Universal will bring horror icons to annual Halloween events

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal’s U.S. theme parks and New Line Cinema have agreed to bring the legendary horror film series, “Friday the 13th,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights events in Orlando and Hollywood.

Universal’s legendary Halloween events have been horrifying guests for 17 years. Jason, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface have haunted horror fans and phobes alike for more than 25 years. This year – for the first time ever -- they come together to create the most extreme Halloween Horror Nights event in history.

Halloween Horror Nights is the country’s largest and most elaborate Halloween event. Universal’s “scream team” of designers create a month-long fright-fest where guests are confronted with their most terrifying nightmares. Specially designed haunted houses, thrilling shows, inescapable scare zones, and hundreds of street performers invade Universal’s theme parks on select nights throughout the months of October and November.

Read the press release from Universal Studios.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 10:51 AM
I just might as well poop my pants right this moment!

I can't wait!. I'm planning my trip to go the first week in october. Can't help but wonder if they'll add Mary Shaw from dead silence, rumor had it that there may be a Dead Silence haunted house this year. I found her to be more creepy than the storyteller.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:21 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Ah man, I seriously said outloud, 'Ohhhhhhhhhhhh' in my office.
Thursday, June 28, 2007 12:56 PM
"Inescapable..." What do they mean by that? You really can't escape? You'll be trapped in Freddy's nightmare FOREVER?
Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:07 PM
But where is Michael Myers...true classic horror movie icon. With the new Halloween movie coming out in August I can't help but think Universal missed the boat on that one.
Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:42 PM
It said that the agreement was with New Line Cinema, which does not produce the Halloween films. That's a shame, because Michael is my favorite of the horror giants.
Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:47 PM

This looks like a New Line promotion - New Line Cinema (The house that Freddy Built) owns the rights to the 3 mentioned above. Michael Myers and Halloween are a Dimension property so would be tricky to deal with additonal rights negotiations.

Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:49 PM
Bakeman is correct newline and universal have no aggrement with the company(s) that have the rights to michael meyers.

Anyway here is the link to the Horror nights website that will keep updating with new info in the next few weeks on these 3 horror film greats.


Thursday, June 28, 2007 2:34 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I was always fond of Pinhead myself. :)
Thursday, June 28, 2007 6:40 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Anyone else think its odd that they never had this before? I mean, it is Universal, the parks are themed around movies!
Thursday, June 28, 2007 7:46 PM
crazy horse's avatar Friday the 13'th(s) has always been one of my favorate movies.
Sunday, July 1, 2007 3:11 AM
yes!!! exactly what the former paramount parks should have done (with jason, at least) YEARS ago! i'm stunned that as big as these movies always have been (and as awesome as they are) and with companies owning both the films and parks, that they are just starting this now

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