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Things will be Stranger at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

For Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights first announcement of 2018, “Stranger Things” will be making its maze/house debut at Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore.

This should be an interesting new HHN experience as the series itself isn’t really scary (in our opinion) but the supernatural settings and creatures tied with 80’s nostalgia could make for some very cool maze designs.  We’re not very surprised by this announcement as “Stranger Things” is currently one of the most popular Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy series and we wouldn’t expect Universal to pass up to the opportunity to capitalize on this hot property.  It also offers the potential to be a returning maze in future years as more seasons come out, just like we’ve seen with American Horror Story and The Walking Dead (who seem like they will never die).

Here’ s more details about the mazes from Universal —

Fans of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ will be able to confront the supernatural and brave the “Upside Down” in these all-new HHN mazes. The Upside Down is a parallel universe that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the ‘Stranger Things.’ In these all-new mazes Halloween Horror Nights guests will encounter scenes and characters from ‘Stranger Things’ including the Demogorgon, a large flesh-eating creature with a mouth as a face that stalks the Upside Down and is unleashed by experimenters at Hawkins National Laboratory.

The Horror Nights teams are working closely with Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer and producer Shawn Levy, who say they will authentically recreate the series’s first season storylines “from the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores”. The chilling new mazes promise surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

Halloween Horror Nights returns in September, only five months away!  In the meanwhile, you can catch up or rewatch the first and second seasons of “Stranger Things” as you impatiently wait to venture into the Upside Down in real life and to watch the new third season, which doesn’t have an announced return date yet.

Halloween Horror Nights Dates:

Hollywood: TBA

Orlando: Sept 14- Nov 3

Singapore: Sept 28- Oct 31

 

HAUNT REVIEW: CREEP LA’s LORE

Creep LA, the masters of haunt experiences in LA, have teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to create a truly unique immersive theater experience this Halloween season.

Past Creep LA experiences have been highly rated  here on The  Scare Zone and this year continues the tradition of the well produced interactive theatrical haunt experience.  Unlike the previous years  (“Creep Los Angeles”, “The Willows”) , this year’s CreepLA is closely tied to an intellectual property. Derived from Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast, Lore is  an Amazon Prime Exclusive’s new six-episode anthology series that presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.

Creep LA: Lore takes small groups of eight inside an imagined universe where they’ll travel through a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 1-hour walk-thru experience. At Creep LA: Lore, everyone is part of the experience whether they intend to be or not. To be clear this is not one of those torture and humiliation haunt concepts.  Guests may get touched (or kissed) but it’s all within boundaries.

This year’s show has definitely taken the production to a new level (having the corporate partnership is always a good thing). The size and scope of the venue is huge and each scene is  intricately  designed. The settings create dynamic and diverse environments. The talent is also top notch. Some of the highlighted performances include the nurse that recites a spooky bedtime story to the group and room of disturbed orphans, a woman looking for her son that has disappeared with a rather creepy looking doll,  and a lobotomy doctor with his disembodied assistants.

One of the challenges of performing a haunt show is that the actors do have to rely on the audience actively participating, which can lead to some unpredictable outcomes from show to show. We strongly suggest that you don’t try to hide or act too smug as you will then be the person who is picked on. During the show everyone can expect to be separated from the group at some point.

Being honest, there were a few WTF moments in the show as some of the scenes didn’t seem to flow smoothly or provide a satisfactory finale. Perhaps it’s because we weren’t fully familiar with Lore yet. We remember the previous years having more suspense and scares built into the experiences. Nonetheless, this year’s show is able to compensate with it’s overall higher quality of production and is a high caliber Halloween theatrical haunt experience. Plus, with the themed bar at the end, it’s setup as the perfect Halloween season date, friends, or all to yourself night out.

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DETAILS

Creep LA: Lore is taking place at Mag1ic Box LA in Downtown LA on select dates from October  5th  through November 12th. Creep LA has continuously sold out their previous event series almost immediately upon going on sale. So be sure to get yours quickly or you may just end up reading about it here on The Scare Zone.

Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY. Ticket prices start at $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.CreepLA.com.

Engage with and follow Creep LA on social media at: #creepla @creeplosangeles

HAUNT REVIEW: Zombie Joe’s Urban Death – Tour Of Terror Year 5

Unless you’re holding your breath while waiting for a maniacal killer to leave the room you’re hiding in, time goes by fast.

We can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group premiered Urban Death: Tour Of Terror. Since day one this has definitely been one of the most unique and unnerving haunt experiences in Los Angeles.

The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers. Just like the ‘Tour of Terror’ it is unpredictable, always in motion and constantly in need of change. Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of masculine and feminine qualities, in general the 5 is slightly more feminine — albeit a daring, tomboyish kind of feminine, with nothing demure or submissive about her.

