The Nightmare on Suzhou Creek is back, and scarier than ever

The Nightmare on Suzhou Creek is back, and scarier than ever

If the beheading room, corpses and monsters don't terrify you, perhaps the queues for the massively popular and reanimated Shanghai Nightmare haunted house will. Do you dare?
Shanghai Nightmare - Haunted House
What can top 13 areas of fright from last year? A haunted house twice the size.

Shanghai’s worst -- and favorite -- nightmare is back, doing what it does best -- scaring the heck out of people from its decrepit, 107-year-old building facing the newly renovated Suzhou Creek.

For those who dared venture to this haunted house last year and are thinking “been there, survived that,” SmartShanghai reports that this year the horror is a whole lot scarier, with the Shanghai Nightmare folk assuring the editors that it’s “scary as hell.”

We thought it would be hard to improve on the 13 areas set up to scare the living daylights out of people, from the beheading room, to a theater full of stiff bodies and a monster bar, but they did. It’s twice as long as last year due to their partnership with Erebus Haunted Attraction -- Guinness record holders for longest walk-through haunted house.

We expect nothing less though from 26-year-old American-Chinese Gan Quan and partner Xu Jiali who both left their corporate gigs at Intel to follow their nightmares and create China’s first haunted offering. 

“She has an art background and I have an engineering background,” Gan said to Shanghaiist. “We thought why not combine it to use both of our talents?” We’re pretty sure this isn’t how most Intel staff blow off steam, but it definitely works.

So, are you ready for Shanghai Nightmare round two? More importantly, are you ready for the lines (again)? Facing those multi-hour waits might be the scariest part of all. Maybe it'll help thin the Expo crowds at least. We can only hope.

Fewer people will be looking for a fright in August than October, so if you’re looking for a freaky way to beat the heat, this is a unique one to say the least.

getting there

Shanghai Nightmare
1295 Nan Suzhou Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu
南苏州路1295号, 近成都北路
RMB 300 VIP tickets get you to the front of the line, RMB 120 regular ticket (RMB 20 discount in August)
Hours: August to October; Fri. -Sat. 7 p.m.-midnight, Mon.-Thu. and Sun. 7-11 p.m. 
+86 400 622 1031