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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Your home holds many memories, and not all of them may be yours. Or you may question whether your house could be haunted or contain hidden treasure. If you’re wondering about checking the history of your house, get ready to learn how to uncover your home’s past.
Taxpayer Assessor Online Databases
Search online for your town’s taxpayer information. Once there, if your town offers an online database including every property, you might find out a lot about your home.
One tax assessor company, Vision Government Solutions, maintains online databases for states on the East Coast. Click on the state and you’ll see a list of your state’s towns. Some of the towns have accessible databases, and others don’t. Follow prompts to take you to your property’s information, including previous owners.
Hidden on Trulia’s website is a list of U.S. assessor records for every state. Search for Trulia’s property sitemap, and once on the page, you’ll see your state listing. You’ll be taken to a page with your state’s counties. Keep clicking to pinpoint your search.
Some towns host online assessor databases. Once on it, type in the property address or parcel number to visit a page of information about your home.
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Finding your home’s property listing, even when your home is not for sale, also offers some history. In addition to dipping into the websites of the major real estate agencies in your area to find your property, try the following sites:
Also try the Multiple Listing Service site directly. Head to MLS.com and you’ll see a map of the United States. You might find the history of your neighborhood or a home next door that may be for sale or in foreclosure, which could give you some hints about your own home.
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Head to DiedInHouse.com, a website that keeps a database of people who have died in properties. The site may be able to tell you if someone actually died in your home. There’s a nominal fee to see the information.
Dig Up Land Records and Historical Maps
If you’re a genealogy enthusiast, you know the value of historical maps and land records. If you’re new to this type of search, start at the National Archives (archives.gov) to initiate a search into your property. You’ll find land transactions and even what the average cost was to build your house.
You can search for, download and enlarge historical maps of your town or neighborhood. Or go to your town hall and local library for copies.
Find Your Local Historians
Do some footwork to find the history of your home, neighborhood and town. Try the following:
- Historical societies: Your town’s local historical society can target your home’s history. Head to PreservationDirectory.com to find a database of local historic organizations.
- Real estate agents: Try calling a real estate agency to help you locate information on your home’s history.
- Neighbors: Pick the brain of a long-time neighbor. You may be surprised with juicy details.
- Physical evidence: Consult with an architectural historian, according to ThisOldHouse.com. Researching layers of paint or wallpaper helps identify what year your house was built.
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Inside the Weeknd haunted house at Universal Halloween Horror Nights
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ORLANDO — This Halloween season in Florida, you can satiate your desire to see The Weeknd get decapitated in multiple ways with a trip to Orlando.
Is it a metaphor for the tortured nature of modern fame? A peek into the dark subconscious of a pop superstar expressed through performance art? A seasonal theme park attraction and brilliantly designed piece of corporate synergy, luring fans of a Universal Music Group artist to a Universal property, while also promoting their music?
Let’s just call the The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare the most interesting haunted house at the 31st iteration of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.
If you’ve ever wanted to be inside an only slightly scarier version of The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in Tampa, complete with mirrored hallways and the perfectly-appropriate, anxiety-laced pop music of The Weeknd, this is your chance.
During a recent media preview, it was the only haunted house where the people waiting in line were dancing — including a young woman sporting a red blazer and nose bandage like The Weeknd’s red-jacketed, busted-nose character from “After Hours.” And it was certainly the only haunted house to feature aggressive liposuction as one of its scares.
Officially, the concept is an after-hours club where things go very wrong, and much like some nightclubs, the freakiest stuff is happening in the blood-splattered tile bathroom. While many houses rely on darkness for jump scares, After Hours Nightmare is often lit to let you to see the bandaged clubbers (are they monsters, or the Weeknd’s’ inner demons?), and it comes off as something fresh for a seasonal theme park attraction that is three decades old.
Now in its 31st year of Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios has the budget, the intellectual property rights and a long, well-deserved reputation for being the top spooky seasonal attraction in the state, along with the kind of popularity that can sometimes lead to massively long lines.
Among the other nine haunted houses this year are three others featuring recognizable properties, such as Halloween, which crisply re-creates Michael Myers’ dilapidated home and other frightening elements from the 1978 horror classic. The Horrors of Blumhouse combines two horror films, “Freaky” and “The Black Phone.”
