At long last and after nearly a year of hard work, the year-round haunt attraction Eli Roth’s GORETORIUM celebrated its grand opening on Thursday night. Collected below are some early reviews, tweet reactions from fans and photos of the ‘black carpet’ premiere party event:
Shock Till You Drop.com – http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/reviews/170137-event-review-eli-roths-goretorium
Goretorium is a sprawling, aggressive, outrageous madhouse. The attention to detail is pretty spectacular and it’s definitely deserved of a few walk-throughs.
Employing some of the usual haunted attraction gags (air guns play a big part in the first half), the maze forces attendees through the fictional Delmont Hotel & Casino where sundry acts of violence are taking place – torture, cannibalism, you name it – thanks to the warped individuals who run the joint. And, make no mistake, Eli Roth’s mark is all over this thing.
The make-up FX are solid and the visual gags work. One particular moment that was small in the grand scheme of things but made me laugh: Walking by a laundry machine filled with water and finding a live performer inside. Of course, they were not actually submerged in water, but the way they pulled off the effect worked well.
What truly packed a punch in Goretorium is the final third which calls for a ton of live performers wailing, chewing and tearing flesh. It’s pretty goddamn insane. [Shockscore: 8/10]
Behind The Thrills.com – http://behindthethrills.com/2012/09/youre-fked-goretorium-opens-the-bloodgates-in-las-vegas/
Goretorium does a lot of interactive gags . . . throughout the maze which really separates it from being just another high-end walk through attraction. The scenes are very chaotic which I personally like, and the talent really worked it. Hopefully they can keep this level of energy up for years to come.
Overall Goretorium sets a new standard of haunted attraction that could only come from the disgustedly delightful mind of Eli Roth.
The Goretorium is far and away the most well constructed haunted house we’ve ever been to, but it still hits the same beats you’re used to from this type of attraction.
The actors are excellent, the costumes are first-rate and the sets are meticulous — especially when they all come together in the orgiastic zombie buffet at the end of the walkthrough . . .
The pitch is archetypal: the Goretorium is actually “the Delmont,” a ’60s-era hotel whose owners make sure the guests enter — and never leave. There’s a haunted elevator, a go-go lounge and a chapel, which will be open for real-world weddings.
A stew of horror tropes crossed with an eye for decade-crossing design, the Delmont has been planned down to its last detail . . . including the costumes, sound design and even the slot machines featured in the lobby’s casino.
The scares themselves are just as carefully planned.
Las Vegas Journal Review – http://www.lvrj.com/neon/goretorium-joins-other-frights-of-fancy-171483791.html
Those who buy the $40 ticket wander through the Hotel Delmont, witnessing firsthand the horrifying things that evil hospitality workers can inflict upon unsuspecting guests. It’s never safe to sleep in the Hotel Delmont because there’s a 100 percent chance that those who do will end up on the buffet table. A smorgasbord full of heads, legs, livers and other human organs offers proof of the depraved nature of the Delmont’s fictional owners.
Other touches that may turn visitors stomachs: the remnants of a tortured body in a barber’s chair; one-arm bandit slot machines with human arms serving as handles; piles of bodies that await butchering; a gruesome kitchen with body parts strewn around the room. And those are just the inanimate props.
Shortly after the scalps, we’re stopped by a different kind of scary. It was the back of a woman. Not like it was severed from her body and hung on a wall like the scalps, but a woman fully intact, just facing away from her audience, framed at the end of a hallway, like a mannequin in a store window. And she’s not doing anything. She’s just lit up, completely pristine, with long blond hair. She’s even sort of hidden. But it’s oddly terrifying. It doesn’t take special effects. It was just the unknowing, the anticipation of the unknown — which is the basis of so much horror.
Teller (of Penn and Teller fame) – @MrTeller
OPENING NIGHT VIDEO AND PHOTOS AT ELI ROTH’S GORETORIUM – SEPTEMBER 27, 2012