Many a clubber shed a tear when the beloved Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel held its closing party on New Year’s Eve as the final minutes of 2009 ticked away. The club’s $250,000 chandelier was supposedly awarded to whomever spent the most that night, and rumors soon followed that the space would be transformed into an afterhours spot. Well, the chandelier is still there and so is the club. Since its closure, Body English has hosted numerous concert one-offs, as well as a few nostalgic holiday weekend parties, and it’s now found another temporary incarnation as a haunted house.
“Going into Body English, it looked like you were going into the haunted mansion just the way it was, so we just figure this was perfect,” says Jeff Davis, marketing manager for Monster Mayhem, the production company overseeing the attraction called Bloody English.
Channeling a variety of British and Victorian tales, the self-guided approximately 15-minute experience effectively incorporates and transforms the entire venue, from the upper-level previously VIP booths overlooking the dance floor—now the scene of Jack the Ripper’s murderous deeds—to even the back-of-house kitchen, where Sweeney Todd character Mrs. Lovett makes her suspicious meat pies. Twenty-three actors interact with high-end props and animatronics to add to the experience along the way. “Keep an eye out for the werewolves!” Davis laughs. “That’s our pièce de résistance.”
Bloody English is now open 6 p.m. to midnight Wed.-Sun., plus Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. Admission is $15 weekdays and $18 weekends, and an adult must accompany children under 12. For more information, visit BloodyEnglish.com.