Lastly, the classic Universal monsters including the Wolf Man, Mummy and Dracula fight each other in Universal Monsters: Legends Collide.
Original concept houses this year include Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake, featuring “undead fishermen in their watery graves,” and Descendants of Destruction, with its subway tunnels of an abandoned toxic city where humans are devolving.
This year’s theme is back to basics with “traditional Halloween,” and the five scare zones feature some incredibly beautiful and creepy decor and costumes. (Look out for the guy with a corn cob for a head in Scarecrow: The Reaping.)
New food items include some solid vegetarian options, like the African lentil and potato coffins and the fried zombie brains (fried cauliflower florets tossed in gochujang sauce and topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and scallions). There are also several cocktails garnished with an entire ice pop.
Halloween Horror Nights: This year, Universal Studios in Orlando has 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, two live shows, a terror-themed tribute store and a menu of themed foods and cocktails. It runs on select nights through Oct. 31. $73-$104.99 at halloweenhorrornights.com .
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Everything You Need to Know About The Weeknd House at Halloween Horror Nights (HHN)￼
Halloween Horror Nights is my favorite event.
The Weeknd is one of my favorite musical artists.
So, you can imagine how amped I am for these two things to come together in one haunted house.
Halloween Horror Nights is a preeminent Halloween event that besieges the Universal Studios theme parks every fall in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California . It combines the biggest names in horror along with original abominations through terrifying haunted houses, frightening street experiences or “scare zones,” live entertainment and plenty of nightmarish “scareactors” who prowl the streets during the event.
The Weeknd is a global music superstar. Within his repertoire, you will find Grammy awards, album and record chart-toppers. Plus, a smashing (and meme-inducing) Super Bowl halftime performance of Blinding Lights — the No. 1 Song on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time Hot 100 Chart. And one of the six songs to enjoy from the album After Hours as you experience The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Two of the creators behind The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare — Charles Gray, Orlando-based Senior Show Director, and John Murdy, Hollywood-based Director of Creative Development and Executive Show Producer — perfected the haunted house experience through great collaboration.
“One of the things that’s cool is the concept collaboration between the east coast and west coast,” says John. Charles adds: “John and I meet once a week and have ongoing conversations about where we are going and what we are doing.”
This means The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare will be an incredible haunted house for fans whether they are at Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Studios Florida .
How It Started
Over the past several months, I have been playing After Hours on a loop because I wanted to immerse myself in The Weeknd’s mind to better understand this surreal haunted house experience we are all getting ready to take on. The Weeknd, who is a huge fan of horror and Halloween Horror Nights, also has an eye like a film director — which is evident from the craft he presents in his videos. “Abel Tesfaye [The Weeknd] thinks very cinematically,” John mentions. “One of the first things [his team] provided for us were all of the cinematic reference points from his album.”
So, we are going to witness his creative mind unfold as he becomes the creative director in this haunted house. “The very opening line of our pitch to Abel was, ‘If people could be inside your head as you were concepting the idea for After Hours , what would that look like?’” adds Charles. And the very answer to that question will be found inside The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare ”.
Step into the Nightmare Extraction
John outlines an excellent framework for the haunted house experience. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare allows us to, as he puts it, “see the story Abel is telling.” John explains that it’s as if the darkness inside his conscience is being pulled out: “Think of what’s happening as Nightmare Extraction . We’re creating something that makes you feel like you are inside Abel’s head.”
So, you can expect a front row seat as The Weeknd orchestrates his latest horror masterpiece at Halloween Horror Nights. The haunted house is loosely based off his After Hours music videos and explores several dark themes such as the Seven Deadly Sins (think greed and vanity) that play out in one’s quest to survive the nightlife in L.A. “They call Los Angeles the City of Angels but there is a very dark current to fame and what happens to you when you become famous,” says John.
Get ready to enter The Weeknd’s head and immerse yourself in the creative mindset he was in while creating After Hours . Music enthusiasts, video buffs, creatives and all horror fans will appreciate this for sure.
The Haunted House Experience
We will experience this surreal haunted house in three main chunks: the After Hours Hotel, the After Hours Club and the After Hours Station.
We start the experience with the After Hours album cover, which ominously beckons us into the horrors that lie within. Once we enter the house, we then venture into the triad of the haunted house for one unforgettably terrifying nightmare.
