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New for Halloween 2016: Gorlesque

gorlesqueA new event is coming to Los Angeles for Halloween 2016: Gorlesque: The Haunted Burlesque presents “Paradise,” which takes a gory, burlesque approach to the usual haunted house attraction. Gorlesque promises to take visitors on a 20-30 minute tour through the twisted mind of the late Dr. Weltschmerz, whose followers continue his creepy obsession with perfection. The is an 18-and-over event that includes “sexual situations and violent themes.”

Gorleseque runs 8pm to midnight on October 19-23, 26-30.

Tickets are sold in 30-minute intervals; the last ticket is sold 30 minutes before closing. Guests must check in 15 minutes for their scheduled time.

Prices are $30 for “Next Available Departure” and $40 for “Immediate Departure.”

The event is located in the downtown fashion district at 224. E 11th Street, Suite 501, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Street parking is available.

Get more information from the press release:

GORLESQUE! THE TWISTED WORLD OF DR. WELTSCHMERZ (Gorlesque!) launches an all-new experience for L.A.’s scare fans called PARADISE, beginning Wednesday, October 19 with dates through Sunday, October 30. A special press preview night will be held on Monday, October 17. PARADISE is a mind-altering “haunted house”-style walkthrough experience with a sexy edge.

The experience offers a look into the twisted mind of the fictional late German scientist Dr. Weltschmerz, a man with a troubled past, a taste for beautiful women and an obsession with perfection. Long after his death, his followers formed “The Weltzie Society” to celebrate the teachings of the good doctor. Creepy perfection-obsessed “Weltzies” are the “hosts” for the evening.

Guests take a 20- to 30-minute journey through a magical “portal” that transports them to the Doctor’s version of “Paradise.” It is there that guests get a first-hand look at how twisted Dr. Weltschmerz’s psyche actually is – his obsession with sexy ladies and his desire to make them “perfect beings” for his amusement.

The Gorlesque! team, led by creators Pete Metzger and Wes Oakley, have years of experience producing haunted and Halloween events, live shows, short films and music videos. Their design of PARADISE takes the public out of their comfort zone in a more cerebral way rather than with just “jump out at you” scares. Special effects used in the “portal” distort the perception of gravity and reality, affecting visibility and balance and leaving the guest feeling appropriately unsettled.

“Most of the haunts in L.A. rely on gore to scare the guests,” says Pete. “We wanted to create an experience that’s a lot sexier and weird, but still a scary good time.”

Pete and Wes were inspired by their own horror fan memories and favorite female archetypes like Blade Runner’s Pris and Heavy Metal’s Taarna. Rather than the clichéd innocent-but-sexy-co-ed victim, Gorlesque! turns the tables by making the female characters the monsters. “The screaming girl is the reason we’re screaming!” Wes says.

Founded in 2014 by life-long haunted house enthusiasts Pete Metzger and Wes Oakley, GORLESQUE! adds a distinct mark to L.A.’s haunted house scene with its combination of rich storytelling, immersive sets and sexy fun.


Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.