Get your Retro NETHERWORLD 2002 Shirt – House Of Creeps!

With all we have going on in preparation for our 20th Season of Screams, we’ve pretty much neglected to announce our latest retro t-shirt release…HOUSE of CREEPS circa 2002.

Get yours now at

No hard sales tactics here but If you like it, grab it — as it’s only available here and only for a few more days…sorry, it won’t be available at the Netherworld Gift Shop…just not enough room to stock all shirts we’ve done over the years.

Available in classic black and now also purple and royal blue!


History of The Haunt – NETHERWORLD Haunted House Year 9 – 2005

2005 – NETHERWORLD Haunted House Year 9

Year 9 2005 featured 3 shows, Abomination, Terror on Tiki Island in 3D, and Slaughterhouse. In Abomination an aquatic warlord of the Dark Ones emerges from the ocean to lead monstrosities into battle! This show featured an incredibly complex creature suit, new massive animatronic monsters and a season that saw the success of the haunt continue to grow. The IAAPA entertainment expo was also in Atlanta this year and NETHERWORLD was able to open for the amusement industry and fellow haunters. Terror on Tiki Island in 3D featured amazing artwork that captured the beauty and horror of a lush tropical island gone mad, and Slaughterhouse explored the dark evil at work in the depths of a long abandoned meat packing facility.

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



From the foulest pits of the NETHERWORLD surge a horde of Huge Savage Monsters! Massive brutal things coursing with evil intelligence hunt humans and drag them away ALIVE, screaming into the darkness! Lead by a Nightmarish WARLORD, these things cannot be stopped, unless the books that summoned them are destroyed! Can they be defeated before the hideous ABOMINATION they serve infects all mankind?



Shipwrecked on an island of mystery, you hear the sounds of drums in the darkness! Ancient idols carved from volcanic rock glare from the shadows as you race through the jungle. Wild animals and deadly head hunters stalk you at every turn!
At last you reach a massive Stone God lurking behind a bloodstained altar. The ritual can now begin…the sacrifice has arrived!



What lurks in Mann’s abandoned meat processing plant?
Local teens say that the place, long ago closed for selling tainted meat, still runs on moonless nights. Some believe an inbred tribe of cannibal squatters hides in the twisted corridors, packing their latest victims into cans for later feasting!
Bribing the old security guard, you creep into this monument of urban decay, eager to uncover the secrets of the place. And you never return!

Reviews from 2005

“The big daddy of haunted houses.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“I left Netherworld invigorated and inspired, realizing what can be possible through years of dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. Netherworld is the only haunted house I have visited that actually exceeds its reputation.”
– Brett Bertolino, Assistant Program Director for Operations & Special Events at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

“Netherworld is a paradise for anyone who likes to be frightened.”
– The Sentinel

“Netherworld has always had an eye for
extreme detail and is the home of an amazing collection of monsters and props sure to please any horror fan.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

Ranked in the top 13 Haunted Houses in the country by AOL City Search 2005
Featured in Nickelodeon Magazine along with 5 other noteworthy haunts from around the country
“A way to celebrate all things scary on a grand scale.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“If you want to be scared this season, Netherworld is definitely the place to go.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“One of the best haunted houses ever created.”
– Where Atlanta Magazine

“The most chillingly authentic experience.”
– Gothic Beauty

“Netherworld leaves no gravestone unturned when it comes to creating a realistic experience.”
– Gothic Beauty

“A frightful surprise.”
– Gothic Beauty

“Full of thrills, chills, and absolute terror.”
– The Spotlight

“World famous!”
– INsite

“May be too intense for all but the bravest of thrill-seekers.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“The setup at Netherworld is so ingenious and the costumes are so exquisitely done that a few monsters are bound to make you scream.”
– The Emory Wheel

“The diversity of monsters and the creativity of its sets make it one to be revisited.”
– The Emory Wheel

“A heart-racing adventure.”
– The Emory Wheel

“A trip to Netherworld will certainly give you the chills.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Netherworld haunted house – it’s scary shit!”
– The Sting

“Stunning makeup and costuming.”
– The Technique

“A mainstay of the Halloween scene in the Atlanta area for years—and for good reason.”
– The Covington News

“High production values, enthusiastic performers and a changing line-up of three haunted attractions make it an excellent entertainment choice for the thrill-seeking Halloween enthusiast.”
– The Covington News

