JBTV host Greg Corner recently cuaght up with Rob Zombie prior to the opening of the rocker-turned-director Great American Nightmare in Villa Park, Illinois. Zombie discusses how this year's haunted house attraction differs from last year, and how one of the haunted houses is based on a new movie of his that hasn't been released yet. He also talks about whether the music or movie industry is harder to be successful in, when we can expect a new album, and his upcoming film and television projects.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween horror event — has returned to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25 to November 1.
"I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year," said Rob Zombie. "After last year's overwhelming response we've decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It's more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun."
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare 2015 features three attractions based on Zombie's own horror films:
* Captain Spaulding's Clown School In 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding ("House Of 1000 Corpses", "The Devil's Rejects"). Startle after startle thoroughly frightens even the bravest patrons, who don't know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying.
* The Devil's Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn't afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests become part of the state troopers' search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.
* 31: On October 30, 1975, five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage until the following night (Halloween), and are put in a compound named "Murder World." They're told that they are there to take part in a game named "31," where the goal is to survive the next 12 hours. This is made difficult by the fact that they are not alone in "Murder World" — a violent gang of evil clowns are there and stalking their every move.
Captain Spaulding's Clown School In 3D and The Devil's Rejects debuted at Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona last year. 31 is a brand new, never-before-seen haunt based on Rob's forthcoming film of the same name.
The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare includes the all-new Bloody Boulevard with major carnival rides, freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates before November 1:
October: 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31
Hours for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare are 7:00 p.m. until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Thursdays and Sundays).
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
Odeum Expo Center is located at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, Illinois, just outside Chicago. It's easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.