After Hours Club
Our torment commences with a rave-fueled night club where we are met with a sense of recognizability of a traditional night club, but as we take in the environment around us, we realize things are not what they seem. We are going to witness people on the dance floor dressed as mannequins and other elements that make the club progressively weirder as they prove this will be one trippy and surreal experience unlike any night club we have entered before.
PRO TIP : Check out the In Your Eyes video to get a glimpse of this club.
After Hours Hotel
We then descend upon a bizarre mirror maze which leads us to a classic Las Vegas lounge where everything is in white, and we begin to notice some strange mannequins, who have now disguised themselves by wearing masks over their true evil forms. As we venture deeper into the hotel scene, we discover we are walking on some ugly hotel carpet that looks like it’s growing. Just when we thought the carpet was bad, we suddenly realize the curtains are coming alive. The entire hotel scene riffs on the excess of Las Vegas and is a foreboding insight into the remainder of this trippy haunted house experience. But don’t forget the carpet just yet — you must go through the house to see what happens to it… and to you.
After Hours Station
In this final section we find ourselves attacked by The Weeknd, who has taken on the image of a character from one of his music videos (I don’t want to include a spoiler, but I will tell you to watch Heartless for a reptilian hint). We then end up in a subway tunnel and the fear intensifies as it looks apparent that we are going to get run over by a subway train. We’ll soon discover the insidious reality that defines this station — it won’t take you to the expected destinations though, because as John reveals, “all the destinations are referencing After Hours .”
PRO TIP : Charles disclosed this house will have more programmed lighting than they have ever done. As you walk through the tunnel, check out the bits of lights leaking because they will be pulsating to the music.
A cool thing to look out for after you go through all three sections of the haunted house is where you end up in the end. You’ll find yourself reacquainted with a familiar dark setting that befell you once you started the journey through The Weeknd’s mind. Will you notice it?
The Disturbing Characters You’ll Meet
An interesting note about this haunted house is the variety of characters that we’ll encounter. From plastic surgeons and axe wielding girls, to attacking fixtures to the various characters The Weeknd himself becomes, there’s so much to take in and so many scare actors to come face-to-face with. Definitely go through the house multiple times as you’ll likely spot new scares you might not have noticed previously.
This House Would Not Be the Same Without the Soundtrack That Carries It
Of course, the music had to be a central component. “Every section of the house is connected to music,” reveals Charles.
“The Weeknd’s music videos are disturbing”, John adds, “but we take it and twist that dial and amp it up. So, for things that are hinted or teased at in his music videos, we are bringing to life.”
As I mentioned earlier, the haunted house is based off The Weeknd’s After Hours album, but what you may not realize is that there were six songs that were selected for the house so that you have an experience worthy of someone creating their horror masterpiece. I recommend listening to them all (the whole album really) so that you become one with the mood that is this After Hours nightmare.
Behind the Scenes of the Announcement Video
Fun Fact: The Universal Studios soundstages are home to real production from music videos to TV shows and even Halloween Horror Nights reveal videos. We shot the video for The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare in the Spring right on the studio backlot at Universal Studios Florida. I had a chance to be a part of it and am happy to share some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot.
The Weeknd is really a creative horror genius and everyone on the Entertainment team behind Halloween Horror Nights is a brilliant creator. So, the pairing of these two could not be more fitting.
The passion the Entertainment team had in creating this house is highly evident because, as Charles says, “we are telling a story that John and I are very excited to tell.”
Be sure to make this haunted house a must-do at Halloween Horror Nights this year because The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare is sure to be the music to your screams.
Which song are you looking forward to hearing in the haunted house?
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The Weeknd is joining the likes of Michael Myers and Dracula at Halloween Horror Nights , where "Blinding Lights," "Heartless" and other chart-toppers drown out the screams from park guests in The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare .
To get all the behind-the-scenes details, ET spoke with John Murdy, executive producer of HHN at Universal Studios Hollywood , who worked closely with The Weeknd , whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, to create a “surreal living nightmare filled with grotesque characters and themes” inspired by his music and short films.
“Abel had a very specific idea. He wanted to focus on what he would refer to as ‘the universe of After Hours ,’” Murdy explains. “He wanted to take that album and turn it into a haunted house experience.”
