Halloween Horror Nights 2012: There’s a New Haunt in the House
Posted by Elizabeth Alton on Thursday, August 9th, 2012
We’re starting to hear about the most exciting Halloween attractions that are in store for 2012. Universal Studios Orlando has teamed up with famed magicians Penn & Teller to design a brand new haunted house for their 21st annual Halloween Horror Nights spectacular. The duo has been performing in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for more than 10 years, making their act one of the longest and most successful in Las Vegas history. Their haunted house in Orlando, “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas,” presents a slightly different view of Sin City.
Visitors will step into a barely recognizable, post-nuclear apocalyptic version of Las Vegas. Yes, you’ll recognize the slot machines, show girls, little wedding chapel, even the all-you-can-eat buffet, but everything has been transformed into horrible monstrosities dripping radioactive green ooze. This is a haunted house at its best – taking something everyone is familiar with and turning it into an utterly terrifying nightmare. Visitors will be guided through a story featuring the most creative illusions of Penn & Teller and the trademark thrilling technology of Universal Studios.
Having the world’s most influential pair of illusionists working on the concepts and design of the new feature clearly has its benefits. The whole Las Vegas theme and nuclear warhead trick was the product of their own fevered imaginations. They are well known for both their sarcastic humor as well as their tendency to take things just a little too far. Both aspects play well in the haunted maze environment, as visitors will find out during the 22-night run of the show on select days from September 21 through October 31.
As it turns out it’s Teller, the one who rarely speaks during shows, that is the die-hard Halloween fan. As a child he helped orchestrate the family’s own Halloween antics, turning their home into the neighborhood’s main horror haunt. He even went on to co-write and direct a horror show on Broadway called Play Dead, a raucous show that left audiences cringing, screaming and leaving the theater with entrails stuck in their hair back in 2010. The show was also released as a movie in 2012.
With that kind of experience under his belt, the quiet, small Teller and his larger, louder partner have come up with a concept and design that will literally scare the pants off you this Halloween. If you’re a big fan of the season, Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas at Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2012 is a must-see. And remember, it’s all just an illusion, right?
Image sources: LA Times and Attractions Magazine