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2014 Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Review

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Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare
Odeum Expo Center
1033 N Villa Ave
Villa Park, IL 60181

Visited: 09/27/14

Reviewed By: Babyripken
Visibility/Location: The Great American Nightmare is located at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. There are billboards out on North Ave., as well as signs on both Lake Street north and North Ave. south indicating where the Odeum is located. Once you get close, you have spotlights and bright signage indicating where you are.
Wait Entertainment: Outside the Odeum, there was a line of crashed cars, most I believe were based on crashed cars from the movie “The Devil’s Rejects,” written and directed by Rob Zombie. There were also the percussionists, two fire jugglers, and a woman grinding a piece of metal from her codpiece that caused sparks around here. Also outside each of the three houses, there were actors made up to look like characters from Rob Zombie’s movies “Lords of Salem,” “El Superbeasto,” and “House of 1000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects.”
Admission Price: $25 online, $30 at the Door, VIP1 and VIP2 also available
Parking: $5.00

25 Minutes *
* = Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.

LPR: 1.642
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of
Scare Factor: High
Crowd Control: In each of the houses, I kept running in to people from the group ahead of me. I am also pretty sure that people behind us caught up with us.


When you first walk in, there is a t-shirt selling area, where you are able to buy t-shirts based on the houses. You then go up a path, where you see two more t-shirt selling areas, selling rock t-shirts. Then, you have to get your picture taken, which you can buy at the end of the event. After that, then you finally get to the houses.

There are three houses in Nightmare, all based on Rob Zombie movies. The first house is based on “The Lords of Salem.” I haven’t seen the movie, so I am not sure how it is based on the movie. When you walk in, you walk through a corridor to a room with a pile of bodies. From there, you go down another corridor that leads to a pitch black maze. There are many twists and turns down the path, and there are a couple of actors throughout the maze, but, overall, it was just a pitch black maze. My group had to keep slowing down, because we kept running in to the group in front of us, and I would guess that the group behind us would run in to us.

The next house was based off of “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.” It is a 3-D house, and they give you glasses. This house has a little bit more of an adult theme, based on the scantily clad women throughout the house. There was also a path that had doors with names on the doors that would make people who make prank calls proud, names like Mike Hunt, etc. The 3-D effects were nice, and there several rooms to go through that had clown type creatures that would come towards you, but I wouldn’t find this house that scary.

The third house was based off the two movies “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.” Even actors based on characters “Otis” and “Baby” wander out in front of the house. You go in, and actor based on “Captain Spaulding” from the movies puts you in another line. In the foyer, you find out that this house is more based on serial killers, and you see moving pictures of Ed Gein, Charles Manson, and John Wayne Gacy. Then there are rooms inside based off of the killers. Ed Gein’s room is set up like his house, complete with body parts in the refrigerator. Gacy’s room has a clown that blows up ballons that pop in front of you while two cub scout mannequins look on. Once you get through there, then you go in to the house that looks like the “1000 corpses” house, and there are rooms in there that have rooms set up like your typical haunted houses, you have a living room with actors popping out, a kitchen set up with actors popping out. If you get offended by the rooms set up around the serial killers, you might feel uncomfortable. The house ends by walking down a dark path out to an area that was set up for a concert later, and down that path you are chased out by two chainsaw wielding maniacs.

Overall, I feel there were some scary moments, especially in the third house. Their attention to detail in both the serial killer area and the “1000 Corpses” area is well done, and there are some good pop outs. The first house I was hoping for more than just a long dark maze, and the second 3-D house seemed more silly than scary, but it was still a lot of fun to go through the house.

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