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The Purge: At Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

July 27, 2014

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Announce the Commencement of “The Purge: Anarchy,” a New “Halloween horror nights” ScareZone Inspired by Universal Pictures’ Disturbing New Thriller

UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca., ORLANDO, Fla., (July 22, 2014) — As the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.

“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”

The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last summer’s surprise hit, moves from the confines of a suburban neighborhood to the streets as the government begins its annual 12-hour Purge to ensure that the crime rate stays below one percent for the rest of the year. With all emergency services suspended, it’s the one night when society regulates itself without thought of punishment or fear of retribution. For average people who do not have the means to barricade themselves indoors with a state-of-the-art security system, anarchy rules and no one is safe. In this new story, an unlikely group of five citizens discover how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a dangerous night fraught with impossible decisions.

From director and writer James DeMonaco (The PurgeAssault on Precinct 13), The Purge: Anarchy stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go), Zach Gilford (Devil’s Due), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway) and Michael K. Williams (The Wire).

“‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is about taking guests out of their comfort zones and placing them at the core of unimaginable horror,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “Because the premise of ‘The Purge’ could theoretically happen, our scare-zone elevates that sense of fear and forces you to really watch your back.  Imagining how your neighbor, friend or enemy could take revenge on you without retribution because you wronged them takes horror to a whole new level, and we wanted to bring that gut-wrenching terror to every one of our guests.”

“‘The Purge’” scarezone will invade the streets of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’, taking up most of our New York back lot. The chaos that reigns in the film will be replicated nightly, but now our guests can actually attempt to survive the night themselves,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “The familiar emergency broadcast will be heard announcing the commencement of the annual Purge, and all hell will literally break loose.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors” in uniquely themed scare-zones. In addition to “The Purge:  Anarchy,” other announced experiences include, “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Face Off: In the Flesh.”

To complement its numerous mazes, “Halloween Horror Nights” features a variety of terrifying scare-zones designed to provoke heart-pounding fear as guests traverse the park from one traumatizing experience to the next, unsure of what lies just around the corner.

To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” scarezone, click here:  The Purge: Anarchy.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.ASM. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” family adventure ride, the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online atHalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios Hollywood is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. Follow Universal Studios Hollywood onFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

 

 

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils Two New Mazes Aboard the Notoriously Haunted Ship

July 20, 2014

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Dark Harbor returns October 2 with multiple new attractions to tempt thrill-seekers and explore the depths of fear

 

LONG BEACH, Calif., (July 16, 2014) –The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will once again rise from the depths of a rich, haunted history to frighten those who dare October 2 through November 2. This year’s Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil a spectacle of new attractions that include two brand new mazes, the new The Voodoo Village, and an Exclusive Encounter on board the infamous ship. Beloved veteran characters including The Ringmaster and all grotesque spirits of the Queen will make a chilling return for 20 nights of delightful terror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

 The two new death-defying mazes will take guests through never before visited areas of the ship and will replace the former Hellfire and Containment mazes. Details of each new terrifying maze will be unveiled in the months leading up to the October 2 Dark Harbor opening. Half Hatch Harry will once again emerge from the Deadrise maze, the infamous Captain will return to haunt the Dark Harbor grounds, and The Ringmaster will host the most frightening show on earth at The Circus, located in the outdoor dome just off the ship.

 In addition to new mazes, Dark Harbor will feature the new Voodoo Village with dark magic gypsies that will taunt guests passing by in a setting wrought with shrunken heads, voodoo dolls and the feared Voodoo Queen. Also breaking ground at Dark Harbor in 2014 will be the Exclusive Encounter aboard the Queen Mary ship that will require a signed waiver to participate. This new, exclusive experiment in horror puts guests in an intimate and frightening setting that will leave a lasting impression jarring extreme fear.

 The all-new Monster Midway will be where guests, zombies, food, and entertainment intertwine. The Midway will act as the centerpiece of Dark Harbor and welcomes back the Freakshow, exposing even more freaks than ever before including the harrowing Beast. Adventurous guests can chance the Mechanical Monster and check out the newest Dark Harbor ride that is yet to be revealed.

 Dark Harbor will also feature stage shows that spotlight timeless characters as well as the fresh presence of the feared Voodoo Queen and her lackeys. LED hula hoopers, live musical entertainment, costume contests, holiday celebrations, and drag shows will enhance the spine-tingling experience.

Dark Harbor brings the real haunted history of The Queen Mary to life, offering an unforgettable, authentically frightening experience. The annual event kicks off October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

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R-squared Films to release “The Cohasset Snuff film.” The contraversial horror film by Edward Payson.

November 30, 2013

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Release Dates:

Cable VOD January 1st-March 31st 2014

BluRay:  Jan 15th 2014 In Stores and available on Amazon.com

DVD: February 18th, 2014 In stores and online (Available for Pre-order on Amazon now)

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There’s a Chill in the Air in Long Beach

November 30, 2013

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Last Friday “Chill” opened at the Village at Queen Mary in Long Beach.  The event runs from November 22 to Jan 5.  Last Thursday they held a special media only event to give a sneak-peak of what the event was all about.  Golden State Haunts and Events was on hand to check it out. Read the rest of this entry »

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*Spoilers* First Time Director Cameron Brings Life to Truth or Dare

November 16, 2013

In “Truth or Dare” horror actress and now first-time director Jessica Cameron had little to work with in her directorial debut.  However, she was able to craft a fun and quickly paced film that leaves the viewer glued to the screen.  Not to say that it’s a bad movie, it worked in its simplicity, but there wasn’t much character development in the film and it seemed to have two acts, rather than the traditional three.  If you’re looking for violence than we suggest you see this film. Read the rest of this entry »

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Golden State Haunts and Events 2013 Haunted Attraction Awards

November 5, 2013

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This year was quite a year for Halloween haunts and attractions in Southern California.  Elvira made her return to Knott’s Scary Farm, Rob Zombie had his own haunted amusement park at the Fearplex and we saw some of the best new haunts we’ve seen in a long time.  Now it’s time to award our annual haunted attraction awards to those we felt exemplified what the Halloween Haunt season is all about.  Our decisions were hard and we weren’t able to visit every haunt this season so we had to go on what we visited.  There were many haunts that could have been in the same place as the award winners as it seemed every haunt gave it it’s all this season.  Read on for the winners… Read the rest of this entry »

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Alone: An Existential Haunting Quite Possibly the Scariest Haunt Attraction

October 30, 2013

Before we even went through Alone we were feeling anxiety,  Perhaps it was because we had done an investigation of the building a few nights before and had some results where the haunt was located, in the basement of the Odd Fellows Temple, built in the 1920′s.  We had heard that this old building, located off of Washington Blvd. in Downtown Los Angeles had a long history.  Going through the basement alone seemed like a daunting task, especially since “real” spirits can get to know you after just one investigation.  The experiences we had just a few nights before led us to believe that the location is truly haunted so we didn’t know what to expect.

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