Murdy’s team soon realized just how suited The Weeknd was to brush shoulders with HHN’s other scary mazes, like the Horrors of Blumhouse and La Llorna . “There's something really dark going on [in Abel’s music videos.] In some ways, darker than a lot of other things we do,” Murdy notes.
Not only that, but the horror elements extended into The Weeknd’s album artwork and live performances. In his Super Bowl Halftime Show , the disorienting hall of mirrors sequence is retroactively a backdoor proof of concept for an HHN attraction.
Following its debut in September, After Hours Nightmare is one of the year’s most in demand Halloween activities (it’s also an HHN installation at Universal Orlando Resort). Chrissy Teigen is one of many sharing praise, tweeting, “between smile, barbarian and the weeknd’s universal studios halloween horror nights I am a very happy horror gal.”
Murdy, who’s been with HHN since 2006, communicated to The Weeknd early on that they weren’t interested in basic recreations of his music videos. To this point, the team's creative method is encapsulated in their approach to “Heartless,” where The Weeknd embarks on a hallucinogenic journey through Las Vegas after licking a toad. At After Hours Nightmare , the end result is a surprise reveal of an enormous toad-like monster shuffling toward guests on stilt legs.
“One of the things I quickly learned about Abel is that he thinks very cinematically,” Murdy says, citing a list of movies the renowned artist told him had helped inspire After Hours , including many entries from Stanley Kubrick’s filmography, Jacob’s Ladder and Fear and Loathing in Las Ve gas. The latter example further solidifies the built-in connection between The Weeknd and HHN, as one of the source material’s most iconic quotes also describes the inherent warning with any haunted house admission: “Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”
After Hours Nightmare is far from the first music-themed attraction at HHN, as the parks have previously featured Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare and Black Sabbath: 13-3D . For Murdy, adapting the certified double platinum album was not unlike translating The Exorcist or Killer Clowns From Outer Space but with a crucial difference.
“With a movie, what you're trying to do is replicate the movie the best you possibly can and truncate it down to its greatest hits,” Murdy explains. “With Abel, we wanted to give [ After Hours ] a structure.”
The experience, which also features a curated tracklist from the titular album, is divided into three segments. First, “The Club” section, inspired by the warehouse rave from “In Your Eyes,” itself a tribute to the slasher genre. Guests then enter the “Hotel and Casino” dimension, a compilation of many psychedelic visits to Sin City in the music videos for “Blinding Lights,” “Heartless” and the animated “Snow Child.”
For anyone who hasn’t slipped out via the attraction’s exits at this point, they enter the finale, “The Station,” which harkens back to The Weeknd’s ethereal trek through L.A.'s metro tunnels in the short film that kicked off his fourth studio album.
“We very much intentionally try to look at our slate and program it as much as possible with different aspects of horror,” Murdy says of HHN’s offerings this year, where The Weeknd joins horror mazes inspired by cinema icons, as well as original narratives like Scarecrow the Reaping .
“We're always trying to balance,” he continues. “We need our classic horror movie stuff that speaks to our core fanbase, but let's take a chance. Let's do something different. Let's look at a different area.”
Another of those areas this year came from Jordan Peele , who’s become the latest horror maestro for Universal Pictures in the studio’s long line of horror maestros. Following their Us collaboration in 2019, Murdy helped the Nope production team install the old west town of Jupiter’s Claim as a permanent segment of the Studio Tour . Naturally, the new addition found its way into the Studio Tour’s other role as HHN’s Terror Tram but not without some obstacles.
“That represented an interesting challenge to the Terror Tram, because Nope is a movie where the threat is up in the air,” Murdy says, adding that it was Peele who provided the creative solution. The final product is a mashup of the auteur’s cinematic universes, with riders surviving an attack from Nope ’s “Jean Jacket” in Jupiter’s Claim only to then immediately encounter a band of tethers from Us .
Looking to the future, Murdy reveals he’s already months into planning next year’s HHN lineup. When asked if After Hours Nightmare ’s success will lead to more crossovers with the music industry, he says the door is always open.
“It all depends on what opportunities come down the pipe,” Murdy shares. “I think we will continue to look for new things we can do that expand our brand, take it a different direction and maybe do something we haven't done before."
ET will be at Universal Studios Hollywood for a full week of shows beginning Monday Oct. 24. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare can be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort until Oct. 31.
