"The cool October winds send a shiver down the spine.

Jack, Clown Prince of Halloween, grins maniacally from the center of a giant Ferris wheel, beckoning you into his Carnival of Carnage.

Once inside, you realize all is not right: curiosity becomes panic becomes fear becomes physical and psychological terror."

"And, of course, every carnival needs a clown. And when it comes to clowns, there is only one that is maniacal and twisted enough to be Ringmaster for the Carnival of Carnage. That would be Jack."

"Finger knives will slice, Machetes will dice, and chainsaws never play nice... when the Carnival comes to town."

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando event
Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Slogan Carnival of Carnage/ Choose thy Fear!
Year 2007
Icon Jack the Clown
Icon attraction Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision
Number of haunted houses 8
Number of scarezones 5
Preceded by Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16
Followed by Halloween Horror Nights: Reflections of Fear

Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage was the 17th Halloween Horror Nights event in Orlando. Located at Universal Studios Florida, it featured the return of Jack the Clown as event icon and leader of the traveling Carnival of Carnage. His carnival had brought together a number of attractions to present for the event, including three modern horror icons from New Line Cinema.

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The Event/CarnivalEdit

Halloween Horror Nights season began in June 2007 with a Universal press release announcing a deal with New Line Cinema to bring characters from their films to the event. Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th were slated to appear for the event. With an announcement on the official website, Mary Shaw, from Universal's film Dead Silence would also appear.

The website was soon updated, showing some funhouse attractions (actually the houses and scarezones) being constructed on an unnamed land, suggesting a carnie theme. Late in July, Universal's creative team announced a house based on the aftermath of the movie The Thing.

After the announcements, the official website was slowly updated. It initially confirmed the title of the event, as well as the overall thematic and place, as the Carnival of Carnage and began to confirm other houses, including one based on a rave with vampires, a sequel to Psycho Scareapy set during Christmas with escaped inmates terrorizing a neighborhood, and a funhouse. During the week of August 17, 2007, a new Halloween themed shop opened up in nearby Citywalk. Plastered on the outside of this building were images of Jack the Clown in full ringmaster garb. Following this, a Universal newsletter and several local news channels featured Jack in the same attire, all but confirming his presence at the event. Finally, on August 30, Universal announced in a press release the names of the houses and shows for the event, and later updated the website with the information with an additional show, and released an event map a week before the opening.


The Universal Studios entrance transformed into the Carnival of Carnage.

The story released for the event said that Jack, after killing his old boss, Dr. Oddfellow, took over as the ringmaster of the carnival. Traveling the world, he found a number of acts to add to his new Carnival of Carnage. He appeared in his own show, Jack's Carnival of Carnage (Mel's Drive-In) where he took "volunteers" from the audience to see if they could survive his horrors, he assembled a number of "freaks" for the Freak Show (Animal Actors Stage), including The Enigma and magician Brian Brushwood, he put together a revue of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute (Beetlejuice Stage), and created his own Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure (Fear Factor Stage).

In addition to the shows, Jack got together eight haunted attractions. The three New Line characters each had their own houses, with Freddy returning to 1428 Elm Street to haunt new victims in A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers (Soundstage 23), Jason returning to Camp Crystal Lake, newly renamed Camp Packanack, to terrorize the new counselors in Friday the 13th: Camp Blood (JAWS Queue), and Leatherface returning home to the Hewitt residence to stalk guests through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds (Earthquake Queue). In addition, two other movies were featured in their own attractions. In Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw (Soundstage 22), guests travel through the town of Raven's Fair where they are stalked by Mary Shaw and her victims through the graveyard, the morgue, and the Guignol Theatre, and in The Thing: Assimilation (Sprung Tent 1) the creature from Outpost 31 has been moved with the carnival where it mutates and attacks the military personnel at the new base. Three other attractions not based on movies were also included. In Vampyr: Blood Bath (Nazarman's), vampires have taken over a club and have a rave where outsiders become victims, in Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays (Soundstage 23), the inmates from Shadybrook, after surviving a bus crash, terrorize a neighborhood during Christmas, and finally, Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision (Sprung Tent 2) is a 3-D funhouse featuring Jack's troupe of clowns.

