Universal Orlando finally released the much-anticipated details of Halloween Horror Nights 22 today. This year’s event will feature 7 brand new haunted houses, 3 of which are original and four of which are based off of existing properties. In a departure from past years having original storylines, many of the houses are based upon pop culture properties such as The Walking Dead & Silent Hill.
Each step brings an eerie feeling that something horrifying is tracing your every move with lifeless eyes. You frantically search for a place to hide as a growling, flesh-hungry mob gains ground. Turning a corner, you breathe a sigh of relief… Until you look ahead. Screams pierce the night as you’re overcome. You never had a chance. There is no escape.
Beginning September 21, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights returns for 25 nights as the nation’s best and most intense Halloween event. This year, once guests step inside Halloween Horror Nights, they will not be able to escape the horror that awaits them, including terrifying haunted houses featuring some of the biggest names in pop culture – like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Silent Hill. And, with a completely reinvented street experience, scarecators will seek them out no matter where they turn.
This year, guests will fight for survival from the flesh-eating walkers of AMC’s “The Walking Dead;” run to avoid the demonic beings from the universe of popular video game and motion picture franchise Silent Hill; try to escape Penn & Teller’s nuclear ooze-covered Las Vegas wasteland; and come face-to-face with the twisted concepts pulled straight from legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper’s most popular songs.
Even more haunted house horror is in store, as well. What were once just ghastly rumors about an old, abandoned house have come to life as actual bone-chilling apparitions in Dead End; the still, stone protectors of an ancient European cathedral have awakened to fight intruders off at any cost in Gothic; and Universal’s legacy of horror continues as the classic monsters of fear appear in blinding black and white in House of Horrors
In a major change from past years, there are no distinct scare zones.
“And we’ve got a completely reinvented street experience… They will find you and invade your personal space like never before. There will be no boundaries. The rules of the past will no longer apply. Roaming legions of menacing beasts, vampires, prisoners, warriors and more will inhabit every corner of the park. There is no escape.”
In addition, there is no major icon overseeing the event. Past icons have included Jack The Clown, Lady Luck and The Director to name a few.
It should be interesting to see how people like this years event. Halloween Horror Nights has many die-hard fans that are easily angered by changes to the format. What do you think? Will the event rock as usual, or will it disappoint? Let us know by leaving a comment.
Here are details on each of the houses this year:
The Walking Dead: Dead Inside -There is strength in numbers and you must band together to make it through many of the iconic settings made famous by the critically-acclaimed AMC hit, The Walking Dead. As the city is crawling with hordes of “walkers,” the issue of your becoming one of them is not a question of if, but when.
Silent Hill – In the eerie and desolate town of Silent Hill, ash falls from the sky and the physical laws of nature no longer apply. If you dare to venture into this alternate dimension, there is only one law of nature with which you must concern yourself: survival.
Alice Cooper: Welcome to my Nightmare – Journey into legendary rocker Alice Cooper’s twisted mind and witness the natural melding of horror and Cooper’s four decades-long career. Here you will follow Steven, the iconic character from many of Cooper’s works, as you come face to face with a myriad of tormentors who threaten an already-decaying sense of sanity.
Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas – World-renowned magicians Penn & Teller have accidentally nuked Las Vegas, but don’t worry, it’s nothing a fresh coat of paint and a truckload of BS can’t fix! Come on down to New Vegas, where all that glitters isn’t gold, and in fact probably has fatal levels of radioactivity.
Gothic – The Catedral de Caementum Animus is, by day, undergoing a building-wide architectural refurbishment. By night, the many stone gargoyles that keep watchful eye over the sanctuary come to life with the mission of protecting this sacred place against intrusion.
Dead End - If enough people believe in something, perception can become reality. In Carey, Ohio, the perception was that countless horrific acts had occurred in the old Hartford Mansion. The reality was that the curse which befell the house was far worse than any story ever told.
Universal’s House of Horrors - This is no remake. No sequel. No re-imagining. These are Universal’s classic monsters of fear, who have terrified audiences from the Silver Screen. They have been waiting within silver celluloid to be resurrected. The flash of a lightning strike cuts the darkness that surrounds, and terror’s true faces take back what is theirs…
As you make your way through the dark and sinister streets—beware. Someone is watching your every move. The Legions of Horror have ripped and clawed their way out of the ground from an ancient buried cemetery long kept secret. They’ll move silently throughout the night, never staying in one place too long. Don’t bother trying to avoid them. They WILL get you.
Rooted in evil these are the patrons of death, and were the first to rise from the cemetery. They’ve summoned the Dark Legions to join them in a night of carnage as they feast upon the living.
THE LEGIONS OF HORROR
These aren’t the fiends from your childhood books. These are the fears that creep inside your dreams. Brought forth by The Iniquitus, these ghosts and goblins have teeth—and they’re hungry.
A MUST SEE SHOW!
Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.
The 20 Penny Circus brings their “Magic For People With Questionable Taste” to an unsuspecting Halloween Horror Nights audience.
Event dates included: SEPT. 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and OCT. 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 31. GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM EACH NIGHT
For all the gory details, visit http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/index.html