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The Weeknd and Universal Studios Singapore team up for 'Halloween Horror Nights 11' haunted house
A haunted house based on The Weeknd 's music is coming Singapore's way.
Titled The Weeknd: After Hours Til Dawn Nightmare , the experience is the latest addition to the 11th iteration of Universal Studios Singapore 's popular Halloween Horror Nights event, which will be held over 18 nights from 29 September to 4 November this year.
Curated by The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye , in collaboration with Universal Studios Singapore, it will expand on Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood's The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare by including five new rooms themed after the 'Blinding Lights' singer's 2022 album Dawn FM in addition to the rooms based on 2020's After Hours .
Guests of the haunted house will find themselves trapped in a "never-ending purgatory of pain" created by The Weeknd and will have to make their escape to the sounds of Mike Dean 's remixes of tracks from After Hours and Dawn FM .
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“Halloween has been significant to my music and that makes Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights such a fun and novel stage to bring my music around the world. I’m thrilled to have a haunted house in Singapore and share this experience with my fans in Southeast Asia,” said The Weeknd in a press release.
Aside from The Weeknd: After Hours Til Dawn Nightmare , horror fans can also immerse themselves in four other haunted houses at Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights , including one inspired by Netflix 's South Korean zombie series All of Us Are Dead .
Tickets to Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights are now available from SGD 79 via Resorts World Sentosa 's official website .
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The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare was one of ten haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights 31 . It was located in the Second Parade Warehouse .
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History & Location [ ]
On July 26th, 2022, Universal announced that musician The Weeknd would be coming to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood as a haunted house for that year's Halloween Horror Nights events, The house would be based on his 2020 hit album, After Hours . They would directly collaborate with the singer/songwriter in the creation of these houses.
The house would be located in The Second Parade Warehouse , a large building built to store any excess parade floats that can't fit in the First Parade Warehouse .
Description [ ]
Enter the macabre mind of The Weeknd in this haunted house as he stalks you through the surreal nightmare of his After Hours music.
Prepare to enter the macabre mind of The Weeknd in this haunted house as he stalks your squad through the surreal nightmare of his After Hours music. A slasher carving a smile at an otherworldly rave. Bandaged maniacs performing extreme plastic surgery. A grotesque mannequin masquerade. His nightmare is now yours.
Experience [ ]
Queue and facade [ ].
The queue entered from the outside of the entrance for Dreamworks Destination. Guests would walk through the indoor queue area for Dreamworks and exit out the back. They would then go along a road that would contain a few switchbacks before going along the pavilion that contained some parade floats underneath. The queue would switch back and forth underneath this pavilion many times.
Going along the side of the Parade Warehouse, guests would round a corner and see a giant picture of The Weeknd After Hours' Logo on a vinyl painted on the side of the warehouse. The Weeknd's music would also be playing in the queue for the house, as bright and colorful lights would flash. At night, projections would also play on the vinyl that would go along with the beat of the songs playing. Guests would enter the house through a door underneath the vinyl.
Haunted House [ ]
When guests entered the house, they would immediately hear Die for You playing. They quickly pass through a hallway, where canisters filled with The Weeknd’s colorful “brain juices” could be seen on the right. These were also stained with dark splotches. In the first room, The Weeknd could be seen strapped to a chair with a device strapped to his head and glowing colorful wires coming out of it. TV monitors would also show disturbing images and the contents of his mind.
Guests would then enter the After Hours Club , where In Your Eyes would play. It was full of Masked Club Members , two of which would come to life and scare guests. The Weeknd can also be seen dancing on stage with a woman in front of a projection of a DJ and some cloudy blood. The music would slow down and distort, and the Weeknd would slit the girl's throat with a knife. Exiting the scene, guests would pass by two of the unmasked partygoers, revealing themselves as Lizard People.
The next scene was the After Hours Club Hallways , which featured a bunch of pipes glowing different colors. The Weeknd would jump out at guests on the right. Further down the hallway, guests would find a broken glass case on the wall. The In Your Eyes Woman would jump out on the right and attack guests with an axe which came from the case. There was also a tarp with the silhouette of the In Your Eyes Woman decapitating The Weeknd behind it. At the end, the In Your Eyes Girl would jump out holding The Weeknd's head.
