Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Sink Their Teeth
into “Dracula Untold,” a Terrifying New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze
Inspired By Universal Pictures’ Upcoming Epic Action-Adventure
ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca., (August 7, 2014) — Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history’s most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood. ” Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold. Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17.
“Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as “Vlad the Impaler,” who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies. “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will spiral guests through Dracula’s eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.
“‘Everyone thinks they know the story of ‘Dracula’,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “But there is much more to the tale than just a dark figure lurking in the shadows, drinking blood. While Dracula Untold will reveal the origin story of the man who became Dracula, our ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze will invite guests to experience the atrocities Dracula imposed on his victims in the most frightening and immersive way possible.”
“As a huge fan of the Universal Classic Monsters, my interest is certainly piqued any time a film explores other facets of the classic characters,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Dracula Untold offers a unique perspective on the origin of the world’s most famous vampire. Our maze will place guests within many of the pulse-pounding moments from the upcoming film, offering guests an unprecedented living preview of the horrors that await.”
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.” Other announced “Halloween Horror Nights” experiences include, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Face Off: In the Flesh,” “The Purge: Anarchy” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator.”
In addition to “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” other “Halloween Horror Night” attractions will include “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s hit TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV Series, “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise, “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s TV series, and “Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.
To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, click here: “Dracula Untold”
Don’t miss the latest YouTube sensation – in honor of DEVIL’S DUE now playing in theaters everywhere this Friday. Thanks to the hidden cameras, you can watch the animatronic child terrify New Yorkers as it embarks in a rampage in a remote controlled stroller.
For the next week EverythingScary.com is running a contest for site members. The top two (2) scary stories or photos submitted by members will earn each winning member the following prize: A We Are What We Are prize pack including a creepy “people meat chart” apron and Blu-rays of We Are What We Are.
For more information, please visit EverythingScary.com – We Are What We Are Contest!
We are less than two days away from Halloween and everywhere you turn things are becoming even more “haunted” and “creepy.” People are busy telling their scariest ghost stories and buying frightening costumes. Speaking of ghosts, have YOU ever thought about becoming part of a Ghost Club? Well if you have, now is your chance and what better time to join then right before Halloween? Read below for details…..if you dare.
Earlier this month, The Ghost Club launched on Theatrics.com LLC just in time for Halloween. The Ghost Club offers ghost-hunting fans and newbies a place to document and share their adventures, and interact with others who love the paranormal world, including fans of popular ghost-themed movies and TV programs. The project, created by Atlanta-based production company The Secret Club and Michael Mailer Films, launched just in time for fans who are getting ready for Halloween. This is part of a transmedia “Storyscape” that includes a forthcoming independent feature movie, a series of webisodes and a ghost-hunting wiki. Below my e-signature, please find the announcement.
We wanted to inform you that an app from Haunted Planet Studios has just been launched for participants to become even more involved in their ghost hunting activities. Haunted Planet Studios makes award-winning location-based augmented-reality games in which players’ smartphones are transformed into paranormal detection devices. Players take on the roles of paranormal investigators, explore their neighborhood to gather ghostly evidence and solve sinister mysteries from the past. For more info, visit www.hauntedplanet.com.
Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs From Around the World is a new e-book that teams up two subjects that fascinate almost everyone: food and death. Filled with historical background and recipes for 75 different funeral ceremonies around the world, Death Warmed Over also serves up a nice helping of insight into the customs of each culture from the Irish to the Amish, the ancient Etruscans to the modern-day Hmong.
When Death Warmed Over was first released in 2004 it became an instant cult classic that Publishers Weekly called “amusingly informative.” While a few dishes — like the bearded seal flipper prepared by grieving Eskimos — might not be everyone’s cup of, er, blubber, most are slightly less exotic. Who can resist a cookbook that not only offers a recipe for the perfect chocolate cake, but also details the correct Ghanaian method for pouring water down a dying man’s throat to ensure he will travel well to the afterlife?
The author, Lisa Rogak has written a number of other books including a New York Times bestseller and a Stephen King biography that was nominated for an Edgar. Her resume includes selling vintage funeral equipment as well as driving a number of hearses — for pleasure — through the years.
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PREMIERE PROPS TO HOLD HORROR AND SCI-FI THEMED HALLOWEEN AUCTION ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
ITEMS FROM TALES THE “HALLOWEEN,” “SAW,” and “FRIDAY THE 13th” Franchises, “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER,” “BATMAN RETURNS,” “TALES FROM THE CRYPT,” EVIL DEAD,” and More!
EL SEGUNDO (October 15, 2013) – Premiere Props announced today they will be auctioning over 1,000 sci-fi and horror themed costumes and props at their Halloween auction headquarters in El Segundo, (128 Sierra Street, El Segundo, CA 90245) on Saturday, October 13th. There will be a preview from 9-11am PT the live auction beginning at 11am PT.
The event will feature items from iconic horror and sci-fi franchises, films and TV shows including HALLOWEEN, SAW, BATMAN RETURNS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, X-FILES, ANGEL, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and more!
· BATMAN RETURNS – a BATARANG used by the Penguin (Danny DeVito)
· INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES – special blood in its original production bottle made for the film
· TALES FROM THE CRYPT – a life size tarantula (glass encased) and bloody skulls
· EVIL DEAD – a foot
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – Buffy’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) screen worn red cape.
o HALLOWEEN H2O: 20 YEARS LATER – bloody overalls worn by Michael Myers (Chris Durand)
o Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN – Michael Myers’ (Tyler Mane) bloody overalls; Dr. Samuel Loomis’ (Malcolm McDowell) hero costume
· HOSTEL – realistic body parts including chopped flesh and bones
· FRIDAY THE 13th
o FRIDAY THE 13th: JASON GOES TO HELL – Jason Voorhees’ (Kane Hodder) full bloody torso (with shirt), arm (with shirt) and leg (with blood)
o FRIDAY THE 13th – official bloody autographed Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) doll
o SAW IV – a bloody chain
o SAW III – a Producer’s production on-set script autographed by the cast and crew including Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith), Jill (Betsy Russell), and Forensic Office Hoffman (Costas Mandylor)
· ANGEL – Angel’s (David Boreanaz) special make-up effects life mask
· X-FILES – Alien head
· BLADE – Blade’s (Wesley Snipes) lower vampire teeth and mouth cast
“Our Halloween events are always lots of fun and not for the squeamish, as we really celebrate the holiday,” said Dan Levin, Vice President of Premiere Props. “We offer our fans and collectors an amazing array of items from the scariest horror themed films and television shows.
Fans can starting bidding now, placing bids online at http://www.icollector.com/ and http://www.liveauctioneers.com or calling to set up phone bidding with a Premiere Props representative.
Collectors can place proxy bids until the Hollywood Auction goes LIVE at 11am PT on Saturday, October 26.
For more information, please visit http://www.premiereprops.com or http://www.premiereprops.com or call (310) 322-PROP / (888) 761-PROP.
About Premiere Props
Premiere Props is the leading marketing memorabilia company to market, authenticate, package, and distribute exclusive movie memorabilia. Since 2001, Premiere Props has represented over 600 movies to date and continues to grow strong. Premiere Props works with some of the largest motion picture studios and independent distributors in the world, such as Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax, MGM, The Weinstein Company, Sony Screen Gems, Lionsgate, TriStar, Spyglass, Alcon and many more.