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Sinister Pointe Hosting Warehouse Sale this Weekend

Southern California haunted attractions company, Sinister Pointe, is hosting a big warehouse sale on April 22 and April 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at their location in Brea, CA. The warehouse sale will be an opportunity for the company to clean house and make way for bigger and better things coming down the pipe. At the sale, you will find video projectors, masks, costumes, speakers, lighting equipment, smoke machines, and a whole lot more.

Sinister Pointe
189 Viking Ave
Brea, CA 92821

Reign of Terror Announces March 4 Special Event

February 10, 2017 – Reign of Terror Haunted House will run a FULL PRODUCTION special event on Saturday night, March 4, 2017.  Doors will open from 7PM – 11PM.

ALL 8 ATTRACTIONS with 95 ROOMS, ALL SPECIAL EFFECTS, and ALL CHARACTERS will be active.

Now’s the time for every haunter, horror fan and general thrill seeker to see why Reign of Terror won multiple awards in 2016, including “Must-See Haunt Attraction in the United States” as well as the “Best Halloween Attraction for Los Angeles” and “Best Professional Haunt in Southern California”.

Remember, all 8 of our attractions are interconnected. Once you leave one attraction, you immediately enter the next.

** Ticket proceeds from this event will benefit ANIMAL RESCUE CHARITIES **

Special REDUCED Ticket Price for only $15 each general admission or $25 each VIP entry (sorry, due to the reduced special price, no other discounts can apply)

Tickets available for purchase NOW online on through our website at www.ROTHauntedHouse.com or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ROThauntedhouse/

OR

Get tickets at our Box Office* all night March 4, starting 6:30PM (*Box Office accepts CASH only. ATM is nearby)

Location: Janss Marketplace (near Gold’s Gym), 197 N Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Plenty of FREE PARKING at Janss Marketplace Parking Garage and surrounding lots

Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction 2016 Review

This year’s Sinister Pointe haunted attraction is titled “Fear the Mark” and, in the narrative, takes place right after their very entertaining, pre-season “Seance” haunted experience. Apparently, the resident medium opened a portal into four hell dimensions and it’s up to you to find your way through to safety. Depending on which demon you get “assigned” in a small Tarot card reading moment, you will get access to special “key rooms” just for that demon throughout the haunted attraction. This means that you have four possible configurations of the attraction to experience. This is a great concept, and when I first heard about it back at Midsummer Scream I was excited because of its ingenuity.

We got the chance to go through each of the demon experiences during our visit to Sinister Pointe. Our favorite of the four configurations was the demon “Rebus” – so if your medium pulls that Tarot card for you, expect fun things. Each of the demon paths offer something different in their special key rooms, some requiring guests to crawl, move through tight spaces, sometimes a combination of the two – and more. In typical Sinister Pointe fashion, they manage to pull a couple cool tricks out of their bag that I had not seen before in other haunted attractions.

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Unfortunately, a few big problems plague the 2016 Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction. The first of these is a strange disparity of of high and low production value when it comes to rooms inside the maze. Some look absolutely great – in fact, the first real room you enter has a creepy medium hand you a Tarot-style card with one of the four demons featured on it. This room has amazing decoration and design and was a high mark to set when just entering the experience. However, some rooms look really bad – mostly when considering the level of work Sinister Pointe is capable of (and has delivered) in past experiences. The best of the worst example for this is a central room that resembles a sort of skate park with a wedge/ramp in the middle that a monster can slide across. The walls of this black light lit room feature haphazardly spray-painted neon outlines of doors, not making a whole lot of sense. I don’t know if they just ran out of time or money or whatever – but this disparity of quality definitely shows. Finally, it didn’t feel as though there were many monsters in the maze – I would like to see more in there to scare guests. To their credit, the monsters that were inside the maze were doing their very best and delivering good creep-factor and jump scares where able, so big kudos to them as those monsters are going to make or break Sinister Pointe’s attraction this year.

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A ticket for one time through the Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction can be purchased for about $24 dollars. An “all-night”, pass which allows trips throughout every demon key room configuration, can be purchased for about $34 dollars. When we break down the cost of the all night ticket, it comes out to about $8 per demon – a really nice value considering the cost of one demon ticket is $24 dollars. Also, please note that tickets are sold in the front side of the shopping center that Sinister Pointe is located in while the actual entrance to the haunted attraction is located around the back of the center.