Guests would then enter the Club Bathroom where Sacrifice would play. In this room, they would find a hideous body on a table with a Plastic Surgery Nurse operating on her. This would serve as a distraction, as another Nurse would jump out at guests from behind her. After that, guests would be led into another bathroom, this one being much dirtier. Various body parts were scattered throughout the room, and guests would encounter another Nurse putting the Weeknd on another mutilated body, which was holding a mirror. At the end of the room, guests would see a large pile of body parts. Behind it, a seemingly motionless Headless Male Stripper would jump out at guests from behind them. Before exiting the scene, guests could see a slot machine above the door, which would spin into three toads. One final Nurse would attack guests on the left as they left the scene.
The next scene was the mirror maze, where a remix of Blinding Lights would play. Guests would be surrounded by moving orange lights, bright orange arrows, and large letters spelling out "Touch", "Lust", and "Greed". A Bandaged Maniac would jump out at guests immediately on the left. This scene would then transition into a hallway with moving blue lights and seemingly endless corridors, where another Bandaged Maniac would attack guests on the right. Before entering the next scene, guests would find themselves in a small, wallpapered room, as another Bandaged Maniac would attack from the left.
After that, guests would enter the After Hours Hotel , where they could see the Weeknd standing up on a stage with a toad. Save Your Tears would play in this scene as guests wound their way past tables full of masked party guests. Two of the partygoers would take off their mask and jump out at guests, revealing their faces to be monstrous. Every once in a while, the Weeknd would lick the toad, causing blacklights to flash all over the walls revealing faces in the windows as screams could be heard. A snake could also be seen wrapped around the room when the lights went out.
Winding through the corridors of the hotel, guests would see a pair of monstrous arms belonging to the Weeknd, as he is now transforming into a monstrous toad. Further on, a door hidden in the wallpaper would open to reveal a Half-Weeknd Half-Toad Creature. At the very end of the scene, a monster camouflaged into the red wallpaper would rip itself free from the wall and attack guests.
The following scene took place in the After Hours Station , where Take My Breath would play. Entering the graffiti filled subway, guests would be attacked from above by the Weeknd Toad's hand. Walking onto the subway tracks, guests would see the Weeknd Toad walking back and forth on a platform on the right, which served as a distraction as another Toad would attack guests on the left. At the end of the scene, guests would be startled as a subway train moved towards them, honking its horn and shining its blinding lights at guests.
After the subway, guests would find themselves back in front of the chair from the opening scene, this time being empty. Blinding Lights would once again play as guests walked around it. They would notice that the TV screens have been shut off and the wires are now glowing bright white, no longer flowing with the Weeknd's nightmare. Blood could also be seen leaking from the ceiling and staining the seat. The finale of the house featured a room surrounded by Bandaged Maniacs, with three of them being real and attacking guests. As guests left the house, the wall in front of them would distort and quickly show disturbing images of The Weeknd in bandages, before changing back to normal.
Settings [ ]
- After Hours Club
- After Hours Club Hallways
- Club Bathroom
- After Hours Hotel
- After Hours Station
Scareactors [ ]
- The Weeknd x3
- After Hours Club Victim
- Rhinestone Skull Mask Clubbers x2
- In Your Eyes Woman x2
- Plastic Surgery Nurses x4
- Headless Male Stripper
- Bandaged Maniacs x6
- Unmasked Partygoer x2
- Half-Weeknd Half-Toad Creature x2
- Wallpaper Monster
- Weeknd Toad x3
• “Die For You, Baby I would Die For you..” - The Weeknd
• “In your eyes, I see there's something burning inside you, Oh inside you..” - The Weeknd
• “I don't wanna sacrifice, for your love, I try. I don't wanna sacrifice, but I love my Time...my” - The Weeknd
• “Oh, baby, I hope you know that I, I tried. Oh, baby, I hope you know I love my time. Oh!" - The Weeknd
• “Sin city’s cold and empty!” - The Weeknd
• “I saw you Dancing in a Crowded Room. You Look So Happy When I'm Not With you” - The Weeknd
• “Yeah I broke your heart like someone did to mine, And now you won't love me for a second time.” - The Weeknd
• “Take me back 'cause I wanna stay, Save your tears for another, Save your tears for another day... " - The Weeknd
• “Take my breath!” - The Weeknd
• “Oooooh I'm Drowning in the night, but when I'm like this you're the one I Trust. Hey! Hey! Hey!” - The Weeknd
• “AAAAAAAAHHH!” - The Weeknd
Pictures [ ]
Soundtrack [ ]
- The victim in this announcement video is called The Selfie Queen.
