ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight, there will be no escape as Universal Orlando unleashes the horror of Halloween Horror Nights 22, featuring all new haunted houses, hundreds of terrifying "scareactors" and a completely reinvented street experience that will leave guests with nowhere to turn.
Recently named "the country's best Halloween event" for the fifth consecutive year by Amusement Today, Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights raises the bar each year by creating all-new, terrifying experiences that entertain guests from all over the world.
This year, guests will encounter ground-breaking, horrifying experiences:
- All-new haunted houses featuring movie-quality sets, including four houses based on some of pop culture's biggest icons: AMC's hit television series "The Walking Dead;" popular video game and motion picture franchise "Silent Hill;" the bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller; and legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper. Plus, three brand new original houses featuring a daunting European cathedral (Gothic); a bone-chilling apparition-filled house (Dead End); and Universal's classic monsters as if they have stepped right out of the silver screen (House of Horrors).
- A completely reinvented street experience that will unleash scareactors in an all-new, terrifying way. Roaming legions of menacing beasts, vampires, prisoners, warriors and more will find you in every corner of the park. There will be no boundaries. There will be no escape.
- Two outrageous shows, including the return of the popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure and brand new this year, The 20 Penny Circus, featuring "magic for people with questionable taste."
To get a sneak peek at this year's event, click here.
For a detailed listing of each haunted house, the all new street experience and shows featured at this year's event, see below.
Halloween Horror Nights 22 begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs select nights through October 31. For more information about the event – or to purchase tickets – visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando. Due to the event's popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.
Guests can get updates and exclusive details on Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights on the event's official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando) and Twitter handle (@UORHHN).
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 22 – AN OVERVIEW
AMC's "The Walking Dead"
There is strength in numbers, and you must band together to make it through many of the iconic settings made famous by the critically-acclaimed AMC television series, "The Walking Dead." As the city is crawling with hordes of walkers, the issue of your becoming one of them is not a question of if, but when.
In the eerie and desolate town of Silent Hill, ash falls from the sky and the physical laws of nature no longer apply. If you dare to venture into this alternate dimension, there is only one law of nature with which you must concern yourself: survival.
Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas
World-renowned magicians Penn & Teller have accidentally nuked Las Vegas, but don't worry, it's nothing a fresh coat of paint and a truckload of BS can't fix. Come on down to New Vegas, where all that glitters isn't gold, and in fact probably has fatal levels of radioactivity.
Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare
Journey into the legendary rocker Alice Cooper's twisted mind and witness the natural melding of horror and Cooper's four decades-long career. Here you will follow Steven, the iconic character from many of Cooper's works, as you come face-to-face with a myriad of tormentors who threaten an already-decaying sense of sanity.
House of Horrors
This is no remake. No sequel. No re-imagining. These are Universal's classic monsters of fear, who have terrified audiences from the Silver Screen. They have been waiting within silver celluloid to be resurrected. The flash of a lightning strike cuts the darkness that surrounds, and terror's true faces take back what is theirs…
If enough people believe in something, perception can become reality. In Carey, Ohio, the perception was that countless horrific acts had occurred in the old Hartford Mansion. The reality was that the curse which befell the house was far worse than any story ever told.
The Catedral de Caementum Animus is, by day, undergoing a building-wide architectural refurbishment. By night, the many stone gargoyles that keep watchful eye over the sanctuary come to life with the mission of protecting this sacred place against intrusion.
NEW – REINVENTED STREET EXPERIENCE
Legions of Horror
With a ripping, clawing and tearing through the concrete beneath Universal Studios come ancient cemetery structures, spilling blood-raged, vampiric hordes that span the eras of time, barbaric warriors with a need to carve flesh from bone and an all-female, chainsaw-wielding prison gang. These and more nightmarish hellions inhabit every dark corner, foggy recess and shadowed path within the park. Unlike in years past, there are no boundaries. No safezones. No one escapes.
The force of horror starts with The Iniquitus. Rooted in evil, these are the patrons of death and are the ones who rose from the cemetery. The Iniquitus are those who summoned the Dark Legions to come and feast here.
The dark legions of horror that await are: Vampires – the blood-thirsty from all eras of time, Beasts – the legendary animal-like figures who prey on the unsuspecting, Warriors – a gang killed in a deadly war that has returned to seek revenge, Prisoners – these deceased chainsaw-wielding female inmates killed in a women's prison fire are back... and angry, and Traditionals – the ghosts and goblins of Halloween past come together to feast.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure
Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.
20 Penny Circus
The 20 Penny Circus brings its "Magic For People With Questionable Taste" to an unsuspecting Halloween Horror Nights audience.
SOURCE Universal Orlando Resort