Hotel Hell: People are dying to get in
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
October 23, 2012 09:52 pm
Newlywed zombies (Karen de Lucca and Christopher Eckersley) are dying for the brains of hotel guests. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Newlywed zombies (Karen de Lucca and Christopher Eckersley) are dying for the brains of hotel guests. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

The Chetco Pelican Players are presenting a terrifying tour of a haunted hotel inside the former West Coast Appliance warehouse at the corner of Highway 101 and East Hoffeldt Lane in Harbor.

The haunted house, called “Hotel Hell,” was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and has made people jump and, in a few cases, run out of the building to catch their breath.

According to Claire Willard, the maven of mayhem presiding over the event, there was one group who had visited five haunted houses in the Portland area, and the guests called the one in Harbor “by far the best.”

Willard was told that the haunted houses in Portland have a lot of computer animation and special effects, but none are “in your face” scary.

“Hotel Hell” will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 28, 29 and 30, and 7 p.m. until midnight Halloween.

Unlike previous years, this year’s event allows people to come inside, out of the rain or cold, to stand in line to pay the $9 admission, which may or may not be considered paying an arm and a leg. Count Dracula stands behind the hotel desk where the tour begins. 

“Hotel Hell” comprises hundreds of square feet of phobic fear and chambers of dread. According to Willard, guests will walk through a dark, dank world of murderous monsters, mad maids, beastly bellboys, predatory porters, shocking suites of panic and terror with mutants, freaks, and crawling creatures from the depths of Hades. Awful apparitions of every sort will be lurking in wait down every dim, and sometimes completely dark, hallway.

Those who survive the excruciating experience of “Hotel Hell” will receive soft drinks, cookies, candy and heaping helpings of the Willard’s famous Creepy Crawly Chili in the gruesome “Beastro” at the end of the ordeal. 

Children younger than 8 should not check in.