scary — these people have to be crazy,” said haunted house producer Steve Kopelman.

Kopelman points to the attraction “In Total Black Out” as just one example that should get the knees shaking.

“You go through that attraction with a hood over your head so you can’t see anything. It’s extreme,” he said.

He added, however, that the faint of heart can skip it because: “We have something for everyone.” (Though, honestly, organizers say the experience is not for young children or people who get offended or scare easily.)

The nightmare begins Oct. 10 at the Fairplex — renamed the Fearplex — inside buildings 6 and 7.

A Bloody Boulevard, with classic horror films, a DJ, food, beer and spirit vendors, are available as well as different music acts each night.

Music producer Kevin Lyman, known for the Vans Warped Tour, said he never has built a haunted house attraction so he brought in Kopelman.

“He owns hauntedhouse.com and is one of the premier haunted house builders in the country,” Lyman said. “It is pretty epic.” Construction on the haunted house began on the East Coast on Oct. 2. To get to the Fearplex, it traveled in parts on trains and trucks, Lyman said.

There are three haunted houses at the Pomona venue — The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses and the Lords of Salem — and are twice the size they have at the amusement parks, Kopelman said. “And it’s sequential. You go from one into the next and into the next. The whole trip is 45 minutes. It’s a lot more extreme than the other attractions.”

It took more than $2 million to construct the attraction, Kopelman said.

A major challenge in putting together the haunted houses was meeting Zombie’s high horror and low price standards, Kopelman said.

“I think we got the best pricing of any haunted house in the country,” Kopelman said. “You get so much for the value. On Thursday or Sunday night if you go to the haunted house you get a concert.”

Kicking off the concert side of the attraction will be the 3OH!3 on Oct. 10. To bring it all to a close, fittingly, will be Rob Zombie himself on Nov. 2.

Rob Zombie’s younger brother, Spider One of Powerman 5000, is slated as the opening act on Nov. 2. “I was really happy to find out it was on his night, the big closing night,” said Spider One, whose real name is Michael David Cummings. “I feel like it couldn’t have worked out better. It’s a pretty good look.”

The singer added he plans to perform a Powerman 5000 greatest hits set. The group is known for hits like “When Worlds Collide,” “Bombshell” and “Nobody’s Real” and is currently working on a new album to come out through Universal.

“With any live show, we always give people what they want and play the songs they want to hear,” he said. “We’re not trying to do an obscure set list, Especially when you play only 40 minutes, you got to keep it on point. We might throw out a new one.”

Kopelman described the team of Zombie, himself, Andy Gould and music producers Lyman and John Reese as an all-star group.

“It’s kind of a dream team, something like this,” Kopelman said. “In that regard, Rob gave me the perfect vehicle to do haunted houses with his movies, so that part made it really easy and everybody works real well together and we communicate real well.”

Lyman, who grew up in Claremont and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, said the goal is to put on another “Nightmare” next year."

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