A breakdown of Halloween Horror Nights XXI’s haunting

October 14, 2011, 1:41 am

Try as you might, there is no winning against Lady Luck. The house always wins. This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 21, Lady Luck has meddled with eight lives, creating ruin and bloody despair.

According to T.J. Mannarino, show director of the entertainment team for Universal Orlando, this year will feature eight haunted houses, six scare zones and two live shows.

Here’s the Avenue’s breakdown of the event, beginning with the haunted houses.

Nevermore: The Madness of Poe

Edgar Allen Poe is faced with the decision of traveling to Baltimore or Boston after flunking out of military school. The seller of his ticket, and secret goddess of misfortune Lady Luck, comes into the picture, and Poe’s sanity dwindles.

While walking through the house, you are descending into the madness of Poe’s mind, and his greatest works come to life.

The Forsaken

The fourth ship of Christopher Columbus will be put to light this year as the sailors of the condemned voyage whisper in your ears and wreak havoc on passers-by. A mutinous and cursed crew roams through the walls of their watery graves, seeking vengeance.

H.R. Bloodengutz Presents: Holidays of Horror

In this dark comedy-type of haunted house, H.R. Bloodengutz will be presenting his annual televised SCARE-athon. This year, however, his frustrations of being canceled as a television host take form, and each national holiday is given a new coat of horror. The Feaster Bunny, evil leprechauns and dead presidents will join H.R. Bloodengutz on his final day on the air, according to Mannarino.

The Thing

Based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller “The Thing,” an abandoned research facility in Antarctica is infected with an alien phenomenon as the team encounters the shape-shifting alien.

Saws N’ Steam: Into the Machine

In this utopian society, the water is gone, and people chop up body parts and put them into grinders to suck out the water for the city, Mannarino said.

The most humid of the houses, Saws N’ Steam incorporates the chainsaw alongside the gore of human remains and forcibly extracted bloody water.

The In-Between

The In-Between is a three-dimensional house where your eyes are not to be trusted. Creatures lurk and blend in with the patterns of the walls. The question of what is real and what is not will be put to the test.

Winter’s Night: The Haunting of Hawthorn Cemetery

The blue lights that have kept the spirits at peace in Hawthorn Cemetery have died, and the ghouls have risen to haunt the living.

“We put you in the wintertime; this house has a 65-degree temperature. So when you walk in, you are physically very, very cold,” Mannarino said.

Nightingales: Blood Prey

This haunted house has twists, turns and man-eating nightingales. According to the press release, the WWI-era trenches are filled with these monsters that prey on the weak and helpless soldiers.

Scare zones:

This year’s scare zones are completely new.

Acid Assault has acid rain survivors follow you, the Canyon of Dark Souls has tall, cloaked reapers above you and the seven deadly sins are put on display as well.

Live Shows:

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure is still playing. This year, Death Drums, a moving live show with active drumming, will premiere as well.

Ticket prices begin at $41.99 for Sunday through Thursday nights, $51.99 for Friday nights and $ 66.99 for Saturday nights.

Source: http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/features/article_e6ee80d6-f546-11e0-bd8c-001cc4c03286.html

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