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Halloween Horror Nights 2011 Official Event Info

Full Details Released Reveal 8 New Houses, 6 New Scarezones and 2 Shows
8-30-11
After much anticipation, tonight Universal has officially revealed details on the 2011 season of Halloween Horror Nights. Watch the video where HHN show writer Patrick Braillard is being "forced" to tell us the details of the event, and get a close look at the "pretty" Lady Luck herself.


Here's the full commercial just released for the event.


8 New Houses

Nevermore - The Maddness of Poe

"The madness of Edgar Allen Poe’s greatest works has come to life.  Step into the mind of the iconic writer, where every turn of the page takes you closer to the brink of insanity."

The Forsaken
"Four ships began Columbus’s fateful voyage, only three became legend. Condemned to a watery grave, the mutinous and cursed crew of that 4th ship has returned with a vengeance.  For within the walls of a Spanish fort, a maelstrom has brought from the depths....death itself."

H.R. Bloodengutz Presents - Holidays of Horror
"Join creature feature host, H.R. Bloodengutz, in his final televised broadcast as he presents a SCARE-athon of holiday-based horror that is guaranteed to cleave you screaming for more."

The Thing
"Paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers in an isolated Antarctic outpost as they are infected, one by one, by a horrifying creature from another planet. In a place where there is nothing, they found something."

Saws 'N' Steam - Into The Machine
(First time a scarezone has been turned into a house.)
"Spinning blades and massive, crushing pistons await you around every corner as you are forced deeper into the bowels of a mechanical nightmare.  Give yourself to “The Machine.”

Beware - The Inbetween
"An ominous portal reveals a 3rd dimension where all is not what it seems: a realm where our world and another collide.  Surrounded by fiendish creatures, your eyes will deceive you with every step through this phantasm of terror."

Winter's Night - The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery
"As snow falls on this normally serene gothic cemetery, the deceased souls that occupy its confines have their sights set upon you, insuring that the chill you feel up your spine is more than just the cold of night."

Nightingales' Blood Prey
"Within every war, the Nightingales have appeared.  Able to transform themselves to fit any setting, these savage banshees feed on the weak and the helpless.  Patrolling WWI era trenches, you discover that you are more than just at war…you’re being hunted."


6 New Scarezones

Acid Assult
"For decades now the city has been degrading from the effects of acid rain that still falls today. Those that have lived and survived the blistering decay are all alone in the city. Survivors have stripped the city of all life to sustain their own...dare to enter the Acid Assult!"

Canyon of Dark Souls
"Upon entering into the Canyon of Dark Souls, you will feel like a small spec of humanity as the overwhelming sense of death surrounds you. Creatures that dwell within the Canyon are not welcoming so walk slowly as to not disturb them!"

Grown Evil
"Enter, if you dare, into our garden where evil grows. Nature has taken this once well manicured santuary back from the humans who once kept it. Now the creatures that inhabit the garden are making any human that enters their prey!"

7
"As daylight shines upon our temptresses, their appearance, though evil, allows you the spectacle of beauty. As night falls, these 7 temptresses will show their true colors and take on their true fatal evil forms! Beware of your own temptations."

Nightmaze
"Journey through the ever changing maze of darkness! This all black maze wil morph and change as you walk through it! You will not be scared the same way twice!"

Your Luck Just Ran Out
"Enter if you dare into the lair of the Lucky! Your choices will determine if you make it out alive! Witness lucks deadly wrath. Will she choose you to be her next victim?"


2 Shows

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."

Death Drums - brand new show
"A seductive, hard-hitting and raw, extreme drumming experience is revealed at HHN 21. Don't just see 1 show as there are 3 different shows nightly."

Special Guest Appearances:
Meet Steve & Tango from SyFy's Ghost Hunters on Thursday, October 6.
Q&A at 8pm, autographs at 9pm at the Pantages Theater (across from Mel's Dine-In)

Rides Open During HHN:
Mummy, The Simpsons, Rip Ride Rockit (finally!), Jaws, MIB


©UniversalOrlando

~~~~~~PTTP's Early Thoughts & Comments
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1. The houses & scarezones sound like they will be scary, just the way we like them. Looking forward to seeing how the "luck" theme is integrated throughout the park. Very excited - the houses and scarezones sound more intense than the last couple years.
2. There isn't a house based on the icon?? This is very unusual. Almost makes the icon seem like an afterthought . . . again.
3. Isn't it REALLY odd that both Howl-O-Scream AND Halloween Horror Nights are both doing a house based on Edgar Allen Poe? And a scarezone based on an "evil garden"? And one's got a Vegas theme and the other's got a Vegas house? Who spilled the beans to who here??
4. Scarezones are looking very interesting this year. In particular the Nightmaze, with it "morphing & changing as you walk through it". This, we're very excited to see. Also Your Luck Just Ran Out sounds like it maybe, possibly, could be, a type of stage show. Hopefully the HHN writers have listened to the fans and finally brought back the heart & soul of the event - the main stage show. The past few years just haven't been the same without it. (Cross your fingers!)
5. Death Drums? Um, we'll reserve judgement until we see it. (Are these some Blue Men picking up an extra shift? Better yet, the ladies from the Japanese show in Epcot?) We are VERY happy to see that Brian Brushwood will not be returning this year, although his website's schedule listed him at a theme park during the HHN event times...maybe to mislead us? Either way, good.
6. For the 7 scarezone, will the scareactors actually "morph" or at least change out as day turns into night? That would be great incentive to hang around that scarezone for a while, or at least come back a few times.
7. Universal added some new "secret" tracks on Rip Ride Rockit for the 'Rock The Universe' event coming up, will they add some Halloween tracks as well? Let's hope so.
8. One last thing - we hope they don't miss some amazing merchandise opportunites here - such as who wouldn't want a deck of playing cards themed to the event? Let's see if HHN steps up their merchandise to match the uniqueness that HOS provides.
9. So, what do you think? Leave your thoughts about this year's event in the comments section.