Netherworld Haunted House has it’s final run in Norcross before moving to a new location.
After more than two decades of production, the creators of Netherworld, one of the top rated haunted houses in the country, have learned a thing or two along the way about scaring us silly. Never having been before, I was excited to be invited to a special behind-the-scenes look at Netherworld and have a tour by co-creators Billy Messina and Ben Armstrong.
About 75,000 people come through Netherworld each season. The space has grown to encompass 40,000 feet (no wonder they can’t locate downtown). There are 125 actors and the costume room, which is the size of a small house, contains nearly 3,000 costumes.
As we toured through the different rooms and saw witches, psycho dolls, gigantic creatures, navigated spinning rooms, and dodged flying bodies, I came to understand what the appeal of Netherworld truly is. These guys are geniuses at creating something new and exciting each year.
“We want you to use all your senses,” says Ben. Not only is there a plethora of creepy sounds going on but during the show they even pipe in offensive scents into the air. And if you get sprayed in the mouth by the creepy dolls, well…
What I really loved about Netherworld is that it is well thought out in that even when crowded, a group of people in front of you won’t necessarily spoil the surprise of what you might find when you enter a room. Many of the creatures are human operated, meaning they know just when to jump out and scare you. The rooms are small and the path twists and turns so you never know what the next room will hold.
While in the past, haunted houses had a theme of evil or terror, according to owner, Ben, now the trends are more about the supernatural and apocalyptic (think The Walking Dead). Knowing this, Ben and Billy work on incorporating that into Netherworld each year.
New this season is Primal Scream and Mr. Grendel’s 3D FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS, the In Primal Scream at Netherworld -Savage beast clans infect living humans, transforming them into animal hybrids, as elementals of stone and bone smash anything in their way! in Mr. Grendel’s, Put on your 3D glasses and experience demented clowns, bizarre monsters and weird creatures from other worlds!
I loved Primal Scream more then Mr. Grendel’s Funhouse. There was much more special effects in the prior than the latter. Thought it was packed, I was still scared several times touring Primal Scream. I think one of the coolest features of Primal Scream was the illusion that I was wading through a mirky water while going through part of the haunt.
Netherworld is open every night beginning October 1 until October 31, plus is open on November 3-5th. Check out the video from Netherworld:
Prices for Netherworld are as follows:
$23 weekdays/$25 on Fridays & Saturdays – NETHERWORLD: PRIMAL SCREAM
$28 weekdays/$35 on Fridays & Saturdays – NETHERWORLD: PRIMAL SCREAM & MR. GRENDEL’S 3D FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS
$55 – SPEEDPASS: PRIMAL SCREAM & MR. GRENDEL’S 3D FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS (skip the line!). This is the way to go! If you don’t get this, the lines are incredibly long, easily and hour wait to get inside.
Looking for a place to eat near Netherworld? Check out these three ethnic spots.
The Mughals $
This restaurant serves a mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine. Really want to get into the Halloween spirit? Order the brains masala. Yes, it’s actually on the menu. Not feeling quite so adventurous? The Chicken 65, curries, Biryani are sure to please.
Nam Phuong $$
For a taste of Vietnam, visit Nam Phuong. The restaurant has a popular Buford Highway location, and opened up this second location in Norcross. Menu highlights are the Catfish in Claypot, Salt and Pepper Tofu and Ground Shrimp with sugar cane.
Hae Woon Dae BBQ $$
This Korean barbecue is a terrific choice if you have a group of diners. The restaurant has grills in the center of the table for diners to cook their own food. It works well if you can order several dishes to share.