HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS

In preparation for this year’s Halloween, we’ve decided to give you an example of how you could be spending yours, in Orlando Florida. Don’t feel like dressing up? Or maybe throwing a party and eating candy until you are sick doesn’t sound like much fun and the haunted houses in your town are just lame now. Listen up, because you have never been scared like you will be inside Universal Studios Orlando for the twentieth anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights.

The big reveal was today and we got to speak with TJ Mannarino, Director of Art & Design for Entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort, and Patrick Braillard, Show Director of Entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. They were very excited to tell us about their thinking for Halloween Horror Nights XX. Going in thinking about the two types of fans: fans of the old, and fans of the unknown, they were able to seamlessly merge the two sides as never before seen in HHN’s past.  “We wanted to give a thank you to the fans of Horror Nights, so they could come to the event and really see where this event has come from, but also at the same time, show them where it’s going.”

They told us a bit about the houses and the theme they were running this year. They always go for the gore and the intensity, but they appreciate the jokes and laughs that come after the scream, and without revealing which house it was, they did say they have inserted some fun comedy for our enjoyment. They spoke about how they pick the icons and characters on the passion that they all possess for scaring others. Whatever they wanted to see and what scared them is what motivated them to pick the characters and houses this year, however, they will all tie together for a central theme.

They have sadly explained why The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not involved this year. It simply comes down to the show not fitting into the theme as well as this year’s show, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. They did ensure us that it will probably be in the rotation in years to come.

The icon this year is “Fear” seen in the picture here. Without revealing too much, they describe that this character fully envelops fear. A big part of the theme with houses and scarezones along the years has been instilling fear in the guests in one form or another. This year, they have just gathered all the reasons why fear exist, and created the character that we will learn more about as we get closer to the opening nights. “One thing has been consistent, that has been fear.” “We bring fear to reality every year, this is our opportunity to bring Fear to the guests of HHNs”

For 19 Years, Something Has Been In Control – And This Year, We Learn What It Is. All New Experiences Mark the 20th Year of the Nation’s Best, Most Intense, Halloween Event

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 26, 2010) – There is more to paralyzing fear than a scream in the darkness or a cool breath on the back of the neck. Or the grip of the undead. Fear that truly consumes us comes from deep inside our souls, stirred by something we don’t always understand and rarely have the chance to confront. Until now. Halloween Horror Nights XX is about Fear himself. He is the Master of everything Halloween Horror Nights has ever been and will become. His weapons: Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, Vengeance. His pawns: a clown, a storyteller, a caretaker, a director, an usher…and you. For 24 nights beginning September 24 and running through October 31, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will reveal Fear as he has never been seen or experienced before. Fear and what he has created have horrified people for 19 years. And this year, he will be more real than ever.

“Everything we have done for the past 19 years, everything we have learned, leads to this moment,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “This year’s Halloween Horror Nights is not about the past. It is about the future.”

Halloween Horror Nights XX is not an anniversary event. There may be glimpses of the familiar, but those glimpses may not look the same as guests remember. And the familiar will quickly give way to the new. This year, Halloween Horror Nights will feature eight all-new haunted houses, new scarezones and live shows. And everything Fear touches will never be the same.

For a detailed listing of each haunted house, scarezone and show featured at this year’s event, see below.

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 24-25, September 30-October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Advance tickets are now on sale for $74.99 plus tax. For tickets and event information, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

Daily updates and exclusive details on Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are also available on the event’s official Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando or search on Facebook for “Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando OFFICIAL.”

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: AN OVERVIEW

EIGHT ALL-NEW HORRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSES

Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past – Halloween Horror Nights. The name brings with it millions of tales, each filled with thousands of screams. Now, you have the opportunity to travel into a realm where Horror Nights isn’t just an event, but a reality.

The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes – Ashes to ashes, forever now dust. For years she has existed in the shadows, never getting her due. Misunderstood by all around her, she has had enough of her playthings at the Good Harvest Orphanage – now is the time for vengeance. This burned out shell contains the souls of the forgotten and the lost who all scream one name: Cindy.

