With Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights a little more than a month away, the resort has dropped the entire lineup of haunted houses and scare zones coming on Sept. 1.
Joining two previously-announced haunted houses will be three more based around characters from horror movies past and present:
- The Exorcist: Believer will be themed around the Universal and Blumhouse film of the same name, which enters theaters on Oct. 13;
- Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count, starring the possessed, murderous doll that has been a regular at HHN. A “Chucky” house had been teased last October;
- Universal Monsters: Unmasked, a new house featuring classic monsters from Universal’s older horror films. This time around, the characters will include the Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and the Invisible Man.
All three of these haunted houses will also be coming to Universal Hollywood’s HHN.
Five more houses exclusive to Orlando will be original concepts from the minds at Universal Creative. Here’s how each is described in Universal’s press release:
- Dr. Oddfellow: Twisted Origins, themed around a “demented, late-night circus led by an evil ringmaster,” according to Universal;
- YETI: Campground Kills, set in “blood-soaked campgrounds deep in the trenches of mountains where vicious, bloodthirsty monsters have returned with a vengeance”;
- The Darkest Deal, showing the consequences of people “selling their souls for fame”;
- Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings, a house themed around a colonial cult;
- Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate, offering a “horrific twist” on the battle that was once the basis for the defunct Dueling Dragons coasters at Islands of Adventure.
The Dr. Oddfellow character is also part of the backstory for all five of the event’s scare zones:
- Dr. Oddfellow’s Collection of Horror
- Dark Zodiac
- Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror
- Vamp ’69: Summer of Blood
- Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged
Outside of the houses and scare zones, the event will feature a new stage show, “Nightmare Fuel Revenge Dream,” and a new Tribute Store, themed aroun a “mysterious” New York City comic book shop.
HHN foodies will be able to enjoy a new, all-you-can-eat preview of the event’s food and beverage offerings called Taste of Terror, being held on select nights between Aug. 10-26. That preview will require a separate $160 ticket.
This large announcement was a change from past years where Universal tended to sprinkle reveals of haunted houses and scare zones over a longer period. Until Friday, only two houses had been confirmed: one based around the fourth season of the Netflix hit “Stranger Things” and another themed to the best-selling video game “The Last of Us.”
HHN announcement season isn’t quite over on the West Coast, however, as four more houses and all scare zones are still left to be revealed are the Hollywood version of the event.
The Orlando edition of Halloween Horror Nights will run for a record 48 nights at Universal Studios Florida between Sept. 1 and Nov. 4.