Overall, Sinister Pointe’s 2016 haunted attraction is an entertaining time so long as you pick up up the ticket allowing you access to all four demon paths in the maze. It’s a bit more expensive than the one-time through ticket, but well worth it as you will see all the special key rooms they have to offer.

Sinister Pointe
1851 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, California

You can find out more about Sinister Pointe including ticket information at their official website.

2016 Knott’s Scary Farm Review

Last week, we got the opportunity to attend the opening night of the 2016 Knott’s Scary Farm event in Buena Park, CA. For those of you who don’t know, Knott’s Scary Farm is the annual Halloween time event that takes place at Knott’s Berry Farm. The park is transformed into a haunted attraction with several haunted houses, shows, and a lot more. Here is a rundown of our thoughts on this year’s event:

“Ghost Town Streets”, the original of the park’s “scare zones” was great and, despite the park being under capacity, a fun place to sit and watch monsters get their scares over on wandering guests. One thing I should note is that a lot of the two-dimensional (non-prosthetic) makeup on the street zone talent was not up to par with what the park as put out in past years. Opening night or not, it looked like many makeups were just rushed and left un-powdered (which allows the makeup to smear as actors sweat). As someone who used to do makeup at the event a long time ago, I can say that Knott’s Scary Farm has a lot of talented makeup artists working for them – they should have the time needed to make their magic happen. But I digress… Back on topic: Ghost Town Streets characters know their zone and how to exploit it for maximum effect.

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“The Hollow” is a “new” scare zone in that, for the last two years the Camp Snoopy area of the haunt has been relegated to an outdoor laser tag attraction, Special Ops: Infected. However, prior to that attraction, the area was home to an amazing scare zone that even had a couple of haunted houses to keep guests moving through it regularly. Various sources have told us that since the park changed management several years ago, one of the key things they stressed was that day operations should not be affected by the Scary Farm. Hence, several mazes were moved backstage into warehouses and any signage or facades needed to be removable. This meant that guests didn’t have as much of a reason to visit the area. That’s kind of where we are at with The Hollow right now. The talent is very eager and have some great costumes and characters, but they don’t have enough going on back there to bring the guests to them. There is one Skeleton Key room (more on those later) deep in the scare zone but not a lot of themed decorations or even fog! They should have at least had a show of some kind present on the Camp Snoopy stage. Having a scare zone back there again is great, but the talent has to have the environment to enhance the experience for guests – and give them a reason to come and visit it in the first place.

“Carnevil” is the demented circus clown scare zone located in the Boardwalk area of the park. Unfortunately, while the monsters are all great at their shticks at this point, event creators still have yet to properly decorate this area for them. I would LOVE to see a train of circus wagons and big top tents setup for people to meander around – maybe even some mutant animal cages or something. Heck – even a demented clown college where a couple of the monsters can teach guests the art of the scare. The Boardwalk is a big area of the park and it needs some attention!

“Fiesta de los Muertos” is back near the Fiesta Plaza area of Knott’s Berry Farm and features a DJ/dance/drinking area for guests to enjoy. Monsters roam in Dia de los Muertos inspired garb and masks to scare guests and the stilt walkers are great at upping the tension.

Of course, guests don’t just come to Knott’s Scary Farm for the scare zones – they are also looking for good haunted houses (the park calls them “mazes”). This year, the overall number is down a couple at nine mazes. How do the mazes stack up with fewer than in previous years? I started off with “Shadow Lands”, a new maze for 2016 and the brainchild of maze designer (and Winds of Plague front-man) Jon Cooke. Shadow Lands leads guests through a monster-transformed vision of feudal Japan with all kinds of creatures lying in wait. The maze has some of the best set design and construction that Knott’s Scary Farm has ever seen (along with their “Voodoo” maze) and it is a terrific time. The talent was eager (although those monsters using strictly yelling for their scares are going to have some rough voices in the morning) and costumes wonderful. You can tell there was a lot of attention to detail put into this maze.

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The Dead of Winter maze caught a lot of flack last year and, thankfully, has been heavily-redesigned for 2016. “The Dead of Winter: Wendigo’s Revenge” features some great props, sets, and monsters. The set design, props, gore-factor – basically, everything has been improved from last year and it ended up being one of my favorite walk-through mazes of the evening. Way to make a comeback, gang!

