Tuesday, October 22, 2002 @ 10:47 AM
The Master of Shock Rock Strik
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From Associated Press:
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) -- Alice Cooper promises to make Halloween even scarier this year.
The rock singer, who has been frightening audiences for years with gruesome concert performances that feature guillotines lopping off heads and infant dolls gushing blood, has opened his latest haunted house attraction.
Alice Cooper's Nightmare: The Breakdown, which opened October 2 and runs through November 2, is the sequel to 2001's Alice Cooper's Nightmare, the Phoenix shock rocker's first foray into the haunted house business.
This year, the effects are better, house director Steve Kopelman said, with lifelike props, high-tech robots and computer movement systems manned by the same company used by major theme parks.
The house's budget has also been increased, and a second house has debuted in San Antonio. House operators hope Cooper-themed attractions will be showing up in other areas of the country for future Halloweens.
Cooper is touring and won't actually be at the houses, but there are about 30 actors at each one to handle the task of frightening the roughly 1,000 people who go through each night.