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September 24, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
After a growth spurt over the past few years, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has hit its stride as the leader in blood, guts and gore in Southern California. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood Following a reboot in 2006, Horror Nights has settled on a mix of terrifying haunted mazes tied to major horror movies, introducing a few new attractions every year while refreshing older offerings. The formula has proved wildly successful, with the movie theme park teeming with hordes of horror fans on weekends in late September and October.
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October 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
A stage show at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled amid criticism that it is insensitive to gays. A scene in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" depicts Superman getting sprinkled with "fairy dust" and turning into an over-the-top effeminate character. In a statement posted Wednesday on its website, Universal Studios Hollywood said: "After thoughtful consideration, Universal Studios Hollywood has made the decision to discontinue production of the Halloween Horror Nights' 'Bill & Ted' show for the remainder of its limited run. " Rich Ferraro, vice president of GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement: "This type of content should be removed.
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September 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Universal Studios Orlando will feature eight haunted mazes, six scare zones and two live shows at Halloween Horror Nights 21. > Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 21 at Universal Studios Orlando Universal Orlando's Horror Nights has been voted the best Halloween theme park event for the past four consecutive years by Amusement Today, an industry trade publication. Lady Luck, the icon for the Florida theme park's 2011 event, will transform each night from a tempting seductress to a bloodthirsty beast.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
By day, they apply lipstick, rouge and powder to create that vibrant, flawless look. But by night they use their skills to paint a picture of death, punctuated with scars, bloody gashes and deformities. For makeup artists, Halloween is a super job creator. Theme parks and other haunted attractions employ dozens of artists to turn actors into zombies, demons, crazed mutants and other assorted freaks. But the holiday can mean long hours, with Halloween events stretching from the early-afternoon to the early-morning hours.
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September 25, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Halloween Horror Nights gets bigger, better and busier every year -- so much so the annual theme park event seems ready to burst like the bloody entrails spilling from the guts of so many hapless victims at Universal Studios Hollywood. > Halloween Horror Nights maze-by-maze preview | photos Horror Nights 2011 has grown to six mazes, many with hourlong waits during my visit on opening night, but the increasingly popular event probably needs twice as many mazes to handle the bloodthirsty hordes that crowd the park to capacity on the busiest evenings.
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September 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Boa constrictor snakes, black widowspiders, guillotine decapitations, electrifying electrocutions, sadistic insane asylums. Welcome toAlice Cooper's walk-through nightmare. The "Alice Cooper: Welcome to my Nightmare" maze at Halloween Horror Nights 2011 turns the shock-rocker's songs, characters and theatrical concerts into a walk-through haunted attraction. I took a tour of the Alice Cooper maze this week in the Jurassic Park ride queue at Universal Studios Hollywood with Horror Nights creative director John Murdy.
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October 26, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Movie stars, television actors, pop singers, fashion models and stand-up comedians love to get scared just like you and me. > Photos: Screaming with the stars at Halloween theme park events Halloween events at theme parks around the world offer celebrities the perfect opportunity to get their haunt on while blending in with big crowds under the cover of darkness. The ghoulish monsters, haunted mazes and holiday decorations draw some of the biggest celebrity names: Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Hilary Duff, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton.
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December 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
While most of us have Christmas on our minds, Universal Studios Hollywood is already planning for next Halloween. > Halloween Horror Nights 2011: Review | Photos | Celebrities   Universal has been conducting an online survey to gauge fan interest in 50 movie and television properties as potential haunted maze themes for Halloween Horror Nights 2012. The annual post-Halloween poll offers fans a glimpse into what could be on the horror horizon at Universal.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
A stage show at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled amid criticism that it is insensitive to gays. A scene in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" depicts Superman getting sprinkled with "fairy dust" and turning into an over-the-top effeminate character. In a statement posted Wednesday on its website, Universal Studios Hollywood said: "After thoughtful consideration, Universal Studios Hollywood has made the decision to discontinue production of the Halloween Horror Nights' 'Bill & Ted' show for the remainder of its limited run. " Rich Ferraro, vice president of GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement: "This type of content should be removed.