“Special Ops: Infected” has returned as well but, this time, it is an incredibly fun and amazing experience. The last couple of years saw Special Ops: Infected as a sort of grand experiment to put a laser tag zombie shooting experience into the haunted theme park. Unfortunately, it was plagued with both technical as well as logistical and line control issues. Instead of running through Camp Snoopy again, Special Ops: Infected is now a MOUT (Military Operation in Urban Terrain) experience where you get up close and personal with laser tag sensor-wearing zombies. This new Special Ops incarnation features amazing set design and construction as well as some fun Easter Eggs tossed in to boot. Your laser carbine has a health indicator on it as well as giving guests unlimited ammo so you can basically go on in and start “paintball triggering” it. The one thing I would have liked to see return from previous years is the scoreboard to display how well each player did in dispatching zombies. Also, I have to give a huge bit of kudos to the zombies in this maze. Unlike straight monster characters that have to plot only their scares, these monsters have to also “act dead” when shot – they did a great job.

“Red Barn” is another new maze for 2016, and has guests enter the barn of a crazed farming family. This was a mixed bag for me as the maze had some really cool set decoration and gory props but it felt almost devoid of talent. I am looking forward to going back on a different night to see if the monster count has increased.

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“Voodoo – Order of the Serpent” , “Tooth Fairy”, “Trick Or Treat”, and “Paranormal Inc” have all returned for 2016. Each are great and have some seriously good things going for them. Voodoo, as I mentioned, has some stunning set design and construction as well as water gimmicks. Tooth Fairy is just gross… Gross gross gross. If you like the “music” that is the sound of dental drills, that maze is for you! Trick Or Treat is back and the witch’s house is just as awesome as ever. There are a couple new surprises in there for guests and plenty of the old gags in there too. Paranormal Inc, my favorite maze from last year, has returned and is just as good as I remember. Check out our YouTube page for night vision walk-through videos of some of these mazes.

The Skeleton Key rooms of past years are now separate, stand-alone attractions. There are four of them: “Visions”, “ZoZo”, “Prey”, and “Slasher”. Each of these experiences takes anywhere from five and ten minutes to get through and each have their own themes and scares. For example, ZoZo will see your group attempting to contact spirits beyond while Prey will have your group attempt to escape from a small corn maze inspired walk-through. The Skeleton Key room experiences are only available to those guests who pay for the upgraded ticket. When the park opens, go to the guest relations building off to the left side – near the Ghost Town entrance, to upgrade your ticket. This upgrade is also available online! I enjoyed the Skeleton Key rooms and refuse to spoil any of the plotpoints in this review. Despite this, guests should know that the lines can be kind of long depending on the time of night and room in question.

Earlier this week, I got the chance to experience the park’s new FearVR virtual reality horror experience. Using Samsung’s Gear VR, the Fear VR “ride” begins with guests being admitted to a research institute. After a quick video introduction, guests are escorted to their chairs and strapped into the VR visor. FearVR is something that another amusement park in Southern California would call a “4D” attraction because stuff happens to guests in real life as well as on the VR video screen. There is a slight up charge for FearVR and it also requires an appointment. In my run-through of it, FearVR had a couple technical glitches native to VR (aligning head direction, etc) but was a fun time. Hopefully Knott’s will continue refining this technology for the next Scary Farm season as there is a lot of potential with it – especially given that the Gear VR headsets are cable-free….

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The park’s venerable “The Hanging” show is back with “Finding Gory”. Unfortunately, The Hanging: Finding Gory doesn’t have the same laugh factor as past years and its story gets fairly muddled. Coupled with a lackluster ending and The Hanging is something that I wouldn’t have minded skipping this year.

Elvira is back with “Elvira’s Danse Macabre” in the Charles M. Schulz theater and is a rousing show worthy of checking out. Elvira has been performing for a while now and it is awesome to see that she can still “bring it” and entertain the crowds. Part comedy show, part dance show, part insult comic act – ALL fun! Be sure to line up early as the line gets pretty long to get into the theater.

Overall, Knott’s Scary Farm 2016 is a fun and scary Halloween time experience that features plenty of jumps and startles to go around. While some areas of the event are still needing attention, others are extremely well-done and awesome to experience first-hand.

The official Knott’s Scary Farm website.

Event Photographs

Fright Fest 2016 Six Flags Great Adventure Review

This past weekend, Six Flags Great Adventure invited various media outlets down to the park’s annual Fright Fest event to check out this year’s crop of haunted mazes. We were lucky enough to be on-site for the media night and below you will find a quick review on each of the houses – as well as a photo gallery to follow!

