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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando event
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Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16
Slogan Sweet 16/ Horror Comes Home
Year 2006
Icons

Jack the Clown

The Caretaker

The Director

The Storyteller

Icon attractions

PsychoScareapy: Maximum Madness

Screamhouse: The Resurrection

All Nite Die-In: Take 2

Dungeon of Terror: Retold

The Arrival

Sweer 16: The Directors cut

Number of haunted houses 7
Number of scarezones 4
Preceded by Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror
Followed by Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage

"Guests have cringed in fear at the sight of just one. This year there are four – and there is no escape."

"It’s a hideously twisted birthday celebration with a wickedly gruesome guest list."

Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16 was the 16th Halloween Horror Nights event in Orlando. Located exclusively in Universal Studios Florida for the first time since 2001, it was advertised as "Horror Comes Home". The event featured the four original event icons returning in houses and in two shows. The houses and scarezones featured were remakes of some of the greatest houses in the history of Halloween Horror Nights.

The Four Most Demented Fiends Edit

All four previous original event icons returned to host the "Sweet 16". This gave The Storyteller the name of Elsa Strict, and changed The Director's name from Paolo to Paulo. All four icons had their own mazes.

The EventEdit

After four years at Islands of Adventure, the event returned to Universal Studios Florida for "Sweet 16". The 2005 Horror Nights website was removed and updated with a teaser page on July 1, 2006. On July 10, the official 2006 Horror Nights site went live. The official press release of the event was made on September 1, 2006. The site was fully updated the same day, revealing the complete roster of houses, scarezones, and shows.

The haunted houses represented, what are said to be, the greatest in the event's history. With the addition of subtitles to each house's names, Universal Creative signified that these houses would be revamped versions with new characters, new effects, and possibly a whole new look. Previous icons such as The Storyteller, The Director, The Caretaker and Jack the Clown returned for the year's event by making appearances in the houses. Also returning were characters such as Eddie and Darkness, along with the Chainsaw Drill Team, a staple of earlier Horror Nights. The Drill Team acts like a military unit as opposed to recent years where chainsaw scareactors wandered through specific areas of the park separately.

The icons were all brought back from hell in The Arrival (Hollywood) by Darkness and his minions in order to take part in the event. They were all a part of Sweet 16: The Director's Cut (Studio Lagoon), where they discussed horror movies of the past. The Caretaker and his morbid cult returned with a new Victorian Manor mortuary in Screamhouse: The Resurrection (Soundstage 23), with the tormented souls of his victims. Jack was incarcerated in Shadybrook in PsychoScareapy: Maximum Madness (Soundstage 22), where he incited a patient rebellion. The Director returned in his All Nite Die-In: Take 2 (Soundstage 23), where he welcomed guests into his own sadistic "cut" of four movies: Scream, Hellraiser, The Ring, and The Silence of the Lambs all spliced together. The Storyteller revived the business of an old roadside attraction into the Dungeon of Terror: Retold (Jaws Queue), where her whispers called guests deeper into hell. Other classic haunted houses to return were: Run: Hostile Territory (Earthquake Queue), where Eddie and his gang terrorized the voyeurs of a torture house inspired by the films Hostel and Saw, People Under the Stairs: Under Construction (Sprung Tent 2), based on the Wes Craven film, a demented house whose incomplete walls bleed, and Psycho Path: Return of Norman Bates (Sprung Tent 1), a journey through the mind and nightmares of Norman Bates.

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A map of Sweet 16

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The entrance medallion featuring the four returning icons for Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16

The Scarezones in the event revisited houses and scarezones of Halloween Horror Nights XIV. In Deadtropolis: Zombie Siege (New York), Zombies fought the military and their weapon Robosaurus for control over the city streets (based on the film Land of the Dead). Blood Masquerade (Shrek Alley), an homage to Castle Vampyr, was overrun by vampires looking for new blood. Finally Harvest of the Souls (Central Park), an homage to Field of Screams, brought pumpkin-headed fiends, goblins and soul harvesters to life.

Additional Scarezones and ShowsEdit

Other attractionsEdit

RidesEdit

  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast!
  • Shrek 4-D
  • Twister... Ride it Out
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue
  • Earthquake
  • JAWS
  • Men in Black: Alien Attack
  • Terminator 2: 3-D

Articles Edit

Dreaming Up Nightmares Edit

Universal Orlando Shops Take 12 Months To Produce 19 Nights Of Horror. Edit

September 23, 2006|By Scott Powers Orlando Sentinel

Start with about 1,000 actors, then ponder their roles, and you might get a sense of what Universal Orlando's makeup and prosthetics shop has to deal with every fall.

They need wigs, fake teeth, masks and makeup jobs by the hundreds, and many of them are not reusable from one night to the next. A few need fake arms and legs. A couple of actors even get fake abdomens, so that their bodies can be cut open, exposing organs.

