The film director and producer, screenwriter, and musician returns to Villa Park for the second year in a row to kick off his self-titled haunted attraction and also performing for two concerts.

Rob Zombie, film director and producer, screenwriter, and musician, returns with his Great American Nightmare Halloween horror event. The haunted attraction opened at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois on Sep 25 and runs until Nov 01.

The band played two shows to packed audiences for the attraction’s opening weekend, and National Rock Review was there to capture the show. Eager fans were able to enter the haunted attraction that bears the performer’s name before and after the show.

“I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After the overwhelming response last year, we’ve decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It’s more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun.”

According to Rob Zombie’s website, this year’s event  will feature three scare attractions, all based on Zombie’s films. They include the following:

Captain Spaulding’s Clown School in 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten even the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying.

The Devil’s Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn’t afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.

31: On October 30, 1975, five carnival workers are kidnaped and held hostage until the following night (Halloween) and are put in a compound named Murder World. They’re told that they are there to take part in a game named “31,” where the goal is to survive the next 12 hours. This is made difficult by the fact that they are not alone in Murder World — a violent gang of evil clowns are there and stalking their every move.

Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects opened in 2014 at the Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona. 31 is new this year and based on Rob’s forthcoming film of the same name.

The event is described as a “fully immersive haunted house experience.” These will include the new Bloody Boulevard with major carnival rides, freak shows, and musical entertainment. Roaming characters, appropriately themed food and beverages, and games complete the spectacle.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare start at $25. Each ticket includes access to the Bloody Boulevard and all haunted attractions. Visit their website for dates and times.

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