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House of Horror curdles with more frights

You will find your phobia at the House of Horror Amusement Park.

The latest rendition of South Florida’s annual premier scare-fest at Miami International Mall (1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; 305-639-6000) does not leave any scares behind (well, unless your back is turned to the impending doom in the house).

Snakes, “playful” dolls and a “Malice in Wonderland” 3D experience highlight House of Horror’s new additions. Pair that with more than 25 gallons of (fake) blood, 60 performers and nearly three months of set-up time and you have a full-fledged terror factory.

One room, which looks like a snake pit, or an “archaeological dig gone wrong,” as House of Horror facilities manager Mario Diaz likes to call it, takes a backseat to the blood and gore standard.

“Maybe the archaeologist encountered a mythological creature that he wasn’t expecting to find,” Diaz said, without spoiling the area’s big scare. “We went for a more rustic look.”

Another setting seems to take a scene out of Johnny Depp’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Fear-seekers have to wear 3D glasses before entering the trippy set-up in this area. LED lights and mushrooms give a throbbing, psychedelic effect to Alice’s rabbit hole. Oh, and the 3D painted “pop-ups” (we can’t say much else) will have fans questioning reality even further. As if the wretched, blood-stained folks that scare you in a 2D environment weren’t enough!

And, a new doll space will eliminate any future thoughts of rummaging through one’s garage or storage area for old toys.

Daniel Valdes, who plays a demented dummy in this area, “spilled his guts” with a few details.

“I’m going to act like I’m stringed up,” he said. “As limited as possible, [I’ll] have this still, creepy, repetitive laugh.”

Beyond the scares, “America’s Got Talent” escape artist and magician Michael Griffin will have live performances at House of Horror. Plus, little people wrestling, a kid-friendly carnival with more than 20 rides and a zombie-filled graveyard are returning fan favorites.



House of Horror ((1455 NW 107th Ave., Doral; 305-639-6000) runs through Nov. 2 and is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 and under. For more information, visit www.houseofhorrorpark.com

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