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Universal Studios Reveals the Secrets Behind 2012's Halloween Horror Nights

Select Nights are being scared up from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31. See the creepy press release descriptions below and view the video links.

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures.

Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests for 19 nights with spellbinding and spine-chilling haunted attractions during Southern California’s definitive Halloween event.

Adding to the event’s intrigue, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including the new critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers TM:  The Ride—3D,” “Jurassic Park® In the Dark,” “The Simpsons RideTM” and “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, Sept. 21 and continues on 19 select nights through Halloween, Wednesday, October 31.  Event dates are:  September 21, 22, 28, 29; October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.

The extreme Hollywood horror make-up showcase helped set the stage for the September 21 launch of this year’s thrilling “Halloween Horror Nights” event.  For more information and to purchase tickets, including options for Front of Line tickets that enables priority access at each maze and theme park attraction, and special Killer Deal Nights tickets to save up to $25, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn,.  Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

Details on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at:“Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood” and on Instagram @HorrorNightsHollywood or #UniversalHHN.  Updates from “Halloween Horror Nights’’ Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter at: Twitter.com/HorrorNights, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.  “Halloween Horror Nights” maze announcement videos can be seen at Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.

See some of the video and details of all the attractions:

And, there are also these features:

“Universal Monsters Remix”

Universal’s infamous legacy of horror will come to an afterlife in “Universal Monsters Remix,” an all-new terrifying experience that re-imagines the classic horror icons of yesteryear for the 21stcentury and immerses them in the twisted confines of electronica-inspired music during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

Set within the antechambers of an eerily gothic castle, the new “Universal Monsters Remix” maze will unleash a cast of movies’ most legendary creatures, including Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, Dracula and his Brides, Phantom of the Opera and The Wolf Man.

From deep within the stone fortress, accompanied by ominous strobe lighting effects, guests will traverse dark and dank arteries of rotting catacombs, hallowed underground crypts and pagan sacrificial burial chambers.  Laced with the murmur of dialogue from Universal’s catalogue of horror films, guests will be besieged by the relentless sounds of high-energy, horror-inspired dance, dub-step and industrial music.

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 startle, shock and scare guests at every twist and turn.  This year, “Scare Zones” will provoke a new sense of terror in guests. 

Silent Hill:  The most depraved small town residents will mercilessly torment anyone who treks into the “Silent Hill” Scare Zone corridor.  While the infamous Bogeyman seeks revenge, a group of hideously disfigured Nurses prepare to scar – physically and emotionally – unsuspecting victims that step into their path.  There will be no way of escaping the plight of his “Silent Hill” Scare Zone when Pyramid Head, the ruthless executioner of the “Other World” stabs aimlessly in the dark for a target in the dead of night.

Toyz:  Desperate times have taken a pathetic toll on the once friendly neighborhood Toy Maker.  A deceitful storefront façade beckons entry to “Toyz,” a seemingly blissful playland that juxtaposes the inner terror plaguing the shop where cruel and unspeakable horrors await.

Witches:  A coven of “Witches” burned at the stake to purge a local seaport village of their pagan influence has left this clan of black art sorcerers hell-bent on revenge.  Hunted and killed like wild animals, the Witches” swore eternal vengeance on their blood-thirsty killers and return on autumn nights to exorcise justice on those in their midst by burning the living. 

Killer Klownz:  The circus may have come to town, but it is the “Killer 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.

“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.”

Miki Henderson October 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM
These videos look so scary, it looks like you are walking right into a horror movie. I can't believe that people don't get heart attacks going to this? I would like to see what people really think of this? I can't even go into a children's haunted house without closing my eyes, I can't imagine being chased by a chainsaw. Is there an age limit to this? Like no one over the age of 30?
Michele October 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
my son went and his girlfriend said he screamed like a girl. he personally said the worst part was the smell and the places where it was in complete darkness. why kids would pay 60 bucks to do this i dont know
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The 60 bucks was completely worth it; everything was so well thought out and planned perfectly to scare me. And everything looked REAL! I had a great time even though I was scared out of my pants. It's fun to see how you react to horror nights like these.
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