'The Exorcist' joins Universal's Halloween Horror Nights line-up

April 26, 2016, 9:48 AM · Universal announced this morning that it will feature mazes inspired by the classic horror movie The Exorcist during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood this year.

The will be the first appearance at HHN for William Friedkin's 1973 film, which was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards and which established conventions that continue to influence horror to this day.

From Universal's press release:

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will see, hear, feel – and even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. They’ll be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Exorcist” maze will resonate as a real life interpretation of the demonic film, daring “Halloween Horror Nights’” guests to live the nightmare experienced by a tortured Regan and her determined mother. The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil.

Earlier this month, Universal announced that it will bring Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights this fall.

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April 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM · Exorcist is most scary when you're forced to stare at her face when she is saying things in the demon voice. They must bring the intimate nature of the movie. It isn't so much the scares as the suspense is worst. Odd thing is once the demon left, she is injury free. There's a lot of weird scary movies in the 1970s like Audrey Rose and Peter Proud.
April 26, 2016 at 10:06 AM · OK, so if we keep with this trend, I should expect announcements for Carrie and Dawn of the Dead over the next couple weeks, right?

And, technically, isn't Jaws a 1970s horror movie, too? Because if THAT comes back to USF for HHN, the Universal fan base will go nuts.

April 26, 2016 at 10:23 AM · Robert, do you know if Wizarding World Hollywood will be open for Horror nights and eligible for front of the line pass?
April 26, 2016 at 10:28 AM · This is incredible news!
April 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM · In Florida, I believe that Diagon Alley was open during part of the event, though there wasn't any HHN stuff in it. I expect the same for this year.

As for Hollywood, Potter is new this year, so I have no idea how they'll handle that.

April 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM · A Jaws house for HHN???? Oh, Robert, don't tease me like that :-)

That WOULD be beyond cool.....

April 26, 2016 at 11:04 AM · Jaws should come back in some form in Orlando. They have another park to build in newly acquired land.
April 26, 2016 at 12:01 PM · This could be the most frightening maze ever. Too bad I don't have any trip planned this year. Hopefully, they will hold it over for a couple years.
April 26, 2016 at 2:07 PM · Not sure how I feel about this maze. I don't think I approve of it and I'm usually okay with almost anything.
April 26, 2016 at 2:09 PM · Bring a JAWS HOUSE!!!
April 26, 2016 at 3:05 PM · Yes, Diagon was open in Orlando. No HHN stuff in there though.
April 26, 2016 at 4:17 PM · I think it will the 1/3 split between older movies, newer IPs and original houses.

I'd bEt we see a Krumpus and a Conjuring/Annabelle house. I've heard that Purge and Walking Dead are coming back even though even casual fans are sick of them.

April 26, 2016 at 6:51 PM · Turn MiB into a Jaws ride where you get to shoot sharks. I want HHN to revisit IOA those were some of my favorite years
April 26, 2016 at 10:57 PM · Uh, people...Jaws takes place on water. Sharks live in water. They're not gonna have a Jaws "house".
April 27, 2016 at 7:10 AM · Sylvain Comeau, that's what you think. Look up Richard Jeni's Jaws 3 joke, it will make you think otherwise.

on another note, imagine if they did a house where you are walking through waist high water, (required to come in with a bathing suit) I understand this isn't probable and would require guests to change clothes and such, or come in their suits. but imagine it, a house with the mechanical jaws sharks, and you never know when they will pop up. I honestly think that would be the most terrifying haunted house.

April 27, 2016 at 7:55 AM · Look at Knott's Iron Reef, you're in the water like a submarine without glass. Jaws can be a dry attraction.
April 27, 2016 at 1:49 PM · Spooky exorcist maze awefully scary Awefully scared I'm going to cry
April 27, 2016 at 4:09 PM · Jaws just aint gonna happen. Keep dreaming.

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