Universal Orlando HHN 25: Original Houses, Scare Zones, and Shows

August 27th, 2015

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Following the reveal of the return of An American Werewolf in London, The Universal Orlando team announced the remaining original houses for this year’s event.  It looks like they are rolling out a little something from all best scares and themes of the past 25 years. If the previous maze announcements didn’t make you want to go then these better or we suggest checking your pulse.

Original Houses

Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem
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Jack is back and he invites you to join him for the ultimate reunion in horror. Universal classic monsters will attack from the shadows, meat-grinding maniacs will rip every scream from your throat, and ghosts of Horror Nights past will stalk you around every corner. You’ll find yourself dying to get in and relive your most haunting memories of the past 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights.

RUN: Blood, Sweat and Fears
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Congratulations! You’ve been selected to be one of the lucky contestants on RUN, the most popular and brutal television show in the world. In this house, you’ll have to try and avoid the skilled assassins known as Reapers as you work through “death obstacles” designed to mangle and shred—all for the amusement of the audience watching from home. And good news: the now run-down Hellgate Prison has been selected as the battleground. Good luck!

Asylum in Wonderland 3D
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A new volume of Scary Tales has been released by Ultra Violent Comics: “Asylum in Wonderland”. This time around, you’ll follow the white rabbit through the looking glass and into a murderous 3-D Wonderland. All of the beloved characters will come to life in this chaotic world with an insane, nightmarish twist. You’ll be left asking one question: Is it all really in Alice’s mind? Or are the images you see real enough to kill you?

Body Collectors: Recollections
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They have returned. The Body Collectors are on the hunt for the human parts they so desperately need. Emerging from the darkness on a cold, winter night, they descended upon the unknowing inhabitants of Shadybrook Asylum. Get ready to face their sharpened blades as the screams of their recent victims echo throughout the halls.

Scare Zones

Psychoscareapy: Unleashed — The criminally insane inmates of Shadybrooke Asylum have escaped and unleashed their horror onto a Halloween block party in the streets of New York. Come join the party goers as the inmates kill for the best Halloween costumes for their very own special costume contest where you will be the judge. Oh, and this will be one of the bloodiest scare zones ever!

ICONS: HHN — And now for the scare zone I’m looking forward to the most! It’s time to take a look back in history and come face-to-face with the icons from our past. Iconic characters from the event’s 25 year history such as The Caretaker, The Storyteller, The Director and more will be found roaming the streets of Hollywood. I’ve even heard The Rat Lady will be making her grand return!

Scary Tales: ScreamPunk — This year, we’re bringing to life our most horrifying Scary Tales characters with a new twist. This steampunk-inspired version of Scary Tales is sure to leave you screaming.

Evil’s Roots — It’s time to be immersed in Halloween’s most evil traditions in the scare zone located in Central Park. Here you’ll find the event’s traditional jack-o-lanterns in the air as you encounter evil fairies, humanoid bats, scarecrows and more. Think “Grown Evil” from 2011 but on a whole ‘nother level!

All Nite Die-In: Double Feature — Last but certainly not least is a double feature of horror at The Carey DrIvE IN movie theatre. Wander down the streets of San Francisco and you’ll come across this theatre that has been named “DIE IN”, due to the gruesome murders that occurred. Enter if you dare…

Live Shows

The Carnage Returns — Jack the Clown is taking Halloween Horror Nights back in a blaze of murderous mayhem with his army of feared followers and his companion in carnage, Chance. Remember, Jack always has the last laugh.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure — Of course, they’re back in an all-new Halloween adventure. I could never describe the hilarious insanity of that show. It has to be seen to be believed. Party on, dudes!

For tickets and more info about Halloween Horror Nights, just click here.

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the New Anubis Paintball Adventure

August 26th, 2015

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Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 – November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.

Those who dare will venture into the tombs of Anubis, the Greek Egyptian jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife. In Anubis’ underworld, guests will test their skills in an LED 3D paintball battle against the most terrifying gaggle of mummies, monsters and myths.

unnamed-7The brand new Lullaby maze will take guests on a frightening voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Dark Harbor will also welcome the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities and the Side Show Bar that will bring guests up close into the grotesque world of freaks.

