Traveling to Australia? You may be interested in Dracula’s Haunted House. On Enfield Haunting, we like to tell you about the scariest haunted houses – both real and theatrical. Dracula’s Haunted House is one of those.
Read on to find out more about this haunted attraction in Queensland, and how you can visit.
The Legend of Dracula
You may be familiar with the novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula. It’s one of the most widely read and celebrated mystery and horror books of our time, and has served as inspiration for books, movies and, well, haunted houses.
As the story goes, an English lawyer named Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania, where he is to carry out a real estate transaction. There’s a lot of foreshadowing in the beginning of the novel: crucifixes, peasants who warn him, and people muttering the word “vampire.”
He arrives at the castle, and after a few days he realizes that he is a prisoner there. We’re not going to give away any spoilers; the book is in the public domain and you can read it online. You can also find the book available on Amazon for free.
Suffice to say, as Dracula was written in 1931, it’s one of the first introductions of vampires to the mainstream, along works like Nosferatu. And as you’re aware, vampires are very much a part of our mainstream today. Films like Twilight and Interview with the Vampire are examples of this. Even children’s television Sesame Street has Count von Count as a main character.
So what’s so scary about vampires, anyway? Well, it depends on which story you’re reading, or which movie you’re watching. Vampires can be entities which lurk in the dark, waiting for the innocent blood of prey. A vampire can be dressed in plain clothes, doing the same. Apparently vampires can sparkle, though this admittedly makes them more humorous than scary. Or vampires can turn into bats, transforming as they see fit.
What’s scary about vampires is up to you. But the fact is that they’re some of the most well-loved spooks in popular culture.
Are Vampires Real?
We’ll leave that up to you. The creators of Dracula’s Haunted House certainly want you to think that these creatures exist. Vampires are said to travel at the speed of light (which is spooky in itself). They’re said to be immortal, only killed by a stake through the heart, a blessed (holy) bullet, or decapitation, followed by stuffing the mouth with garlic.
Legend states that vampires are cursed, not blessed, with eternal life. They can’t be caught on camera, nor can their reflections be seen in a mirror. Furthermore, you’re safe at home. A vampire can’t enter your home unless he’s invited in.
So do the vampires in Dracula’s Haunted House really exist? There have been real-life cases of strange behavior which would mimic that of a vampire. In 2001 North Wales, killer Matthew Hardman killed an old woman and drank her blood. He’d removed her heart and left it in a saucepan.
There is another case – we won’t detail it here – when a killer named Jonathan Davis drank the blood of his victim. She was a young girl, and the crime took place in a church.
Finally, the “lesbian vampire killer” lived in Queensland, Australia, where Dracula’s Haunted House sits. Tracey Wigginton and three other women lured a man into a car before stabbing him and drinking his blood.
It’s hard to say whether vampires are real, but there are enough popular culture references to the creatures to make you believe the legends might be true. Legends aside, though, there are people who supposedly medically require sustenance from human or animal blood. You can interpret this I whichever way you like.
Dracula’s Haunted House, Queensland, Australia
If you feel like braving Dracula’s Haunted House, you can do so year round. It’s a permanent attraction in Surfer’s Paradise, and it gets very good reviews from some of the people who have visited.
It’s a walk-through attraction, and features horror displays, special effects and optical illusions. There are five stories to explore, and each floor has a different theme, including “Carnival of Freaks” and “Underworld.”
We mentioned that some of the people have given Dracula’s Haunted House good reviews. Others? Not so much. The people who reviewed it positively raved about the special effects, and the fact that the attraction took so long to go through entirely.
But the negative reviews say that Dracula’s Haunted House is in need of TLC. The place, to some, appeared run down and poorly cared for. Others were disappointed that the site didn’t have any scare factor. That is to say, no one jumping out to scare you or the like.
Attraction owners make it clear that there are no refunds if you “chicken out.” But one person who have visited just wanted a refund because “it was so …” well, you get the idea. Another review read as follows:
People would have more of a chance of chickening out from the butterfly house in Coffs Harbour than this place… it’s as graphic as a 1950’s porno with the special effects of a 1940’s cartoon.
Ouch. The price of the attraction is $25 for adults and $19 for kids, so to bring the family can set you back about a hundred bucks. The reviews are mixed as to whether Dracula’s Haunted House is worth that cost.
Nearby Dracula’s Cabaret
You’ll have to drive a ways to get there, but Dracula’s Haunted House has a sister attraction: Dracula’s Cabaret. This is a burlesque type performance in Broadbeach, Australia. And unlike Dracula’s Haunted House, this one gets great reviews.
Dracula’s Cabaret features a three course meal, and is meant to be comedic. Visitors have said that the food is average, but the performance is great. Tickets are $95 per person, or $115 if you get the VIP pass. It’s still pricey, but the reviews for this attraction are much better. Be mindful, though, if it’s a haunted house you’re looking for, you’ll be disappointed with Dracula’s Cabaret.