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