The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary will be joined by over 200 grizzly monsters and ghouls that will be plotting terrifying tricks and treats throughout the season of fear. Dark Harbor’s signature haunts Deadrise, Soulmate, B340, Circus and the Voodoo Village will be wrought with more horrific monsters than ever before.

Dark Harbor brings the true torrid tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering one of the most authentically terrifying experiences available. The annual event begins October 1 and continues to inflict fear on select dates through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

An American Werewolf in London: Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 25

August 26th, 2015

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In a perfect tribute to the best of HHN25. It was announced that Fan-favorite house from 2013, An American Werewolf in London, makes a triumphant return retelling the chilling tale from John Landis’ 1981 horror film.

As the full moon rises, you will learn to fear the beast. Based on the John Landis horror classic, An American Werewolf in London, you’ll come face-to-face with the bloody chaos of werewolf attacks in this horrifying house. Based on the John Landis horror classic, you’ll travel to the Slaughtered Lamb, experience the gruesome wolf attack on the moors, and live the chaos of Piccadilly Circus. Beware the moon because tonight it brings only death.

This was on of our favorite mazes from HHN Hollywood was a well. We wish we could see it again. Guess we better start checking Kayak for flights.

Knott’s Scary Farm 2015

August 26th, 2015

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This weekend at ScareLA the folks at Knott’s Scary Farm revealed the first details for this year’s Halloween Haunt, which begins in only 45 days on September 24th. This year’s event will feature 2 shows, 3 Scare Zones, 5 Skeleton Key Rooms, 11 mazes, and 1,000 monsters! There’s also a ‘Scary Farm Pass‘; a haunt season pass available for “only” $80. A great deal for local fans. Tickets are on sale now starting at $39.99.

Here’s The full Scary Farm lineup for 2015…

New Mazes

DEAD OF WINTER:

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Escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in the The Dead of Winter. Backed by a ravenous beastly army of resurrected Viking warriors, she is hellbent on avenging her beloved family’s murder, and preys upon any unsuspecting visitors who foolishly enter the borders of her icy domain.

PARANORMAL INC.:

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MY BLODDY CLEMENTINE:

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There is no tale more vicious and vengeful than that of My Bloody Clementine. Take a grim ride through the transformed Calico Mine where Clementine and her father were brutally murdered centuries ago. Their wretched spirits roam the tunnels in search of those who killed them. This year, the ride through maze will feature live monsters out for revenge at the train track’s every turn.

 

Returning Mazes

TOOTH FAIRY:

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This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself. Say aahhh.

THE GUNSLINGER’S GRAVE: A BLOOD MOON RISES: 

Gunslinger-Page-Header 2“A Blood Moon Rises” continues the story of The Gunslinger. The Red hand gang has disturbed a burial ground that contained a SkinWalker relic, that has transformed them into Werewolves under the Blood Moon Curse. Return to the Old West and walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path to retribution. This journey back in time takes guests on a trail of terror through abandoned gold mines, a treacherous corral, a seedy saloon and a final showdown at town hall.

SPECIAL OPS: INFECTED – PATIENT ZERO:

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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse in an All-Out War! Back by overwhelming demand, guests can enlist to fight the zombie apocalypse in an all-out war against the undead in the interactive experience, Special Ops: Infected – Patient Zero. In this ambitious attraction groups must work together to fend off zombies and complete terrifying missions before time runs out. Special Ops: Infected seamlessly integrates interactive gaming technology with an immersive mountainous landscape, delivering a breakthrough interactive haunted experience that is as terrifying as it is challenging. Missions will take guests through a variety of wilderness terrains, including the unpredictable barrel bridges across the rushing river, through the dark caverns, and through mysterious backwoods. Six acres of the beloved theme park is now home to mutinous, scream-inducing zombies, and the time has come for a harrowing Special Ops survival mission.*There is no additional charge for Special Ops: Infected.

PINOCCHIO UNSTRUNG:

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Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters. The purpose of his killing spree – human flesh to cover his twisted wooden body. Revenge comes with no strings attached.

