Universal Orlando has finalized the house lineup for the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights with ten houses on the docket, more than ever before. The event has also been extended, adding two more dates on September 19 and 26.
Universal’s creative team likes to keep things fresh they’re planning the Horror Nights lineup, Michael Aiello, senior director of entertainment creative development for Universal Orlando Resort, told us in a recent interview. “It’s a clean slate from day one,” he said. “Even if we’ve had very successful mazes that past year, we won’t bring them back. We’ll challenge ourselves to reinvent the wheel year after year.”
Here’s what’s coming to scare us all silly from September 14 to November 3.
ScaryTales: Deadly Every After
Fairytales turn scary in this original house. In this twisted tale, the Wicked Witch of the West has taken control of the fairytale realm and isn’t treating many classic characters very nicely. Portions of the house are nicknamed “Revenge,” “Toupee,” and “Splatter.” Infer from that what you will, but Humpty Dumpty better watch his back.
The Horrors of Blumhouse
Blumhouse Productions is back this year with another house, this time tackling just two films, 2017’s Happy Death Day and 2018’s The First Purge. You’ll first encounter Happy Death Day’s Babyface Killer before heading in with the participants of the first ever purge. This house will certainly get gruesome.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Serial killer Michael Myers returns this year to wreak havoc 1988 style in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. In a bit of synergy, a new entry to the Halloween franchise hits theaters on October 19.
The classic 1982 film Poltergeist will be the subject of a new house this year, and the creative team has promised to bring some of the film’s classic scenes and characters to life. This should be a fun one.
Seeds of Extinction
Predatory plants have taken over in this original house. You’ll enter a world where a meteor has wiped out the human race and some unpleasant plant-life with a taste for meat have taken over.
Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces
This original house is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The dilapidated remains of multiple carnivals have been stitched together to create some nasty torture devices inhabited by something sinister. This ones sounds pretty gnarly.
Slaugher Sinema is yet another original house based around a drive-in theater that has been taken over by the 80s b-movie setups including werewolf bikers, a bloody pumpkin patch, deadly barbers, alien cannibals, and a ravenous swamp yeti. It sounds like quite the hodgepodge of campy characters.
Trick ‘r Treat
The film Trick ‘r Treat gets upgraded from a scare zone to a house this year. Sam and the guardians of Halloween will be there to make sure we’re following the rules of Halloween and to punish those who break them. A sequel to the 2007 film is in the works, but a release date has not been set.
Dead Exposure: Patient Zero
The original house Dead Exposure from 2008 is getting a new chapter. This time you’ll be dropped in the middle of Paris in 1982. It will once again be very dark and the undead will out in force to feed on the living.
And of course there’s the big Stranger Things house which we previously mentioned. It’s sure to be one of the most popular, and likely one of the less intense houses this year. Head HERE to read more about that.
Will you be experiencing Halloween Horror Nights this year?