This year’s Halloween Horror Nights® at Universal Studios HollywoodSM brings together unprecedented star power to create the definitive Hollywood horror “dream team” and craft the ultimate “live” Halloween nightmare. Featuring a noteworthy six mazes, five terror-filled “Scare Zones,” and the return of the ever popular “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,” “Halloween Horror Nights” also includes a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” backlot studio experience, offering guests the unique chance to walk through Universal Studios historic movie sets.
Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including, “Jurassic Park® In the Dark,” “The Simpsons RideTM” and “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride.”
“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, September 23 and continues on select nights through Halloween, Monday, October 31. Event dates are: September 23, 24, 30; October 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority entry at each maze and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.
Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available at Halloween Horror Nights.com and also on Twitter and Facebook, as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Fans are invited to follow John Murdy on Twitter at: Twitter.com/HorrorNights or via Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood (Official).”
Six Terrifying Mazes:
“The Thing: Assimilation”
(Based On Universal Pictures’ Upcoming Thriller)
An abandoned scientific research center in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctic will set the stage for “The Thing: Assimilation,” an all-new multi-sensory “Halloween Horror Nights” maze based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller.
A riveting and immersive trek into a science fiction nightmare, “The Thing: Assimilation” will draw upon the atrocities unearthed in the film and re-create the heinous crimes committed against humans by a parasitic extraterrestrial life form.
A virtual three-dimensional sneak peek of the movie,” The Thing: Assimilation” maze will offer “Halloween Horror Nights” guests an unprecedented first-hand preview of the much anticipated thriller in advance of its release on October 14. Eerily authentic, “The Thing” maze will feature elaborately designed and disturbingly real alien creatures and sets. They will match the film’s terrifying intensity to provoke both a memorable and disturbing experience.
Universal Studios Hollywood is collaborating with the film’s producers, Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead) to create an experience that is authentic to the film. The sets, audio, musical score, creature and character references are all based on the thriller.
“We want people to live the film and experience the same terror that affects the film’s characters,” said Newman. “Our collaboration with Universal’s creative teams brought the vision of the film to life. We’re excited for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ guests to experience ‘The Thing’ in this frighteningly real way.”
“Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season”
Eli Roth, the multi-talented director, writer, producer and actor, adapts his enormously successful “Hostel” film franchise to create “Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season,” a twisted new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, that will lure “travelers” through a frightening passage of torturous death traps.
“Hostel: Hunting Season,” for which Universal will build elaborate sets re-creating locations in Slovakia, marks the horror auteur and star’s first effort at transforming his screen work into a live theme park experience. The maze will re-imagine the film’s dehumanizing torture chambers and send guests on a spiraling journey through the corrupt halls of Elite Hunting’s torture factory. Elite Hunting, a secret society that tortures and kills American youth for sport in exchange for large sums of money, will prowl the factory and prey on its many maze visitors.
Eli Roth said: "Creating a maze for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is a horror fan’s dream come true. I’ve been visiting ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. For me it was like going inside the world of a movie and experiencing it in a visceral environment that simply cannot be replicated, and in subsequent years I’ve found I’m just as scared as I was the first time.
“I am so happy to join forces with the creative team at Universal. Our collaborative vision to bring ‘Hostel’ to life will give both fans of my movie and horror fans a scare they could never have imagined. People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite ‘Hostel’ scenes, along with some new surprises.
“ I was honored to receive an Eyegore Award at last year’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ event, and began talking to Universal about a ‘Hostel’ maze even then. This is something I’ve dreamed of for years. I may even dress up and appear in the maze one night as a torturer. So when you say ‘I scared you,’ you can literally mean that I scared you!"
“Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare”
The legendary Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, will spin a new collection of disturbing horror imagery in “Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare,” in the outrageous new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.
Inspired by the rock icon’s landmark concept album and its long-awaited sequel “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” to be released on September 13 through Universal Music Enterprises,” the new attraction will take guests on a terrifying trip through Alice Cooper’s twisted mind, where his most famous songs, bizarre themes and demented characters collide inside a living horror movie.
This original, one-of-a-kind walk through experience will feature trademark elements from Alice Cooper’s celebrated shows, including guillotine decapitations, electric chairs, a sadistic insane asylum, predatory snakes and giant Black Widow spiders that have helped make his imagery timeless and indelible. Music will be a powerful element within the maze and will include both new and classic Alice Cooper material.
Sharing his enthusiasm, Alice Cooper said: “We’ll be creating this living horror movie within screaming distance of the sound stages where horror movies first began, so there’s no place more appropriate to offer a preview of the new `Welcome 2 My Nightmare.’ This will be a nightmare that will haunt visitors’ dreams for a long time to come.”
“Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision”
Multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker, Rob Zombie returns to Universal Studios Hollywood as his nightmarish 3D world of carnage and chaos, “Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision,” makes an encore performance at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
In “Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision,” guests will enter Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, a duplicitous carnival-style roadside attraction that doubles as a gas station and fried chicken eatery. Amid bizarre exhibits and oddities, guests will meander through the world’s deadliest tourist trap and the setting for Rob Zombie’s terrifying 3D trip through a web of massacre and mayhem.
To experience the maze— an original concept created by Rob Zombie, based on his cult smash film “House of 1000 Corpses”—“Halloween Horror Nights” guests will don 3D glasses for an up-close-and-personal three-dimensional encounter with the world’s most notorious serial killers. Guests will roam through the diabolical universe of Captain Spaulding, Baby, Otis and Dr. Satan, to experience Zombie’s iconic creations – both “live” and via highly imaginative 3D sets and props.