“Keeps even the more seasoned haunted house-goer on edge.”
– The Covington News

“Colossal monsters, wild special effects and intense actors are sure to scare the bravest of souls!”
– The Weekly

“Each year the Netherworld team produces an even more amazing show than the one before it.”
– The Weekly

“A unique experience into the realm of fear.”
– The Sentinel

“Spooks it up with movie-style special effects and elaborate scares for the Halloween season.”
– The Gwinnett Answer Book, AJC

“The famed haunted house is able to keep scaring the jeepers creepers out of Atlanta thrill-seekers every year.”
– AOL City Guide

“Last year’s Spirit of the Dead and the Purgatory-inspired Oblivion probably sparked a steep rise in nightlight sales around town.”
– AOL City Guide

“If you dare to go to Netherworld, bring a change of underwear!”
– Rampway Online, GSU’s online magazine

“A one-of-a-kind experience.”
– Rampway Online

“The Netherworld show is truly amazing…the best seasonal haunt I have seen.”
– Barrel O’ Fun


2004 – NETHERWORLD Haunted House Year 8

2004 was the year that NETHERWORLD’s most popular Icon Character would emerge – The Collector from SPIRITS OF THE DEAD! Featuring a more elaborate version of the classic creature Top Hat from our first year, this haunt would contain an ancient graveyard filled with tilted monuments and ghastly undead, the emergence of the cannibal clan the Bostwicks, and increasing large animations and special effects that would totally wow audiences. The Collector eventually became so popular that albums, T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, shot glasses, buttons and even a bobble head featuring his likeness would be created and eventually sell out! To this day he is the main icon character of NETHERWORLD, and is well known in Atlanta for the many billboards his grim visage has graced. Many guests are thrilled to encounter him in the parking lot and pose for a picture with this most famous of monsters!

This year also marked the return of the 3D attraction, this year called VERY SCARY TALES which contained a series of fractured fairy tales and legendary horrors themed on a twisted book of childhood fears.

The downstairs haunt remained very, very dark but added an element of massive gore and Hellraiser-like characters with the twisted nightmare world of OBLIVION. This edgy attraction would continue to be aimed at more mature audiences over the years to come, with more blood, grime and shocking elements that wouldn’t be seen in the other shows.

From its beginnings, NETHERWORLD was a well known attraction in the haunt industry, but after the success of the previous years Dark Harvest and THE HARVESTMAN, the 2004 shows catapulted to national fame after appearing on Top Ten lists and capturing the imaginations of other attraction owners. From this point forward NETHERWORLD became one of the most well-known Haunted Attractions in the USA with the COLLECTOR leading the charge!


After the cemetery was flooded in 1932, Whyshburg Burial Grounds was purchased by the mysterious Professor Victor Chillighast, along with an old manor house and funeral home located on the property. A wealthy recluse, he is rumored to have performed strange rituals involving spirits of the dead…some say to prolong his evil life.

Others say he was never a man at all, but rather an agent of the Dark Ones called the Collector, sent to gather souls for his masters and open the doorway to the NETHERWORLD! Whatever foul secrets are hidden in the sunken tombs and hidden catacombs of Whyshburg, it is certain that many who have sought the truth there have never returned!


Sam found the book one day in an old dug out hollow in the scary tree in his back yard. As dusk fell he began to read the stories: tales of hungry spiders and evil witches, smelly trolls and big bad wolves. Later that evening he dreamed he was looking at the tree and it was looking back…looking back with hungry eyes! That’s when it ate him. Then next morning, when the police were searching the neighborhood for the missing boy, no one thought to read the silver bound book by his night stand. If they had, they might have noticed the last story in the book called…THE NIGHT SAM WAS EATEN.

Now it’s your turn to flip the page, to learn the secrets of VERY SCARY TALES in 3D!



WHEN you DIE…And you are evil…before you are cast into the pit of eternal agony…
You come here…to OBLIVION. WE will prepare you for your new life.
We will modify your flesh to survive and flourish in your new home.
If you adapt to our experiments you will become a thing of power, a creature of torment…
But if you fail, your suffering will be amplified for all time.
Welcome to Pain. Welcome to Darkness. Welcome To OBLIVION!

