House of Shock
- This article is about an amusement park in New Orleans. For the TV series, see House of Shock (TV series).
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The House Of Shock is a seasonal haunted attraction located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, the House Of Shock is open on weekends in October. The House Of Shock is known for its satanic themes and intensity by New Orleans residents and tourists. The name "House of Shock" is a reference to the show of the popular long-time local horror host, Morgus the Magnificent.
Founded by Pantera's Frontman Phil Anselmo and friends Ross Karpelman and Jay Gracinette, the House Of Shock started in 1992 in Gracinette's backyard. In 1993 it moved to Gracinette's grandmother's backyard to allow for more room. During that year, local officials informed the group that if they wanted to continue they would need to move to a commercial location. The owners rented a warehouse on Baronne St. and brought in Steven Joseph to help manage the attraction. However, local officials attempted to shut down the attraction due to a room representing the Church of Satan, giving City Council cause to believe that the House Of Shock was inappropriate for public viewing. The House Of Shock still operates in a different location close to the old location and is considered by many to be one of the best haunted houses in the United States.
The horror show starts off with a pyrotechnic stage show complete with actors. After the show, guests walk through a zombie infested graveyard and funeral parlor, followed by the morgue and the butcher house. After being stained with blood, guests move on to the Church of Satan, which is largely the center of controversy regarding House Of Shock. Once out of the church, guests are immediately pursued by actors armed with fake chainsaws.
According to Karpelman, one woman died of a heart attack but was revived by paramedics shortly thereafter.
- Funeral Parlor
- Voodoo Shop
- French Quarter
- Butcher Shop
- Cattle Run
- Meat Packing Plant
- Spinning Tunnel
- Dark Halls
- Chainsaw Maze
The Church of Satan
The room itself is in no way based on an actual satanic church, but is mainly a depiction of what a church dedicated to Satan might look like.
The House of Shock was featured on the "Night of the Living Possums" episode of A&E's Billy the Exterminator, taped in late 2010 and televised March 10, 2012. This episode featured Billy and Ricky rid the haunted house of wild possums before it opens for the season.
The House of Shock was featured in the 2007 Travel Channel special Halloween's Most Extreme.