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'Walking Dead,' 'Silent Hill,' Alice Cooper highlight Universal Studios Hollywood's 2012 Halloween Horror Nights

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Published: September 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM

We're just a couple of weeks away from the debut of 2012's Halloween Horror Nights. Last week, we reviewed what fans will find at Orlando's version, and today, I got the chance to talk with Creative Director John Murdy about what's in store at Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Murdy

This year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood will feature seven mazes:

  • The Walking Dead: The Dead Inside, based on AMC's hit zombie series
  • Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead, puts you on Universal's famed backlot - where the zombies are coming for you
  • Welcome to Silent Hill, based on the video games
  • Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D, a sequel to last year's Alice Cooper maze
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the Law, based on the 1974 horror classic
  • La Llorona: Cazadora de Ninos (Weeping Woman: The Child Hunter), based on the Latin American folk tale
  • Universal Monsters Remix, with the classic monsters in the park's House of Horrors attraction

Visitors also will find four scare zones, including one based on Silent Hill, as well as "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure."

Murdy talked with me about what he's looking forward to most at this year's event, why Hollywood's version is unique among Halloween events, and how Universal incorporates so many scareactors into the event:

Halloween Horror Nights opens Sept. 21 and runs for 19 nights, wrapping up on Halloween, Oct. 31. Tickets range from $46 for general admission on selected nights, to up to $199 for the "VIP Experience," including valet parking, Front of Line access, lounge access, food and beverage and a guided tour. Tickets are available on Universal's website.

Readers' Opinions

From Andy Milito on September 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM
The Walking Dead had a little scare attraction at Comic-Con, but apparently it stunk. This one should be better.

Silent Hill really has me intrigued, the games are SUPER scary and mind-bending.

From Raymond Sydowski on September 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM
Dammit, now I have to go to Florida. Silent Hill is my favorite game.
From on September 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM
Its going to be fun to watch people get scared in the Alice Cooper house when I actually met Alice Cooper last week at dragoncon.
From Mike Gallagher on September 7, 2012 at 5:55 AM
I met Mr. Furnier once, too. Years ago, Madison Square Garden did a Halloween walk-through called Madison SCARE Garden. I won tickets, and he was a special guest. I have an autographed copy of his Raise Your Fist And Yell LP. I also won a 9 3/4 lb. Nestle Crunch bar. Try walking the streets of Manhattan with THAT under your arm :)
From Dan McNeely on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 AM
I got my VIP tickets for September 29th (Hollywood). Can't wait!

Are you going this year to HHN at either Hollywood or Orlando?

From Amanda Jenkins on September 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM
I hate that I'm such a scaredy cat. I would love to see a HHN and all the effects and stories. I have seen the documentary on the Travel Channel the year they had the twisted fairy tales and thought it looked amazing. At 32 years of age, I know none of it is real. I just can't handle people coming up to me, touching, or any such thing wearing a mask and scaring me. I get short of breath and heart palpitations just watching others get scared. Disney's Haunted Manison is pretty much all I can handle.
From Rob Pastor on September 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM
Mike: How many blocks did that Nestle Crunch bar last?
From Mike Gallagher on September 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Believe it or not, Rob, it didn't get opened until the next day..despite the fact my nephew was with me.

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