FOREVERMORE:

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The twisted mind of Edgar Allen Poe comes alive as the “Forevermore Killer” works his way through one haunting tale after another. All the victims unwittingly find themselves a part of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” The Masque of Red Death” among other horrific stories. Guests will want to catch up on their reading to stay a chapter ahead of their demise.

BLACK MAGIC:

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The veil between the living and the dead is severed when Houdini’s ghost materializes during a séance and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes on his theatre. From the prop room to the main stage this dilapidated theatre will make visitors skin crawl. Will you be part of the disappearing act?

VOODOO – ORDER OF THE SERPENT:

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Beware the cursed swamps of New Orleans, where mindless zombies trudge through the murky bogs in search of bloody sacrifices and demons use Voodoo curses to possess innocent souls. Choose your path carefully children, for one wrong turn and you will be hexed forever. This year’s maze is even longer featuring a new finale. 

TRICK OR TREAT:

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Trick or treat, which will it be? Step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell. Oh, she is home, but where? You are not quite sure. Don’t be afraid, her minions will guide you. You can come away with a treat, but is it worth it? This year’s maze features a new attic scene and a witch’s potion room to conjure up more scares.

 

Mazes Gone to the Graveyard

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THE WITCH’S KEEP: The story of the Green witch trapped in the mine has been replaced with the new My Bloody Clementine haunt inside the Calico Mine Train.

Scare Zones

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GHOST TOWN STREETS: Ghost Town Streets is the original – and still most terrifying scare zone – that started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog. Beware the notoriously startling Sliders who lunge from every fog-filled corner of the land. New for this year, Ghost Town Streets has been expanded to the backstage maze area to create the largest scare zone in Scary Farm history, full of new surprises.

FIESTA de los MUERTOS: Fiesta de los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone with even more characters than last year to create the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

CARNIVAL: Knott’s Boardwalk is taken over by “CarnEVIL,” where the freak show is the main event and countless clowns crave your undying attention.

DEADLY 7: Prowling the darkest corners of Scary Farm’s midways and scare zones, the Green Witch and her Deadly 7 are a sadistic crew guilty of more terror than meets the eye. Each of the monsters represent one of the seven deadly sins and make terrifying surprise appearances throughout the park each night.

Shows

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ELVIRA’S ASYLUMElvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular all-new nightly show, Elvira’s Asylum, which transports guests to an asylum of music, dance and comedy.

THE HANGING: – Haunt’s traditional show (that we usually only watch while waiting in line for Calico Mine Train or The Log Ride) in Calico Square will continue its’ irreverent looks at the year’s pop culture with special effects, pyrotechnics and stunts. A live stage show in Calico Square that irreverently looks back at the year’s pop culture with some killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects and high-flying stunts, The Hanging® is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody!

Experiences

ELVIRA MEET & GREETIn honor of Elvira’s return to Knott’s Scary Farm, the Nautilus merchandise shop will become Elvira’s Boo-tique, where fans can purchase stylish apparel and sinfully fun products featuring and inspired by the Legendary Mistress of the Dark. Each night, a limited number of guests who spend at least $50 at Elvira’s Boo-tique during Knott’s Scary Farm will get a chance to meet Elvira between performances of “Elvira’s Asylum” and collect her signature on one of the purchased items.

BOO-FET WITH EARLY ENTRYKnott’s Boo-fet dinner invites guests to feed the beast before Knott’s Scary Farm opens each night. Dine on a frightfully delicious buffet meal while monsters scare and delight you throughout your meal. Meals include a collectible 2015 souvenir cup, which provides unlimited complimentary refills during the night of first use, and 99¢ refills for the rest of 2015. After dinner, enjoy early entry into select parts of Knott’s Scary Farm before it opens to other mortals. Boo-fet dinner is $26.99 online / $32.99 at the door (plus applicable taxes and fees).

