The smell of rotting corpses hangs heavily in the air along with the sounds of chainsaws and…live music? One would expect nothing less from the mind of musician and horror director Rob Zombie.
“It’s great working here,” performer Darin “Dangerous D” Malfi said. “[Zombie] has brought his horrors to life … The mazes will scare a lot of people.”
Taking place every Thursday through Sunday at the Pomona Fairplex in buildings 6 and 7 until Nov. 2, “Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare” offers three terrifying mazes and a variety of concerts every night.
‘Haunt of 1,000 Corpses’ is the final attraction in the building 7, but might be the most bone-chilling out of the three. Like the movie it was inspired by, the maze is grotesque.
Unlike the first two mazes, which play with audience’s minds, this one doesn’t mess around. It’s unique because it allows attendees to decide whether or not they want to let the performers interact with them.
It has straightforward scare tactics. Brutal scenes in some rooms from Zombie’s movie, ‘House of 1,000 Corpses’ distract patrons while the real scares come from where you least expect them.
Outside of the mazes, other attractions include Bloody Boulevard (located between the two event buildings), which holds lots of scares itself. Performers with chainsaws chase attendees up and down the pathway, while others aim to freak them out.
“I come out here and do a few things to freak people out,” Malfi said.
Malfi is hard to miss. He would be the man walking around without a shirt. With money stapled on to his chest and arms.
“I make a living off of having tips stapled to my flesh,” Malfi said.
The first maze offered, which is likely to scare fright-seekers the most, is “Lords of Salem Total Black Out.” Based on Zombie’s horror film, the twist with this maze is that you have a black bag placed over your head and have to stumble through the dark maze filled with creatures aching to give a scare.
Of course, there is always the coward’s way out. A pathway leads to the second maze if total darkness is too much.
The second maze is bizarre, to say the least. “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto 3D” (another of Zombie’s films) has attendees in 3-D glasses before they head in. It’s vastly different from the other two mazes.
With half naked women all the way through, it’s definitely not for children. Neon paint on the walls and black lights keeps visitors unbalanced all the way through.
If the mazes aren’t enough, there are always the live concerts in Building 6, where headlining bands such as The Used, Vampires Everywhere, Destroid and Rob Zombie himself will perform on Nov. 1 and 2.
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