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September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Halloween Horror Nights 2011 at Universal Studios Hollywood will veer from its traditional horror movie theme with an Alice Cooper haunted maze that will draw on elements from the shock rocker's theatrical concerts and feature music from his 1975 concept album, "Welcome to My Nightmare. " > Photos: Concept art of the Alice Cooper maze at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Just like one of the singer's rock concerts, visitors to the Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare maze at Halloween Horror Nights 2011 will encounter boa constrictor snakes, black widow spiders, guillotine decapitations, hangman's gallows and electrocutions inside a sadistic insane asylum.
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September 30, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Every year at Knott's Halloween Haunt, I spend the whole night visiting the dozen or so haunted mazes at the Buena Park theme park. Photos: Halloween Haunt 2013 Shows | Mazes With only six to seven hours to hit all the Knott's Scary Farm mazes, there's never enough time to catch any of the shows - except for maybe "The Hanging" if I'm lucky. Review: Knott's Halloween Haunt 2013 focuses on quality over quantity It really takes two full nights to see everything Haunt has to offer.
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September 23, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Success has finally caught up with Universal's Horror Nights as the gold standard of Halloween theme park events has grown too predictable, complacent and popular for its own good. After years of defining and redefining the bleeding edge of theme park terror, a combination of overwhelming crowds, shrinking space due to construction and a weak collection of haunted mazes delivered a triple whammy to Halloween Horror Nights this year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Crowds have become an increasing problem as Horror Nights has grown in popularity, but this year was unbearable.
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September 13, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
It looks like this year Knott's Halloween Haunt will finally drop the more-is-more mantra in favor of the right kind of more: more back story, more attention to detail, more monsters wearing custom masks and more intimate scares. PHOTOS: Halloween Haunt 2013 at Knott's Berry Farm After four decades of screams and scares, Halloween Haunt had gained a reputation for quantity over quality -- with unimaginative paint-on-plywood mazes, interchangeable story lines and monsters wearing store-bought masks.
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September 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Universal Studios Hollywood will be inundated with zombies as "The Walking Dead" takes over a haunted maze, a scare zone and the terror tram during Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood I recently got a behind-the-scenes walk-through preview of "The Walking Dead" maze from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the hit AMC show's executive producer and makeup designer Greg Nicotero. After taking visitors through the zombie-infested streets of Atlanta last year, the all-new Walking Dead maze returns this year with scenes from the show's third season set in an abandoned prison and its rural Georgia surroundings.
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September 9, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted mazes based on "The Walking Dead" hit TV show, "Evil Dead" film franchise and heavy metal trailblazers Black Sabbath for Halloween Horror Nights 2013. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Doubling down on the success of "The Walking Dead" zombie juggernaut, Horror Nights will add a scare zone this season to the haunted maze and terror tram attractions returning from last Halloween. The 2013 version of the Walking Dead: No Safe Haven maze takes visitors inside the walls of the zombie-infested Georgia prison featured in the Emmy Award-winning show's third season.
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July 11, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Knott's Berry Farm will add six new haunted mazes for Halloween Haunt 2013 and bring back Elvira Mistress of the Dark for her first show at the Buena Park theme park in more than a decade. The 41st annual Knott's Scary Farm will start Sept. 26 and run on select nights through Nov. 2. The granddaddy of Halloween events will feature 12 mazes, six shows and four scare zones scattered throughout the theme park. Knott's has made the wise decision to trim the quantity of its mazes in favor of quality as Halloween Haunt continues to compete with Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has delivered an increasingly superior haunted event in recent years.
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October 27, 2012 | Chris Erskine
One of the first things you have to realize about zombies is that they drool blood, which must be hell on the dry cleaning. Never date a zombie, not even over a cup of coffee, unless you're one of those women with a bad boy/blood complex, in which case there's probably no helping you. That's just one of the takeaways from attending Halloween Horror Nights, currently playing at Universal Studios. Widely regarded as the best Halloween attraction in the area, Horror Nights features a half-dozen haunted house mazes.
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October 10, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Like a slow but determined zombie, Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to lumber in the right direction after years of generic Halloween fare. > Photos: Fright Fest 2012 at Magic Mountain Following the addition of more mazes and monsters last season, Fright Fest 2012 introduces a new standard of excellence by which all future haunted attractions will be judged at the Valencia amusement park. A state-of-the-art makeover of the Willoughby's Haunted Mansion, a venerable but aging Fright Fest mainstay for more than a decade, raises the bar for all Magic Mountain mazes and serves as a warning shot that the Six Flags park is prepared to go head-to-head with its Southern California rivals.
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