Step inside living cinematic terror at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights as the latest incarnations of SAW and The Wolfman join with Chucky to lead a host of terrifying horrors torn from the most demented films of all time.
See if you can survive the greatest exhibition of fear anywhere as Universal Studios is transformed into the nation’s premier Halloween event.
8 ALL NEW HAUNTED HOUSES
6 ALL NEW SCARE ZONES
2 ALL NEW LIVE SHOWS
2009 marked the first year that Halloween Horror Nights featured a sponsored attraction. “The Spawning” and “Leave it to Cleaver” houses were sponsored by Fangoria.
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Single Night Admission: $69.99 + tax
Frequent Fear Pass: $69.99 + tax
EVENT ICON: THE USHER
“Good evening moviegoers, and welcome to the Universal Palace.”
Julian Browning was an usher at the Universal Palace Theater, a popular movie house that had been converted from a playhouse during the 1920s. Browning truly enjoyed working at the theater and loved the movies, especially horror movies, becoming something of an expert. However, Browning was also very strict about enforcing the rules, and hated rude patrons who disrupted the movie experienced for others.
During a 1940 re-release of his all-time favorite horror film, Lon Chaney Sr.’s The Phantom of the Opera, Browning engaged in a scuffle with a rude theater goer. During the fight, Browning’s flashlight was seized by the boorish patron who tossed it through the new screen, tearing it. As the furious usher went backstage to retrieve it, he was somehow entangled in one of the old playhouse’s sandbag’s ropes, causing him to die a slow, painful death of strangulation with his feet mere inches above the floor.
It is also revealed that this was the first horrible event of many in the theater’s history, meaning that either the Universal Palace itself is evil, or Julian’s “revenge” has been to destroy other rulebreaking patrons with classic movie monsters (almost in the same way the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera would do by causing incidents in the opera house).
The Usher appeared in the haunted house, Silver Screams and could be seen in videos screened on the walls around the queue areas and at the entrance, introducing the Scare Zones and Houses, as well as a skit about the Palace Theater rules! He also appeared at the entrance of the park around the ticket area, along with female counterparts.
The Usher appeared at Halloween Horror Nights XX: Twenty Years of Fear as the last of Fear’s minions: Vengeance, and at the end of the haunted house, Horror Nights: The Hallow’d Past.
Chucky: Friends Til The End
Location: Sprung Tent
A child’s plaything? Hardly.
Ever wonder what happens when good toys go bad? Chucky has been hard at work, tinkering with your favorite childhood playthings. Nothing is what it seems as you step inside and experience what it’s like to live in Chucky’s world. This is no Child’s Play.
Dracula: Legacy of Blood
Location: Sound Stage 23
Welcome to Castle Dracula on the night of “The Calling.” Vlad Dracul bids you welcome – be you one of the chosen women who has been called or merely a mortal man. Those who have been chosen must decide whether to join the Dark prince in everlasting life has his brides, or reject his offer and suffer for all eternity. The blood must be renewed. The fate of the legacy hangs in the balance – Dracula’s legacy of blood.
Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned
Location: Sound Stage 23
It has been a fortnight since his creation caused the castle to be engulfed in flames. Doctor Frankenstein now continues his work to perfect the art of resurrection and regeneration surrounded by his creations. The Creature has also returned to make the Doctor pay for the pain and suffering he has had to endure. The Creature will destroy everything in his path to gain redemption, and you are now caught in the middle of the epic battle.
Leave it to Cleaver
Location: Disaster Queue
Sam Meetz cares for and about the people of Carey, Ohio like they were his own family. Samuel Meetz works for the people of Carey, Ohio as a butcher, bringing them the freshest meat possible. With a steady livestock of transients and town lawbreakers with which to serve, and a staff of volunteers who will preserve their town’s deadly secret by any means necessary there is truly no end in sight for Samuel or his family business. As Sam always says, “Meet Me at Meetz… the Z stands for cannibal.”
Location: JAWS Queue
For years you have come to celebrate Halloween and to witness the weakness of others. The only way to gain redemption for this voyeuristic obsession is to truly know what it means to bleed, to feel weak; to experience pain. Jigsaw will give you this experience. Happy Halloween. Let the games begin.
Location: Parade Building (B-79)
Julian Browning has been the usher in the Universal Palace since it opened in 1922. Of course, he’s been dead since 1940, but he still commands respect for his most beloved films from every patron. Buy a ticket to the Universal Palace, and let Julian usher you into a realm where horror on the screen is ripped away to reveal a world that is truly terrifying.
Location: Sprung Tent
Something “different” has moved in among the sewers of Wyandot County, Ohio. The locals claim that these creatures, these “Sculders”, are two feet tall with the body of a snake. As a volunteer member of the local water district, it is your civic duty to venture into these pipes and restore flow. But beware, the locals are wrong about the “Sculders” and the only thing that will be flowing is your blood as it leaves your lifeless body.
Location: Sound Stage 22
Pure. Animalistic. Rage. Take a journey through England’s countryside and come face to fangs with one of the most terrifying creatures to ever explode from the silver screen. Forget everything you thought you knew, and prepare yourself for the sights and sounds of the newest addition to Universal’s legacy of horror!
Apocalypse: City of Cannibals
Location: New York
A whole civilization of war-like carnivorous humanoids emerges from the sewers and underground tunnels of New York, looking for fresh food. Half-humanoid, half-beast and ravenous, these tribal cannibals invade the streets of Manhattan. No one is safe!
Cirque du freak
Inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” which tells the fantasy-adventure tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.
Location: Plaza of the Stars
When an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released into the atmosphere, the streets are filled with a toxic green mist that turns anyone that comes in contact with it into an infected, melting glob of flesh and blood.
Location: Mel’s Drive-In
The Hollywood Drive-in has been closed for years, and some say the abandoned grounds are haunted, where late at night the dim flickering images of carnage and chaos, monsters and madmen leave the screen and enter the real world looking for fresh victims to star in their latest horrors.
Lights, Camera, Hacktion!
Location: Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard is being used as a location for the filming of the next big horror movie to be released in October 2010: The CHAINSAW DRILL TEAM MASSACRE in 3-D. Lights, Camera, Hacktion! Our director, Mas Imair, noted horror film aficionado, is bringing the massacre to life in blood-red terrorcolor. But the actors seem to be taking their direction literally and are “hacking” through the cast and crew. It’s a close encounter of the worst kind as the backlot becomes a hacklot and the streets run red with blood. Are you ready for your close-up?
War of the Living Dead
Location: Shrek Alley
On a remote island in the Pacific during the last days of World War II, German military attempted to create the unthinkable – a new breed of super-soldier made from the reanimated corpses of the dead. American forces quickly seized the island compound, but not before the reanimate agent was released. The island was quarantined and has remained a secret until now. Fifty years later, the two opposing dead forces are still locked in immortal combat with you caught in the crosshairs.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
Location: Fear Factor Live Theater
Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute
Location: Beetlejuice Stage
There’s a light on over at the Frankenstein place. Join the wildest group this side of Transylvania as they present a live tribute to the cult classic film.