Universal Parks has released a sneak peek and a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights commercial entitled “The Mourning After.”

Directed by Eli Roth – of Hostel and Cabin Fever fame – “The Mourning After” spot follows a group of friends as they attend an unusual Halloween costume party and unfolds with “a series of suspenseful twists and turns that begs for more.” .

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort on Friday, September 15.  The commercial begins airing after the Labor Day weekend.

Viewers will see a lot of hidden references throughout the commercial that feature nods to what horrors guests will encounter at this year’s event; including references to Saw, American Horror Story, and even some of the original content that will be featured at the Orlando event.

Roth is a long-time fan of Halloween Horror Nights and has previously served as a creative consultant for the event, including a Hostel-inspired maze.  He said the commercial gave him the opportunity to combine a love of horror films with how those films are brought to life within “Halloween Horror Nights.”

“I first got involved with ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ as a fan – I felt that I was in a horror movie and I didn’t want it to end,” said Roth. “For this spot, I wanted to pay homage to these brilliant and scary films, and yet put my own spin on it.”

For more information and to purchase tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.