Poltergeist Will Be Part Of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights


Now that summer has started to wind down, many horror movie fans have started to look ahead to the spookiest time of the year. Halloween is right around the corner, which means theme parks will soon begin celebrating in the best ways possible. With that in mind, as we turn our attention to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, the Hollywood and Orlando-based parks are apparently going to include mazes based on Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist.

Universal has officially announced that Poltergeist will join Halloween Horror Nights at the Hollywood and Orlando resorts this year. The event will take the form of a maze, in which guests will be chased by spirits themed after the malevolent entities from the classic horror film. This all will kick off on September 14, with the Poltergeist maze featuring plenty of iconic visual elements from the film -- including the flickering TV screen, evil spirits, and a creepy clown who has arguably become just as iconic as IT's Pennywise since the film debuted back in 1982. The mazes will recreate some of the most memorable scenes from the film, but add a new layer of interactivity to all of the legendary scares.

Of course, if you're a visually-oriented person who needs further convincing to get excited about this, then you can check out a teaser for the Poltergeist addition to Halloween Horror Nights, below!

For those of you who are less familiar with Poltergeist, the 1982 film tells the tale of a family suffering a terrifying haunting once they discover that their house is built on a cursed native American burial ground. The Tobe Hooper-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced film has become legendary for its scares, as well as the late Heather O'Rourke's utterance of the line, "They're here!" With an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is widely regarded as a quintessential classic, has spawned numerous imitators, as well as one (arguably lackluster) remake.

The addition of Poltergeist to the Halloween Horror Nights lineup only represents the latest changes that Universal has made as the 2018 spooky season has descended upon us. Beyond Poltergeist, we know that the Orlando resort will also include "scare zones" inspired by the Child's Play franchise, as well as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Basically, no matter what scares you, there will probably be something to terrify you if you choose to attend these parks after September 14 to see what the folks at Universal have cooked up.

As always, CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to this awesome Poltergeist addition to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights as further details are made available to us. Until we learn more, you can head over to our movie premiere guide to read up on this year's most highly-anticipated films!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.