- The Key Art was done by @Morganananna on Twitter  .
- Mike Aiello, Charles Gray, Chris Williams and John Murdy all worked were all in on the concept of this house and scenes more than ever before  .
- The journey for the house has been described as a "fever dream" hellscape about "surviving L.A." and the horrors that come with  .
- The concept for the house was many of nightmares of The Weeknd being extracted from him while he's creating the album  .
- The house has a visual inspiration from The Weeknd that comes from the films that inspired him such as A Clockwork Orange, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Jacob's Ladder  .
- The house isn't a retelling of the album but nightmares through his songs with surrealistic and horrific imagery from his music videos featured  .
- The house is broken into three sections, preceded by an indoctrination into the performer's subconscious  .
- The house leaned in on psychological terrors and was presented in a way that they haven't done before  .
- The lights were programmed to interact with the music as if guests were walking through a nightmare of a music video  .
- The songs were remixed by the Art & Design team in collaboration with the Weeknd  .
- The beginning and end of the house in the nightmare extraction was inspired by live performances done by Kenny G.
- The flame was a reference to the line "I see there's something burning inside you."
- The tube going into someone was a reference to the liposuction scene.
- The Bandaged Person was a reference to Abel in the bandages.
- The Party People in the After Hours Club scene where the same mask worn by Patrick Greenway in the Super Bowl Halftime Performance and the Save Your Tears music video.
- There was a UV axe in the After Hours Club that served as a reference to the Blonde Girl.
- There was a sound effect of a distorted scream from the Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces haunted house in the first bathroom scene.
- There was a spider hidden in every house in 2022. The spider in this house was located on a shelf in the dirty bathroom on the right.
- The Lighting for the Male Bathroom with the Flashing Red was inspired by a Scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  .
- The way the body parts were scattered about in the Male Restroom scene was inspired by the Hospital Scene from Jacob's Ladder.  .
- In the Male Restroom scene, the mirror was broken and the shards of glass were shoved into the hands of The Weeknd.
- The exit sign being a reference to the Blonde Girl from In Your Eyes leaving the Club.
- The Female Dancers being a reference to the Female Restroom scene.
- The Male Dancers being a reference to the Male Restroom scene.
- The Queen Card having the Plastic Surgery Girl on it as a reference to the Plastic Surgery Girls.
- The microphone and martini glass being a reference to the Save Your Tears Club scene.
- The frog being a reference to the Frog in the Save Your Tears scene.
- The slot machine before the mirror section was reused from the Lady Luck section from HHN Icons: Captured .
- Additionally, some of the seven deadly sins could be seen in lights on the wall such as Lust and Greed .
- The Save Your Tears Club scene's effect was reused from The Shining .
- The UV snake on the ceiling of the Save Your Tears Club was a representation for Adam and Eve with the Frog being the apple.
- The Weeknd Toad in the After Hours Hotel section had part of a reused mask from The Thing: Assimilation .
- After Hours
- Blinding Lights
- In the train station, the map listed songs produced by The Weeknd as destinations.
- The train and the hotel rooms had Ws on them, which stood for Weeknd.
- On opening weekend, only the three songs from After Hours were featured in the house. However, the house added Die for You, Sacrifice, and Take my Breath following opening weekend.
References [ ]
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Morganananna1/status/1552059454891384832?t=CaNF-VEvfYZJhMnYfm-SEg&s=19
- ↑ https://twitter.com/john_murdy/status/1552069089400688641?t=Hneel_50MsRWb1m64aEjew&s=19
- ↑ https://ew.com/music/the-weeknd-after-hours-nightmare-universal-halloween-horror-nights/
- ↑ https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/theme-parks/2022/08/28/universal-orland-halloween-horror-night-hhn-31-exclusive/7893597001/?gnt-cfr=1
- ↑ https://twitter.com/nlinguini/status/1566809911362785287?t=XcrE2Ibx5ctM9dKTSUmQGw&s=19
- ↑ https://youtu.be/ozexZsgkTzE
- ↑ https://youtu.be/ZrxkwIcLG8w
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