Cell Block 6

As the name implies, this house is themed after a prison in lockdown. The inmates are running rampant and its your job to either help them escape or be locked in with them, forever.

The overall theme to this haunt was ok. Its the standard Prison setting with almost no gore or scare factor. The actors, while doing an admirable job of trying to scare people are just to few and far between to actually be scary. Most of the time I just felt alone, walking through a haunt that someone forgot to hire people for. It’s not horrible, but it’s also not worth the wait if the lines are long.

Story: 2, Scare Factor: 2, Theme: 3

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Big Top Terror: Forgotten Carnival 3-D

This haunt is themed after a forgotten carnival that you stumble upon deep in the backwoods. The freaks and inbred horrors within need your soul to escape…will you help them?

Out of all the haunts at Fright Fest this year, I think this one is my favorite, which is surprising because when I see 3D, I usually think it is going to be hokey, assuming that the haunt is going to rely on that and not the scare factor. However, I am glad to report that this haunt was extremely well themed, the actors do a great job of embracing their surroundings, and the 3D effect actually works quite well. The only drawback is that because it is so brightly-lit, there are not a lot of areas for the freaks to scare you. Overall, this haunt is a must see.

Story: 4, Scare Factor: 3.5, Theme: 4.5

Blood Shed

Aside from the cute play on words with this haunt, the maze itself is pretty good. It’s themed after a backwoods farm inhabited by half-human, half-animal mutants who are looking to feed on your blood.

The maze is actually the longest of all the Fright Fest mazes at this year, at least it seemed that way to me. It has guests walking through a backwoods cabin and farmhouse, then out into a corn field. It has a nice finish inside a corn maze that has a lot of nice spots to scare people. Unfortunately, this is another haunt maze that suffers from too many gaps in the scares, as I found myself walking for a good bit before someone else would jump out at me. In some ways I enjoy it because I get to admire the set decoration of it all, but if I had to wait in a long line I would want to have just a few more scares thrown at me.

Story: 3, Scare Factor: 2.5, Theme: 3.5

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The Manor

A dark, and eerie manor awaits you in this haunt as you have to traverse dark hallways and tight corners to escape from flesh eating zombies.

This haunt seemed extremely short to me, with very few scares. The theming was top notch and actually made me feel as if I was walking through some old forgotten manor. As good as the theme was, I was still let down by the little amount of times I felt scared. There are some decent jump scares scattered throughout, but nothing that’ll get your adrenaline going or make you run ahead from your group. If you have the time, check out this haunt, but if you have other things to see or do, you may be better off doing that.

Story: 1.5 Scare Factor: 2, Theme: 4

Total Darkness

As the name implies, this haunt plunges you into absolute darkness, with only a flashlight as your guide.

When you get to the entrance, you and your group are given a rope to hold on to. It’s not attached to anything, you just need to hold it so that no one in your party gets lost. The leader of the group has a very dimly lit flashlight (ours may have been broken, because when I shook it, it got brighter) with a red bulb that they can use to navigate the maze and figure out how to get out. As I mentioned, this maze is in almost complete darkness, save for a few exit signs here and there, and while there are no actual (maybe a few) jump scares, the creepiness is excellent. At one point while walking through, you feel someone breathing on your neck or just walking next to you. This creepiness really helps to sell this haunt, and I highly suggest walking through with your friends.

Story: 1, Scare Factor: 3, Theme: 4.5

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Voodoo Island

This haunt has you traveling to a remote and mysterious island where the ancient art of voodoo is practiced.

This was another of the longer haunted mazes this year, but that does not necessarily make it good. Don’t get me wrong, this was a decent haunt, but with what they presented and what they could have based on the theme, it was a let down. The set design and decoration was, just like most of their haunted houses: Great. Unfortunately, the scares were just too few and far between, and the ones that do get you are so good that you wish there were more of them. Great premise, poor execution.

Story: 2, Scare Factor: 2.5, Theme: 3

Wasteland

Toxic spills, contamination and nuclear fallout await you in this haunt…

Another decent haunted house that plays out well with the theme it is working with. The actors were great, as they were all really into their roles and did a great job to sell the haunt and it story. The layout was nice, had a lot of open areas, and a lot of dark corners to hide the actors.

