Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Michael Myers – just uttering the names of these four big time baddies is enough to send those of a more “timid” disposition into hysterics. This year, thanks to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights, the biggest names in horror come together as the silver screen’s extreme serial killers bleed into a trio of all-new slasher-themed mazes beginning Friday, September 16th 2016.


Halloween Horror Nights has been providing its brand of terror to visitors to Universal Studios theme parks since 1991 where it first appeared under the title ‘Fright Nights;’ It was renamed to Halloween Horror Nights the following year.  What originally began as a three-night event has, over the years, grown to become a month-long, blood curdling scare-fest.


This year, Universal Studios Hollywood is teaming up with the most famous faces in fear for a whole new year of shrieks and screams.
In “Freddy VS Jason,” a demented killer (Freddy Krueger; A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) returns to the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey masked killer Jason Voorhees (FRIDAY THE 13TH) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history, this new experiential maze will thrust guests into an epic battle in which the fate of only one killer will survive.



The unspeakable terror embroiled within “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers” maze, based on Tobe Hooper’s original film, will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of the demented killer, Leatherface, and his mentally unhinged brother Chop Top, as they unite in misery to expand the family’s cannibalistic enterprise and slaughter a new generation of innocent victims.  With the perverse duo at the helm of a grotesque BBQ restaurant staged inside a dilapidated roadside gas station, unwitting guests will soon realize that new terror awaits as the blood brothers continue their hedonistic prey on human flesh.



Finally, in “Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield”, escaped mental patient Michael Myers makes a homecoming return in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic HALLOWEEN horror franchise and echoes the infamous words uttered by the film’s Dr. Sam Loomis, “You can’t kill the boogeyman.”


The twisted maze will shed new light on the terrifying lunacy of Michael Myers as he scours the streets of Haddonfield and stalks the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in ruthless pursuit of his victims.



Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off on Friday, September 16th 2016.  The immensely popular event brings together the sickest minds in horror to immense guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of unrelenting terror.  Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones, and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties.


Halloween Horror Nights will taunt, terrorize, and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.  The all-new permanent attraction, based on AMC’s hit show ‘The Walking Dead’ will further enhance Halloween Horror Night’s terrifying line up.
Updates and information on Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood are available on the event’s website and on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood.


Also be sure to check out their spin-tingling Instagram and Twitter pages at @HorrorNights, as Creative Director John Murdy continuously reveals a running chronicle of exclusive info.  Watch videos via the Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join in on the conversation using #UniversalHHN.


Well – what do you think boys and ghouls?  You feel like finally living that life-long dream of being stalked relentlessly by Michael Myers through the winding halls of a mysteriously abandoned hospital?  Or how about finally giving into fantasy and letting Mr. Krueger into your dreams?  No?  Is that just me?  What can I say, I like someone who can nail their one-liners.


Regardless, Universal Studios Hollywood seems to be packing all the punches for this years’ cavalcade of chaos.  It’s Halloween Horror Nights folks, be there or be spared.

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