Hades: The Gates of Ruin – Hades bids you welcome. Make your way into the Underworld, and come face to face with the most terrifying creatures of legend as you cross through the Gates of Ruin.

Psychoscarepy: Echoes of Shadybrook – The truth, as they say, is far stranger than fiction, and in this instance they happen to be correct. Although Shadybrook’s doors have indeed been closed for the last 15 years, the place is still very much alive with all of the criminally insane souls that have ever walked its halls.

Havoc: Dogs of War – Ten years ago, the Shadowcreek Enterprise was tasked with developing an elite corp of soldiers. They succeeded. Through an inhalant that includes a compound of testosterone, adrenaline, and other anesthetics, Shadow Creek’s latest run of volunteer test subjects are ready for inspection. The project name: HAVOC. The subjects are known simply as the Dogs of War.

Catacombs: Black Death Rising – During a plague of Paris and Marseilles in 1534, thousands died due to an undisclosed viral outbreak. A group of doctors took it upon themselves to quarantine the most infected citizens of the city. They had no way of knowing that the townspeople would betray them, sealing them into their doom. They have been unable to escape for almost five hundred years. Now that the dead inside have found a way out, they are rising to take their centuries old vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.

Zombiegeddon – The United States government has re-taken the continental United States, and is actively engaged in clearing the remaining infested pockets of Canada. The government also licenses and sanctions private companies to capture “un-live” subjects and use them as practical targets during these training sessions. Dozens of independent training consultant “companies” spring up, promising the best training that money can buy…and then there’s ZAP…The Zombie Awareness Program.

Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate – The Spirit Seekers have come up with a machine that actually gathers spirits toward it. The group has decided to do a live broadcast from inside one of the most reportedly “haunted” sites in the entire United States, The Wyandot Estate, built in the 1920’s in Carey, Ohio by the entrepreneur Malcolm Wyandot and his wife Lydia. The house has been rumored to be haunted since Malcolm brutally killed 13 dinner guests and his wife Lydia before committing suicide on October 30, 1929. The team is about to get more than they bargained for as the murdered hear their call and answer with terrible violence.

SIX INESCAPABLE SCAREZONES

HHN: 20 Years of Fear – Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear. Move toward the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past.

Fear Revealed – The souls of Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos and Vengeance — He created them and gave them terror. Each with a part to play, they fulfilled their tasks. Their malice provided him bone, their rage gave him blood, and their terror fulfilled his soul. What has been 19 cycles for some have been eons for him. He’s waited patiently for the final piece, and now on the 20th cycle… HE IS REVEALED.

Zombie Gras – This Mardi Gras parade has gone severely off course. Infected by the North American zombie infestation, the undead walk among us, searching for their next meal…

Esqueleto Muerte – Revel in the seductive taunts of Death as you wind through a glowing skeletal nightmare.

Saws ‘n Steam – Enormous trenches in the earth’s crust have opened below its vast oceans, exposing them to intense heat. Steam power is essential to the inhabitants of New Yorkshire, but diminishing oceans have put the city in jeopardy, forcing the citizens to evil lengths. Beware upon entering the city, as the water in your body is now a coveted resource. And the citizens will stop at nothing to get it.

The Coven – The Cult of the Raven has unsettled spirits, and its Sirens are screaming throughout the witches’ realm. As you creep past their obelisk, beware their spells. For those who don’t believe will be condemned to death.

TWO OUTRAGEOUS LIVE SHOWS

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure – Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

Brian Brushwood: Menace and Malice – Experience two realms of bizarre magic by one of the country’s most outrageous illusionists.

About Angela

Angela is the Editor-in-Chief of Lost in Reviews. She and Ryan created Lost in Reviews together in 2009 out of a mutual hatred for all the stodgy old farts currently writing film reviews. Since launching the site, Angela has enjoyed reviewing indie films over all other films, picking up new music from all corners of the world and photographing live shows. She is the co-host of Blu Monday and a member of the Kansas City Film Critic Circle.



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