I have been dying to check out the Neibolt House in Hollywood, which is a free haunted house running for a limited time to promote the new Warner Bros' film IT. At the impressively spooky house, the character of Georgie guides visitors in groups of seven (same as the number of members in the "Loser's Club") who are 18 and over through the rooms of the decrepit and creepy house featured in Stephen King's book as well as in the new film coming out September 8th, 2017. The immersive experience features film-inspired scenes, authentic set props, scare actors, animatronic props, and state-of-the-art lighting, audio, and video.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to check it out before it closes on September 10th, but the good news is that I (and you!) can live vicariously through my good friend and haunt ghoul Miss Kerry (aka Miss Skerry - make sure you follow her on Instagram for more spooky adventures!), who recently got the chance to check out The IT Experience: Neibolt House and was gracious enough to share her visit with us!
Warning - SPOILER ALERT: The review below includes maze spoilers, so if you want to check out the house for yourself you may want to do that first before reading this review. You've been warned!
IT is one of my favorite horror stories, so when I heard about this promotional haunted house in Hollywood for the upcoming release of the movie IT I had to go. When the haunted house was first announced they offered people the ability to book a free reservation time but online reservations quickly sold out. They opened up a waitlist but that also became full, so now your only option is to show up and wait.
IT mural at line entrance
Neibolt House and our guide, Georgie
I enjoyed the anticipation of waiting to see the front of the house because we did not pass it on our way to the event. The outside of the house is beautifully done. They gave us plenty of time to take photos. After your photo-op, Georgie, equipped with his flashlight, brings the 7 guests into the house and up a spiral staircase where the adventure begins.
A nice nod to the original Pennywise played by Tim Curry in the original 1990
Georgie and friend in the clown room
Georgie and his paper boat
Screens featuring clips of IT
What's behind the "Scary" door?
"Not Scary at All" you say? Ok...
Let's all float with Georgie
Wow, Pennywise sure looked happy to have some new
Overall this was a fun and unique experience. The interior and exterior design of the house was excellent but the scares were really lacking. I heard that this house made it so Universal Halloween Horror Nights was unable to do an IT maze this year. That’s really unfortunate because they would have done the film justice. I’m really hoping John Murdy of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood gets the chance to do it next year. This was definitely a nice treat before seeing the movie which comes out September 8th. I can’t wait to see the 2017 version!
Here is the event info for those wanting to visit the Neibolt House before it ends:
August 14 – September 10, 11AM – 11PM daily
Hollywood Blvd and Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Have you visited the Neibolt House? We would love to hear your thoughts if you have!
Who else is excited for IT?! I know both Kerry and I are!
Until next time, stay spooky!