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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 debuts with demented mix of fun and frights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 debuts with demented mix of fun and frights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights has returned to Universal Studios Hollywood with seven new mazes – “The Walking Dead”, “Alien vs. Predator”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Dracula Untold”, “Face Off”, “An American Werewolf in London” and “Clowns 3D: music by Slash”. This year’s experiences do not disappoint with great levels of devilish detail throughout.

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It all kicked off with a chaotic opening “scaremony” as the New Founding Fathers of “The Purge” usher in an evening of madness by welcoming guests into a frenzy of excitement.


Video: The Purge opening scaremony at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2014


Upon entering the park, go go dancers are once again welcoming every guest with their sultry moves. But the screams aren’t far behind, as the dancers act as a distraction while guests enter the first scare zone.


Video: The Purge Go Go Dancers at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood


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“The Purge: Anarchy” is the first scare zone. You can’t miss it. Not far from there are “Mask-a-Raid” and “Dark Christmas,” new concepts that have the potential to grow. Fans are already asking for a “Dark Christmas” maze next year. On the lower lot of the studio is the zone called “Skullz” featuring stilt walkers, an open area notoriously a tough to fill with scares. The final scare zone “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” is on the studio backlot, an impressive setting any Horror Nights experience.


Video: The Purge: Anarchy scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood


Video: Dark Christmas scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood


Video: Mask-A-Raid scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood


Video: Skullz scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood




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Inside the thrilling “Alien vs Predator” haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Inside the thrilling “Alien vs Predator” haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014

The best new experience at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014 is easily the “Alien vs Predator” haunted house. Combining two classic, beloved film franchises into one high energy maze produces an exhilarating walkthrough experience.

The haunted house is definitely more “Alien” than “Predator.” And it’s not so much “versus” as having both species attack Horror Nights guests around every turn. There are puppets, animatronics, projections, and many more special effects that make the Alien creatures believably come to life, while the Predators are simply big guys in excellent costumes.

As the best house of this year’s event, it’s one of the mazes Universal Orlando has allowed us to show you via the video below. It’s not a 100% complete walkthrough, as we don’t want to ruin all the surprises, but you will get a good idea of how intense this experience is.


Video: Alien vs Predator haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Orlando


Check back this weekend for a complete house-by-house review of Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando.


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Inside the “Halloween” haunted house as Michael Myers comes home to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Inside the “Halloween” haunted house as Michael Myers comes home to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014

In one of this year’s best haunted houses, Michael Myers puts the “Halloween” in Halloween Horror Nights 24, slashing his way through scene after scene recreated from the classic John Carpenter film.

On the outside, the Myers house reveals something is definitely not right as projections offer a glimpse of the horrors within. Inside, the experience seems to bounce between houses in a residential neighborhood as Myers unleashes his killing spree across all the most memorable moments from the 1978 movie.

With its iconic musical score and creepy head tilt moments, this “Halloween” haunted house is a perfect fit for the event and is producing screams around every corner. For those reasons, it’s also one of the mazes Universal Orlando has allowed us to show you via the video below. It’s not a 100% complete walkthrough, as we don’t want to ruin all the surprises, but you will get a good idea of what the experience is like.


Video: “Halloween” Michael Myers haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, Universal Orlando




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On Conan O’Brien’s show last night, “The Simpsons” star Hank Azaria shared some of his recognizable voice talent by chiming in as Chief Wiggum singing a bit of “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

The bit was noted as one of the biggest hits of the recent “Simpsons” live shows performed at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Check out the clip below.


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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 scare zones successfully return screams to Universal Orlando streets with preview night debut

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 scare zones successfully return screams to Universal Orlando streets with preview night debut

After a couple of years of playing around with their tried-and-true formula, Universal Orlando has brought back traditional scare zones for Halloween Horror Nights 2014. Filling four large areas of the park with interesting characters, haunting music, and mesmerizing visuals, this 24th year of the event gives fans what they’ve been asking for.

Last night was the “Advance Screaming” event for Universal Orlando employees and their guests – a final dress rehearsal for Halloween Horror Nights before its official debut tomorrow. Though this year’s event doesn’t have an icon or theme (perhaps for its 25th next year?), Halloween Horror Nights 24 succeeds on so many levels. The scare zones are a great mix between startling and stunning while the houses are a nice blend between original concepts and experiences inspired by outside intellectual properties.

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

Each year I rate the event’s haunted houses, scare zones, and shows – but we’re not quite there yet. Last night’s performances were a chance for actors and the event’s creators to fine tune it all before unveiling it to the public. So I will hold my analysis of the event until this weekend.

(And please forgive the iPhone photos below. We will definitely be taking many better pictures beginning Friday night.)

I will say my favorite houses, for now, are definitely Alien vs Predator (incredible environments, surprises, characters, and use of technology), Halloween (pure classic horror thrills), From Dusk Till Dawn (a great blend of sexy and sinister), and The Walking Dead (they finally got it right with huge sets, better makeup and prosthetics, and massive numbers of walkers).

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

Though it was a preview last night, the park’s scare zones were in full swing. The event opens with a special moment based on The Purge in which the Purge itself commences, making all crime legal for 12 hours – and chaos ensues.


Video: The Purge opening moment for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Orlando>


Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview night at Universal Orlando

The best way to see that each night of the event is to get there early and wait outside the park’s gates until 5 minutes before it opens.

All of the scare zones have great potential. Though they don’t reach the backside of the park at all, they do load the front half with plenty to look at and many chances for a good startle.


Video: Halloween Horror Nights 2014 scare zones at Universal Orlando – Face Off, Purge, MASKerade, Bayou of Blood


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