For the past few weeks we’ve been bringing you news about Universal Studios’ 2014 Halloween Horror Nights, and the event is going to be chock-full of familiar faces that attendees like myself…
…absolutely cannot wait to be terrified by!
But what about original attractions? Halloween Horror Nights has become known not just for putting fans face-to-face with horror icons but also for immersing us in all-new experiences, and today we got the very first taste of 2014’s original offerings.
In an interview with the official Universal Orlando blog, Assistant Show Director Charles Gray spilled the beans about the original attractions set for this year’s event, beginning with three brand spankin’ new houses. Read on for all the details!
Original House: Dollhouse of the Damned
“The word to keep in mind here is ‘juxtaposition.’ You walk into the house, you find yourself in this old-time morgue. But this little girl has set up shop and now it’s her playhouse. She’s torturing people in there. So you’re taking the sweetness of the dollhouse and childhood and combining it with something completely sinister. That theme remains throughout the maze. Another phrase we use is ‘forced integration.’ You’ll see characters with porcelain doll masks that have been smashed into their faces, and now they’re permanent. They’re victims of this twisted amalgamation. It’s really creepy.”
Original House: Giggles & Gore Inc.
“We asked ourselves, where do evil clowns come from? And we discovered evil clowns are not born, they’re made. It’s an actual process. We all know that there are countless unsolved disappearances across the country. Where do these people end up? In the clown factory, being stretched, smashed and eviscerated. Faces are peeled off and voice boxes are torn out. Victims are dropped into a wood chipper, and the gunk that comes out is shoved into other people to create these massive, nasty stuffed clowns. Toward the end, you encounter the most evil of all evil clowns: The Discarded. These are the surviving clowns that have been cast down for being too dangerous to exist, even with other evil clowns.”
Original House: Roanoke – Cannibal County
“The year was 1587. It was one of the first settlements of the Colonial Era. The people living here were expecting supplies from Europe, but there was a war going on so they couldn’t make the voyage. Three years later, when the supply ship finally arrived, everyone was gone… except the deranged cannibals who’d managed to survive by eating their fellow settlers. As a guest, you’re fighting you’re way through this chaotic gauntlet of flesh-hungry man-eaters. What’s cool about the set is that Karen, our décor guru, has traveled up to Virginia to some of these historic settlements and brought back photos for us to use as visual reference. So, the scenery you’re observing throughout the maze is all pulled straight from theses real-life settlements.”
Show Director Lora Wallace added to the fun by revealing details about two all-new street experiences, which ensure that nobody walking around Universal during Halloween Horror Nights is safe from having the daylights scared out of them.
Original Street Experience: MASKerade; Unstitched
“The whole concept is that these people are trapped in an old time period—their skin is falling off, they have stitched their skin back to their faces, but much of it is still peeling off. What I love about the concept is that it is like you’re entering this really surreal dance, but it is very terrifying at the same time. There is wax holding their skin on, some are sewing their skin back on but they are doing it very poorly, and there are some whose skin is still detached.”
Original Street Experience: Bayou of Blood
“Our high priestess is crazy-evil and in a trance, doing numerous spells and sacrifices to get the ultimate power in her. Because she has made these sacrifices, many other voodoo practitioners in the area have come and they are squatting outside of her shack. They feel if they make sacrifices to her, they will get some of that power when she makes the ultimate sacrifice.You’re going to see her sacrifice someone right in front of you…you will see every gory detail of this ultimate sacrifice. But that’s not the end—once you get past the sacrifice and the high priestess’ shack, you enter into the area inhabited by the voodoo squatters…and they are all looking for something or someone to sacrifice.”
Previously announced movie and TV-themed attractions include An American Werewolf in London, The Purge: Anarchy, Alien vs. Predator, Dracula Untold, “The Walking Dead,” Syfy’s “Face Off,” and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.”
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
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