The Delusions Will Return in 2016

August 24th, 2015

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Over the years Delusion has created innovate and suspenseful haunts expereinces with unique challenges for it’s audience. This year, our friends at Delusion faced a unique challenge of their own as they worked to navigate the scary landscape of Los Angeles real estate. Alas they’ve found a new nightmare home for their moving theater productions. Unfortunately, it was’t in enough time for them to be open for the upcoming haunt season, however, they’ll back early next year in a home that’ll be able to host a year round production.

Here’s more on the story of the upcoming Delusion 2016 that Jon Braver shared this evening with his “loyal Delusionals” like us…

To our amazing, loyal and patient Delusionals,

We cannot even begin to count the strange, disturbing and exhilarating memories (and people) from the otherworld of Delusion over the last four seasons.
Last year, I recall a guest so into the story that he begged our protagonist to sign his Playbill! This intimate, theatrical adventure means so much to so many people and we want nothing more than to share this experience further.

As many of you know, we’ve been looking for a long term and non-residentially zoned venue for quite some time. I am beyond excited to announce that we’ve found a special place to call our cryptic home for years to come! But can Delusion exist outside of the Fall season? Damn right it can. It’s interactive theatre! And strange, intimate adventures, to places we cannot even fathom, should exist any time of the year!

So for limited nights, starting early next year, you will play your part once again. And beyond the play, we’ll have special screenings, parties, live music, magic and so much more at the new space!

Ok, I know what you’re saying, “That’s amazing! But will there be a play this fall season?!” This time around, having recently found the right space, we need to focus on building out our most spectacular show yet. Of course I’d be lying if I said we won’t miss falling down the rabbit hole with you this Fall. But never fear (or do), as we will dive into another psychologically disturbing journey before you know it!

You should know that this is all your fault! You made us do it! So from all of us who create Delusion, we can never thank you enough for your incredible support. It has, and will continue to be, darkly euphoric.

Playing My Part,
Jon Braver – Creator/Writer/Director – Delusion

P.S. You made it this far! You deserve a hint about our first play at the new space:
A misshapen figure sits at the piano, his fingers dance across the keys as the darker melodies of Chopin bring him further, blissful misery.
“Death is… whimsical tonight.” He whips around and faces us.

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows has a New Haunt for 2015!

August 17th, 2015

 

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The scariest show on earth is bringing an all-new experience to its trilogy of terror for 2015. The Coven of 13 joins Freakling Bros. line up of madly intense and terrifying mazes, which includes Castle Vampyre and the R-rated Gates of Hell.

We’ve been through a lot of haunted houses and we can still say that Freakling Bros. Horror Shows in Las Vegas contains some of the craziest and scariest haunted attractions we have ever experienced. This is the only haunt to earn our highest rating of 666 skulls.

We hope we’ll be able to make our way back out to Vegas to see if we can survive another visit… we already cheated death with them 3xs before. We highly suggest you also step up and test your luck with them as well.

 

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Freakling Bros. presents The COVEN of 13 – an ALL NEW HORROR SHOW that pushes the boundaries of complete and total immersion while offering a unique, company-trademark take on one of Halloween’s oldest and most classic themes: Witches, Warlocks, and Black Magic. 

In the thick darkness of the witching hour, as night becomes early morning, When most of us are fast sleep, a pack of cloaked, ageless figures gathers and chants. If you listen closely in the night, you will hear them. They speak slowly, softly, deliberately, and with insidious intention. Their physical bodies are diseased, decrepit, and rotten, but when the Old Hag summons the dark spirit, and the High Priest channels the ferocity of its essence, they are empowered, and they are fierce. These are the dark witches of 13, born of sepsis and poison: You have been invited to make their coven complete. They call to you and welcome you in, to be vetted, initiated, and even reborn as one of them. Do you dare try to make the cut?

About Freakling Bros.

Established in 1976, Freakling Bros., creators of Las Vegas’ premiere haunted attractions, unveiled the cities first free-standing haunted attractions in 1992 at the corner of Sahara and Decatur Boulevard.

Three years later the company pioneered the development of the industry’s first six trailer, completely self-contained mobile attraction, paving the way for a new concept in “haunted houses” that would sweep the country.