For its fifth Halloween season the darkened doors of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group have reopened with a production that sustains all the bizarre, frightening , and fun elements that we’ve come to love from ZJU. It also adds in even more freakish mayhem that continues to push the boundaries of terror and morality.

The show begins with a unique and surprisingly long maze through a pitch black corridor. A tiny flashlight provides only a small beam of light that illuminates the depraived creeps lurking about. This grand entrance to the theatre made us both scream, laugh, and cringe.

After surviving the mini-maze the audience settles into the theater and the lights go out again. From here the show classic’s format plays out with unsettling scenes that capture quick horrific slices of life and death. What we appreciate about ‘Tour of Terror’ is that each year they creatively blend previous scenes with new and even more over-the-top sequences that make the show both familiar and fresh. Five years in and it’s still thrilling.

After the show we’re again given flashlights to venture back through the maze, where a new set of creepy performers and haunted surprises materialize. The intensity of this second trip back is even higher than the first.

Zombie Joe’s has some of the most dedicated, bold, and talented performers we’ve seen at a haunt show. While it can appear simplistic, the complexities of the production can’t be overlooked.  They actors’ ability to hit their marks in the darkness and the full reset of multiple scenes in a matter of seconds has us in awe.

We concur that the fifth year is the best yet, as co-directors and creators Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer keep pushing the show to new heights. Just like the number five, it is an unpredictable mix of masculine and feminine qualities. This haunt show is definitely for bold and brave adult audiences. Leave your inhibitions at the door.

 

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DETAILS

Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theater Attraction, ages 16 and up.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday nights, October 6 – October 28, Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31st, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:45 pm and 11:30 pm. Special Haunters and Press-Performance Thursday, October 6th, 9:00 pm (please reach out to Zombie Joe at ZombieJoes@gmail.com or 818-202-4120 for comp press tickets).

WHERE: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group: 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

 

TICKETS: $15, can be purchased at the door, online at: ZombieJoes.Tix.com, or by calling 818-202-4120 (NOTE: Due to the popularity of the show, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early).

WEBSITES: www.ZombieJoes.com and www.UrbanDeath.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ZJUTheater/

TWITTER: twitter.com/urbandeath_zju

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/urbandeath_zju

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the Spirit of CHEF

Are YOU Ready to be Served?

A new voracious resident spirit has risen from the depths of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, opening September 28Chef and his long-forgotten legend have resurfaced and will be brought to life through FEAST, the new horrific maze onboard the ship venturing into previously unrevealed areas of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Chef and his carnivorous kitchen staff have resumed their deadly duties, collecting new victims for Chef’s latest recipes. All who dare will swelter with fear as they crawl their way out of Chef’s scorching oven to reach their final destination…Are YOU ready to be served?

For the first time in Dark Harbor history, FEAST will be the 4th maze onboard the legendary vessel. FEAST tells the tale of Chef, a legendary spirit of the historic R.M.S. Queen Mary. As the tale goes, During WWII when the Queen Mary was in service as a troop transport ship, an enlisted military man serving in the ship’s kitchen quickly moved up the ranks to become a highly-decorated Chef.

Unbeknownst to the soldiers traveling aboard, Chef had a dark side.  Quietly he would sedate soldiers in the middle of the night to prepare them as ingredients for his latest dishes. Eventually caught, the Chef was thrown into one of his own ovens and cooked alive.

Loyal to their leader Chef’s dutiful kitchen staff sacrificed their lives to become his evil henchmen, burning themselves in the same oven. The spirits of Chef and his evil crew went into hiding aboard the ship for many years. Now, these long-time stowaways have resurfaced to resume their deadly duties of collecting and preparing victims for Chef’s latest concoctions.

FEAST and Chef will make their horrific debut as Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary on September 28.  Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event will welcome MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. Offering the most authentically frightening experience available, Dark Harbor tells the truly haunted, historic tales of the Queen Mary. The infamous spirits of Chef, Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo PriestessRingmaster, plus hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen await to tempt your fate.

Live your nightmares aboard the Queen Mary with returning mazes Soulmate and B340. Mazes Circus, Intrepid, Deadrise, and Lullaby also return newly intensified, darker than imaginable, and evermore twisted. With 7 mazes and 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, sliders, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch’s Sinister Swings, monster DJs, Voodoo House Bar & Tasting Room, R.I.P. Lounge, and much more, Dark Harbor is a freakishly fun time.

The annual haunt opens its gates on September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

H40: Laurie Strode will Return to Haddonfield in 2018!

40 years later… Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to play the iconic Laurie Strode in the “Halloween” franchise.