Reviews from 2004

“One of the Top 10 Haunts in the nation”
– Hauntworld Magazine

“It just wouldn’t be Halloween in Atlanta without the mind-bending frights of the renowned Netherworld Haunted House.”
– Sunday Paper

“The massive animatronic creatures inspire awe.”
– Creative Loafing

Telly Award Finalist for “The True Netherworld Story of the Harvestman”
“Netherworld scares the bejesus out of us!”
– Creative Loafing

“Netherworld offers a harmlessly horrifying respite from real-life anxieties.”
– Creative Loafing

“One of the city’s best attractions, Netherworld continues to offer frightful Halloween experiences.”
– AJC access Atlanta

“Filled with terrifying life actors, amazing special effects, and incredible monsters.”
– INsight

“In Atlanta’s storied tradition of truly harrowing haunted houses, there’s Netherworld, and then there’s everyone else.”
– AOL city guide Atlanta

“Netherworld haunted house—Halloween’s most harrowing frightfest.”
– AOL city guide Atlanta

“Three terrifying stories to follow and the foulest demons you’ll ever see—our pick for the best spook house around.”
– AOL city guide Atlanta

“Horror-ific Halloween fun.”
– AOL city guide Atlanta

“Being scared has never been so much fun!!”
– The Weekly Online!

“With elaborate sets, cutting edge special effects, terrifying actors, and intense lighting and sound, NETHERWORLD Haunted House will shock and amaze you at every turn.”
– The Weekly Online!

“An event that is sure to both frighten and entertain.”
– The Weekly Online!

“One of the nation’s most popular Halloween events.”
– The Weekly Online!

“Netherworld is one of the most creative and ingenious Haunted Attractions ever conceived. Each year the Netherworld team creates an unbelievably new and frightening environment for those of use who love to be frightened!”
– Leonard Pickel, Editor of Haunted Attraction Magazine

“NETHERWORLD has been applauded by the likes of CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Rue Morgue Magazine, and Hauntworld the Magazine as one of the top Haunted Houses in the country.”
– INsite

Ranked in the top 13 haunted houses in the nation by Hauntworld Magazine
“Throughout our surveys, Netherworld was clearly the most popular haunted house.”
– Hauntworld Magazine

“Is anyone doing makeup and creating custom monsters on the level of Netherworld?”
– Hauntworld Magazine

“Think about everything you wanted to get from the movie “Van Helsing” but didn’t—that’s Netherworld.”
– AJC Gwinnett News

“The three separate attractions don’t simply ‘BOO!’ audiences to death. They scare, disorient, disturb and scare again.”
– AJC Gwinnett News

“Visitors from across Georgia and even the surrounding states come to see the new thrills and chills Netherworld has to offer.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“This isn’t your typical cheesy haunted house.”
– Atlanta Buzz

“Featuring three new shows, professional actors, Hollywood style makeup and costumes, state-of-the-art special effects and tons of other haunting surprises, Netherworld offers you the Halloween experience of a lifetime!”
– Atlanta Buzz

“Netherworld Haunted House: Bring a friend to cling to!”
– Georgia State’s

“I screamed so loud and so often that I felt my eardrums pop.”
– Georgia State’s

“The original, and by far the most petrifying.”
– Georgia State’s

“Hands down one of the most creative and scariest haunted houses. Ever.”
– Where Atlanta Magazine

“Experience a world full of frightening tales and haunted spirits—Netherworld offers scary tales and haunted hallways that will spook you into this Halloween season.”
– Georgia Magazine


2003 – NETHERWORLD Haunted House Year 7


2003 was in many ways a transition to a new age of NETHERWORLD, the age of the Icon Characters. The main show, DARK HARVEST, a tale of rural nightmares, evil plant creatures and the harvest season saw the creation of THE HARVESTMAN, a twisted legendary creature that haunted the lonely roads and forgotten towns of the Deep South. The detailed theming of the haunt was also put onto several unconnected websites to create a more elaborate legend that was believed by many to be real! The terrifying nature of THE HARVESTMAN took a sudden turn however when we realized that it was an even better character when a comedic edge was added – and suddenly he became a media darling appearing on lots of local TV and getting a job as a horror movie host that actual won a Telly award!

This was also a big year for NETHERWORLD because we added a third Haunted House located in the basement below our current location. The attraction was called TOMB OF DARKNESS and was a completely pitch black show with the theme of an Egyptian Tomb. It began with an elaborate entrance, but after that guests didn’t see light again until the very ending!

