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Rob Zombie’s “Great American Nightmare” Coming to Chicagoland


Rob Zombie's Great American NightmareRob Zombie previously announced that his ‘Great American Nightmare’ Halloween horror attraction will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2014, but that’s not the only location. The rocker/director has just revealed that he’ll also bring his ‘Nightmare’ to the Midwest, setting up shop at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Illinois, near Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be able to expand the Great American Nightmare to TWO new cities this year,” says Zombie. “My only goal is to make it twice as sick as last year.”

As with the Arizona location, the primary attractions at the Illinois fest will be the three haunted houses that are based on Rob Zombie’s films.

‘Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare’ will run from Sept. 26-Nov. 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, Ill. and Zombie himself will open this year’s festivities with a concert. There will also be an assortment of other attractions besides the haunted houses, including the ‘Bloody Boulevard’ thoroughfare.

Tickets for the Chicago-area event will go on sale July 30 at 10AM CT at this location. Tickets start at only $25 for all dates from Sept. 27-Nov. 1. The Sept. 26 opening, which features the Zombie concert, has tickets starting at only $45. For all ticketing, including VIP packages, check the ‘Great American Nightmare’ website.

For those planning to make the trip, Zombie will stage the ‘Great American Nightmare’ at the Villa Park location on the following dates: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, 10-12, 16-19, 23-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Read More: Rob Zombie Taking 'Great American Nightmare' to Chicago Area

Remembering Jim Smith of Niles Haunted Scream Park

We mourn the passing of our long time friend and dedicated volunteer, Jim Smith. Although his real name was only known to a few people, he was an icon at the Niles Haunted Scream Park in Niles, Michigan. For many, many years he worked in the entry room area of the Niles Haunted House as "Betelgeuse." His quick wit and humor was unmatched by any other. 

Jim was also very active in the haunted attraction industry. He also served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Haunted Attractions. Several years ago when his health required him to retire from that organization, he received the most prestigious award from the President.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marty and three children, Quinn, Emmy and Cary. He also will be missed by his two grandchildren. Please keep "Juice" and his family in your prayers during this most difficult time. Although he will not be physically present at the Niles Scream Park, rest assured that his presence will be felt there forever. He is a legend that will forever be missed and never forgotten.

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Fear City: Open Auditions

FEAR CITY HAUNTED HOUSE is proud to announce their 2014 Open Auditions for this Halloween Season!

Seeking Improv Actors, Dancers, Performance Artists, and Haunters. Must be 18 years old and over.

Interested Applicants should set up their Audition through

FEAR CITY is located at 8240 N. Austin between Oakton & Dempster in Morton Grove, just Northwest of Chicago.

Availability for Acting & Safety Workshops /Performances are mandatory and plays a major factor in being hired. Please bring up-to-date availability information with you through Nov 1, 2014.

If hired, your schedule will be based on this information.

All roles are non-equity , A headshot and resume are not required, but encouraged. PAID and volunteer positions available!

Audition Dates - Aug.30 Sat. Aug.31 Sun / Sept 5-6 fri-sat Sept.12 fri / Sept.19 Fri.

Work Shops - Sept. 6, Sept. 13 & Sept.19-20

Got an announcement of interest to the Chicagoland Haunted Attraction Industry? Send it to!

Attention Chicago Haunters! Your Halloween Haunt or Display Could Be Worth $50K!

The Great Halloween Fright Fight

When ABC wanted to reach out to home haunters in the Chicagoland area, they approached Zombie Army Productions and to help spread the word about The Great Halloween Fright Fight, from the producers of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”! Is your haunted display or walkthrough attraction worth $50,000? If you think you have the best home haunt, contact the producers at!

Not much information has been released yet, but there's a little more info HERE.

Calling all Chicago Filmmakers! Crew Needed!

Big Tree Productions and Zombie Army Productions, the team behind the cult hit horror/comedy feature "The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue," are in pre-production on a non-union family-friendly pilot presentation that they will also submit to festivals as a short film.

"The Adventures of Kitty Zombie" shoots in and around Chicago from July 7th - July 16th.

SYNOPSIS: Kitty Zombie was created with the body of a zombie and the mind of a puppy by evil military scientist Dr. Vosfoteugh . But instead of the super soldier he was designed to be, Kitty just wants to make friends (and toilet paper tube bunny rabbit dolls). Luckily, a mysterious ninja helps Kitty escape the lab for the freedom of the woods. Will Vosfoteugh find his creation, erase his memory, and start all over? Or will Kitty’s new friends the Kinley kids be able to keep him safe in their treehouse fort?

LOOKING FOR: Sound, Boom operator, Steady Cam Operator, Gaffer, Grip, Unit Production Manager, Script Supervisor, On Set Photography, Production Assistants, Art Department, and Props.

We are also looking for any help we can get with gear. If you have gear that we can borrow or rent, please contact us.

Please send resume or gear lists to

Paid and unpaid positions available.

Please check out the website for the project at

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