“La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas,” Imagined by Diego Luna
(“The Weeping Woman: Village of Lost Soul,” Imagined by Diego Luna)
La Llorona, the fearful story of melancholy and murder that has terrified Mexican and Latin American children for generations, will have an expanded presence at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event as Universal Studios Hollywood recruits Mexico-based film star Diego Luna as a creative consultant to design this all-new-terror-filled maze, “La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas.”
“La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas,” which translates to “Weeping Woman: Village of Lost Souls,” will feature elaborate sets depicting sites within and around a small Mexican village. The new maze will tell the haunting story of “La Llorona,” doomed to wander the earth forever after drowning her children in a desperate attempt to win a lost love. She then drowns herself when this attempt to win her lost love fails.
According to the legend, La Llorona’s dreadful, wailing cries—“My children! Where are my children?”—can be heard eternally piercing the night. La Llorona’s frail, drenched body lurking throughout the dead of night will invariably elicit unwavering dread from the helpless village inhabitants or maze guests as her presence signifies impending death.
Diego Luna said: “Like all Mexican children, I grew up with the story of ‘La Llorona’ and I think it’s a tale with universal appeal. Story-telling is at the heart of all my work and I’m thrilled to have the chance to help present the great ‘La Llorona’ legend in a different kind of medium at the ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ event.”
“”The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall”
“The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall” based upon the 2010 Universal movie, will vividly re-create the terrors lurking within the great ancestral Talbot mansion in the Blackmoor Woods. As guests make their way through the forest, they encounter the bodies of mutilated villagers, many still living and writhing in the agony of their death-throes. Within the great rooms of the Talbot mansion, they find generations of the cursed family in various stages of transformation. And as they make their way through the maze, they become the next targets of the beast’s deadly attention.
“Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life”
“Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life,” based on the latest installment of Wes Craven’s “Scream” film series, will unleash the iconic “Ghostface Killer” on the world-famous backlot during Halloween Horror Nights, casting guests as victims in a living horror film.
The fantasy world of movies collides with reality when aboard “Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life” guests are transported through Universal’s famed backlot—-the heart of the world’s most famous horror moviemaking studio—and find themselves being stalked by one of the most dangerous slashers in horror history: “Ghostface Killer.”
Mirroring the “Scream 4” film concept of a “movie-within-a-movie” theme, the “Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life” experience will introduce guests to the fictional “Stab” slasher film franchise and beckon them to visit the production of “Stab 8,” currently “shooting on location on the backlot.”
A marquee attraction unique to Universal Studios Hollywood and “Halloween Horror Nights,” the “Terror Tram” combines a ride aboard Universal’s signature trams with a terrifying walk-through experience through world-famous movie sets including Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” and the infamous Bates Motel and Psycho House from Alfred Hitchcock’s signature film.
Five Terror-Filled “Scare Zones”
Lurking in dark corners and prowling for prey throughout “Halloween Horror Nights” are countless “scare-actors” and numerous horror-filled “Scare Zones” designed to torment and torture guests at every instance. This year, five “Scare Zones” will provoke a new sense of terror in guests.
The infamous Ghostface Killer from Scream 4 is on the loose in the “Scream” “Scare Zone” and the stakes are high as the iconic murder shows no mercy as he traverses the theme park in search of his next victim.
The circus may have come to “The Big Apple,” but it’s the “Klownz” that are running the show in this gang-filled “Scare Zone” of violent killer clowns whose three ring circus entertains to the applause of murder and mayhem.
The Grim Reaper and his evil minions of death have been unleashed upon the Earth, equipped with mutilating chainsaws in “The Reapers” “Scare Zone,” where there’s nowhere to run or hide, because death lurks around every corner.
A decaying English village ravaged by the walking dead breathe black life to a stricken community of the doomed as the decaying corpses of butchers and barbers reawaken in search of satiating their hunger for human flesh in this foul stenched “Zombieville” “Scare Zone.”
“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure”
Party on as these two most excellent dudes return to skewer some of the biggest names in Hollywood. With astonishing topics torn from the pages of today’s most salacious tabloids and acid-tongue bloggers, the kings of comedic satire spin pop culture and celebrity public blunders into riotous laughter. Bill and Ted, never without their most excellent time-traveling phone booth, add hilarity to the already ridiculous for sublime parody performances in the return of the very popular “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.”
Popular Rides Join “Halloween Horror Nights”
“Jurassic Park®—In the Dark”
Havoc erupts when Universal’s oldest monsters turn their ravenous appetites on unsuspecting guests thrust unwittingly into the cold, still night of the Jurassic era. Only inches from gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs, guests in fear for their lives will navigate uncharted waters before they plunge headfirst down an 84-foot drop into the frigid waters of “Jurassic Park®—The Ride.”
“Revenge of the Mummy®— The Ride”
Fear of the dark, fear of insects, fear of speed, fear of heights and fear of death are served up to deliver the world’s first psychological thrill ride roller coaster. Utilizing animatronics, sophisticated motion picture technology, state-of-the-art ride, audio and robotics engineering, “Revenge of the Mummy®—The Ride” preys on every human phobia, immersing guests in a total multi-sensory environment in utter darkness.
“The Simpsons Ride®”
What could possibly be scarier than a wild virtual roller coaster ride through “Krustyland” with The Simpsons wreaking havoc and mayhem on “Krustyland, “the theme park within a theme park. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson will lead guests on an adventure when they board “The Simpsons Ride,” a mega-attraction based on the blockbuster movie and TV series and the centerpiece of Krusty The Clown’s fictitious “Krustyland” theme park. Voted “Best New Theme Park Ride” by Theme Park Insider.com, “The Simpsons Ride®” is as motion simulation comedy thrill ride that hurls guests on a wild adventure through Krustyland, immersing them in a “Simpsons” satire of one creative amusement park experience. Guests will be clinging to each other for dear life and laugh till it hurts.
Source = Universal Studios Hollywood