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Universal Studios Hollywood Unlocks Its “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” Doors and Debuts its All-New “The Walking Dead” Permanent Daytime Attraction Based on AMC’s Top-Rated Television Series

by on Jun.29, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 28, 2016 — Universal Studios Hollywood unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most watched show in cable television history, which officially opens to the public on Monday, July 4.

Joining in the celebration was Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer, Director of “The Walking Dead” and owner of KNB Efx), Kyla Kenedy (“Mika Samuels” on “The Walking Dead”), Ross Marquand (“Aaron” on “the Walking Dead”), Brighton Sharbino (“Lizzie Samuels” on “The Walking Dead”), Michael Traynor (“Nicholas” on “The Walking Dead”), Scott Wilson (“Hershel Green” on “The Walking Dead”), and Yvette Nicole Brown (actress and “The Walking Dead” uber fan).

A horde of 100 ravenous walkers were also on hand to help bring the event to life.

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze for years.  This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.  “We’re taking its authenticity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create a thrilling, living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.

“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have this great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into this amazing and truly one-of-a-kind attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood,” said Greg Nicotero.  “Guests can now come face-to-face with live and animatronic Walkers that are indiscernible from the Walkers from the show. It’s very exciting, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and will debut its seventh season this October.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years.  AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and the forthcoming “The Night Manager,” “Feed the Beast,” “Preacher,” “The Son” and “The Terror.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men” and the upcoming “Ride with Norman Reedus” and “The American West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.

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AMC’S “THE WALKING DEAD” RETURNS TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS WITH THE MOST ICONIC SCENES FROM SERIES HISTORY

by on Jun.03, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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Universal Studios Hollywood’s All-New “The Walking Dead” Permanent Daytime Attraction Dares Guests to Brave the Zombie Apocalypse 365 Days a Year,
Including “Halloween Horror Nights”

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (June 3, 2016) – Don’t Enter. Dead Inside. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This fall, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s hit series, “The Walking Dead,” to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons – all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

Guests will walk – or run – in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. They’ll step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as the hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead, the unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3 and the seemingly-safe refuge, Terminus, from Season 4.

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6, where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains, The Wolves, after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.” Click here for a sneak peek of the terror in store for Universal Orlando guests. 

A popular “Halloween Horror Nights” staple at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Walking Dead” has turned into an immersive 365-day experience inviting guests to step into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse. Brought to life with immersive detail, the new theme park attraction and “Halloween Horror Nights’’ offering is a collaboration with AMC and series Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero, whose special effects company, KNB Efx, raises the dead on the blockbuster TV series as well as for Universal Studios’ new permanent daytime  attraction.  

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.  Please click here for more on “The Walking Dead” permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers. The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

For more information on Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For details on The Walking Dead Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

About Universal Orlando Resort

For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.  Guests can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, grab a Krusty Burger in Springfield, join the ranks of the Minions and so much more.

Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative attractions. Its on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family. And just minutes away is Wet ‘n Wild, a family water park.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and a dramatically themed hotel.  And more is on the way.  Coming this year is Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure.  And in 2017 will come Universal’s Volcano Bay, an entirely new water theme park experience. 

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter TM” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The destination also features the Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, including the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. 

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

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Escape Room Safety & Making the Most Out of Your Game

by on Mar.22, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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I went to my first Escape Room this weekend and the experience was great! But their were some things that the creators may not have thought of in terms of safety. I would like to share some of my experience so that other Escape Room’s can think about these things when setting up their game.

1. When we first went in the room we in the pitch dark with a very small dim flashlight. It made for a very creepy experience. Then the screen says: “You don’t have to do this in the dark”…okay, so I start going all the room looking for a switch and the next thing you know I am tripping over an IV pole. A few seconds later my daughter did the same thing. Phew, finally got the light on, much better!

My suggestion, if your game is going to be/start in the dark you may want to consider using black lights to give the creepy feel while still allowing your participants to somewhat see where they are going. Secondly, don’t leave objects such as IV stands in a prominent place where people can trip over them.

2. So once the lights are on we start to find clues, although we really have no idea where to start. “Find the key” the screen says. After searching for a while the screen says “Look above the doors”. Okay, my daughter and I are not over 5ft 1, we can’t reach the top of a door to look for a key. So I take a rolling computer chair and have my daughter stand on it while I am holding her so she can feel above the door frames.

