Universal Orlando Promises 'Intense' Fear at Horror Nights

Universal Orlando announced this year's theme for its highly popular Halloween Horror Nights and it is "Fear" personified. Call him Mr. Fear.

"Fear that truly consumes us comes from deep inside our souls, stirred by something we don't always understand and rarely have the chance to confront. Until now," the park says in a press release. "His weapons: Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, Vengeance."

For 24 scheduled nights, beginning Sept. 24, and running through Halloween, the park will make the most of the theme, trying to leave visitors "horrified" by the "most intense" such experience ever, officials say.

They stress Halloween Horror Nights XX, the 20th such event, is not an anniversary celebration – it won't look back, though there will be some familiar faces including a "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" show and a repeat appearance by outrageous magician Brian Bushwood.

"This year's Halloween Horror Nights is not about the past. It is about the future," says Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort.

The setting includes eight new haunted houses and new "scarezones," with zombies, forgotten and criminally insane souls, skeletons, spirit seekers and other creations designed to frighten, including, of course, Fear himself.

Tickets for weekend nights typically sell out, so it's recommended visitors purchase tickets well in advance.

Universal does not recommend the event for kids under age 13.

Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Orlando
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