Universal Studio's annual Halloween scare fest is creeping up on us and the theme park is starting to release some of the movie and TV-themed scare zones that will be coming to this year's Halloween Horror Nights, including the Alien vs. Predator franchise, The Purge, The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn and the Syfy competition series Face Off.
This is the 24th year for Halloween Horror Nights, and it will run for 28 select nights between Sept. 19 and Nov. 1.
Puppetry, costumes and "unique environments" have been created for an Alien vs. Predator maze and haunted house, the theme park announced Tuesday.
And characters from the new film The Purge: Anarchy will be featured in a scare zone located in the New York back lot of the theme park. The film is a sequel to last summer's horror thriller starring Ethan Hawke about an annual 12-hour purge that makes all crime legal for 12 hours, without punishment or fear of retribution.
Ten characters inspired by the Syfy competition show Face Off — in which makeup artists compete to come up with the most gruesome creatures for horror movies — will be part of the "street experience." Also, there will be a full-blown haunted house based on the series called "Face Off: In the Flesh."
Two other horror franchises previously announced as haunted house material are From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and a third-year return of the zombie-oriented Walking Dead zone.
Halloween Horror Nights is a separate-ticket event that starts after the park closes for the evening. Tickets start at $42 at halloweenhorrornights.com/Orlando.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer