Get a sneak peek into the terrifyingly fun spooks, scares, and shocks in store for guests in the video below, and don’t forget to check out all the fun for yourself when Halloween Horror Nights opens on September 24!
Presser after the break.
Universal City, CA—Ten films, selected by industry judges from nearly two hundred eligible entries, have been posted for online public voting in the “Halloween Horror Nights-Rob Zombie Film Competition.”
Voting is open to the public at www.halloweenhorrornights.com/vote from September 3 – 17, 2010. Only one vote per person may be cast.
The film competition offered filmmakers an opportunity to have their scariest short film judged by a panel led by the multi-media horror auteur. The winning filmmaker will be rewarded with a premiere showing on Chiller, a posting on Syfy.com, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip for two to the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights® at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Along with Rob Zombie, the judging panel included Marc Graser, Senior Writer, Variety; Matt Cowan, Entertainment Assignment Editor, Getty Images and former short film juror for the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Film Festival; and John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood and “Halloween Horror Nights.” Prospective filmmakers were invited to submit short films of 90 seconds to three minutes in length. Judging criteria included storytelling skill, originality and the degree of a “good scare.”
The winning film will be announced on September 17. In addition to the prize and the broadcast of the film, the winning filmmaker will be honored in front of celebrities, studio executives and media at the Eyegore Awards ceremony, which will kick off the 2010 Halloween Horror Nights event at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Universal City, California, August 27 2010 — With five new maze experiences, new “Scare Zones,” a new “Terror Tram” backlot experience and the addition of the blockbuster new attraction, “King Kong 360 3D Created by Peter Jackson” – the world’s largest, most intense 3D experience – Universal Studios HollywoodSM is preparing to bring the legends of movie horror to life for Halloween Horror Nights®, Southern California’s most terrifying and exciting Halloween event. Tickets are now on sale at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood including a new “Killer Deal Nights” option, providing discounts of up to $25 for selected dates. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood begins Friday, September 24 and continues on weekends and other select nights through Sunday, October 31.
Halloween Horror Nights mazes will include the all-new “A Nightmare On Elm Street™: Never Sleep Again,” “Friday the 13th™: Kill, Jason, Kill!,” Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses in 3D Zombievison,” “Vampyre: Castle of the Undead” plus “Saw: Game On.” Among the six “Scare Zones” is a new “La Llorona” experience, based upon the timeless Mexican legend.
“Chucky’s Revenge” – an all-new “Terror Tram” experience — plus an express visit to the new blockbuster attraction, “King Kong 360 3D” Created by Peter Jackson and an all-new “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” show will also be featured within the event.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s favorite thrill-ride attractions will also remain open for “Halloween Horror Nights” nocturnal affair, many with menacing twists. Favorites include “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® In the Dark.”
Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” will be available at HalloweenHorrorNights.com and also on Twitter and Facebook, as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Fans are invited to follow John Murdy on Twitter at: Twitter.com/HorrorNights or via Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood (Official).”
Halloween Horror Nights will continue on consecutive weekends and selected weekday nights beginning Friday, September 24 through Halloween, Sunday, October 31. Event dates are: September 24, 25 and October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16,17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. The event will begin nightly at 7 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.
Here’s an excellent review by Levi Damien over at Examiner.com of the Special Effects Stage.
Although, the performances and jokes will require a lot of tweaking. There is a considerable amount of attempts at pop culture references that fall flat with the audience. The jokes in which one of the presenters incorporates a cel phone to supposedly access the internet all seem forced. They come off like something a teenager would view as their parents really trying desperately to be hip and thinking throwing out trendy terms will do it. And then there is the supposed stage hand character named “Jerry” who’s purpose is to provide the comic relief. Outside of a few physical comedy moments though, the bits with him don’t really fly either.
Exactly. Could not agree more. I’ve emphasized this enough, but they cannot rely on canned jokes for comedic relief. It just seems like they’re trying too hard, which never works. I get that they haven’t had much luck with comedic shows in the past (Creature of the Black Lagoon anyone…?), but they really had a gem with the last incarnation of the Special Effects Stage.
Like the author mentions, it was one of those shows that you really happened to stumble upon when you went down to the Lower Lot. It had a very intimate feel and relied more on host’s improvisational skills, rather than on scripted dialog. Heck, if they used a script, it sure as hell went past me. And that’s the point. Make it seem seamless and out of the blue and don’t make it feel forced.
Despite this, the Special Effects Stage in its current form has one very large advantage over its predecessor, and that is potential. Better venue, better exposure and arguably more audience members to work with. Universal just needs to tweak with what works and what doesn’t – even though they had that successful formula in the past.
Universal Studios in Hollywood was recently honored with the EMA Environmental Media Association (EMA) Green Seal Award. The award is the first-ever given to a theme park for its commitment and effort in working towards a more environmentally conscious workplace and community.
I recently toured the theme park to witness their ‘greening’ efforts as a casual visitor.
In 2007 NBC Universal launched a dedicated website called Green Is UNIVERSAL to express their commitment to the environment. In their efforts to be transparent, the company posts current information, happenings, and news along with green tips, green clips, and a blog, and invites visitors to join the conversation.
From establishing “Green Goals” to be implemented by their entire slate of productions, to forming Green Committees, the studios have made progress in reducing their carbon footprint in the production process. Examples: transitioning to smart power strips, using earth friendly cleaning supplies, communicating digitally, recycling (including construction or sets waste), recycle film waste, reduce packaging, and more. Green Is Universal claims that NBC Universal has kept 84% of its waste out of landfills. Sets are being re-used, responsibly harvested wood is used, and Low or Zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints. Productions use reclaimed décor, when possible, and CFL or LED lighting.
Throughout the theme park I saw the ‘greening’ signs everywhere. Solar panels were evident and most bathrooms were fitted with low-flow automatic flushers. Although all the waste receptacles were colored green, garbage and recyclables ended in the same place. Visitors were told that eventually staff will go through these containers and will sort the ‘content’ out.
Universal City, California— Freddy Krueger, the iconic undead dream stalker whose burned, disfigured face, tattered green and red sweater and four-bladed glove has been the searing central figure of nine movies, a television series, video games and comics, will provide a cutting edge for Universal Studios Hollywood’s SM “A Nightmare On Elm Street: Never Sleep Again,” an all-new horror maze experience for the 2010 Halloween Horror Nights®” event, where the legends of Hollywood horror will come to life, beginning September 24.
Full presser after the break.
A Screamscape reader has sent in a picture of the former queue area for Terminator 2 / 3-D which is apparently being turned into Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses haunted maze. Meanwhile Universal has also confirmed a few new items such as the Vampyre: Castle of the Undead,
Hollywood’s most talented “undead” performers bared their fangs and strutted their stuff at Universal Studios Hollywood as they auditioned to be a part of a troupe of dancing vampires for Halloween Horror Nights 2010!
The fantastically creepy dance troupe will be just one of the legends that come to life for Halloween Horror Nights, and will echo one of this year’s all-new maze experiences, “Vampyre: Castle of the Undead.” Other features of this year’s spooktacular events will include a “House of 1000 Corpses” maze created by horror legend Rob Zombie, a new “La Llorona Scare Zone,” as well as Universal Studios Hollywood ride favorites with new, spine-chilling twists, such as ““The Simpsons Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” and “Jurassic Park In the Dark.”