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Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces 'VIP Experience: The Insidious Experiment'

September 17, 2013


Universal Studios Hollywood announced that a deadly evening of paranormal activity awaits "Halloween Horror Nights" guests in Universal Studios Hollywood's exclusive "VIP Experience: The Insidious Experiment," inspired by the "Insidious" horror film franchise, directed by James Wan, produced by Jason Blum and written by and starring Leigh Whannell.

According to a release, guests will scare in style as they venture to restricted locations on the historic Universal backlot, scream though all six mazes with limitless front of line privileges, and enjoy a last supper at the exclusive VIP Horror Lounge.

"Halloween Horror Nights" begins on Friday, September 20 and continues on 21 select nights through Saturday, November 2.

"The backlot at Universal Studios has a long and infamous 'ghost story' dating back to the silent film era," said John Murdy, Creative Director, "Halloween Horror Nights." "Guests of this year's 'VIP Experience: The Insidious Experiment' will have an opportunity to join an active paranormal investigation led by Spectral Sightings, the paranormal investigating team from the 'Insidious' films. Guests will be warned early on that it's not a safe time to join them, but that's when the real fun begins."

"Halloween Horror Nights" 2013 brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three- dimensional world of terror. Featuring a slate of film production quality mazes, fright-filled scare zones, new backdrop maze locations and a new "Terror Tram" experience, themed to horror properties, "Halloween Horror Nights" will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with incomparable, spellbinding and horrifying haunted attractions.

This year, the Company said the contemporary urban city streets, towering skyscrapers, brick-faced facades and industrial exteriors that make up Universal Studios' world-famous production facilities will serve as a backdrop location for "Halloween Horror Nights" as Universal Studios Hollywood creates elaborate maze settings from iconic movie sets and soundstages never before used for this event.

AMC's TV series, "The Walking Dead," returns to "Halloween Horror Nights" and will feature an all-new disturbingly real maze, inspired by Season 3 of the cult favorite and television blockbuster. "The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven" maze will place guests at the core of the show's once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by decaying walkers. The disturbingly real haunted attraction will send them cowering through the walker- infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.

Other haunted attractions will include "Evil Dead: Book of the Dead," based on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's chilling remake of the cult classic; "Black Sabbath: 13 3D," inspired by the darkest lyrics from the rock band's 43-year history of Heavy Metal music, and "Insidious: Into the Further" based on the disturbing "Insidious" film franchise that explores the darkest corners of the paranormal experience.

"El Cucuy: The Boogeyman," a startling, terror-filled maze based on the Latin American legend of the mythical, shape-shifting monster, will feature chilling narration by prolific actor and producer, Danny Trejo, and "Universal Monster Remix: Resurrection," will complete the lineup with new sounds from artist/DJ Figure, and all-original monsters inspired by fan-generated character competitions along with a legion of Universal's legendary monsters re-defined for the 21st century.

A new reign of terror in new scare zones based on Universal Pictures' blockbuster movie "The Purge" and Universal Studios Home Entertainment's upcoming Blu-ray release of "Curse of Chucky," will also come to life to terrify "Halloween Horror Nights" guests.

Universal Studios Hollywood noted that the "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" returns in an all-new production, adding to the already dynamic "Halloween Horror Nights" event, while such theme park favorites remain open throughout the event: "Transformers: The Ride -3D," "Jurassic Park In the Dark," "The Simpsons Ride" and "Revenge of the Mummy The Ride."

Universal Studios Hollywood is a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour.

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