Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights Turns 21

And they aren't fooling around this time

By , Editor
For its 21st anniversary, Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights appears absolutely determined to irretrievably shock the cotton off your swabs.

For 25 nights between September 23 and Halloween, the rejuvenated resort piles on the visceral jolts with eight new themed haunted houses, six "scare zones," and two live shows.

Lady Luck Reigns Over Halloween Horror Nights.jpgAll of this mind bending madness is hosted by the succubus-like figure of Lady Luck:

"You seek her… hoping she’ll be on your side.  She appears… an enchanting seductress… and you decide to take a chance. But the more chances you take, the more she craves… you.  Her eyes grow cold. Her face contorts into... something that is not human. Her charming laugh turns to rabid growl. Your luck has run out. You have made your last choice."

AND she's a redhead.

The intensity of the below promo video reflects a seriousness of intent not to be dismissed by an organization that has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Event four of the past five years.

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 23-24, September 29-30, October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23 and 26-31, with tickets and vacation packages on sale now. Young children are strongly discouraged from attending and the event is not recommended for children under 13.

halloween-horror-nights-21.jpgAmong the eight themed haunted houses are Nevermore: The Madness of Poe, where every "turn of the page takes you closer to the brink of insanity." The Forsaken involves the mythical fourth ship of Columbus, which, um, didn't make it. Holidays of Horror continues the holiday blending trend begun in earnest with The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Thing derives from the horror film of the same name as a shape-shifting alien bedevils an Arctic outpost.

Other descriptively named theme houses include Saws N’ Steam: Into the Machine;;The In-Between, Winter’s Night: The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery; and Nightingales: Blood Prey.

"Scare zones" are charmingly named Acid Assault, Canyon of Dark Souls, Grown Evil, NightMaze, 7, and Your Luck Has Run Out, where the aforementioned Lady Luck biznatch hangs out.

Take a break from the in-your-face intensity with live acts, Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, and Death Drums, which involves drumming and death and stuff.

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