The Haunted Hotel (Louisville, KY)
“26 Years of Extreme Haunting”
By Noah Wullkotte: Jollypumpkin@aol.com
The Haunted Hotel celebrates its 26th year of terrorizing Louisville, Kentucky. This isn’t your run of the mill haunted attraction. You’re in for the ride of your life. You will be pushed, grabbed and verbally punished as you walk the halls of this dilapidated hotel. The owner Thomas Gribbins welcomes you to his fine establishment where you’ll check in, but you won’t check out.
Take a ride on the Hellevator that has malfunctioned and it will take you straight hell. Killers and madmen come in all shapes and sizes at The Haunted Hotel. A little girl grabbed me by my shoulders and shoved me onto the bed. No one is safe since you never know what to expect at this balls to the wall haunt.
This is a dark and gritty haunt with scenes and effects that will shock and amaze. Massive plant monsters attack and a machine gun fires at you as you try to make it out alive. The actors are intense beyond belief. You’ve never seen chainsaw maniacs like you will at The Haunted Hotel. They’re relentless as they bust out of doors as they chase you with their gas powered murder weapons.
The Haunted Hotel is quite original in creating scenes that you won’t see at many haunts. My personal favorite is the flooded floor where pipes have exploded. The Haunted Hotel has a lot of cool special effects including colorful CO2 Fog that shoots up from the floor. We have few complaints when it comes to The Haunted Hotel. The outside does need some work and relies too heavily on the actors with chainsaws. The actors are out for blood and are up close and personal. Before I even entered the haunt, I had a crazed killer lick the side of my face. I felt like I was in a run down hotel that’s been taken over by psychopaths and twisted killers. I wasn’t expecting to see an actress playing a prostitute who was up for anything unless it was bloody.
The scares come from all directions and there are a few props that can be quite startling. The truck that crashes into the wall will catch some off guard and the monster known as Mongo will make you jump. There are air cannons, a CGI animatronic that sprays water and plenty of gory props. You’ll enter different parts of the hotel from the check in desk to the bar.
It took us close to 20 minutes to tour The Haunted Hotel, but it depends on how long the characters interact with you and how fast your pace is. Tickets this year are $25 which is a $5 increase compared to last year. VIP tickets are $35. Click here for a $5 off coupon good for Thursday and Sunday nights. T-Shirts are available for $15 and 2XL is $17. There was a small table setup outside with various concessions like hotdogs, drinks and more. Experience Lights Out-Zombie Outbreak on Saturday, December 3rd. Tickets are $20 and VIP is $30 which includes a T-Shirt. The Haunted Hotel Unhinged Extreme Night is on November 5th and tickets are $30 for regular admission and $40 for VIP.
The Haunted Hotel is one of the few haunts where I get a little nervous before I enter. I know that the actors are no holds barred and I never know what to expect. This is not your run of the mill haunt. It’s physical, scary and quite haunting. If you want a haunt that takes no prisoners then The Haunted Hotel is what you’re looking for. It’s intense to say the least.
Length-9 Design-8 Props/Animatronics-9 Acting-9 Scare Effect-10
Final Stab: 9.0