“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, one of our favorite masked slashers who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter who created the original movie will also return to executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures which likely means that we’ll get a new Halloween maze at Halloween Horror Nights in 2018.

Screaming Soon: Reign of Terror Haunted House 2017

Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks prepares to kick-off on September 30th with made exciting changes and additions making their 18th season event the biggest ever!

Janss Marketplace announces the 2017 dates for the 13-night Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the top ranked immersive haunt attractions in the U.S.  Now entering its 18th-annual season, Reign of Terror, will be open to the public on September 30October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Each year, the annual haunted house at Janss Marketplace adds new exciting features. For the 2017 season, each of Reign of Terror’s 8 separate attractions has been expanded or updated to over 100 individual rooms. This makes Reign of Terror the largest indoor haunted attraction in all of Southern California. Covering over 23,000 sqare feet of indoor space, Reign of Terror is nearly 15 times as large as the average single family home in Southern California.

For a preview of the haunted house, visit www.rothauntedhouse.com

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 for general admission and $25 to $35 for express entry admission.  Tickets are available for purchase now online at http://www.rothauntedhouse.com/. The Reign of Terror ticket office will also be open starting 6:30 p.m each night, so tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Anyone in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.

Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill seeking fans, but it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with younger children, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 21 and October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults.

Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than a good scare by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 23,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.

 

ScareHouse 2017

It’s almost time to open the doors to Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House.

This year they’re bringing you a hotel infested with serial killers in The Sunset Lodge, 3-D clowns in Nocturnia 3-D, and even more diabolical demons in Infernal. Experience all three haunts Opening Weekend (September 15th & 16th) with special pricing starting at $15.99 per ticket!

ScareHouse opens each night at 7 PM. Free parking and shuttle at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Save time and money when you buy online. Must be 7 years old or older to enter the ScareHouse.

The Basement Returns With a Familiar Face!

Venture back down into The Basement with Maggie in a new immersive production. Must be 18 years old or older and sign a waiver to enter The Basement. No more than two people enter at a time. Purchase a single ticket to face the terror alone. Special opening weekend ticket pricing, $35.99 per pair or $24.99 for a single ticket. For more information about The Basement, click here.

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Upcoming ScareHouse Appearances and Events
September 15th Opening Night
October 17th Mini Zombie School at Row House Cinema

Haunt Profile: Fright Haven (CT)

Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor Halloween Haunted House, opened its doors last year to rave reviews, while raising funds for several charities, including support of Stratford PAL. It returns for its second season with new attractions and features. Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Housed in the old Bally’s building in the Stratford Square shopping plaza on 411 Barnum Avenue Cut-off across from Home Depot and next to L.A. Fitness & Ninety Nine Restaurant, with ample free parking, Fright Haven is the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut. It occupies 20,000 square feet and contains several attractions under the same roof. Brand new features for Halloween 2018 include the Deadly Grounds, the Green Lagoon Swamp, the Tunnel of Terror, the Buried Alive coffin simulator ride and much more. (To sign up for Stratford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

The property had been vacant for years, and the creative forces behind Fright Haven transformed the large cavernous building – which was previously Bally’s Gym and Showcase Cinemas – into a magical haunted attraction last Halloween, bringing thousands of guests to the plaza in its inaugural season. It had the distinction of being voted “Connecticut’s #1 ‘Must-See’ Attraction.” Visitors compared the experience to a theme park, or perhaps more specifically, a roller-coaster, where the scares are fun but you can return to stable ground after the ride. At Fright Haven, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well-choreographed, but guests can walk out the door at any time.

This year’s houses includes:

DEAD END MANOR: Dead End Manor is an ancient Gothic Victorian Mansion filled with beautiful Vampire sirens and the monsters who made them that way, all looking to add you to the collective commune of drinking blood.

Pitch Black Haunt: Achluophobia People are not actually afraid of the dark. They are afraid of what might be in the dark. The greater their imagination, the greater and more personalized the creature/madman/poltergeist/boogeyman that could be in the darkness will be. What are you afraid of? Chances are that whatever it is, you will come face to face with it in the Frightmare Pit.

CARNIVAL OF EVIL in 3D: A 3-Dimensional tribute of terror to Savin Rock Park, Palisades Park, Freedomland, Paragon Park, what’s left of Coney Island, and all the amusement parks torn down over the years. For some reason, people are afraid of clowns, and this attraction takes advantage of this fact with lots of crazed, demented clowns popping out from everywhere.

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The Fear Returns at Hundred Acres Manor

After an unfortunate robbery earlier this summer that resulted in the loss of over $10,000 worth of equipment and valuables, the creep show at Hundred Acres Manor in Bethel Park, PA will go on.

The popular and highly rated haunt will open for the 2017 season starting this Friday, September 8th.

