CALIFORNIA FOCUS / RECAP: Halloween Horror Night

October 1, 2016

 

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. Daytime admission to the Theme Park is not included with these tickets, with the exception of the Day/Night combo ticket. Ticket prices, park hours, attractions and ride availability subject to change without notice.

All-New Mazes:

 

For the first time ever, supernatural thriller, The Exorcist, will take possession of “Halloween

Horror Nights” in an all-new horrifying maze. In “The Exorcist,” guests will see, hear, feel – and

even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment

from the film. The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests

into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil. They will be

paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as

they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the

horrific battle between innocence and evil.

 

 “American Horror Story” has terrorized television viewers for five suspenseful installments,

and for the first time ever, three chapters will come to life in a new frightening maze. Guests will

venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of

iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted

Murder House scenes from Installment 1 will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon

estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there.

From Installment 4’s Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister

sideshow where they will be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally,

guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted

Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers, from

Installment 5.

 

 Escaped mental patient Michael Myers makes a homecoming return in “Halloween: Hell

Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic

“Halloween” horror franchise. Echoing the infamous words uttered by the film’s Dr. Sam Loomis,

“You can’t kill the Boogeyman,” the twisted maze will shed new light on the terrifying lunacy of

Michael Myers as he scours the streets of Haddonfield and stalks the halls of Haddonfield

Memorial Hospital in ruthless pursuit of victims.

 

 In “Freddy vs. Jason,” demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) returns to

the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees

(Friday the 13th) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired by the 2003 film that brought together

two of the biggest icons in horror history, this new experiential maze will thrust guests into an

epic battle between Freddy and Jason and a showdown in which the fate of only one mass killer

will survive.

 

 The unspeakable terror embroiled within “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers”

maze will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of demented killer Leatherface and his mentally

unhinged brother ChopTop as they unite in misery to expand the family’s cannibalistic

enterprise and slaughter a new generation of innocent victims. With the perverse duo at the

helm of a grotesque BBQ restaurant staged inside a dilapidated roadside gas station, unwitting

guests will soon come to realize the new terror that awaits as the blood brothers continue their

hedonistic prey on human flesh.

 

Tis the season for “Krampus” as the terrifying dark Christmas legend is manifested into a

maze based on the Christmas-themed horror film. The dead of winter sets the stage for the

terror that’s about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled

anthropomorphic "half-goat, half-demon" horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of

holiday spirit. Guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil

ancient spirit of Krampus – the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas – and his band of Dark Elves and

sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the family to fight to see the light of day.

 

 “The Walking Dead” new permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will have a

starring role at “Halloween Horror Nights.” By elevating the scares with more walkers and

effects for the nighttime event, “The Walking Dead” creates a no-holds- barred experience that

significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park. Coupled

with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more

detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the

attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into

the most watched show in cable television history.

Scare Zone:

 

 A terrifying twist on this year’s scare zone, “Halloween Horror Nights” introduces a new themed

experience, inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster trilogy, “The Purge: Election

Year,” that permeates all areas of the park. Iconic scenes from each of the frightening films will

recreate the turmoil and pandemonium that exists when masked vigilantes hunt for victims

during the government’s annually sanctioned killing spree. Like civilians in the movie fighting to

survive, guests must rely on their cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and

outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.” An original scare

zone element will be “The Purge: Gauntlet of Fear” that delivers unbridled fear as guests are

funneled through an area of the park to try and escape the horrors of the mass slaughter that

awaits them.

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