"And it's got to be something that looks good from a few feet away," said makeup and prosthetics supervisor Michael Burnett.

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, one of the world's largest and most elaborate scare-fests, lasts only 19 nights. But it's nearly a 12-month production that can take about 80 percent of the annual workload of Universal's entertainment art and design team, said that group's director, T.J. Mannarino.

The after-hours, ticketed fest, which runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, is one of Universal's biggest cash machines and the resort's biggest signature event. Standard tickets cost $59.95, though there are Florida and other discounts.

The event, the 16th, celebrates the theme "Sweet Sixteen." Universal is bringing back and updating seven past haunted houses and a few popular characters.

Scream House will be back from 2002. So will Dungeon of Terror, first held in the Jaws ride queue line in 1991. Jack the Clown, the Storyteller and Hellraiser all return.

"We've ripped out and done a grave rob of the last 15 years," Mannarino said.

Universal officials won't release attendance figures for the affair. But they openly acknowledge it's critical to the resort's bottom line. Universal's normal daily attendance has slipped the past two years. And October, without Halloween shows, is traditionally one of the slowest months of the year for theme parks.

Leonard Pickel, editor of Haunted Attraction Magazine, said it's likely Universal will draw more than 300,000 people for the 19-night event. That would be a nightly pace consistent with what Universal's theme parks average for regular daily attendance.

Nationally, Halloween events are becoming increasingly popular. Busch Gardens in Tampa has a comparable show, and both SeaWorld and Walt Disney World have less-frightening shows to draw October crowds. Earlier this week, Universal edged out Knott's Berry Farm in California in voting for the nation's best Halloween show, in Amusement Today's annual "Golden Ticket Awards." Knott's won last year.

Mannarino said one of Universal's edges comes from a heavy reliance on actors, rather than robots or special effects.

"The scares truly come from the performers," he said. "They can be relentless, or they can be subtle, and you can't get that from technology."

Hundreds more plan, build and run Universal's haunted houses, outdoor show areas and other activities. Makeup and prosthetics alone require 60 people.

Brainstorming begins in November, and by January the design team is locking in themes and ideas, Mannarino said. Construction starts in June.

Perhaps more than any other theme park, Pickel said, Universal relies heavily on focus groups and surveys to explore what scares people, then builds stories around them.

Pickel said that Universal's emphasis on background stories also sets it apart.

"Stephen King said a house cannot be haunted unless it has a history," Pickel said. "So you bring in the story line. There's got to be a reason behind that or you lose the entertainment. Universal Studios does a really incredible job with their in-depth story lines."

IF YOU GO

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, one of the world's largest and most elaborate scare-fests, runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. Standard tickets cost $59.95.

Gallery Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16 Merchandise and Collectables Edit

PRESS RELEASES

16 August 2006 Horror Comes Home on September 29 - Halloween Horror Nights Returns to Universal Studios


Classic Scares From The Past 15 Years Are Reinvented To Make Halloween Horror Nights 16 The Most Intense, Most Frightening In The Event’s History

ORLANDO, Fla. – Halloween Horror Nights is returning to Universal Studios - where it all began - to celebrate its “Sweet 16” with a horror-filled homecoming that will feature new twists on the most frightening scares from the past 15 years to create the ultimate Halloween experience.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, one of the country’s largest and most elaborate Halloween celebrations, will return to the Universal Studios theme park for 19 select nights running from Sept. 29-30 through Oct. 6-8, 11-15, 19-22, 26-29, and 31.

This year’s event will feature seven classic haunted houses with frightening new elements, new shows - including a Halloween version of Universal 360 and a new version of the popular “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” stage show. In addition, inescapable scare zones and haunted houses, featuring some familiar faces and shocking new scares, will have guests writhing in fear.

“In its 16th year, this is the perfect time to bring Halloween Horror Nights home to Universal Studios” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando. “We’ve had the opportunity to resurrect some of the most frightening and intense elements of years past. Our guests will be horrified by what we’ve done.”

Universal 360 – Halloween 

Each night throughout the event, guests can relive some of the most intense moments from Universal’s horror film history during the Halloween version of Universal 360. Hosted by one of Universal’s most eccentric Halloween characters, the lagoon show will have guests cringing with fear throughout the night.

Universal 360 is a first-ever combination of 360-degree spherical projection, lasers, pyro effects, digital mapping technology–and four enormous spheres spread across acres of waterfront at the Universal Studios theme park.  The spheres, which are 30-feet tall and 36-feet wide, float in the park’s central lagoon and serve as giant outdoor projection screens.  Digital mapping technology allows Universal to project images and effects on buildings around the lagoon– transforming entire buildings into walls of flame. 

The summer version of the Universal 360 show has closed in preparation for the Halloween Horror Nights.