So putting clues up high, not such a great idea. Especially when you don’t leave anything but rolling chairs for players to stand on. Clues should be in areas that anyone can access. Besides short people, the games should be handicap accessible as well…unless you want a lawsuit on your hands.

3. Some of the clues involved taking some fairly heavy objects off of higher shelves. Again, heavy items could easily be dropped on a person’s foot…or head.

4. Other safety tips for your escape room: Do not actually lock your participants in the room. Make sure you have an emergency exit or just do not lock the door behind them. This escape room did a great job of explaining that.

5. Do not have any activities that involve participants climbing up onto anything, even if they are using a ladder. You don’t want to take the chance of someone falling.

Now a few suggestions on the game itself (based on this experience).

I am not sure about everyone, but I would prefer at least a starting clue so that I am not just fumbling around having no idea what I am doing. Even if the clue is a riddle at least I have something to go on.

Don’t make the game TOO hard. For example, in this game apparently we had to somehow know that we had to take some pills that we found in the metal jar across the room, grind them up with a mortar and pestle, add water and then dip a litmus strip in the mixture to get that it is acid. And I still have no idea how knowing it was acid was supposed to get me the code to the safe. Making it hard is fine, but you have to make sure it is something that people can actually solve. Don’t make it too complicated.

If you have locks, make sure you have the players practice with the locks before they go in. I wasted a lot of my time trying to open different kinds of locks that wouldn’t open even though I was using the right combination.

Escape Rooms are growing fast! In our area we have 4 new Escape Room Businesses opening up within the next few weeks. The experience is a lot of fun and really gets you using your brain and working as a team. I understand why they are growing so fast…I can’t wait to go to my next one! If you are opening an Escape Room make sure to call Cossio Insurance for your Escape Room Insurance at 864-688-0121.

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Open Call For Speakers! Chicago Frights 2016 – July 29-31, Orland Park, IL

by on Mar.15, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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You are invited to share your knowledge, experience and expertise with attendees to Chicago Frights 2016!

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to our industry, EACH OF US has something to share; an innovative new way to do something, a nuance to an old method, a new product or technology not widely used in haunting.  Sharing fresh, bold, new ideas is what Chicago Frights is all about, CLICK HERE and join other haunters willing to share their knowledge at Chicago Frights 2016!

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Escape Room City Coming to the HAA Show 2016

by on Nov.24, 2015, under Syndicated from the Web

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Escape to TransWorld at the America’s Center in St. Louis, March 2016 —Imagine an interactive escape room zone bursting with live displays, puzzle tech, “off the shelf” games, on-site games you can play and packed with educational seminars that teach visitors everything they need to know about running escape games.

That’s the focus of Escape Room City at TransWorld’s annual HAA Show this March in St Louis.

Built by the nation’s leader in Halloween and entertainment trade shows, TransWorld is dedicating a 15,000 square-foot zone on the vendor show floor exclusively to the escape room industry.

“There’s a natural connection between haunted attractions and escape room games”, says Rich Bianco, Vice President of TransWorld Trade Shows. “We’re putting a ton of effort into creating the most comprehensive escape room trade show zone in the country”.

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The House of Shock Returns for 2015 Season – Get There Before The End of the Season!

by on Oct.21, 2015, under Syndicated from the Web

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The New Orleans-based House of Shock Haunted House and Halloween Festival is back for its 23rd installment, presenting “The Resurrection.” Originally set to close the doors after the 2014 season, The House of Shock has been given new life thanks to a spirited response from the local community. It returns on Friday, October 2nd and runs through Halloween night.

For 2015, The House of Shock presents The Resurrection brings two new terror-inducing events to New Orleans. The Bordello of Freaks is an all new attraction in the style of old carny freak exhibitions with a House of Shock twist. Laff in the Dark is an all-out 3D clown assault: a nod to old school fun houses, specifically the Pontchartrain Beach Fun House of the same name. Clown-a-phobics beware, as Laff in the Dark has more scares per square foot than any other event of its kind. Additionally, The House of Shock’s main attraction has been carefully renovated to create a whole new experience that still holds true to the classics that made it unique. This may be best represented by the immense, brand new entrance constructed to pay homage to the infamous LeBeau Mansion – the Arabi plantation home that burnt down in 2013.

