Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Opens September 21, 2012

Universal Studios theme parks in both Orlando, FL and Hollywood, CA have started releasing information regarding their annual Halloween Horror Nights event opening Friday, September 21, 2012.  This will be the 22nd year for the Orlando version of the event considered one of the premiere Halloween attractions in the country with multiple haunted houses (called mazes), scare zones, shows, and “scare actors.”  Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticketed event held on select nights inside Universal Studios Florida intended for guests ages 13 and up.  While not as old as the event in Florida, the Universal Studios Hollywood version of Halloween Horror Nights will have some similar elements as well as unique things compared to Orlando.  Continue reading as we update this post with official information from Universal Studios as it becomes available.

Update August 6, 2012

For the first time ever, the bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller, are bringing their eccentric and edgy illusionist entertainment to life in an all-new 3D haunted house – “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas” – at Universal Orlando Resort’s horror-inducing, award-winning Halloween Horror Nights event.  Prepare to experience the lights and allure of Las Vegas… with a toxic twist.

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For more than 35 years, Penn & Teller have redefined the magic genre, specializing in gory vaudeville-like tricks, exposing frauds and performing inconceivable stunts live in front of sold-out crowds.  Best known for their satirical humor, outrageous antics and mind-blowing magic, including their famous “The Magic Bullets” trick (where the duo catch bullets in their teeth), the pair has entertained guests at Las Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for more than 10 years, making their act one of the longest running and most-beloved shows in Las Vegas history.

This fall, Penn & Teller invite Halloween Horror Nights guests to step into a dark, dilapidated and radioactive version of “Sin City,” as if one of their magic tricks has gone terribly awry and the city has been covered in nuclear ooze.  Concepted by the duo themselves, the maze will feature the best of Vegas – showgirls, slot machines, little white wedding chapel, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more – all glowing with a toxic green hue.

“We’ve done more than just tap into the wildly creative minds of Penn & Teller, the most influential illusionists in the world.  We’ve been working really closely with them.  You are literally going to hear Penn directing you through this toxic wasteland before coming face-to-face with both Penn & Teller in this jarring 3D experience,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort.

Penn & Teller have earned an impressive 13 Emmy Award nominations for their long-running Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: BS!”  They have also written three New York Times best-sellers and had two successful Broadway show runs.  They’ve both also recently appeared on numerous television shows, including “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Dancing With The Stars” and “Top Chef;” and were selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

Original Post from July 27, 2012

This fall, the demented multiverse of the popular horror video game and motion picture franchise, Silent Hill, will come to life in a haunted house at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights events.

This is not a game.  This is not a movie.  This is real.  And guests will be tormented by horrifying creatures from an alternate dimension, including the iconic deformed nurses and the executioner.

Caught in the middle of a high-intensity struggle for survival, you fight off hordes of flesh-hungry, growling “walkers,” or zombies.  No place is safe as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with horror at every turn.  Will you survive?

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are also joining forces with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for Halloween Horror Nights events.  Visitors to both theme parks will be able to experience the horror of AMC’s blockbuster original series, “The Walking Dead,” in elaborately themed, haunted mazes.  It marks the first-time Universal Studios has featured a television series at Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.

The Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, series “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics.  The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.  “The Walking Dead” is the number-one drama series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

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Multi-platinum recording artist Alice Cooper, a mastermind of the rock horror genre, will conjure up his peculiar vision of disturbing horror imagery in two new haunted attractions debuting this fall at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.  This marks the first time ever Alice Cooper’s own version of a demented and dark subconscious will come to life in the haunted maze at Universal Orlando Resort’s award-winning event, which runs on select nights this fall beginning September 21.

For the first time ever at Universal Orlando Resort’s award-winning event, Alice Cooper’s own version of a demented and dark subconscious will come to life in the haunted maze, “Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare.”  Inspired by iconic elements from his first solo album, the attraction will put guests inside the haunted dreams of the album’s recurring character, “Steven,” as he endures the scream-inducing madness spawned from the mind of the legendary rocker.

Making an encore performance at Universal Studios Hollywood’s acclaimed event, Alice Cooper’s new haunted attraction, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” will be inspired by the musician’s classic concept album centered on unending darkness, eternal torment and unimaginable horrors.  The terrifying maze will beckon guests to experience hell’s interminable inferno as imagined through the eyes of hard rock visionary Alice Cooper.  To experience this daunting new maze, guests will don 3D glasses for an optimum up close and personal three-dimensional encounter with Alice Cooper’s underworld.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper pioneered the concept of the theatrical rock concert.  His recording career spans six decades, includes more than two dozen albums, millions of record sales, countless world tours and appearances in scores of movies and videos, including “Nightmare on Elm Street:  Freddy’s Dead,” Universal Pictures’ “Prince of Darkness” and a memorable appearance in the recent “Dark Shadows.”  Last fall, Alice Cooper released his acclaimed “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” his long-awaited sequel to his 1975 classic “Welcome to My Nightmare.”  The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.22.

Sharing his enthusiasm, Alice Cooper said, “I grew up watching classic Universal horror movies so it’s a thrill for me to work with Universal’s designers to create the quintessential Alice Cooper maze for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.  To have Alice Cooper haunted attractions at both parks this year is truly an honor…or is it a horror?  Last year, Universal Studios Hollywood scared the wits out of me with their maniacal and demented creation and they’ve promised to up the ante with ‘Alice Cooper Goes To Hell 3D.’  I can’t wait to see the final terrifying masterpiece.  It will be hell!  I’m even more excited to see Universal Orlando Resort’s maze, ‘Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare.’  Let’s see if they can scare me!”

“There are few as coolly demented as Alice Cooper,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort.  “He’s a cult classic icon and his partnership on the ‘Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare’ maze will bring something completely new and unexpected to our Halloween Horror Nights fans.”

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood, said, “We wanted to break new ground with the insanely immersive ‘Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D’ maze and elevate its journey into the abyss to a shocking new level.  The cutting-edge 3D technology we invented for this haunted attraction will add a palatable sense of realism to an already twisted environment that only music genius Alice Cooper could envision. Through innovative sets and LED technology, we’ve totally pushed the envelope to turn Alice’s maze into a mind-blowing 3D experience for his fans and Halloween Horror Nights guests.”

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