One of Atlanta’s most beloved haunts is open to take your screams as your fears come to life when you walk through the Netherworld haunts of Banshee and The Hive. Officially in haunt season, Netherworld opened its doors for the first time this year on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 to the curious public. Being a little ghouly girl myself, I was allowed to walk amongst them on Saturday with a zombie-loving partner in gore.
So before we get to the haunts, let’s begin by giving a huge kudos to Roy Wooley, the man behind Netherworld’s special effects & makeup, who is kicking major ass as a contestant on the third season of SyFy channel’s Face Off. (Face Off is SyFy’s hit special-effects make-up reality competition television show. Quick note – immediately following the October 30th episode, American viewers will be able to vote on the winner of Face Off through a live voting feature. The three finalist will find out who wins the competition on Halloween night, October 31, as Face Off will be broadcast live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. EST. So watch the October 30th episode of Face Off and vote for Roy Wooley the night before Halloween! Show your hometown Netherworld SPX master some of that Atlanta horror love!!)
Ok, now back to the bigger nightmare – the nationally acclaimed Netherworld haunts! The horrific beauty of Netherworld is that every detail is thoroughly planned out – from the spooks chasing you around in the parking lot, the pictures and shadowboxed gore in the entrances, and on down to the massive amounts of skulls placed all throughout the haunts. And those are just the little details – the big ones are well worth the price of admission!
Part of the fun at Netherworld was watching the children scream in terror and run away from the ghouls outside. Another part was seeing exactly how many phobias they packed into two haunts for the kiddies and adults. Think about what scares you and haunts your nightmares – now bring it to life! Not much spooks me these days (in terms of horror), but there was a point in one in Banshee that I had to close my eyes as I walked through. (I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what part of which haunt that was!) I was more intrigued by the special-effects make-up and animatronic action, but was unfortunately pushed through by a scared teen and his scared girlfriend behind me (Haha! Netherworld: 1, Laura’s horrific love of shambling through artistic gore: 0).
Let’s break up the two houses real quick – Banshee is the big, longer haunt and The Hive is the smaller, quicker one. Both are themed and named accordingly. The Hive is dingy, buggy, and somewhat of a swamp-like sewer trap, but packs a dark wallop – a place where insecticides must have worked in reverse. Clanging, banging, flashing lights, fog, and putrid-ification happen in The Hive versus the mental head trip of Banshee. Banshee head trips you and then circles you back around for more. In myth, Banshees are female spirits who begin to wail when someone is going to die. And if that’s not enough to get your curiosity boiling, Banshee has a mermaid (or siren) hanging out too. Again in myth, sirens sing enchanted songs that lure sea travelers to their deaths. So there’s lots of shrieking (maybe that was the kid in front of you or the teen behind you?), dark places, tricks of the mind, oceanic horror (was I swimming?), tight spaces, looming death, and a mermaid. Go see the mermaid! (Or, if you’d prefer, one of the other aquatic horrors in Banshee!)
Open October 5 – November 3, 2012
Monday–Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, & Halloween night from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
Sundays & the last weekend of the haunt (Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3) from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets can be bought online or in person at the haunt box office. They accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover (but NO American Express). You can see the main haunt, BANSHEE for $22 per person ($25 on Fridays & Saturdays). For $28 per person ($30 on Fridays & Saturdays), you visit both BANSHEE and The HIVE. They sell Speedpasses online for select nights (most weekends & Halloween, but check the website for details). A Speedpass is $50 per ticket per person for both haunted houses which allows you to enter the Speedpass line for both haunts. Check the website for the most up-to-date information and FAQs.
Netherworld Haunted House
6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA
Photos ©2012 Netherworld Haunted Attraction, Llc.