Universal Orlando reveals gory details on Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando's' Halloween Horror Nights 21 dialed up the volume this week in its publicity scream machine with a video that laid out what the attraction plans for its mazes and scare zones this year. The video was released — of course — in an e-mail and through social media. (And that was after weeks of hype and a series of increasingly gory playing cards that arrived in FedEx envelopes delivered to media in-boxes.) So now that the waiting is over with this elaborate announcement, what can we expect at Universal's fright fest, which cranks up Sept. 23? We won't keep you in suspense:

• NEVERMORE: The Madness of Poe: The writer's greatest works come to life. Pendulums, beating hearts, ravens … scared yet?

• THE FORSAKEN: Four ships began Columbus' fateful voyage, only three became legend. Condemned to a watery grave, the mutinous and cursed crew of that fourth ship has returned with a vengeance in a Spanish fort.

• H.R. BLOODENGUTZ PRESENTS: HOLIDAYS OF HORROR: Join creature feature host H.R. Bloodengutz in his final televised broadcast as he presents a marathon of slasher holiday films. Ho, ho, HACK!

• THE THING: This previously announced tie-in to the upcoming release is about the paranoia that spreads among a group of researchers in an isolated Antarctic outpost as they are infected, one by one, by a horrifying creature from another planet.

• SAWS N' STEAM: Into the Machine: Spinning blades and massive, crushing pistons await you around every corner as you are forced deeper into the bowels of a mechanical nightmare.

• THE IN-BETWEEN: An ominous portal reveals a third dimension with fiendish creatures; your eyes will deceive you with every terrified step.

• WINTER'S NIGHT: The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery: As snow falls on a serene gothic cemetery, the deceased souls that occupy its confines will awake with a vengeance.

• NIGHTINGALES: Blood Prey: Patrolling World War I-era trenches, you discover that you're being hunted by savage banshees that feed on the weak and dying.

In addition, there are six scare zones:

• ACID ASSAULT: Acid rain survivors won't like you trespassing through their desolate city.

• CANYON OF DARK SOULS: This canyon isn't so grand and is filled with dead creatures.

• GROWN EVIL: An overgrown garden full of death.

• NightMaze: This ever changing maze of darkness morphs and changes as you walk through it. You won't be scared the same way twice.

• 7: Temptresses by day, grotesque creatures by night.

• YOUR LUCK HAS RUN OUT: Your choices will determine if you make it out alive. Lady Luck has never looked so bleak.

And there are two live shows:

• BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE: The slackers return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

• DEATH DRUMS: An extreme drumming experience.

If you go: Halloween Horror Nights 21

Halloween Horror Nights runs Sept. 23-24, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23 and 26-31. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now and can be purchased at www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando. Tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance. The event is not recommended for those under 13. Get updates and details on Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights on the official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando) and Twitter handle (@UORHHN).

Universal Orlando reveals gory details on Halloween Horror Nights 08/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2011 12:10am]

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