After several years of 3D shows we decided it was time for a break and tried out a show completely full of fog. It was the second appearance of VAULT 13, this time called THE BERSERKER PROJECT. Similar to the pitch black show patrons were lost in a sensory deprived environment this time in a dense green swirling mist filled with mutations and weird science.
The three show format worked well, and would continue for a number of years until 2007 when the two upstairs shows would be merged into the massive LEVIATHAN!

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


Every year The Harvestman finds a lonely forgotten town and plants a seed of evil in an ancient burial ground.

As the season of Halloween nears, the dead rise and foul creatures are drawn to to answer an ancient call.

The Tree thing must be fed, and the Door to the NETHERWORLD shall open once more!

Woe to those who fall before the reaper of Dark Harvest…


A terrifying journey through an Egyptian tomb…in TOTAL DARKNESS! Not for the faint of heart. Those with a fear of the unknown should not enter the tomb!

Your other senses come alive as strange and horrifying sounds and smells haunt you in the stygian void! Can you find your way to the hidden burial chamber of Necrotis, Queen of the Dead? Only the brave can survive…


Escape a secret military base hidden deep within the earth. Hideous creatures and toxic mutations stalk you at every turn…

Armed only with your wits and a radiation detector, can you navigate the twisting corridors of VAULT 13 and find your way back to the surface? Or will the strange Green Radiation claim you as its next victim?

Reviews from 2003

“Netherworld cohorts Billy Messina and Ben Armstrong consistently kick out the Halloween jams on a cinematic level.”
– AJC access Atlanta

Winner of Best Creatures & Set Design in AJC Access Atlanta
“Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross frightens guests Hollywood-style.”
– AJC access Atlanta

“Atlanta’s ultimate Halloween event.”

“Best Bet” AJC Access Atlanta
“Among haunted house attractions, Netherworld is at the top of its game.”
– AOL Local Guide: Atlanta

“A perfectly gruesome way to prepare for the Halloween season.”
– AOL Local Guide: Atlanta

“Atlanta’s ultimate Halloween event continues to terrify thrill seekers with legendary special effects and intense haunted house actors.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“Visitors can expect an amazing array of special effects, including animatronic scares, two spinning vortex tunnels, and dozens of other devices sure to shock!”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“Known collectively as the Netherspawn, these actors specialize in portraying savage things thirsty for the blood of the living.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“One of the most elaborate and exciting Halloween attractions you will ever experience.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“Hands down the best haunted house in Atlanta.”
– Key Atlanta Magazine

“The most horrifying haunted house in the nation.”
– The Technique

“Netherworld is Atlanta’s premiere haunted house destination.”
– The Technique

“Netherworld is great fun and good times will be had by all who attend.”
– The Technique

“One of the scariest haunted houses around, complete with strange sounds and smells.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“For seven years, Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross has been the premiere spot for Halloween jolts and spooked-out seasonal escapes for metro Atlanta.”

“One element that separates Netherworld from fly-by-night haunted houses is that each maze has a loosely constructed plot. Couple that with the actors and special effects and it’s akin to walking through a movie set.”

“These actors—who include doctors and lawyers—perform with the dedication of true thespians. The Netherspawn are basically a theatre troupe with fangs.”

“The improvisational aspect changes the experience each time.”

“Netherworld always ranks in the top ten haunted houses in the country. The secret is in the scares and Netherworld has plenty.”
– INsite Atlanta

“If you need a little nudge to get into the spooky spirit of the month or just love to be scared, be sure to check out Netherworld, Atlanta’s ultimate Halloween event.”
– INsite Atlanta

“Elaborate costumes combined with stunning special effects make for one scary night.”
– INsite Atlanta

“Netherworld, Atlanta’s finest haunt, features ghouls and goblins a plenty.”
– The Emory Wheel

“The true embodiment of the Halloween spirit.”
– The Emory Wheel

“The setting is fantastic, with extremely elaborate elements that engage the audience.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Netherworld offers surprises even for the most courageous viewer, making it the best thrill in town.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Atlanta’s finest haunt.”
– The Emory Wheel

“Every year around Halloween, Atlantans summon their courage and make the trek to the Netherworld Haunted House.”
– Jezebel Magazine


2002 – NETHERWORLD Haunted House Year 6


Inner Sanctum

For 2002 the theme for the big show was INNER SANCTUM, and featured the first carefully developed icon character, Dr. Randolph Vargas, who greeted patrons on an intro video before they ventured into the haunt. The Doctor was the creator of a bizarre machine that could extract your greatest fear from your memories and make it into flesh! The subjects of his experiments were trapped in his Asylum, thus the show featured lots of crazed out of control inmates with a multitude of nefarious motivations.