Story: 2.5, Scare Factor: 3, Theme: 3

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Final Thoughts

Overall, Six Flags Great Adventure did a nice job with this year’s Fright Fest. The haunted mazes were all pretty good, and the overall decoration and theming around the park was great – I especially liked the bloody fountain that welcomes you. The monsters walking around do a great job scaring unsuspecting park guests and for the little ones who do not want to get scared there are several “Fright Free” zones for them, as well as a couple of nice trick or treat trails where the kids can collect candy. Another nice thing about Fright Fest is that all the coasters are open and running, some in the dark, which makes for a completely different ride than during in the day!

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Knott’s Spooky Farm Returns for 2016

Buena Park, Calif. (September 2016) – The daytime park wide, family-friendly Halloween celebration, geared for kids ages 3 – 11, Knott’s Spooky Farm, returns on weekends in October and Halloween Day, starting October 1. Knott’s Berry Farm invites families to join in the Halloween fun by participating in hands on and fun activities and all new experiences in Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Boardwalk Ballroom and Camp Snoopy. The special limited-time event serves up live entertainment, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and exclusive festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts animated TV special It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Knott’s Spooky Farms’ friendly monsters will return to Main Street to invite kids to trick-or-treat for tasty sweets by ringing whimsically themed doorbells. Surprise the little explorer in your pack by visiting the kid-friendly Spooky Hollow Maze in Camp Snoopy which offers an enchanting experience through a spooky forest with larger-than-life jack-o-lanterns and keep an eye out for the friendly headless horseman. Kids can engage with Linus and Sally while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, in Ghost Town with special Halloween themed activities like decorating their very own pumpkin head, for a nominal fee.

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New this year, the Ghastly Gallery hosted in the Boardwalk Ballroom, welcomes little ghouls to enter a monstrous museum where they can explore spooky culture and even have the artistic opportunity to display their “monsterpieces” and visit the Monsterpiece Theatre.  Also, head over to Fiesta Village for some vibrant fun with a Dia de los Muertos non-scary, friendly, educational celebration of the season.

The spooky fun continues in Camp Snoopy where the Peanuts gang will host a spooktacular costume contest which invites families to bring their festively costumed children for some Halloween fun! Additionally, families can watch the Peanuts Gang in The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown, where they’ll have guests of all ages singing and dancing along to classic Halloween tunes at the Camp Spooky Theatre.

A 2017 Knott’s Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the Knott’s Spooky Farm fun with the family.  New 2017 Season Passes include one free admission during the 2016 season to Knott’s Berry Farm and unlimited visits in 2017 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events.  2017 Season Passes are now available at the best offer of the year for a limited time on knotts.com.

Knott’s Spooky Farm runs weekends October 1 – Halloween Day from 10:00 am to 4:00pm, and is included with regular park admission. For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, visit us online at knotts.com and follow the conversation using #KnottsSpookyFarm

Long Island’s Favorite Haunted Houses Join Forces

Long Island, NY (September, 2016) —  In what some may call an unholy union of sorts, it seems the devil or Dracula himself may have had a hand in bringing together the most widely successful Haunts on Long Island for SCREAMLI.com – a partnership that every long islander can sink their teeth into.

SCREAMLI.com is comprised of the most popular and well known scare-tractions in the area: Chamber of Horrors NY in Hauppague, Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, The Haunted Mansion of Melville at Schmitt’s Family Farm, and Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport –  The four horsemen of Long Island horror!

Not unlike the “pay one discount price for multiple parks” scenario at Universal Studios or Disney World – this September and October Long Island becomes the SCREAM LI theme park!

“Long Island has a very energetic and enthusiastic community of haunt fans, but geographically they are spread over a fairly wide area”, remarked Marty Arominski from Chamber of Horrors, one of the participating haunts. “Instead of being at odds with one another, it seemed to me that a more symbiotic relationship between the haunts would be beneficial to all of us. Horror fans are very dedicated and if they have a good time at one haunt, why not hand them off to another? It makes for a more satisfying experience for everyone involved”, he said.

Want to check out Long Island’s scariest haunted houses at a discount price? Then visit us at ScreamLI.com for combo tickets to your favorite haunts this Halloween season!

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Jabbawockeez Return to Halloween Horror Nights

Universal City, California, August 31, 2016 – Jabbawockeez, the acclaimed, award-winning hip hop dance group, universally recognized as America’s best dance crew, returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for a new electrifying original series of performances, enhanced by spectacular multi-color laser projections and the addition of the first-ever female dancer, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 16, 2016.

