Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 | 6:52 p.m.
Eli Roth's Goretorium grand opening
Las Vegas VIPs and celebrities got into the Halloween spirit early as they attended the VIP and blood red carpet grand opening of director Eli Roth’s year-round scare fest Goretorium on Thursday night on the Strip. The evening kicked off with the “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever” director performing a chainsaw-cutting ceremony on the mezzanine level of Goretorium and then arrived on the actual black arrivals carpet with bloodied white carnations.
Black carpet guests included Dave Navarro (Guns ’n’ Roses), Monte Carlo headliners the Jabbawockeez, Corey Miller (“L.A. Ink”), Zak Bagans (“Ghost Adventures”), Victoria Asher (Cobra Starship), DJ Paul (Three 6 Mafia), Omar Doom (“Inglorious Basterds”), DJ Ashba (Guns ’n’ Roses), Antonio Bellatore (“The Antonio Bellatore Project”), 2012 Miss Nevada USA Jade Kelsall, 2005 Miss USA Shanna Moakler, boxer Zab Judah and actress Elina Madison.
After the arrivals carpet, Roth (b)led guests to the 1960s-inspired Baby Dolls lounge overlooking the Strip to watch a special moment featuring world-renowned illusionist Franz Harary. Roth entered a vintage “exercise machine” and twisted his upper body 360 degrees while his legs stayed in one place. Guests gasped when he began coughing up blood while “guts” were thrown into the crowd. The contraption sucked a guest inside the contraption while Roth exited back to normal. All in fun, people!
As Goretorium characters partied in Baby Dolls, guests were treated to a specialty cocktail, Eli Roth’s Blood, as they listened to a mash-up of Top 40 songs. The 15,000-square-foot, $10 million Goretorium, located across from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with spine-tingling special effects, state-of-the-art scenery and a cast of nightmare-inducing characters opened to the public at 11 p.m.
Thanks to contributing photographer David Tingey of Tom Donoghue Photography for his photo gallery of the festive and frightful night and to Richard Corey for his video posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
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