The terrors of Stephen King's IT coming to life in a 'real' horror house

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Aug 10, 2017

Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any scarier than seeing Stephen King’s circus of carnage in a dark theater, it did—and IT did.

Starting August 14 and continuing its reign of terror through September 10, Neibolt House in California will shapeshift into a Hollywood house of horrors that will give anyone sick of the same old fake blood and polyester cobwebs a tour of the IT movieverse so eerily realistic, you’ll feel as if you stepped right through the screen.

Did I mention it's totally free? Not to lure you into the sewer, but the decrepit house will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily for what the website describes as “immersive film inspired scenes” that will make your skin crawl right off your bones.

Take immersive film inspired scenes really, really seriously. If this place is anything like what the trailer forebodes, you’ll find yourself in a dank, dripping basement that’s freaky enough before a white-gloved hand lunges at you. Or that creepy shrine where stained-glass windows pay an almost religious homage to clowndom and not all those dusty porcelain dolls are inanimate objects. Or down in the sewers where your dead friend’s shoes float—and you’ll float, too.

When you enter Pennywise’s lair, don’t be surprised if you can see through your guide, because it’s Georgie. It goes without saying that he floats.

The experience is supposed to be nightmare fuel so powerful you have to sign a waiver. You might want to turn back now if you’re claustrophobic or coulrophobic. Things in red noses and greasepaint will jumpscare you. Holographic spirits will make you question your sanity. You may or may not witness the spectacle of a clown morphing into a werewolf, and if you need to wash your hands, you’ll probably be met with a viscous gush of blood in the sink as something seizes you by the throat from behind.

Just know to run whenever you see a red balloon.