In addition to Marty Palicki’s eyewitness report on Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, IPM wishes to do justice to the bloody theater that is Halloween Horror Nights at the sister park in Southern California. Each park’s HHN manifestation has its own distinguishing touches. Universal Studios Hollywood’s is very showbiz/transmedia with its film competition and the Eyegore Awards, its theatrical evocations of horror movie IPs plus the over-the-top, wildly popular Alice Cooper “Nightmare” tie-in.
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The visuals are so rich it’s hard to choose, but here are some of our favorites:
“Halloween Horror Nights” kicked 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.
“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.
Five Terror-Filled “Scare Zones”: The infamous Ghostface Killer from Scream 4 is on the loose in the ‘Scream’ “Scare Zone”; in true carnival style, “Freakz” makes their home on the smoke-choked streets of Paris where the stage is set for a plethora of deranged human oddities;
…the “Klownz” are running the show in a gang-filled “Scare Zone” of violent killer clowns; the Grim Reaper and his evil minions of death are equipped with mutilating chainsaws in “The Reapers” “Scare Zone”; the decaying corpses of butchers and barbers reawaken hungry for human flesh in the foul stenched “Zombieville” “Scare Zone.”
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. “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.
“The Simpsons Ride®” What could be scarier (and funnier) 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. Guests will be clinging to each other for dear life and laugh till their sides split.