This season began a renaissance with the performance at NETHERWORLD, as year round acting classes and trips to act at other events resulted in an interactive acting style that can still be seen in the parking lot of NETHERWORLD to this day. The 3D Show was called House of Creeps, and harkened back to the old Freak Shows and carnivals of long ago, with twisted oddities and evil clowns creating the requisite nightmares for the guests! Inspired by a crazy fun year, the cast and crew launched into preparations for 2003 with a vengeance!

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



Welcome! I am Professor Randolph Vargus, Director of Inner Sanctum, Inc. and the inventor of the Preatorious Insinuator Mark 7! My device extracts the purest form of fear from the human brain – and gives it flesh! Once we create these shadow creatures from the deepest recesses of a subject’s mind…we can then destroy them…curing our patients of their madness! Or…we can keep the things alive for …further study…

Now prepare yourself to explore INNER SANCTUM ….
I warn you to be on your guard…I have heard reports that some of our inmates have escaped…. But I am sure my staff is exaggerating…
Good Luck! You’re going to need it!



Welcome one and all to the terrifying House of Creeps! So shocking, so demented, women faint and men run out screaming!

Marvel at the Freaks! Wonders of nature and mistakes of Science!

Do you like clowns??? Well, in the House of Creeps, they like you!

Only in the House of Creeps – a real live Alien Autopsy! Watch it wiggle in agony as strange organs are removed!

For your amazement, from the depths of the earth come the Macro Viruses! See these subterranean flesh eaters glow with radiation before they attack!

Reviews from 2002

“Packing a shivering punch year after year, this is one event not to be missed.”
– Newcomer

“Spine tingling.”
– Newcomer

“Netherworld scares the crap out of you!”
– GSU Signal

“Netherworld is definitely not for the weak hearted.”
– GSU Signal

“Those seeking a good scare should head to Netherworld.”
– GSU Signal

“Among the most impressive and scary inventions in the house are hydraulic and pneumatic-driven monsters, gigantic insects, holographic decors, and lots of animation.”
– GSU Signal

“Every little detail is taken care of—the spider webs, the desolated rooms, even the smell, all contribute to the spooky atmosphere.”
– GSU Signal

“THE Halloween-time attraction in the Atlanta-area.”
– Prick Magazine

“Filled with more ghoulish atmospherics and undead deformities than ever before.”
– Prick Magazine

“Netherworld’s clowns are downright chilling.”
– Prick Magazine

“The most consistently creative spook show in Atlanta.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“You have to see it to believe it.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“The characters ooze gore and seem to appear from nowhere.”
– Gwinnett Daily Post

“I swear, one room smelled like dead things.”
– Rachael Mason, staff writer for the Gwinnett Daily Post

“I definitely screamed out loud, a girly surprised scream that I cannot reproduce on command.”
– Rachel Mason, staff writer for the Gwinnett Daily Post

“More scares per square inch than any other haunted house in town.”
– Forsyth County News

“If you have not checked out Netherworld, you are really missing something.”
– Forsyth County News

“Netherworld is, without a doubt, the best haunted house year after year.”
– Forsyth County News

“Capturing the intensity and quality horror that is Netherworld is not an easy thing to do, but suffice it to say that it will be the most fun you will ever have wetting your pants.”
– Forsyth County News

“If you only go to one haunted house this year, make it Netherworld.”
– The Forsyth County News

“Hollywood quality sets.”
– The Forsyth County News

One of Rue Morgue Magazine’s 13 Great Haunts to visit in October nationwide
“An Atlanta haunting tradition.”
– Rue Morgue Magazine

Citysearch “Best of” for 2002
“Netherworld Haunted House extracts fear from visitors in the form of sweat, screams, and the occasional soiled undergarment.”
– Creative Loafing

“Truly startling moments are mixed with cool effects and playful monsters.”

“Amazing effects and shocking horrors beyond human comprehension!”
– Music Industry Network News

“Netherworld puts on a creepy show for people of all ages.”
– Digital City

“Netherworld Haunted House ranks among the best in the nation.”
– The Technique

“You will leave there still looking behind you.”
– The Sentinel of Kennesaw State University


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