Horror in Hollywood


Halloween Horror Nights (HNN) is an annual event hosted by Universal Studios. This year HHN began on September 16 and will continue through November 5. General Admission tickets range from $64 to $89, depending on where and when the tickets are purchased. The cost pays off because the gates are open from 7pm to 2am.

HHN allows you to live the horror we all know and love. “A big part of the success of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, and what keeps the crowds coming back, is that it is a different experience than going to see a scary movie. Rather, it’s live theater, and the closest thing to visiting a haunted house that most people will ever experience,” said Paulette Cohn, Parade.com.

The center of movie-magic’s Halloween celebration is extremely popular, especially among horror fanatics. This year is notable for its integration of classic horror films with attractions based on popular modern horror.

Brady MacDonald from LATimes praised the event’s approach by stating, “Mixing in a few new offerings with a host of fan favorites, Universal, with an intimate understanding of its blood-thirsty audience, has figured out what works with the movie-quality mazes. Horror Nights… shows no signs of slowing down or veering off path.”

The mazes honor films that shaped the genre such as The Exorcist, Halloween, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The new mazes are based on American Horror Story, an acclaimed horror TV series, Freddy vs. Jason, which brings together two of the most well-known killers in horror, and Krampus, the film based on the children-eating and evil Saint Nick. The returning attractions include The Walking Dead maze and The Purge scare zones.

img_9642The Universal tram, which usually takes visitors through the back lot used for filming, is transformed into the Terror Tram. The clown-themed attraction picks up guests in line and takes them down to the back lot where the Bates Motel is located. During the drive, the tram’s screens introduce guests to the fable of Harold Kappowitz (“Koodles the Clown”) who was shunned from the theme park and devolved into a serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry. Guests are dropped off and forced to walk through the horrors of the murderous clowns in order to make it back to the tram.

The popularity of Hollywood Horror Nights makes it crucial to carefully pick the date you will attend. The number of guests can greatly make or break your night. Wait times for the mazes can range from as little as 10 minutes to as much as two hours or more. On certain nights, the Terror Tram becomes so congested that one can find themselves awkwardly standing by as the scare actors try to surprise you. Guests should plan out their nights to ensure that they will cover as much ground as possible.

For those who are not too big on horror or simply want a break from it, the park makes sure to have regular attractions open and has invited the Jabbawockees to perform once again. This year The Simpsons Ride, Transformers- The Ride – 3D, Jurassic Park – In the Dark, and Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride are scheduled to be operating.

If you plan to visit the park, prepare to enter the world of Hollywood horror.

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