Three years ago, I took a drive to Las Vegas on the suggestions of friends to visit a haunt known as Freakling Bros. and ever since my life has been changed. Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror has become a must-do event for me during the haunt season and that’s because they are one of the best haunters in the country.

Situated in the parking lot of a strip mall in Las Vegas, guests will find three mega trailers outfitted with some of the most unique and mind-boggling scares imaginable. Don’t let the outer design fool you, these haunts aren’t for the faint of heart, as each haunt is intricately designed for maximum thrills and chills. I have seen many people run out of these haunts in fear or scream the safe word so as to be relinquished from the impending doom that they signed up for. Does Freakling Bros. sound like the ultimate challenge? Read on to find out what I thought about this year’s Trilogy of Terror!

CASTLE VAMPYRE

Description: A master stroke of horror and illusion, deep within the walls of this fortress beats the heart of pure unadulterated evil… You can feel it… You can hear it… But is it really happening? Is there any way out? They say seeing is believing… You decide!

Thoughts: I have much love for this maze. Though this is the most tame out of the bunch, there’s quite a lot to appreciate. The set design is superb, the scare actors are top notch and the surprises are a-plenty. Guests will experience everything from shrinking rooms, light electricity volts, flying vampires, and caged werewolves looking for a midnight snack. This is one of those haunts that, if you are a fan of attractions such as these, you will come out grinning from ear to ear.

Something I’ve come to appreciate with CASTLE VAMPYRE is that nothing is as it seems. When you first see the outside facade you may be quick to assume that the inside may not hold much, but the designers did a phenomenal job of making this haunt, and all the other ones, fully immersive with tricks around every corner. Even with this being my third go-around, I still experienced things that were new to me, which makes revisiting the haunt so much fun. If you are attending Freakling Bros. for the first time and are nervous, this is the perfect haunt to begin with to test the water for what’s to come.

THE COVEN OF 13

Description: In the thick darkness of the witching hour, as night becomes early morning, when most of us are fast asleep, a pack of cloaked, ageless figures gathers and chants. If you listen closely in the night, you will hear them. They speak slowly, softly, deliberately, and with insidious intention.

Their physical bodies are diseased, decrepit, and rotten. But when the old hag summons the dark spirit, and the high priest channels the ferocity of its essence, they are empowered, and they are fierce. These are the dark witches of 13, born of sepsis and poison: you have been invited to make their coven complete. They call to you and welcome you in, to be vetted, initiated, and even reborn as one of them. Do you dare try to make the cut?

Freakling Bros. Presents THE COVEN OF 13 – an all new horror show that pushes the boundaries of complete and total immersion while offering a unique, company-trademark take on one of Halloween’s oldest and most classic themes: witches, warlocks, and black magic.

Thoughts: To say that I love this maze would not even due it justice. This maze continuously surprises me and horrifies me each and every time I go through it. Where CASTLE VAMPYR had a hint of humor and lighter tones, THE COVEN OF 13 snuffs that out with it’s dark decor and themes that envelope you from the moment you enter. Feelings of claustrophobia, confusion, and evil await at every turn and guests will find themselves pushed to an uncomfortable place when crawling through some dark passages. To me, THE COVEN OF 13 is what I want all haunted mazes to be like. It perfectly executes that fine line of being not too extreme but not too comfortable. This maze definitely starts to push the limits of what guests can handle which is a great way for them to prepare themselves for what is in store in GATES OF HELL.

Similar to CASTLE VAMPYR, THE COVEN OF 13 is much more than what it appears. Guests who struggle with feelings of claustrophobia, dizziness from strobe lights, or difficulty crawling through narrow spaces may want to sit this one out. For everyone else, you will be in for a real treat with THE COVEN OF 13 – just be careful who you pledge your allegiance too…

GATES OF HELL

Description: In 2011, Freakling Bros. unveiled the first ever R-rated haunted attraction in the state of Nevada. It was an unprecedented gamble based on one simple theory: that their adult audience was ready for something more. Thanks to their amazing and loyal patrons, what they had initially built for a niche audience surprised them by becoming a main stream success. THE GATES OF HELL is now a nationwide haunt industry phenomenon. If you missed out on experience it for its debut, now’s your chance. If you made it last year, now’s your chance to relive it, and see if your friends can make it through with you. After all, misery loves company…

Still the one and only R-rated haunted house in the state of Nevada, don’t miss what everyone is talking about: a look at “The darker side of Freakling Bros.” is a sadistic experiment in absolute sensory overload. You won’t be a spectator. Prepare for heart pounding claustrophobic terror; face the reality of your own violent death…and finally experience a slow and painful descent into cold, block nothingness to meet the prince of darkness himself.

Do you have what it takes? We don’t think so.

Thoughts: Oh, the wondrous GATES OF HELL. I have much respect for this maze as it’s the first extreme haunt that I had ever experienced; and though I’ve gone on to do much weirder things, I still have a soft spot for everything that is all GATES OF HELL related. This is definitely not for the faint of heart, for anyone that has a fear of enclosed spaces, for being touched, shouted at, manhandled, electrocuted, etc. There is a reason for the waiver, there is a reason for it being “R-Rated”, so heed these warnings before you go.

Though THE COVEN OF 13 has my heart as my favorite maze, the GATES OF HELL isn’t far behind. It’s dark, it’s hardcore, it’s zero fucks given and I loved every single goddamn minute. My only caveat is that I don’t like being electrocuted which happens a lot in the maze, but it’s something that I’ve learned to grin and bear because I signed the waiver and knew going in that this treatment was something to be expected. However, there was one incident that happened this year that had me and my group laughing long after we exited. In front of us was a group of grown adult males, I would say approximately late 20’s/early 30’s, who were screaming in abject terror after one of the scare actors jumped out from behind a shower curtain. They were so scared, with one saying “I pissed my pants”, that the scare actor had to calm them down before they could enter the next room. Luckily, they seemed to be having a good time as they kept laughing, though maybe some of that could be because they were nervous. Nevertheless, we heard them make their way throughout the rest of the maze, screaming the highest pitch screams I have ever heard until they finally exited the maze. I mean, what a time to be alive, amirite?

All in all, I love Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror. My only critique would be that they add in some new things here and there so as to give the maze a bit more life, but other than that, it’s truly a perfect experience each and every time I go. What JT and his family do in bringing this maze to life, and the passion they have for their haunt, is unparalleled. Haunt season may be over but I can assure you that they will be back next year and you’ll want to make sure you do not miss out on their superb event.

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Shannon is the Founder of Nightmarish Conjurings and a lover of all things horror and haunt related. When she's not obsessively collecting all things "Trick 'R Treat" related, or trying to convince everyone that "Hereditary" is one of the greatest horror films ever made, you can find her designing interiors for commercial restaurants. An avid haunt fan, Shannon spends the entire year visiting haunts and immersive experiences throughout the Southern California area and hopes to one day design her own haunted attraction.
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