Universal Studios Hollywood announced on Tues., Aug. 19 that tickets are now on sale for this year's Halloween Horror Nights. As with the past two years, Riverside Horror will be in attendance opening night for the annual Eyegore Awards, which honors actors, directors and writers that have contributed significantly to the world of horror, along with reviewing the park's all-new terrifying mazes.
22 terror-filled nights will begin on Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 2. In addition to general admission tickets, Universal Hollywood will once again be offering Front of Line tickets, which allows guests priority access to all the mazes and the Terror Tram.
As is the case every year, John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights, has collaborated with the best in the business to bring movie-like quality to each and every maze.
"As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” says Murdy. “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”
Once again, "The Walking Dead" will return with both a maze and the amazingly popular Terror Tram, which turns Universal's daytime back lot tour by tram into a terror-filled, living-dead infested walk on foot by night. This year, season 4 of the popular AMC series was the inspiration for the harrowing walk, which will include the burned moonshine mansion, charred walkers and place guests on the path to Terminus, which purportedly promises sanctuary for all - but does it?
This year's "The Walking Dead" maze, "The Walking Dead: The End of the Line," is also geared towards events of season 4. Guests will set out on a horrifying journey towards Terminus while avoiding flesh-eating zombies. The maze will also recreate the terrifying loss of the West Georgia Correctional Facility which began season 4, forcing Rick and the rest of the survivors to flee after their supposedly safe haven was overrun by walkers. Guests will be forced to escape the prison and hope they survive the flesh-eating hordes all around them.
Director Robert Rodriguez's cult classic "From Dusk Till Dawn," which is now a popular series on the new El Rey network, is the basis for another new maze where guests will face serpent-like vampires called "Culebras."
Each year, Universal Horror Nights brings rock music to life with horror and a blasting metal soundtrack based around one rocker or band. This year, it's heavy metal guitarist SLASH, who composed the first-ever score for the 3D maze "Clowns 3D Music by SLASH." Last year's "Black Sabbath 3D" had the longest line of any maze in the park, and no doubt, with original music by SLASH, you'll want to make your way to this one early in the night. Check out the video above as the director of HHN and SLASH discuss production of the new maze.
Other mazes will include themes easily recognizable to horror fans, including "AVP: Alien vs. Predator," "An American Werewolf in London," "The Purge: Anarchy," and "Face Off: In the Flesh," which will include many gruesome creatures based on the hit SyFy Channel series.
In addition, this year Universal allowed online voters to decide on a new Scare Zone in their first ever "Choose Your Scare" competition. Thanks to those votes, "Mask-a-Raid" will now come to life, featuring flesh-hungry cannibals hiding behind the masks of French aristocrats. Appearing in the park's French Street location and set in pre-Revolutionary War France, guests who have the misfortune of traveling through the area will soon discover that the jeweled masks and elaborate wardrobes of the inhabitants are actually hiding blood-thirsty cannibals.
Weekend nights, and especially Halloween, will no doubt sell out quickly, so get your tickets now for 2014's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. Check back September 20 for Riverside Horror's full review of the all-new mazes, and follow Universal Horror Nights on social media for all the latest news via Facebook and Twitter.