History of NETHERWORLD

1999 – Year Three of NETHERWORLD Haunted House

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1999 was a make or break season for NETHERWORLD. For the first time we moved into a location with a year round lease, the same building we had occupied during 1998 but a different, larger suite. This location had amazingly high ceilings, but also presented a number of major complications that were very costly and put the attraction into a serious cash crunch. Two new fire escapes had to be constructed, multiple fire doors were added, a massive two sided firewall was built and these expenses combined with year round rent made success during the season extremely critical.

The theme was APOCALYPSE for the main show, reflecting the coming turn of the century (2000) and touching on the more elaborate themes that would be developed in the years to come. For the first time a second ticketed event was added… NETHERWORLD 3D Haunted House – The First 3D Haunted House in Atlanta or the Southeast. Fortunately the inventor of the Chroma Depth Technology that made 3D haunts possible lived in Atlanta and agreed to sponsor the haunt.

Both events were very successful and NETHERWORLD charged into the new century with a permanent home and the ability for the crew to work on the attraction all year long!

Check back soon for a further look into the twenty year history of NETHERWORLD Haunted House!

1999 NETHERWORLD

Journey into the future, to a land ravaged by hideous creatures from the Netherworld! Dark armies of Armored War Beasts and Malignant Spirits of the Dead lay siege to a helpless planet!

Travel through blasted cities, forgotten burial grounds, bizarre laboratories and the deepest pits of the outer darkness on a quest to encounter The Ultimate Horror!
Abandon all hope, Ye who dare enter: NETHERWORLD the APOCALYPSE!

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Experience a BRAIN BENDING adventure in 3-D Technology!

Put on the special Chromadepth glasses and
enter a haunted house like no other!

Explore an old manor filled with GHOSTLY inhabitants and a TWISTED Carnival funhouse sure to melt your mind!

The Terror Surrounds You in NETHERWORLD 3D!

Reviews from 1999:

“Netherworld and its creative team have hit upon a successful formula of creativity and originality…it has risen to the top in a tough Atlanta market and gained national notoriety.”
– Haunted Attraction Magazine

“A world right out of a Hollywood movie.”
– Haunted Attraction Magazine

“A haunt that is reminiscent of a movie set, complete with prosthetic makeup, custom-made masks, and one-of-a-kind props.”
– Haunted Attraction Magazine

“In your face scary!”
– Creative Loafing

“A mind-bending experience.”
– Creative Loafing

“You wouldn’t want to miss this!”
– Creative Loafing

“The first of its kind in the Southeast.”
– Piedmont Review

“A Halloween favorite after only three short years, Netherworld has become known as one of the scariest haunts nationwide.”
– Piedmont Review

“With 3-D technology, movie style special effects and monsters from your worst nightmares, Netherworld is not the typical haunted house.”
– Piedmont Review

“An exciting adventure for the whole family—no one will leave disappointed.”
– Piedmont Review

“Netherworld has become known as one of the scariest haunts nationwide, with movie style special effects and monsters from your worst nightmares… If you’re looking to bring Halloween nostalgia back into your life, then a visit to Netherworld is a must.”
– Piedmont Review

“A haunted house with a unique twist.”
– Piedmont Review

“The creators have gone warthog-wild crafting immense, quivering monsters you’ve never seen anywhere.”
– AJC

“If you’re looking to bring Halloween nostalgia back into your life, then a visit to Netherworld is a must.”
– Piedmont Review

“A Halloween favorite and an Atlanta tradition.”
– The Gazette

“If it’s terror you want, look no further than the Netherworld Haunted House.”
– Southern Voice

“Spooktacular!”
– Southern Voice

“The scariest haunted house in town.”
– atlantacitysearch.com, in city & visitors guide

“One of the South’s premiere haunted experiences.”
– Going Places Magazine (National)

“One hell of a haunted house.”
– INsite

“Get your chills, thrills, and spills at Netherworld Haunted House.”
– GSU Signal

“You’re in for a wild time!”

– GSU Signal
“For a frighteningly good time, check out Netherworld!”
– GSU Signal

“Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross gives horror decidedly high-tech feel.”
– AJC Peach Buzz

“The first haunted house of its kind in the South.”
– The Technique

“Netherworld successfully blends old school haunted house scares with a new 3-D style that will effectively blow your mind.”
– The West Georgian

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1998 – Year Two of NETHERWORLD Haunted House

by on May.29, 2016, under Haunted Houses, Haunting Ideas, History of NETHERWORLD, NETHERWORLD Haunted House, Uncategorized

In 1998 NETHERWORLD moved to Norcross GA to the Georgia Antique Center. The crew had planned to build 2 haunts that year, a traditional supernatural themed one and a science fiction based attraction called Vault 13. The space was bigger than the previous location in Kennesaw but still not large enough for two haunts, so the theme changed halfway through without an intervening queue line. The owners made contact with the role playing game company White Wolf and after some crazy brainstorming it was decided that NETHERWORLD would create a Haunted House based on the popular VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE game as the primary attraction.

Two other firsts for NETHERWORLD happened that year as well. Doug Bradley – The actor portraying Pin Head in the Hellraiser movies visited the haunt and greeted guests and signed autographs for an evening. Also after vowing never to use chainsaws we cranked one up and haven’t put it down since! When the season ended NETHERWORLD had been successful once more, and the haunts were packed away into tractor trailers until a new home could be found.

Join us every week as we present a look into the twenty year History of NETHERWORLD Haunted House!

