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I have recently returned from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event and I am currently in haunt mode leading up to Halloween, which is exactly why I will be watching and reviewing the new movie ‘The Houses October Built’ which features a fresh new idea in the found-footage genre based around haunted attractions… I can’t wait to review this movie and look for the article some time this weekend right back here at FirstClassHorror. The following is just a small little overview of the movie and the trailer etc… Enjoy guys!

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
Synopsis
Americans annually spend over 8 Billion dollars on Halloween. Nearly 2,500
haunted attractions open each year, with over 30 million customers attending
annually.
This is the story of a group of friends who set out to find the most terrifying haunt
in the U.S. — a fabled traveling haunt that blurs the lines between a carnival thrill
ride and a living nightmare.
Six days before Halloween a group of five friends (Zack, Bobby, Brandy, Mikey,
and Jeff) celebrate with a wild night out on the town before loading up their RV to
begin a cross-country road trip.

Approaching the first haunt, each character’s
personality begins to separate as they dissect their individual fears and
expectations. But the intrigue of a standard walk through haunted house quickly
fades and the bar must be raised.

The group stumbles upon some of Halloween’s
most creative haunts: The group gets to become the hunters instead of the
hunted. A “Zombie Paintball” excursion where you shoot rounds at real “human”
zombies.

They then find themselves deep in the trenches of All Hallows’ Eve
erotica inside a “Zombie Strip Club.” And finally an adventurous desire kicks in for
something even more intense…something off the beaten path…the most extreme
haunted house ever created. The group starts questioning haunt workers and
patrons, searching chat rooms, before finally receiving an invitation to the elusive
BLUE SKELETON…a haunt with no website…no recorded history…only an urban
legend.

But they quickly discover that the HAUNT has found them. They come
face to face with the BLUE SKELETON and confront their ultimate fear, blurring
the lines between what is fake…and what is very, very real.

The United Kingdom is really starting to up its game on the Haunt scene in the last few years and with this amazing attraction back again.. it’s sure to top the last few years as Horror Camp Live returns! Featuring the terrifying Lockjaw himself…

Following the terrible events of Summer 2013, when Camp Leader Ms Fanny Twitch, from The Institute of Happiness, was brutally murdered in plain sight of a group of campers, Campground Mass Acre has been under investigation by IOH Officials to ensure that operations progress into 2014 as smoothly as possible. To this end they have replaced Ms Twitch with a new Camp Leader, a woman with much local knowledge and an acute understanding of the site – Mrs Dybuk.

Along with her assistant Incesta Cleaver, Mrs Dybuk has moved basecamp operations from the previous ‘Screening Room’ into a deserted Ballroom – part of an old mansion built by the Haxenghast family, which had previously been overlooked by The Institute of Happiness. Curiously, the mansion appears to have been around for several centuries, and is known locally as ‘Manormortis’ or ‘House that is Dead’ – a somewhat eerie sense of atmosphere certainly seems to linger there. With some severe cost cutting measures and job losses at The Institute of Happiness, this new basecamp serves not only as a hub for campers during their evening meal and entertainment, but also comes with no charge, as no-one knows who owns the old manse…

The infernal games player ‘Lockjaw’ has been busy dismantling his experimental creations from 2013, no longer desperate to resurrect his master, he is now focused on his new alliance with Doctor Killian Goodkind – a former colleague from the secretive underground ‘Ministry of Fear’ organisation, who has set up his bizarre psychosexual clinic ‘Psychomanteum’ on the Campground site – apparently with the full support of landowner Abraham Cleaver, but to the dismay of The Institute of Happiness who are powerless to do anything about it.

And so, for a third season, Campground Mass Acre is back in business, now under the auspices of Mrs Dybuk, and with the close presence of the twisted Dorctor Goodkind and the omni-present tormentor Lockjaw…

Horror Camp LIVE! is an overnight immersive experience, based in the fictional Campground Mass Acre. Over 13 hours, campers become part of an interactive living horror game.

Inspired by movies like The Blair Witch Project, Cabin Fever and Friday the 13th, Horror Camp Live! is a unique scare entertainment experience which mixes live scareactors, indoor and outdoor scare attraction environments, dare based challenges and a horrifying story which comes to life in four dimensions of fun fear.

As darkness falls on the campground, campers meet around the camp fire before enjoying a two course buffet style meal while watching one of the latest horror movies, but all is not what it seems, as the terrifying night ahead becomes all too apparent, and Lockjaw – the demented serial killer, makes his presence known.

Horror Camp LIVE! challenges campers to undertake a series of dare games, during which they will be split up from the rest of the group. Each campers experience will be different, but all will include content which is intended to shock, scare and entertain. Campers will navigate around a series of indoor and outdoor environments during the experience, with shocks, surprises and scares around every turn.

