Inspired by Universal Pictures' forthcoming vampire origin tale, Dracula Untold, Universal Orlando adds a little bite to its roster for this year's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Starting in September, prepare to get lost in the history of Dracula -- actually physically lost -- with the Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood maze.
The film explores the history of the 15th century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, whose legacy is attributed to inspiring Bram Stoker's famous Dracula character. The maze it inspired plans to transport you to Tepes' dark castle grounds and "spiral guests through Dracula's eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending."
Though the trailer for the new Luke Evans' epic depicts the hunky Vlad as a loving man who selflessly sacrifices his humanity to protect his family and his village, we don't expect the Reign of Blood maze to be as sympathetic.
John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of HHN, said in a statement that HHN aims to shed some dim -- and totally creepy lights -- on the horrors that Tepes was known for throughout the maze: "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."
Tepes was notorious for impaling his victims with wooden spikes. Think Game of Thrones' Jeoffrey-style, only instead of impale the heads of his victims, Tepes drove a spike through their entire bodies... while they were still alive.
Part of the allure of Horror Nights, aside from the adrenaline rush and the promise of getting royally freaked, is the unique way Universal creates the haunted houses, scare zones, or mazes in such a way that feels completely immersive. And the best part of that immersion is how it is inspired by a well-known horror movie or television show.
While Dracula Untold the movie offers a fanciful story about the world's first vampire, the Reign of Blood 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 [in the film]," said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment and Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort.
In addition to Dracula's new spot in the horror lineup, Universal has announced three new original-concept haunted houses: Giggles & Gore Inc., Roanoke - Cannibal Colony, and Dollhouse of the Damned. Two new scare zones have also been added that will have your blood curling: MASKerade: Unstitched, and Bayou of Blood.
Other scare-tastic attractions during HHN this fall include a new scare zone dedicated to The Purge: Anarchy, a maze inspired by Robert Rodriguez's series From Dusk to Dawn, and the returning fan-favorite, The Walking Dead haunted house.
Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights will run select nights starting September 19 until November 1. Visit halloweenhorrornights.com for updates and ticket information. Dracula Untold opens in theaters on October 17.
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