We're already a week into September, so it must be time for Halloween, right? Universal Orlando jump-started the jump-scare season last night (9/8/2014) by holding their first Halloween Horror Nights 24 media preview.
Continue reading for exclusive photos and video revealing secrets of 8 haunted houses, 4 scarezones, and 2 live shows that will operate at the after-hours event on select nights from September 19 through November 1.
Based on the last 3 or 4 episodes of the recent television series (available now on Netflix Streaming). The bar's name has been censored to "The Twister" but there should be plenty of scantily clad snake-vampire strippers.
Recreates environments from season 4, from the ruined prison to the Big Spot (with crashed helicopter coming through the ceiling) to Terminus. This is the largest maze in HHN history, with double the linear feet --- and therefore double the scare-time for your wait-time -- of a standard maze.
Set inside a Weyland Yutani research facility, this maze uses elements from both franchises without recreating the storylines from either of the awful AvP films. All the xenomorphs will be elaborate puppets (much like the creatures in last year's American Werewolf maze) while the hunters will be costumed actors.
The release date for the upcoming film this maze is based on has been moved up to October 10, so you have an extra week to see it before being "spoiled" by the house.
Visit the factory where evil clowns are constructed, where you'll see people's throats being ripped out to make mimes and other hilariously horrible sights. Rumors persist that longtime HHN icon Jack will have a cameo, but I don't expect him to fully return until next year's 25th anniversary event.
Based on John Carpenter's original classic (with a quick nod to the largely forgotten third film), this was the only house that media was able to walk through. It's surprisingly long for a "tent house," with an interesting mix of indoor and "outdoor" environments, and details -- from authentic music and sound effects to a projection-mapped exterior facade -- faithfully replicated from the film. The only things scarier than the multiple Michael Meyers are the 1970s kitchen appliances!
Evil dolls of every shape and style. 'Nuff said.
Man-eating colonists stalk this tribute to the legendary lost Virginia settlement. Expect lots of internal organs on display in this maze.
This gruesomely glamorous European-style soiree features a chandelier hanging over the street, and is described by Mike Aiello as the event's most "beautiful" area.
New York's streets will swarm with characters inspired by both Purge films. Just remember: only Universal employees are permitted to purge, so no murdering your fellow guests.
This Louisiana-themed zone feature a live human sacrifice to the voodoo queen ever hour nightly. Creepy glass jars hanging from the trees will replace the flickering jack-o-lanterns seen in past years.
Show contestants -- including winner and Universal makeup artist Laura Tyler -- contributed creature designs to the Hollywood area, which will feature 5 different characters swapping out every half hour.
If these morsels of info aren't enough to satisfy your hunger, take a look at these video interviews with HHN creators Mike Aiello and Lora Wallace, who discuss gore, foul language, and other fun topics.
We'll be at opening night of HHN 24 on September 19, and will bring you a full review of the event online and in the pages of Orlando Weekly.