1998 Nos

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Trapped in a war between Vampire Clans, the Colber House is chosen for the haven, a place where the shroud is thin, a place often used as a door between worlds. Allies are gathered, Redcaps and Gargoyles serve the mage, and a War Ghoul is created in the catacombs beneath the house. Baron Samidi is hired to provide an army of Zombies, and the Sabbat Warparties arrive. For protection against attack, powerful magical wards are erected to repel the Camarilla Vampires and the Lupines often drawn to the place…

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Contact Has Been Lost With A Government Base Hidden Deep Beneath The Earth! You must descend to the Vault and find out what happened…

But Beware: The containment systems are down!

Genetic Mutations, Warrior Cyborgs and Bizarre Creatures from the Earth’s Inner Core roam the blackened corridors in Search of Human Flesh!

Reviews from 1998

“4 Pumpkins”—Highest Rated Haunt
– AJC

“Netherworld has creative touches that rise to the level of an art form.”
– AJC

“Netherworld’s mammoth Haunted House will knock your socks off.”
– Where Atlanta Magazine

“The Netherworld in Norcross is indeed the acme of the many haunted houses…guaranteed to please every scare seeking patron.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Immense and breathtaking.”
– The Emory Wheel

“The most exciting haunted house around.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Netherworld Haunted House is guaranteed to scare the bejesus out of you…”
– Creative Loafing

“A must experience for all horror lovers”
– The Atlanta Sideshow

“Netherworld is for those who are more serious about haunted houses and can handle a real fright.”
– The Stormy Petrel (Oglethorpe University)

“It’s [Netherworld] very scary, very well done…
I did cry, I just got overwhelmed, the tears started coming, but it was really great!”
– Nancy Loveland, Good Day Atlanta, WAGA TV

“This isn’t your typical Haunted House…it’s more Hollywood than anything.”
– Carmen Burns and Kathy Ballou, Peachtree Morning, WXIA TV

One of ten noteworthy haunts nationwide to be mentioned in The Wall Street Journal
“The most impressive event in the Southeast.”
– TRAVELHOST Magazine

“The actors terrify visitors as frighteningly realistic characters in brilliant costumes.”
– Gwinnett Scene

“A state-of-the-art spooky attraction.”
– Gwinnett Scene

“Not for the faint of heart.”
– Gwinnett Scene

“The experience promises a myriad of special effects and makeup techniques creating a REAL haunting experience this Halloween season.”
– The Champion

“One of the South’s premiere Halloween experiences, the Netherworld is guaranteed to scare you silly.”
– This Week Gwinnett

“One of the nation’s foremost fear factories.”
– Break, Tallahassee’s Entertainment Weekly

“The creators of Netherworld have outdone themselves with Hollywood movie-quality sets brimming with oddities.”
– Gwinnett Loaf

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1997 – Year One of NETHERWORLD Haunted House

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1997 – Year One of NETHERWORLD Haunted House

NETHERWORLD Haunted House began in 1997 as the creation of a dedicated team of artists and craftsmen with extensive backgrounds in film and television production. Some of the founders were also experienced Haunted House designers having worked for Chambers of Terror, a local haunt in Atlanta, and the national haunted house franchise, Silo X. At the time, most Haunts were based on disconnected scenes from popular horror movies, but the focus of NETHERWORLD was to create an original story and characters that could be found nowhere else. While deeply themed, highly detailed Haunted Houses are now more the norm than the exception, it was not the case twenty years ago. After creating a preview Haunted House at Dragon Con, the first NETHERWORLD was built in Kennesaw, Georgia in little more than a month. When the season ended NETHERWORLD had survived and flourished. The attraction was packed up in U-Haul trucks and taken to the second floor of an old warehouse and scattered into basements and garages until it would resurface once more in 1998!

Join us every week as we present a look into the twenty year History of NETHERWORLD Haunted House!

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NETHERWORLD Haunted House: The Colber Mansion

50 years ago, a madman named Maxmillian Colber opened a doorway to another world and looked upon The Place Where Monsters Dwell, A Realm of Yawning Graves, The World of the Dead.
In seconds, his foolish experiments unleashed lost souls thirsting for vengeance and nameless horrors hungry for the flesh of the living! And feed they did.
Tonight, YOU must travel to the depths of the Colber House, before the door to the Netherworld opens…FOREVER!

Reviews from 1997
“It’s a haunted attraction the likes of which Atlanta has never seen…guaranteed to scare and entertain.”
– Season for KiDs

“Georgia’s most intense haunted house.”
– Season for KiDs

“You won’t find any repeats here—these creepy creatures are unique and specifically designed just for the hallowed Netherworld.”
– Connect

“This hair-raising haunted house features over 30 scenes dripping with ghostly effects, theatrical events and magical illusions guaranteed to cause blood-curdling screams.”
– Connect

Number 1 Haunted House in Atlanta – “Nonstop action, awesome monsters and sets gave this new house top honors.”
– 96 Rock

“Be prepared to be scared!”
– Atlanta Theatre Weekly

“Get ready to scream!”
– The Marietta Daily Journal

“A macabre maze of monsters.”
– The Marietta Daily Journal

“More blood-curdling chills than Amityville.”
– The Marietta Daily Journal

“This House [Netherworld] was terrifying, which was almost a shame because I would have liked to stop and admire each intricate scenario. The scenes and characters are all strikingly original…at the end of your journey you escape through a whirling Vortex, a totally disorienting effect unlike anything you’ve ever seen!”
– Community Review

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