Happy Death Day

Blumhouse brings its brand of terror back to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

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Aug 20, 2018

Blumhouse Productions, arguably the top practitioner of Hollywood horror on the big screen these days, is coming back to Universal Studios' annual "Halloween Horror Nights" attraction.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will debut all-new mazes based on Blumhouse movies, with Truth or Dare and Unfriended the focus at the California park, while The First Purge and Happy Death Day will form the basis of the events at the Florida location.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two” maze will start at the entrance to a dilapidated movie theater, where once inside guests will experience a Truth or Dare-based game in which they must escape a curse unleashed by unwitting college students (of course).

From there, the Unfriended experience will bring guests face to face with a supernatural entity inside a chat room. The final portion of the maze will be inspired by the opening title that appears on all Blumhouse films, with guests following cries of help into an eerie old house only to find themselves trapped in a nightmarish paranormal world.

If you're visiting Universal in Orlando, the "Horrors of Blumhouse" labyrinth there will thrust guests into some of the more grisly sequences from Happy Death Day and The First Purge, with fans forced to relive scenes from the former over and over, after which they'll be hunted by characters from the latter in a recreation of that movie's first experiment in declaring all crime legal for 12 hours.

The new Blumhouse mazes are just the latest icing on the horror cake for "Halloween Horror Nights," which has a total of nine mazes planned for both its Hollywood and Orlando locations. Other already confirmed attractions include mazes based on Poltergeist, Stranger ThingsThe Purge (previously announced for the California event) and Trick 'R Treat.

The annual event has been terrifying visitors for over 25 years with mazes based on classic horror films and TV shows, as well as original narratives, that have the cumulative effect of trapping guests inside horror stories that come to life around them. Last year's mazes were based on Insidious: The Last KeyAmerican Horror Story: RoanokeThe Shining and Ash vs. Evil Dead, among others. 

All the new mazes premiere at both parks on Sept. 14 and will run all the way through the end of Halloween season, with more information and tickets available at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

As for Blumhouse, the company is behind the upcoming reboot/sequel of Halloween that's due out in October and also has Glass, the highly anticipated sequel to both 2000's Unbreakable and last year's Split, on the docket for January. Meanwhile, the TV division will premiere The Purge, a series based on the dystopian franchise, simultaneously on USA and SYFY on Sept. 4., with all subsequent episodes debuting on USA.

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