This promise’s to be an amazing attraction and we will have an inside look at the event very soon with an interview with someone very involved in production at the attraction… Stay tuned for more…

 

Hi guys, so the following is my tips and tricks  for having the most enjoyable time at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. First I will give you guys a small overview of what the event is and the target groups!

What is Halloween Horror Nights?

It is an annual event that occurs at Universal Studios FloridaUniversal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan. Universal Studios remains operational during the day and transitions to Halloween Horror Nights at night. The event features haunted houses, “scare zones” and live entertainments; many of which utilize Universal’s characters and other licenses.

Is the event for kids?

No way, this event is in no way intended for kids. Teens may be able to handle this event but anybody who is scared easily or may not like being completely immersed in a real life horror movie..this might not be the event for you!!

Universal does a fantastic job of transforming the park into your worst nightmare that has come to life! Even before you walk into the park, you can hear the ominous soundtrack playing, almost guaranteeing that something bad is about to happen. Once you walk in through the gates and down the main street, a group of evil creatures are there to greet you personally. Do you dare head toward the smoke looming in the distance, especially with creatures waiting for you along the way?

Here are tips for Halloween Horror Nights:

1. Buy tickets in advance (Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission). You will save money, and you won’t have to wait in line to buy tickets. We’re offering the Halloween Horror Nights plus 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket at a savings of $68 off of gate prices.

Halloween Horror Nights Sign at Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando2. Get to the park early! If you’ve spent the day at Islands of Adventure, you can take a short cut over to Universal Studios starting at 5:45 p.m. from Seuss Landing. If not, try to get to the park before 6:30. Universal Resort guests have a dedicated line from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the right side of the entrance.

2. Leave your costumes and masks at home. Universal won’t let you in with them.

3. Take only the necessities with you to make getting through security a snap: your phone, a credit card, tickets, ID and camera. You will be asked to remove everything — and we mean everything — from your pockets! Expect security to go through your bags thoroughly.

4. Eat dinner before you go. Lines for food (and alcohol) aren’t terribly long, but the lines to the houses and attractions are! Fuel up before you leave, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

5. If you want to avoid the street creatures, although we can’t imagine why you’d want to, they largely stick to the streets and leave guests on the sidewalks alone.

6. If you want to ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit or Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, do them first. Because they are close to the entrance and are the most popular attractions, they will see considerable traffic. If you don’t mind potentially riding separately from your party, the singles line on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit will go much quicker than the regular queue.

The following video may give you some idea what to expect when the gates first open at the event in early evening around 6pm or so! Enjoy and make sure to check back for more HHN tips and tricks and HHN 24 news!

On select nights September 19 – November 1, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights®. See if you can survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows, and more. There’s no better way to “end” your day at Universal Orlando® than with the winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award.

Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe. Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine, said, “After visiting scream parks all across the U.S. for the last 20 years, I can easily say that Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience.”

After rave reviews from fans, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying maze inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series.

This year’s bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

“The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49.  AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for Season 5 this October.

“This has been an incredible collaboration and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ to our dedicated fans,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effect Makeup Supervisor for the series.  “I can’t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening ‘Walking Dead’ maze to date.”

Check out what our good friend UKHHN, who is the world’s number 1 HHN updater had to say about the news of The Walking Dead’s return this Halloween…

Universal Orlando’s maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show – beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the maze’s finale taking you to the End of the Line – Terminus. This year’s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-before-seen walkers and brand new scares.

“Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director  for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “This year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The event features highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”

 

Though it’s only March, Universal Orlando is already looking ahead to their spookiest season, announcing the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2014.

Now in its 24th year, Halloween Horror Nights will take place at Universal Studios Florida on 28 select nights from September 19 through November 1. (That number of nights sounds like a familiar horror film…)

Universal has also revealed Halloween Horror Nights 24 will feature 8 eight haunted houses, multiple street experiences, and two live shows.

 

Their newly-updated web site describes the event as follows:

Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights, the nation’s premier annual Halloween event. During the day, you can experience the fun and excitement of Universal Orlando’s two amazing theme parks. But on select nights from September 19 through November 1, 2014, the streets of Universal Studios Florida® theme park come alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs.

You’ll be immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror as you explore eight terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple street experiences where creatures lurk around every turn, enjoy outrageous live shows, and experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.

The site and their official Facebook page both have graphics featuring an eye, one terrified and one sinister (and moving):

But no further information on a theme or specific haunted house and scare zone details has been released.

The specific event nights are as follows:
September 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and 28
October 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31
November 1

Universal notes that ticket packages and more information about the event will also be released soon.