“Every once in a while I feel like I’m losing my mind.” – Zombie talks haunted houses and 31
Rob Zombie took some time out to talk to Billboard on the eve of the opening of the Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona. He talks candidly about his fears – especially when it comes to one exhibit at the GAN, which requires maze goers to don a paper bag over the head. He also talks about how his haunted house experience was an inspiration for his latest movie project “31”.
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Sitting in an air-conditioned trailer near his sweltering trio of haunted houses — part of his Great American Nightmare show, which recently set up shop in Scottsdale, Ariz. — Rob Zombie is frank when he talks about his fears.
Zombie shivers when he thinks of one exhibit, The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out, which forces horrorcore fans to put bags over their heads. He blames the idea on co-producer Steve Kopelman, who assured him that fans would “love it.”
“To me, it sounds horrible,” Zombie says with a laugh. “My wife is, like, ‘I am not putting a bag over my head.’ But people are loving it. It’s so weird.”
Kopelman explains he was just looking out for the rocker by taking it a step too far. “Because it is a Rob Zombie event, it’s gotta be far superior than anything else in the marketplace,” he says during a separate interview. “The challenge is trying to make it as true to the movies as possible. We kind of look at these attractions as immersive theater. Rather than watching the movie, you’re in the movie.”
Wearing a Jaws t-shirt, frayed jeans and jacket, Zombie was at Scottsdale’s WestWorld venue to give the Great American Nightmare’s latest stop the once-over. “I just got here today so I’m seeing everything in person for the first time,” he says.
“So far, it’s better than I thought it would be. We did it last year, and this year they’re taking it even further. They’re building those facades and it’s almost like a little play that goes on as people are standing in line. It’s so much more elaborate than last year.”
This year, fans take the “sensory-deprived journey” through The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out, before visiting the intense debut of Captain Spaulding’s Clown School in 3-D and The Devil’s Rejects house.