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December 11, 2017

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The suspense may kill her: Fan waits hours for Goretorium


Ron Sylvester

Mikayla Clease, 18, wanted to be first in line for the opening of Eli Roth’s Goretoroum in Las Vegas. She began waiting at 1:30 p.m. for the 11 p.m. opening.

Mikayla Clease stood outside Eli Roth's Goretorium Thursday afternoon made up with fake blood running down her face and arms. Crowds passing by naturally assumed she worked there and kept asking her questions.

"I keep getting questions, and I'm trying to answer them, but I don't work here," Clease said. She just wanted to be first in line when the Goretorium opens at 11 p.m.

She's been waiting in full makeup, a tank top and jeans since about 1:30 p.m.

She flew into Las Vegas Wednesday from her home in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to go to the two-story scarefest on the Strip, fashioned after a haunted hotel and casino. She'll return home to Canada Friday.

Clease said she's been a fan of Roth since she first saw the director-writer-actor in his film "Cabin Fever."

"I heard about this on Twitter, and I'm such a big fan I have to be here when it opens," Clease said.

Construction workers were still laying carpet and putting finishing touches on staircases as Clease waited outside the new attraction in the Harmon Retail Corner, across from the Cosmopolitan.

The Goretorium includes "Bloody Mary's." Above the bar a live woman, who appears cut off at the waist will overlook customers, as red fluid runs through clear tubes from her torso to frozen machines.

Guests may tour the surprises in the haunted upstairs or hang out at the outdoor "Baby Dolls" lounge, decorated with 200 small baby heads.

Although it's opening in time for Halloween, the Goretorium will be a year-round attraction.

Clease pulled up her jean leg to show her right foot, which looked like skin was peeling off of it.

"I was so excited, I got this tattoo especially for this opening," she said.

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