Friends, it is that time of the year when Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando are ready to unleash Halloween Horror Nights 2018! My love for the event is something I have always shared here on the site and this year in particular Halloween Horror Nights 2018 has A LOT of retro-themed mazes as well as houses for horror fans to enjoy. So for this article I am going to attempt to share with you some of those spooky offerings that you should help you get into the spirit of the event!
While I have talked about this before, the only time I was able to attend a Halloween Horror Night event was back in 2005. This was for the Tales of Terror event, with the icon, the character that tied all the mazes, houses, and scarezones together being…The Storyteller.
[Via] Tash of the Future
Over the years, Universal Studios seems to have pushed the importance of an icon out of the event, sort of, to focus on IP’s that have a built in following such as The Walking Dead, The Purge, or of course Stranger Things. That isn’t to say that Universal still doesn’t create their own houses and mazes – like this year’s Slaughter Sinema!
[Via] HHN’s YouTube Channel
As I’ve already mentioned I only was able to visit one year in the 26 years it’s been in operation. Well, 26 years in Orlando, Florida and 32 years for the Hollywood Studios. In the past there have always been houses or mazes that one location had that the other missed out on. This year I believe that to truly be happy I would have to be hitting both parks – because it looks like the Universal Monsters are staking a rightful claim on Halloween – aided by an original score composed by Slash!
At both parks you will also be able to experience the frights and scares of 1982’s Poltergeist by the late and great Tobe Hooper as well as Steven Spielberg. Since this house is based on the original film I am sure that at some point you will end up coming face to face with that dreaded clown doll.
Besides original IP’s like Dead Exposure: Patient Zero (A prequel to 2008’s popular zombie themed house), Vamp ’85: New Year’s Eve (Sequel to 2016’s Vamp ’55), Twisted Tradition, The Harvest, Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After, Seeds of Extinction, and Carnival Graveyard: Rust In Pieces – you have 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers!
While this year’s event definitely has a touch of everything revolving around the 80s there is also The Horrors of Blumhouse – which features The First Purge and Happy Death Day. Michael Dougherty’s exceptional horror anthology Trick r’ Treat is also represented at this year’s event. Two scarezones in particular will interest you fans of retro horror however as both Chucky from Child’s Play as well as the comical but homicidal aliens from Killer Klowns from Outer Space are in attendance.
All of that adds up to a whole lot of fun for Halloween Horror Nights 2018 in my opinion, friends. I suppose the big question is if I can somehow convince Retroist, Inc. to foot the bill to hit the events for some live coverage?
Now then, are you ready to see the official TV spot for Halloween Horror Nights 2018?
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