By the year 2000, two additional attractions had been added giving the company three separate and unique haunted structures. Every few years one of these attractions is demolished and completely rebuilt, insuring Freakling Bros. the ability to present the newest and most innovative technology available.

Gates of HellIn 2011, in an aggressive attempt to remain on the cutting edge, we unveiled the first ever R-Rated Haunted attraction in the state of Nevada, The Gates of Hell: an experiment in serious, uncompromising, interactive horror. It was an unprecedented gamble based on one simple theory: that our adult audience was ready for something more. What we had initially built for a niche’ audience surprised us by becoming a main stream success. Geared for the 17+ crowd, and based on the concept that “things happen to you”, The GATES of HELL is now a nationwide haunt industry phenomenon and an absolute game changer in the city of Las Vegas. 2011 represented a sort of rebirth for Freakling Bros. We experienced overwhelming crowds, and were Ranked #1 in the Western U.S. by Scarezone.com.

Then in 2013, with the unveiling of The Victim Experience, an all new level of intensity was achieved: “The only must-see Haunt in Nevada!”. “Third most Extreme Haunt in America!”. “Our staff considers Freakling Bros. one of the top Haunted Attractions in the world!”. We have reestablished ourselves, once again, as the trend setter in the haunt industry.

By concentrating on primal fears, relying on the power of live performers, and employing the art of theatrical illusion, Freakling Bros. has been and continues to remain a leader in the haunted attraction industry, with a reputation as “one of the best in the business” for over 30 years.

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Howl-O-Scream Tampa is fully ‘Unearthed’

August 17th, 2015

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Busch Gardens Tampa has finally ‘Unearthed’ it’s full late of terror for 2015’s Howl-O-Scream event. With 7 mazes and a new partnership with a top Hollywood horror producer, we believe HOS is continuing it’s tradition of unique themes and horror narratives that make it a formidable compliment/competitor to HHN.

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HOS15_Scarlett_290x154 Unearthed: Scarlett’s Revenge features this year’s icon in an all-new and wicked experience. This house comes directly from the producer of The Blair Witch Project. The story goes that during maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon opening its door, a sinister force is unearthed—Scarlett—a furious demon who wields a deadly deck of magical cards summoning creatures of Howl-O-Scream past. Journey below to experience the splintered labyrinth of horrors and the revengeful wrath of this demon scorned.

Like The Blair Witch Project, Unearthed Scarlett’s Revenge is rooted in dark magic, unexplained phenomena and a haunting, hair-raising story. “I jumped at the chance to work on this project,” said Robin Cowie, producer of The Blair Witch Project, who began talking with the parks last summer. “As filmmakers, we rely on emotional and psychological elements to get audiences out of their seats. With Howl-O-Scream, we’re dealing with a crazy convergence of 360-degree storytelling, merging physical experiences and technologies to create a sort of hyper-virtual reality. It’s live, immersive terror and it can take your breath away.”Journey inside the house for the first time in the short film, produced and directed by Cowie.

 

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HOS15_Deadfall_290x154 Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood – Humans and plants entwine with an insatiable thirst for blood, and the object of their hunger is YOU. Their sinister shadows lurk behind every corner of this overgrown Victorian garden and greenhouse, and the inhabitants wait to consume unsuspecting guests. Your arrival means…it’s feeding time!

HOS15_ZCU_290x154 Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets – An undead invasion leads to a containment failure in Z.C.U.15, leaving zombies in search of flesh. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), you’re the next target, and it’s up to you to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.

HOS15_ZCU_290x154 Zombie Mortuary – Lead by their queen, the zombies that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the undead or you may find yourself six feet under.

HOS15_DWB00_290x154 Death Water Bayou – In the depths of the Bayou, the Voodoo Queen and her sadistic creatures transform wanderers into evil minions with dark magic. Descend into the swamps if you dare as you try to escape the evils that lurk in the shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.

HOS15_Grid_Basement01_290x154 The BASEMENT -From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in The BASEMENT. Escape the depths of The BASEMENT before becoming the secret ingredient! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!