“We’re beyond excited about The Resurrection, as there was strong chance that the House of Shock was dead for good. The love and support we received from the community is both humbling and inspiring,” notes Co-Founder Ross Karpelman. “We can’t wait for New Orleans to experience The Resurrection; we’re going big. Fans should prep themselves for major coronary failures!”

In addition to the new Bordello of Freaks and Laff in the Dark, some old fan-favorites have received extreme makeovers. The pyrotechnics show will be back with more firepower, live actors and stunts than ever. The updated stage production will take place twice a night, at approximately 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The outdoor Halloween festival offers live music every night with a full service bar and an extensive menu of concessions available at Hell’s Kitchen.

Over 350 volunteers are geared up for the 23rd season. Ashley Fallon-Shenton, House of Shock Production Manager, notes that “not only is this a staple for the New Orleans community, it’s also a home for the volunteers and actors. We are proud to foster an environment for people from all different backgrounds to come together and express their artistic talents and alter egos.”

The House of Shock has always been proud to fashion itself and its storylines based on New Orleans’ own rich history of the macabre. The Resurrection will continue this tradition and move the storylines forward. Logistical information can be found below, as well online at www.houseofshock.com.

WHAT: The House of Shock presents The Resurrection
WHERE: 319 Butterworth St.
Jefferson, La 70121
WHEN: Every Friday and Saturday during the month of October, starting Friday, October 2nd, as well
as Thursday, October 22nd. Halloween week open Sunday, October 25th and Wednesday,
October 28th through Saturday, October 31st.

The House of Shock operates from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (closing time subject to change).

TICKETS: General admission to the haunted house is $25 and VIP admission is $50, allowing patrons
to bypass the line. For October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st, general admission is $30 and VIP
admission is $55. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.houseofshock.com
and at the gate at 7:00 p.m. on show days only.

Live music and horror show will be present on all nights. Cash and credit cards accepted at
full service bar.

About The House of Shock
The House of Shock was founded in 1993 by Ross Karpelman, Jay Gracianette, Steven Joseph and friends in 1993. A discussion between these lifelong friends about what Halloween meant to them as children rekindled their desire to recreate that feeling as adults while sharing that feeling with the youth of today. Since then, it has grown into a leader and trendsetter in the haunted attraction industry. The House of Shock boasts a 25,000-square-foot haunted house attraction comprised of three all new events – The House of Shock Haunted House, The Bordello of Freaks and Laff in the Dark. The House of Shock consists of over 350 volunteers that add their own brand of fright to the night. The haunted experience also includes a full service bar, live music and a horror show.

For 2015, patrons will enjoy The House of Shock presents The Resurrection, as a result of overwhelming support from the New Orleans community when the House was scheduled to permanently close after the 2014 season. Over the past two decades, The House of Shock has enjoyed national and international exposure through publications such as Rolling Stone, Maxim and Playboy and was named Haunted Attraction Magazine’s “Number One Haunted House in the Country” in 2014 and The Travel Channel’s “Most Intense Haunted Attraction” in 2007.

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More New Additions to the Legendary Haunt Tour 2015

by on Oct.19, 2015, under Syndicated from the Web

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Ed & Marsha Edmunds (Distortions Unlimited) Panel

Ed & Marsha Edmunds will host a panel highlighting scenes from their Travel Channel show “Making Monsters” in which they’re installing custom-built props and animatronics for nationally known attractions like Netherword and The 13th Floor, then discussing the experience with the owners of these attractions and fielding your questions.

These seminars are included in the weekend ticket price.


Saturday Afternoon Visit to Kosart Gallery’s Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition

Legendary Haunt Tour attendees will have the opportunity to visit the 5th Annual Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition at Anthony Kosar’s Kosart Gallery, just hours before it opens to the public, from noon to 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 14th. This unique show blends drawings and paintings by today’s top dark artists with the sculptural work of leading special effects artists. Full exhibition details at http://www.kosartgallery.com/2015-maleficium-dark-art-exhibition.html.

Please Note: You must RSVP for this event. Please use the form below to let us know that you are interested in attending; if we get enough submissions, we can rent a bus to take everybody to the gallery; if not, you’ll have to provide your own transportation. So if you want to go, let us know with the form HERE!

Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition
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