The main scarezone, the Midway of the Bizarre encompasses most of the park, while a subsection, called Troupe Macabre (French/gothic vampire clowns), is stationed in the Central Park area. The Chainsaw Drill Team, under the direction of the mouthy Sheriff Hoyt from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, also return to roam the streets. There are also various carnival-themed scareactors in Hollywood and New York, including motorcycling clowns on bikes designed to look like runaway carousel horses and clowns in demented looking bumper cars.

Starting with this event, Universal no longer uses local fraternities or sororities to help staff the event. Instead, they have a group of roughly 40 scareactors used solely to fill in spots around the park each night whenever a scheduled employee has a night off or calls in sick. This group, called the Fire Crew, is scheduled to work each night. If no positions need to be filled, they will have positions created for them in houses and scarezones.


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  • Shrek 4-D
  • Twister... Ride it Out
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Earthquake
  • JAWS
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • E.T Adventure

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Freddy Krueger, Leatherface and Jason will hit Universal Edit

September 28, 2007|By Dewayne Bevil, Sentinel Columnist

Three icons of the scary-movie industry have been invited to this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, which begins a new reign of terror tonight.

Leatherface, Jason and Freddy Krueger are the infamous guests. It's the first time the film characters have been "reproduced in a live environment," says Jim Timon, senior vice president for entertainment at Universal Orlando. New Line, which owns the threesome, and Universal began talking about this teaming two years ago.

As a result, three of the eight houses at the event are devoted to these modern classics.

"You'll definitely feel like you're at 1428 Elm Street," says Michael Roddy, manager of show development, of the Freddy Krueger house. Universal presents Freddy's surreal dream world, including a sleep clinic, a steamy boiler room, a gallery of his creative kills, and a hallway where you can't tell what's Freddy and what's merely one of his many, many reflections.

It's disorienting even with the house lights on, let alone with theatrical lighting, "scare actors" and frightened visitors in tow.

Leatherface's house features chain saws, and the Jason-based place is on the empty grounds of Camp Crystal Lake.

Two houses are based on Universal films, John Carpenter's The Thing and Dead Silence, which debuted this summer. Meanwhile, "Vampyr: Blood Bath" is set at an industrial nightclub (beware of flying vampires), and "Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays" mixes Halloween with Christmas.

At the holidays house, asylum inmates have worked a violent path through a neighborhood's houses and backyards. It's bloody and shockingly detailed. Santa doesn't look so jolly.

"This is above and beyond anything we've ever attempted before," Timon says. The eight houses and four stage shows are the most in the 17-year history of the event.

Universal has incorporated famous fiends, but Universal's home-grown Jack -- a maniacal clown extraordinaire -- has his own house and stage show.

"Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision" is a clown-heavy trip through Jack's twisted mind, Roddy says. That's territory familiar to Roddy, who created Jack for Halloween Horror Nights in 2000.

Let's blame a focus group for Jack's existence. Roddy was listening to people defending an irrational fear of clowns. The concept once only in his mind now wanders the streets of Universal Studios. In fact, he's taken over.

"He's my Frankenstein," Roddy says.

Jack's show, located on the Hollywood Stage near Mel's Drive-In, recruits six "volunteers" from the crowd for gory carnival games.

"People can come see Jack do his thing for pretty much the first time," Roddy says.

Jack, it turns out, likes to end lives "in violent and unbelievable ways," Timon says. A wood-chipper is mentioned.

A tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a new event for Horror Nights. There's audience participation, but visitors need not bring their own toast.

"This is taking it to a new level," Roddy says. "It's like Frankenfurter being shot out of a cannon." On other stages, expect "Freak Show" (including a person who swallows a billiard ball and is known as the regurgitator) and local favorite "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure." This pop-culture spoof is back for its 16thedition.

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Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage Merchandise and Collectables Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Freddy Krueger  • Jason Voorhees  • Leatherface (Sub Icons)  • Chance  • Mary Shaw
Haunted Houses: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers  • Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw  • Friday the 13th: Camp Blood  • Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision  • Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds  • The Thing: Assimilation  • Vampyr: Blood Bath
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Freak Show   • Jack's Carnival of Carnage   • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute
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