AUSTIN -- House of Torment has returned to scare the living daylights out of you.
The haunted attraction is celebrating 11 years in business, nine of those at Highland Mall. Open daily through November 2, massive Hollywood-worthy sets, terrifying characters, and animatronic monsters are ready to leave visitors screaming and potentially crying.
So how is House of Torment different than other haunted houses?
Show Director Brandon LeJeune says it has a reputation for going over-the-top. He says ghosts, monsters and more surround you in every direction while you go through the attractions. Each night about 80 people are in costume, ready to scare patrons around every corner, door and hallway - sometimes even on a zip line. Learn more about auditions here.
This year there are three attractions: House of Torment: Blackthorne District; Cursed: Ancients Emerge and Slaughterhouse: The Harvest. Each one comes with a back story you can find on House of Torment's website. Hint: Blackthorne is an asylum.
Getting the attractions ready to go for the Halloween season takes all year. LeJeune says there is an off-site facility where House of Torment starts building themes and sets for next year -- all while this year's attractions are still open.
One thing House of Torment doesn't do? Religion. LeJeune says that theme can get a little controversial, even for a haunted house.
"You're always going to offend somebody, even when you play it safe," he said.
With giant spiders, padded walls and a burger place sprayed with a scent called "rotting decay," this haunted attraction is sure to make you scream.
Click through the gallery to see our behind-the-scenes photos. Warning: Some images may be a bit graphic for the faint of heart.
House of Torment is joining other haunted attractions for National Haunted House Day on Friday, Oct. 11. Go here for more information.