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Fiends – Is there a doctor in the house? These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”

General Info

Howl-O-Scream®, “Florida’s premier Halloween event”, is back select nights from September 25 through October 31, 2015* with tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected terrors. The streets will be swarmed with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. Chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark will keep the screams coming all night. Howl-O-Scream starts at 7:30 p.m. each event night, but your ticket allows access to the park starting at 5 p.m. Arrive early to challenge thrills rides, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury™ and Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt®, and have time to dine before being one of the first to experience the horror of Howl-O-Scream 2015. *Dates and times subject to change.

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It’s Time to Purge again at Universal’s HHN Hollywood & Orlando

August 17th, 2015

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Returning from last year as Scare Zones in the respective parks, The Purge theme is being expanded into a new house in Orlando and a Terror Tram experience in Hollywood. Interested?

The house in Orlando will include the violent and chainsaw-wielding citizens creating their annual turmoil and more as you find yourself living your very own “Purge Night”. Guest will be hunted by dozens of masked vigilantes who will stop at nothing to purge as they are entitled. And just like in the films, you’ll either fight to survive or succumb to the chaos of the Purge.

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In Hollywood the backlot will be transformed into a town ransacked by Purgers. We hope Norman and the residents of Whoville have properly secured their homes.

This Is the End 3D @HHN Hollywood… Um-Kay

August 13th, 2015

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As rumored, Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that This is the End (Get the movie now on Blu ray & Digital HD will be a maze at this year’s HHN. We thought this would either be the Terror Tram theme or the maze to fill their annual requisite rocker/3D maze so it’s the latter. This is random for sure but we guess the HHN team believes that there is something scary about this comedy/apocalyptic movie from 2 years ago. The only scary thing we remember about it was the 107 minutes of our lives that it killed by watching it. What we do expect is at some point during HHN James Franco and Seth Rogan will be sneaking into the maze disguised at the demons. The one silver lining is that all the rumors have been correct so we should be seeing the AVP maze returning as well.

Here’s more details on the This is the End 3D maze from Universal:

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In a bold, new approach to bringing iconic horror films to life during “Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios Hollywood will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze, “This is the End 3D,” based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson.

The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.

“This is the End brings a new dimension of fear to ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ by fusing the best of two extreme worlds—horror and comedy— to create a literal and figurative three-dimensional experiential version of the film,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our collaboration with James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill to transform this outrageous movie into a terrifying maze underscores the impact of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ as one the most influential Halloween events around.”

“Michael Myers Comes Home” to Universal Hollywood’s HHN

August 8th, 2015

As we reported earlier in the week in the Rumor Zone, today John Murdy along with Halloween Producer Malek Akkad announced at ScareLA that Michael Myers will be coming back home in an all new Halloween maze.

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We love Michael Myers and are still scared to death of the pure evil trick o’ treater so this is exciting news. We do wonder how different this maze is going to be from the 2009 Halloween: The Life and Crimes of Michael Myers maze?

The 2009 maze featured Michael’s most well known kills, which predominately came from the original Halloween movie fully immersing us into the Halloween movie. Last year “The Boogeyman” made his way to Universal Orlando in a “kill by kill maze” based on the original 1978 movie. Fans in Hollywood never got enough of Michael and have been screaming for him to return. So now everyone should be careful what they wished for as he’s coming back with his knife and it’s not to carve pumpkins.

This maze will “take guests through the tormented town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where on one fateful Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old child by the name of Michael Myers inexplicably and brutally stabbed his sister to death with a kitchen knife. Guests will relive the terror that a maniacal Michael Myers inflicted upon the once quiet town after his escape from a psychiatric hospital to take bloody revenge on new and unsuspecting victims. Guests will have the sensation of stepping through the silver screen directly into unsettling and shocking film scenes as they navigate their way through Haddonfield, adorned in classic Halloween décor on a similar Halloween night in 1963. Meyer’s abandoned family home and its blood-splattered walls, where the violent murder took place, will set the stage for a new crime scene as guests attempt to evade the relentless killer–armed with his signature bloodstained knife.”

This concept sounds like the Halloween Resurrection plot but we know John Murdy and team will be creating a far more terrifying experience in the old haunted Myers house.