With the addition of the first-ever female dancer to the popular dance crew, the Jabbawockeez will take to the stage within the Special Effects Show venue donning their signature white masks. The diverse group of dancers will perform a repertoire of innovative, synchronized choreography accompanied by a stunning laser lights display that will come to life in a full spectrum of color.  The all-new, high-energy Jabbawockeez show, created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights,” will once again underscore the dance crew’s unique brand of humor as they transport guests into a new realm of gravity-defying dance, elevated to new heights by special effects and pulse-pounding music.

Currently starring in a new production, “Jreamz, Journey Within,” in their own theatre at MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Jabbawockeez are considered dance movement pioneers having shattered the glass ceiling for dance groups worldwide as the first dance crew to ever headline their own show in Las Vegas.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror.  Featuring an all-new slate ofunrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2016 mazes include “American Horror Story,” that will unlock the terror from three installments of FX Networks’ wickedly gruesome TV series; “The Exorcist: The Possession of Regan MacNeil,” based on the iconic supernatural horror film; “Freddy vs. Jason,” inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history: demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th); “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers,” which pits guests against the unsavory wrath of manic killer Leatherface and his mentally unhinged brother, ChopTop; “Halloween:  Hell Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic “Halloween” horror franchise; and “Krampus: The Christmas Devil,” based on Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Christmas-themed horror film that brings to life the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature who terrorizes those devoid of holiday spirit; and “The Walking Dead,” an authentic living representation of AMC’s hit television series that takes the realism of the show to an entirely new level with the all-new permanent attraction.

Join the “Halloween Horror Nights” conversation using #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood, Instagram @HorrorNights, Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights.  Add us on Snapchat, username HorrorNights for nightly live content and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

To learn more about the all new Jabbawockeez show at “Halloween Horror Nights,” click here.

Knott’s Scary Farm Announces Return of CS Street Zone and More

Buena Park, Calif. (August 2016) Knott’s Scary Farm, the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, has unveiled the 13 haunted attractions that will terrify guests when the event returns for 24 horrifying nights, September 22 – October 31.

Four all-new nightmarish haunted attractions will debut this year; each featuring unearthly surprises, ghoulish monsters and frightening legends that come to life as you step inside.

Black Ops: Infected (New for 2016): Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Black Ops: Infected interactive maze. Small units of guests will battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience.

Shadow Lands (New for 2016): A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.

Red Barn (New for 2016): Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.

The Hollow (New for 2016): From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.

Standalone Skeleton Key Rooms (New for 2016): For the first time, Knott’s Scary Farm will feature standalone Skeleton Key Rooms that are independent from mazes. The four Skeleton Key Rooms will each feature a unique story and theme delivering unparalleled scares, interactive secrets and terrifying surprises:

Visions: Guests must investigate the Green Witch Museum in Ghost Town where it is not the building that is haunted, but the various items contained within. Using a Phantom Finder augmented reality device, guests will be able to identify and witness paranormal activity connected to items from the Sarah Marshall Witch Trial.

ZOZO: People from all over the world claim to have been visited by the demon ZOZO after a spirit board session. Is the demonic entity known as ZOZO real or are spirit boards just a myth?

Slasher: Guests are invited to step into an 80s’ slasher horror film. The masked Angel Maker Killer is on the loose. Every lead has run cold and that’s when you step into the picture. Will you become his next victim?

Prey: Navigate a hay maze full of dead ends with only a faulty lantern as your guide. You are not alone. Mutant beasts are lurking around every corner.

Returning Favorites

Back by popular demand, Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, returns to Knott’s Scary Farm in a spectacular all new show, Elvira’s Danse Macabre, featuring insane dance and comedy performances. The one of a kind performance from the Queen of Halloween will transport guests to a masquerade ball full of music, dance and humor. Knott’s Scary Farm will be the exclusive home of Elvira this Halloween season.

PARANORMAL, INC. – The Haunting of Hayden Hill: Last year’s groundbreaking Paranormal Inc. maze will return to Knott’s Scary Farm this year. Featuring high flying aerial stunts and scares, guests investigate a haunted hospital where the patients were tortured for decades by deranged doctors and nurses. Demonic spirits of the murdered victims have been detected throughout the mysterious halls, while evil medical staff prowl for new patients to torture.

