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Chainsaw 101 and Other Fun at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’

If you enter a class to see a disheveled professor teaching you the proper way to cut into bodies with a blood-stained chainsaw, chances are you are an employee of Universal Studios Hollywood. (If not, run!) Along with calls for zombie go-go dancers, Chucky puppeteers and zombie dancers, you know you are in for more than a trick or treat come October 5th at Universal Studios Hollywood. Freddy, Jason and Leatherface are joining in the carnage known as “Halloween Horror Nights.”

From Universal’s press release:

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will feature four new mazes and a new edition of the “Terror Tram,” allowing guests to venture on foot through Universal’s legendary back lot.

“Halloween Horror Nights” will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning on October 5 and extending to Sunday, October 28, culminating on Halloween, October 31. The event dates are: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28 and 31. The event will begin nightly at 7:00 p.m.; closing hours vary by night throughout the event.

Dual Chainsaws

Freddy, Jason and Leatherface will each be featured within his own labyrinth of carnage, elevating the “Halloween Horror Nights” experience to appalling levels of madness and mayhem, levels that could only be realized by fiends as grisly as Jason, Leatherface and Freddy.

Each of the mazes will capture the gruesome tone of the notorious films to catapult horror fans to an excruciating level of intimacy often kept at a safe distance by virtue of the movie screen.

The popular “Terror Tram” experience– unique to Universal Studios Hollywood—allows guests to disembark from Studio Tour trams and walk among the historic sets of the Universal backlot, birthplace of the horror genre. The backlot experience—incorporating such Hollywood landmarks as Psycho House, Bates Motel and the “War of the Worlds” airplane crash disaster scene—will play a pivotal role in the reemergence of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface where guests-victims will weave through the debauchery and fall prey to their tortured, sadistic minds.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will also feature a series of specially-created, spine-tingling entertainment adding an alarming element to the overall Halloween experience. Highlights include the new “House of Horrors” maze where Universal’s most notorious monsters will descend upon guests as they navigate the creepy confines of vampire lairs, cannibal caves and psycho film slashers.

Chainsaw Blues

Universal Studios Hollywood’s favorite attractions will remain open for the nighttime Halloween Horror Nights experience, but many will feature a menacing twist. The standing sets and themed streets of the theme park will be transformed into a bloodbath, as if scenes from horror films that were left on cutting room floor exploded to life. A transformed “WaterWorld,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” the “Revenge of the Mummy” psychological thrill ride roller coaster and “Terminator 2:3D” will all seem like tranquil respites from Jason, Freddy and Leatherface’s bedlam.

“Chucky’s Insult Emporium” will provide a mix of menace and humor to the event, and the ingenious sleight-of-sight performances by two internationally renowned stunt magicians, Kevin James and Brian Bushwood, will feature an original mix of unusual feats from risky fire-eating stunts to tactfully hammering nails into eyeballs and sawing people in half before literally re-attaching them before guests’ very eyes.

For more information on “Halloween Horror Nights” and to purchase advance tickets, including the popular combo-day-and-“Halloween Horror Nights” ticket, please access www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com, call 818-622-3801 or visit the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booths.


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2 comments

  1. i was just wondering what kind of chainsaws you guys use thanks!

  2. Dang, when I was sent the info on this from Universal, there was a file which included this “Chainsaw school” information. I can’t find it, and the webpage is no longer available. I do remember that there was a lot of training involved, including stringent background checks before you became one of these actors, so I’m wondering if they are real chainsaws?

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