Not dead yet! Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights continues Nov. 6 & 7

Halloween isn’t over yet!

Universal Studios Hollywood extends Halloween Horror Nights to Nov. 6 & 7

The Walking Dead at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Things are still going bump in the night at Universal Studios Hollywood, because Halloween Horror Nights has been extended into November for the first time ever, adding two more fright nights, Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7.

The top attraction also added new entertainment to the line-up, including performances by dance crew Academy of Villains and DJ Ricky Rocks to help wrap up the successfully scary run. The Jabbawockeez also added a special meet and  greet opportunity as a bonus before they head to MGM Grand Las Vegas for their upcoming residency.

Halloween Horror Nights is hailed as the scariest, most gruesome annual Halloween theme park experience in Southern California. And it follows the grand tradition of scaring the bejeebers out of folks that Universal Studios started with their classic horror movies almost a hundred years ago.

The studio that gave us the most beloved horror movie icons, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, etc., now has a new Master of Horror. John Murdy is the Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights at USH, and he is the go-to-guy when you want thrills and chills. Every year Murdy reports the Horror Nights experience will be taken to a higher level—and he never disappoints, always offering a fresh approach to the immersive affair.

Master of Horror John Murdy (photo by Margie Barron)

Master of Horror John Murdy (photo by Margie Barron)

“It’s cool to stay ahead of the curve. As horror evolves, we’re evolving with it and we’re dedicated to taking it to the next level,” said Murdy, who warned this year offers “the most extreme horror event brought together by the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror.”

The new terrifying mazes include: “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home” inspired by the classic John Carpenter thriller Halloween; “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness,” inspired by the visionary who directed, co-wrote and produced the film Crimson Peak just released; “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” inspired by season 5 of AMC’s series The Walking Dead; “This is the End 3D,” is the first-ever 3D horror-comedy maze, based on the hit film; and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” inspired by the cult sci-fi franchise.

Another great immersive experience is the tour of the backlot with “Terror Tram: Survive the Purge.” Guests have to get off the tram and hike through all the anarchy and mayhem inspired by Universal Pictures’ terrifying The Purge film series. It really takes your breath away.

For pure entertainment the “The Jabbawockeez Show” is presented. It features the award-winning hip hop dance group, acclaimed as America’s best dance crew. It is a spellbinding performance created exclusively for Halloween Horror Nights.

With Zombies, monsters, and Jabbawockeez all around, Murdy said, “Horror as a genre has evolved from when I started doing this event. Back then we just focused on bringing horror movies to life. Then we moved into television with The Walking Dead, always a fan favorite. It’s not unusual now to get calls from filmmakers who want to be part of our event. Our incredible team works with them and the fans to give everyone the best rip-your-heart-out experience possible. We want to be their worst nightmare.”

For careful observers at the Halloween Horror Nights experience, hidden somewhere in the menacing haze and the darkness, a special glimpse of the much anticipated Universal attraction can be seen. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is under construction, set to open Spring 2016. Seeing the outline of the Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts castle in the distance fog is a magical sight already—even with the gruesome ghouls all around.

For more information visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood. #


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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