The Dead of Winter: Wendigo’s Revenge – Deep in the frozen tundra, the realm of a treacherous snow queen has been usurped by her evil minion, the horrific wendigo. She may be dead, but her evil spell hasn’t been lifted: The dead cannibals have risen from their snowy graves as hungry creatures feast on the surrounding villages. During the chaos, the queen’s prized possession, the horrific wendigo, has seized control of her throne, ready to prey upon any unsuspecting visitors who enter the borders of its icy domain.

Trick-or-Treat: Take a brave step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell…trick or treat, which will it be?  After surviving her grisly welcome, wander into the Green Witch’s never before seen potion room and bewitched attic. But don’t leave too soon; you’re the special guest at the Green Witch’s deadly dinner party where she and her menacing Tricksters await your arrival.

The Tooth Fairy: This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and a final encounter with the massive tooth fairy, himself. Say aahhh.

Voodoo – Order of the Serpent: The haunting legend of Papa Legba continues as guests follow him on his foreboding journey to conjure the serpent demon goddess in the outskirts of New Orleans. Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes.

The Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises: Deadly howls and a full blood moon mark your impending doom as werewolves overrun the crime stricken old west town. Walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against the Skinwalkers.

The Deadly 7, a sadistic crew of terrifying monsters representing each of the seven deadly sins, return to the fog of Knott’s Scary Farm this year. Together they prowl the darkest corners of Scary Farm’s midways and scare zones serving their master, The Green Witch.

The Hanging®: Finding Gory – A live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year’s pop culture with killer comedy.  Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics and high-flying stunts, The Hanging is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year.  A must see parody!

160 Acres of Scare Zones

Knott’s Scary Farm is far more than a collection of haunted attractions.  Every night monsters spill out onto the streets and turn theme park midways into murderous scare zones.  From the world famous Ghost Town Streets to the Boardwalk area filled with evil clowns, there’s nowhere to hide in Knott’s Scary Farm.

Ghost Town Streets is the original and largest, most terrifying scare zone that started it all.   Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog, while the notoriously startling sliders, lunge from every fog-filled corner of the land.  Fiesta De Los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes, and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone.  It’s the ultimate late night celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  On the Boardwalk, clowns crave your undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone. New this season, the Hollow scare zone will terrorize guests as the ominous Headless horseman prowls the fog-filled streets along with his army of the undead, treacherously blending into the shadowy night as they frighten all whom they encounter.

Knott’s Scary Farm Pass & Admission

  • The Knott’s Scary Farm Pass returns in 2016 and offers unlimited visits to all 24 event nights. Current 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Passholders can purchase the pass at the limited time price of $75, now through Sept. 18 (while supplies last, plus applicable fees); the general public can purchase the pass for $85, now through Sept. 18 (while supplies last, plus fees). All Season Long Parking is valid for Knott’s Scary Farm nights.
  • Single night tickets are $40 – $52 depending on the event night when purchased online (plus applicable fees). Knott’s Season Passholders receive discounts on single night tickets when purchasing online. Tickets purchased at least 24 hours in advance at the theme park ticket booths are $49 for all nights, and day-of-event tickets purchased at the ticket booths are $72.
  • Fright Lane with Skeleton Key offers unlimited priority access to all mazes and unlocks ONE time access to all four standalone Skeleton Key Rooms filled with unnerving terrors, interactive secrets and exclusive scenes. Guests will also receive a commemorative lanyard and collectible keychain. Fright Lane with Skeleton Key passes start at $75. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)    
  • Combo Tickets, offering admission and Fright Lane with Skeleton Key are an especially great value offering savings of up to $37, versus purchasing each item separately at the ticket booths.
  • Fast Lane offers unlimited priority access to many of Knott’s world-class coasters starting at $70 per person. Fast Lane is valid during regular Knott’s Berry Farm operation and for Knott’s Scary Farm operation on the date of intended use. (separate theme park admission required, and not included)
  • Boo-fet dinner at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant and Spurs Chophouse invites guests to feed the beast before Knott’s Scary Farm opens each night. Meals include a collectible 2016 souvenir cup, which includes unlimited complimentary refills on the event night and $0.99 refills for the rest of the 2016 season. After dinner, enjoy early entry into Knott’s Scary Farm a few minutes before it opens to other mortals.  Boo-fet dinner is $27.99 +tax when purchased online and $32.99 +tax when purchased at the door. (Separate theme park admission required, and not included)
  • Knott’s Scary Farm parking is $20 per vehicle and can be purchased online (plus applicable taxes and fees) or at the parking booth upon arrival. All Season Long Parking is valid for Knott’s Scary Farm nights.

