Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
Catacombs Black Death Rising entrance
Catacombs: Black Death Rising
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area World Expo
Year 2010
Housed in Sprung Tent 1
Based on The Black Death

Catacombs: Black Death Rising was one of the eight haunted houses that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear. It was located in Sprung Tent 1.


In 1534, thousands died due to an undisclosed viral outbreak in the cities of Paris and Marseilles. A group of doctors took it upon themselves to quarantine the most infected citizens of the city of Carae, France. They had no way of knowing that the townspeople would betray them, sealing them into their doom. They have been unable to escape for almost five hundred years. Now that the dead inside have found a way out, they are rising to take their centuries old vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.

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During the plague, the infected were quarantined and trapped beneath the city. Now almost 500 years later, the dead are seeking vengeance.


The queue for the house presented itself as the entry for an open archaeological dig undertaken by the Washington State and Ohio State universities, called L'Innocent: Une Etude de la Peste Noire or "The Innocent: A Study of the Black Death". Signs around the queue line gave the backstory for the event, explaining the Black Death outbreak, the plague doctors encountered in the house, and the setting of the house: on the ancient ruins of Carae, France. A worker's dead body can be seen in the extended queue.


The house's opening scene was a mausoleum with open crypts. One of the crypts in the walls, revealed a hand attempting to grab guests. The guests then passed through a series of catacombs, and doctors operating on patients. The finale scene put guests in an unfinished section of the museum being constructed on the site, with wind whipping the plastic dust covers around and several of the corpses on display coming to life to attack.



  • Catacombs: Black Death Rising was locally infamous for attaining a cult appeal similar to the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. One of the local customs which served as a running joke amongst local Halloween Horror Nights visitors was the possession of plush toy cats and plastic combs which gave it the nickname "Cats 'n Combs".
  • Carae was confirmed to be Carey's sister city in France.
Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear
Characters: Fear (Event Icon)  • Jack the Clown  • The Caretaker  • The Director  • The Storyteller  • The Usher  • Cindy Caine  • Eddie Schmidt  • Chance
Haunted Houses: Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate  • PsychoScareapy: Echoes of Shadybrook  • Hades: The Gates of Ruin  • ZombieGeddon  • The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes  • Havoc: Dogs of War  • Catacombs: Black Death Rising  • Horror Nights: The Hallow'd Past
Scarezones: Esqueleto Muerte  • The Coven  • Saws N' Steam  • Zombie Gras  • Fear Revealed  • HHN: 20 Years of Fear
Shows: Brian Brushwood: Menace and Malice  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure