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For fans of the horror genre, there's arguably no better time to go to a theme park than the Halloween season. Plenty of amusement parks have their own unique ways to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, but Universal Halloween Horror Nights has a uniquely-profound connection to the world of horror films. The theme park has long made a name for itself by bringing classic horror movies to life, and this year Universal Studios Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights celebration is going to bring Child's Play and Killer Klowns from Outer Space into the fold.
The first notable inclusion in Universal Studios Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights lineup -- which will kick off on September 14 and run through November 3 -- is the diminutive slasher made famous by Brad Dourif in Don Mancini's Child's Play franchise: Chucky. In a story called Revenge of Chucky, guests will navigate a cursed toy fair and find themselves pursued by evil child's playthings. And, of course, the scare zone will eventually bring audiences face-to-face with Chucky himself.
Then there's Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which has become widely-known by many die-hard horror fans as a quintessential B-movie romp from the 1980s. Taking a more sci-fi heavy approach to this story, the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone will see Universal Studios Orlando guests attempt to escape from the alien klowns -- who carry ray guns that turn their victims into cotton candy.
If you thought Andy Muschietti's IT was scary, wait until you find yourself face to face with the klowns in this scare zone. They're not for the faint of heart.
Of course, Universal Studios Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights isn't just adapting classic films for this year's lineup of sinister scare zones. In addition to Revenge of Chucky and Kreepy Klowns from Outer Space, the seasonal event will also three other Halloween-themed stories called Vamp 85: New Year's Eve, Twisted Tradition and The Harvest.
Beyond the scare zones, Universal Studios Orlando will continue its tradition of putting guests side-by-side with all sorts of classic Halloween icons to craft ten different haunted house -- the most the park has ever created for a single season -- five scare zones, and a live show. The park has dug deep into the Universal library of spooky IP, and it will feature appearances by characters from properties like Stranger Things, Trick 'r Treat, and many others, while also including some original scares and monsters thrown in for good measure.
The inclusion of Child's Play and Killer Klowns from Outer Space in Universal's theme park lineup is only the latest example of how the company is using its extensive list of IPs to create compelling live experiences for fans at its theme parks. In fact, earlier this month we reported on the (decidedly less scary) development of the new DreamWorks Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, which features live entertainment inspired by the Kung Fu Panda franchise. There are a lot of theme parks out there, but Universal's particular offering seems notably perfect for the average moviegoer looking for a vacation.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to Universal Studios Orlando's Hollywood Horror Nights as new details are made available to us. As previously mentioned, the event will kick off on September 14 and run through November 3. As for this year's biggest film releases (horror genre or otherwise) you can head over to our movie premiere guide to see what's still on the schedule for 2018!