Knott’s Scary Farm has welcomed millions of visitors over the past 43 years and has become an institution in the Southern California theme park landscape.  This year, the event returns September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 October 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.  Knott’s Scary Farm is open 7:00pm – 1:00am select Thursdays, Sundays, and Halloween Night and 7:00pm – 2:00am Fridays and Saturdays.  With more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog – whatever you’re imagining, it’s here…

For more information on Knott’s Scary Farm, including admission, park hours and events, visit knottsscaryfarm.com or download the Knott’s Berry Farm app for your smart phone. Join the scary conversation by using #ScaryFarm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Horror Nights Teams with Crypt TV and Eli Roth for Killer Clown Terror Tram

Universal City, CA, August 25, 2016 Horror auteur Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, which kicks off Friday, September 16, 2016.

“Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram” will expose guests to the fabled legacy of serial killer clown “Hollywood Harry,” the story of a former jovial celebrity clown turn depraved murderer, and the minefield of carnage he left behind.

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“I’m thrilled to be part of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ again,” said Eli Roth. “We wanted to completely fabricate an original story that brings together our absolute freakiest, scariest most disturbing ideas.  The ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ team is the best in the business. Their production and execution is unmatched and I know this ‘Terror Tram’ experience will blow away all expectations, and haunt guests for the rest of their lives.  ‘Halloween Horror Nights is the must-see event for any horror movie fan—it’s like the Super Bowl for scary movies, and is my favorite event of the year.”

The all-new “Terror Tram” experience will tell the sordid tale of former Angeleno resident Harold Kappowitz whose alter ego “Koodles the Clown” went from cheerful circus performer, to the lovable star of his own children’s network television show…before he was overcome by his genuine “killer instincts.”

By the 1990s, hard knocks took a deadly toll on Kappowitz, and the onetime endearing clown found himself exiled by the very Hollywood entertainment community that once adored him. With an all-consuming anger and hatred, Kappowitz—a now crazed and disheveled recluse—took refuge from society by hiding out at Universal Studios, emerging as notorious serial killer clown, “Hollywood Harry.”  Recurring murders began to dominate the studio, as “Hollywood Harry” drew strength from recruiting other outcast former clowns who, together, took revenge on Studio Tour guides and visitors alike, ceremoniously killing them, and leaving behind a deadly trail of terror.

“The goal of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is to create the most intense, most memorable and ultimately, the most terrifying experiences for our guests,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “And there is no better partner than Eli Roth to deliver unabashed horror that’s so real you can feel it. We were fortunate to work with Eli years ago on his original ‘Hostel’ themed maze, so we can only imagine the terror that he’s envisioning.”

A series of short form content, produced by Crypt TV in conjunction Universal Studios Hollywood, aired on the digital horror network to tease the story of “Hollywood Harry” and create momentum for the announcement reveal of “Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram.”

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the “Terror Tram” invites “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along a portion of the movie and television studio where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” are located.

Crypt TV is a digital studio that creates original genre content guided by its motto #WEIRDISGOOD aimed at uniting fans and creating a movement that redefines what the future of horror content means to millennials. Since their 2015 launch, Crypt TV has become the fastest growing leader in digital scares with 20 million video views per month. Crypt TV was co-founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and has a strategic partnership with Blumhouse Productions.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror.  Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

“Halloween Horror Nights” mazes to date include “American Horror Story,” inspired by Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television anthology series on the FX network;“The Exorcist: The Possession of Regan MacNeil,” based on the iconic supernatural horror film; “Freddy vs. Jason: Dream Battle,” inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history: demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th); “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers,” which pits guests against the unsavory wrath of manic killer Leatherface and his mentally unhinged brother, Chop Top; “Halloween:  Hell Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic “Halloween” horror franchise; and “Krampus: The Christmas Devil,” based on Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Christmas-themed horror film that brings to life the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature who terrorizes those devoid of holiday spirit; and “The Walking Dead,” an authentic living representation of AMC’s hit television series that takes the realism of the show to an entirely new level with the permanent attraction.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow@HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.