After the sun had set and darkness filled the air, Universal Orlando tonight unveiled all the details surrounding Halloween Horror Nights 2010, the milestone twentieth year of the popular Halloween time event.
The event once again takes place at the Universal Studios theme park and will feature haunted houses, scare zones, and shows. Universal Orlando is promising this year’s event will bring in “a new era of darkness” with more scares than ever, all pulled together by a gruesome creature appropriately called Fear (pictured here). This Fear character is a departure from icons featured in recent Halloween Horror Nights years, moving away from a demented human character and offering close encounters of another kind. Since this character seems to be pulling the event together under the slogan, “This year the thing you most have to fear is Fear himself,” he/it seems to be a natural “icon” to represent the entirety of Halloween Horror Nights, though Universal this year is pulling together all the most popular characters from the past within its haunted houses and scare zones.
It is this Fear character that is being called “the Master of everything Halloween Horror Nights has ever been and will become.” As the story goes, he has been the controller of all of the regular Horror Nights icons of the past.
In the video below, Fear speaks to you:
Universal Orlando show director Mike Aiello talks about Halloween Horror Nights’ past and future:
Below are the full details about each of the 8 haunted houses, 6 scare zones, and 2 shows to be featured as part of the “twenty years of fear” celebration:
Eight haunted houses fill Halloween Horror Nights 2010, none of which are based on any particular movie or outside property:
Catacombs: Black Death Rising: In 1534, an undisclosed outbreak plagued thousands of citizen sin Paris and Marseilles. As a group of doctors quarantined the most infected against their will, the townspeople turned and sealed them to their doom. After almost 500 years, they remained without escape. Until now… they are rising, ready to take vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.
Hades: The Gates of Ruin: Hades bids you welcome. Make your way into the Underworld and come face to face with the most terrifying creatures of legend as you cross through the Gates of Ruin.
Horror Nights: The Hallowed Past: Halloween Horror Nights – the name brings with it millions of tales, each filled with thousands of screams. Tonight, you have the opportunity to travel into a realm where Horror Nights isn’t just an event, but a reality.
Havoc: Dogs of War: Ten years ago, The Shadowcreek Enterprise was tasked with developing an elite corps of soldiers. They succeeded. Through an inhalant that includes a compound of testosterone, adrenaline, and other anesthetics, Shadow Creek’s latest run of volunteer test subjects are ready for inspection. The project name: HAVOC. The subjects are simply known as Dogs of War.
Zombiegeddon: It’s Zday +6 months. The US government has taken back the continental states while clearing the remaining Canadian infestations. They license and sanction private companies to capture “un-live” subjects for target training. Dozens of independent training “companies” appear, promising the best training that money can buy. Then there’s ZAP…The Zombie Awareness Program.
Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate: The Spirit Seekers have created a machine to attract spirits, and are broadcasting live from one of the most “haunted” sites in the US. Ghosts of the Wyandot Estate, built by Malcolm and Lydia Wayndot, are told to have inhabited there since Malcolm killed his wife, 13 guests and himself on October 30, 1929. Now as the murdered hear their call they answer the team with terrible violence.
PsychoScareapy: Echoes of Shadybrook: They say truth is far stranger than fiction, and it happens that in this instance they happen to be correct. Although Shadybrook’s doors have indeed been closed for the last 15 years, the place is still very much alive with all of the criminally insane souls that have ever walked its halls.
The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes: Ashes to ashes, forever now dust. For years she has existed in the shadows, never getting her due. Misunderstood by all around her, she has had enough of her playthings at the Good Harvest Orphanage- now is the time for vengeance. This burned out shell contains the souls of the forgotten and the lost who all scream one name: Cindy.
Five scare zones will be featured in the Halloween Horror Nights XX streets, two of which bring back characters and fear from past years:
The Coven: The Cult of the Raven has unsettled spirits, and its Sirens are screaming throughout the witches’ realm. AS you creep past their obelisk, beware their spells. For those who don’t believe will be condemned to death! Where there are 5 sacred to the Raven, virtue is with the obelisk, for if you don’t believe you will be condemned to Death!
Saws n’ Steam: Enormous trenches in the earth’s crust have opened below its vast oceans, exposing them to intense heat. Steam power is essential to the inhabitants of New Yorkshire, but diminishing oceans have put the city in jeopardy, forcing the citizens to evil lengths. Beware upon entering the city, as the water in your body is now a coveted resource. And the citizens will stop at nothing to get it.
Esqueleto Muerte: Revel in the seductive taunts of Death as you wind through a glowing skeletal nightmare.
Zombie Gras: Feet don’t fail me NOW! This Mardi Gras parade has gone severely off course – Infected by the North American zombie infestation, the undead walk among us, searching for their next meal…
XX: Fear Revealed: The souls of Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, and Vengeance – He created them and gave them terror. Each with a part to play, they fulfilled their tasks. Their malice provided him bone, their rage gave him blood, and their terror fulfilled his soul. What has been 19 cycles for some have been eons for him. He’s waited patiently for the final piece, and now on the 20th cycle… HE IS REVEALED!
HHN: 20 Years of Fear: Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear… Move towards the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past!
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.
Brian Brushwood: Menace and Malice: Experience two realms of bizarre magic by one of the country’s most outrageous illusionists.
Notably absent from the lineup this year is the Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights during the past few years.
(Click the above image to enlarge it in gory detail.)
Halloween Horror Nights 2010 takes place over 25 nights in September and October on the following nights: