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Halloween Horror Nights 23 opens tonight

8:19 AM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando begins on Sept. 20. Take a look at what you can expect to see at this year's event.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -Zombies, ghouls, chain saws and a lot of fog returns to Universal Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights 23 begins Friday night, and the park promises even more scares this year.

This year's event includes eight haunted mazes, including five collaborations and three originals: "Urban Legends: La Llorona," "The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven," "Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City" "Havoc 2: Derailed," "Evil Dead," "Afterlife: Death's Vengeance," "An American Werewolf in London" and "Cabin in the Woods."

Universal partnered with Lionsgate and film director and co-writer Drew Goddard to create the "Cabin in the Woods" haunted house experience.

The movie features monsters including a "Merman" (half-fish, half-human monster), a giant snake, a zombie redneck torture family and more.

According to Universal, guests will step inside the menacing cabin from the movie and fend off a malicious family of zombies.

Just like in the film, guests will flee from the cabin and enter a hidden facility where a secret operative is plotting their sacrificial demise.

Inside "Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City," guests will be transformed into "desperate survivors" inside the viral catastrophe, Raccoon City.

As they journey through the city, they'll encounter characters from the games such as Lickers, bloodthirsty zombies, packs of Cerberuses and even Nemesis himself.

Fans will be completely transported inside the video game realm, including one room in the haunted house that will appear as if an action-packed fight scene is paused, as if the gamer has taken a quick break before returning to Raccoon City.

Guests to the "Urban Legends: La Llorona" house will learn the legend of the Weeping Woman who killed her children and drowned herself, but was not allowed into heaven because she did not have her children.

She wanders looking for her children, and according to the tale, she will kidnap kids who disobey their parents.

"Once you unleash evil, it will consume you," is the theme of the "Evil Dead" house.

Once in the house, guests will be transported into the film and face off against a demonic evil that will stop at nothing to consume them.

Guests must make their way through the house and passed a pack of possessed victims, including the film's starring character "Mia," in order to escape from the house.

For "An American Werewolf in London," Universal's entertainment team partnered with the film's writer and director John Landis to bring it to life.

The iconic film follows two American college students, Jack and David, as they backpack across the moors of England.

On a misty, full-moon night, the men are attacked by a supernatural creature that kills Jack and taints David with its horrific curse.

When the full moon rises again, the killing spree continues, and this time, the blood is on David's hands.

The house, "Havoc 2: Derailed," is an original house that is themed around a train convoy of blood-thirty maniacs that has derailed.

"Havoc 2: Derailed" is a sequel house, and the "Dogs of War" return to be featured within.

"After Life: Death's Vengeance" is an original haunted house featuring the horrific realm that serial killer Bobby "The Blade" Galleta will suffer in after 2000 volts of electricity send him there.

Guests will be able to witness the vengeance his victims have on him during his afterlife.

It is the second year that "The Walking Dead" has been featured at the annual event, but this year the house focuses on the third season of the popular television series.

Halloween Horror Nights runs select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2.

A general admission ticket this season costs $91.99.

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