Scream Early

New this year, Florida residents can spend a few hours experiencing the thrills of the Islands of Adventure theme park before descending into the scares of Halloween Horror Nights 16. Guests can scream early for $10 plus tax in addition to Florida resident Halloween Horror Nights ticket. This will grant them admission to Islands of Adventure from 4-7pm as well as direct, preferred admission to Halloween Horror Nights.

01 September 2006 AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR


The Storyteller, The Director, The Caretaker and Jack Return
To Universal Orlando’s Month-Long Event

ORLANDO, Fla. The Storyteller, The Director, The Caretaker and Jack come together for the first time to wreak havoc on guests at Halloween Horror Nights 16. They permeate the haunted houses and shows, immersing guests in the most terrifying Halloween Horror Nights in the event’s history. 

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, the country’s largest and most elaborate Halloween celebration returns to the Universal Studios theme park for 19 select nights including Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-8, 11-15, 19-22, 26-29, and 31.

“We have robbed the graves of Halloween Horror Nights past to create a new, more terrifying monster,” said TJ Mannarino, director of entertainment for Universal Orlando. “This year will be more intense and frightening than ever before, and the icons will dominate the entire event from haunted houses to shows…it’s their world.”

This year’s event features seven classic haunted houses from the past 15 years of horror with frightening new elements. Halloween Horror Nights 16 also features new shows, including a Halloween version of Universal 360, and a new version of the popular “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

Also this year, guests are immersed in some frighteningly familiar scares in the streets, including the chainsaw drill team complete with precision routines and intimidating tactics, the rat lady being wheeled through the park in her rat-infested coffin, and zombies stalking the crowd on motorcycles, searching for the undead.  

Seven terrifying houses beckon guests as they navigate through Halloween Horror Nights 16:

Dungeon of Terror – Retold – Mysterious whispers call you deeper into the dungeon. This is the place where The Storyteller demands the undivided attention of her “guests” until her story has been told.  Hint: There is no happily ever after.

Run: Hostile Territory – An underworld where guests can fulfill their most ghastly fantasies and where the innocent can be tortured, dismembered and killed. Choose your path but beware when the lights go out: the guests become the victims and nothing can save you.

Psychoscareapy – Maximum Madness – Shady Brook Hospital’s newest resident is about to take over. If you think you know insane, you don’t know Jack. Step inside an asylum where the big top has padded walls and the sideshow is death. 

All Nite Die In – Take 2 – For The Director, film is forever but pain is everlasting. He takes you on a cinematic journey through classic horror movies. Grab your ticket and come face-to-face with film’s greatest evils.

Scream House – The Resurrection – Evil has risen again. Abandoned for years, this gothic mortuary contains the eternally tormented souls of The Caretaker’s victims. Aided by a cultish group of followers – your time has come. 

Psycho Path: The Return of Norman Bates – There is vacancy once again at the legendary Bates Motel. Your eyes prove to be useless as your mind takes over and leads you through the macabre nightmares of a pathological killer named Norman Bates.

People Under The Stairs: Under Construction – Is it possible for a house to be haunted before it is even completed? Focusing on the group experience, rather than the individual’s, this house forces a party of guests to work together to uncover an escape route, or perish. Their destinies are not their own as they must place their faith in their leader, who is randomly selected. Wearing a lighted helmet, the leader must navigate his or her group through the black to investigate the skeletal form of a home so demented that even its incomplete walls bleed.

Sweet 16: The Director's Cut

Each night throughout the event, guests can relive some of the most intense moments from Universal’s horror film history during the Halloween version of Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular. Presented by The Director, all four icons had a hand in creating this horrific lagoon show which will have guests cringing with fear throughout the night.

Universal 360 is a first-ever combination of 360-degree spherical projection, lasers, pyro effects, digital mapping technology–and four enormous spheres spread across acres of waterfront at the Universal Studios theme park.  The spheres, which are 30-feet tall and 36-feet wide, float in the park’s central lagoon and serve as giant outdoor projection screens.  Digital mapping technology allows Universal to project images and effects on buildings around the lagoon– transforming entire buildings into walls of flame. 

Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16
Characters: Jack the Clown  • The Caretaker  • The Director  • The Storyteller (Event Icons)  • The Projectionist
Haunted Houses: All Nite Die-In: Take 2  • Dungeon of Terror: Retold  • People Under the Stairs: Under Construction  • PsychoScareapy: Maximum Madness  • Psycho Path: The Return of Norman Bates  • Run: Hostile Territory  • Screamhouse: The Resurrection
Scarezones: Blood Masquerade  • Deadtropolis: Zombie Siege  • Harvest of the Souls  • Horror Comes Home
Shows: The Arrival  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Robosaurus  • Sweet 16: The Director's Cut
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