Last night Universal Orlando previewed Halloween Horror Nights 24 with a display of costumes, makeup, and masks that will be featured in this year’s event.
We’ve already offered an overview of the new details that were revealed about the scare zones and haunted houses from Entertainment Director Mike Aiello and the event’s show producers. Now let’s take a closer look at the artwork and artistry of each individual experience, in gory detail.
First, the haunted houses…
Alien vs Predator
The most anticipated haunted house for 2014, Alien vs Predator will be set inside a Weyland Corp facility, crawling with both Aliens and Predators of all shapes and sizes. While scareactors will embody the Predators, all the Aliens will come to life via puppetry.
Straight out of the 1978 John Carpenter film, “Halloween” invades Halloween Horror Nights this year, recreating the movie’s most memorable moments. Though it’s largely Michael Myers attacking guests repeatedly throughout the haunted house, the scares never get old as each appearance of “The Shape” is unique and intended to surprise.
We’ll be sharing a closer look at the full “Halloween” experience shortly.
The Walking Dead
Back for its third year at Halloween Horror Nights, The Walking Dead will be represented in its best appearance yet with a haunted house twice the size, featuring twice as many actors. Prosthetics will be used this time to make the walkers look even more realistic along with elaborate show scenes that follow season four from the infected prison to the Big Spot (complete with crashed helicopter) to the trapped tunnel to Terminus in the end.
From Dusk Till Dawn
From Dusk Till Dawn will be based largely on the El Rey TV show but also pulls pieces from the famous film. Though the name of its famous club, The Titty Twister, has been renamed to just “The Twister” for the event, there will be no shortage of both sexy and scary scenes inside.
The release date of “Dracula Untold” was pushed ahead a week to October 10th to give more people a chance to see it before visiting Halloween Horror Nights. Its aesthetic will be similar to the Gothic maze that was a fan favorite two years ago. And its vampires will not at all resemble those in From Dusk Till Dawn, serving as a walkthrough preview for the film.
Dollhouse of the Damned
Universal is increasing the creep factor with Dollhouse of the Damned, a haunted house that they say will need repeat visits to fully take in all the details. This isn’t child’s play.
Roanoke Cannibal Colony
Thanksgiving will never be the same again after the settlers went hungry and began feasting on each other. This haunted house is loosely based on history and will feature a gritty realistic aesthetic.
Giggles & Gore Inc.
Jack the Clown won’t be laughing his way through this maze with a decidedly darker take on evil clowns, showcasing how they are made through a wild factory process.
Now, the scare zones…
A massive area of Universal Studios Florida will be filled with chaotic crime as it all becomes legal for those selected to purge during the course of Halloween Horror Nights. Victims will be found and auctioned off as well as attacked as motorcycles and other vehicles roam the area along with plenty of crazy characters.
Face Off: In the Flesh
Syfy’s hit TV show Face Off comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights as actual makeup artists from the show – who are veteran Horror Nights employees – work on 10 characters to be showcased across 5 elaborate settings. But they’ll serve as distractions to the scares that lurk among them.
With a bright chandelier overhead and giant wax candles stuffed with human heads, this scare zone will look beautiful from a distance but reveal its gory form as guests approach characters ripping their skin off.
Bayou of Blood
A New Orleans swamp features the shack of the Voodoo Queen and her right hand man who will act out human sacrifices once an hour throughout the event. 250-300 illuminated jars will hang from the trees, shining brightly with colors and extinguishing into darkness.
Halloween Horror Nights 24 begins September 19 at Universal Orlando.
More photos from the Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview:
(Photos by Michael Gavin)>