This haunt not only take cares of haunt stalkers’ quest to be terrified,  the nonprofit organization also provides charitable contributions to the organizations Animal Friends, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Ward Home Inc., the Scott Township-based provider of residences and services for at-risk youth.

We’re very glad to see them persevere with a very impressive lineup of mazes.  Here’s the 2017 lineup.

The Host (NEW FOR 2017)

Journey through this turn of the century themed haunted attraction where you’re the new HOST of the plague and you have to figure out what is real and what are nightmares. Come face-to-face with serial killers, plague doctors, werewolves and the hellish creatures straight from London.

Dead Lift

Board a century old elevator to take you to the depths of the Acres family estate and experience a hellish ride to the bowels of the horror within the manor. The first of its kind in Pittsburgh, Dead Lift will send you whipping around and begging for mercy. Discovered during excavation of the estate; the Dead Lift elevators were originally used to transport guests and staff from the families quarters to the manors deepest secrets hidden within the basement.
Torture Tank
Take a tour of Hundred Acre Manor’s Torture Tank and try before you buy. Witness what our clients call a truly explorative experience. Clients of torture tank are allowed to select their scenarios, costuming, set designs and are provided with an innocent human. Our contracts are discrete and totally legal as long as you keep your mouth shut!
Vodou
Take a tour through the deep south where the spirits of the bayou beckon you. The Stitchers want your bodies, The Priestess wants your souls and the bodies of the damned look upon you. Do your best to keep your skin in tact as you run from man and beast alike through the Louisiana swamps.
The Breach
Enter “Project Argos” the space-bound research facility, once pushing the limits of genetic testing, that has gotten out of hand. The creatures they were studying have been released, they have taken over, and now you have to escape. Be cautious as you pass through as there are dangers everywhere and these creatures from another void are awaiting your dismay. Can you breach the Arg

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A tribute to classic Halloween monsters, creatures and superstitions. Some stories are best untold, but some legends refuse to die.

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California’s Great America’s Halloween Haunt Celebrates 10th Year!

Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America, the Bay Area’s premier Halloween spectacular, will begin terrifying guests September 22, 2017. Scares take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 29, and all guests 13 and older are invited to face their fears.

New for 2017, DEMON: RE-IGNITED! returns the lights, fog, music and blood-red waterfall to the iconic Demon roller coaster. Two new mazes will raise fears to new levels. Chaos House will provide mystifying special effects including mirrors, strobes and fog to confuse and confound guests, and Backwoods leads guests to a deserted cabin through woods full of werewolves. All three scare zones have been reincarnated with 2017 introducing Jester Town, Underworld Alley and Feary Tales.

“Returning the original sights and sounds of Demon will be especially rewarding for long-time Great America fans,” said Raul Rehnborg, California’s Great America vice president and general manager. “For the 10th anniversary of Halloween Haunt, our entertainment team is taking fear and fun to a new level at the Bay Area’s premier Halloween event.”

Halloween Haunt is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm-Midnight through October 8 and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays from October 13-28. On Sundays, Halloween Haunt is open 7 pm-Midnight.

Halloween Haunt’s returning haunted mazes include: Zombie High, Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors, Roadkill Road House, CornStalkers, Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor and Toy Factory.

Famed magician Ed Alonzo (of Saved By The Bell fame) will bring his cutting-edge humor to Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem. A tantalizing opening ceremony will begin the nightly horrors in 2017, and the live entertainment of Blood Drums, Nytewalkers and Sideshow all return.

Guests looking to enhance the fear factor can purchase Fright Lane Plus to gain one-time front of the line access for each maze, while also accessing five innovative and interactive Skeleton Key rooms that are so intense they can’t be mentioned here.

Beginning October 13, the Haunt Boo-fet, located in Great America Pavilion from 5-7 pm, includes an all-you-can-eat fried chicken meal for as low $14.49, plus tax, when purchased online.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cagreatamerica.com/haunt and admission is free for 2017 and 2018 Gold and Platinum Passholders. All Season Passholders can take advantage of special Bring-A-Friend pricing on select nights. Halloween Haunt is intended for guests 13 and older and is now hiring at www.cagreatamerica.com/jobs.

Follow Halloween Haunt on Facebook @cgahaunt, Twitter @cagreatamerica and Instagram @cagreatamerica and join the conversation at #GAHaunt.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN FEST

For the younger set, on weekends September 30-October 29 (closed October 22 for a 49ers game), The Great Pumpkin Fest is included with the price of admission and takes over Planet Snoopy during daytime hours. The Great Pumpkin Fest features trick-or-treating with Snoopy and the PEANUTS Gang, pumpkin decorating, a hay maze and coloring.

Great America will also entertain with “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” movie showings and book readings throughout the day.

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