As the gates to â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, â€œThe Purge: Anarchy,â€ inspired by Universal Picturesâ€™ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.
â€œThe Purge: Anarchyâ€ scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movieâ€™s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an â€œeye for an eye.â€
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last summerâ€™s surprise hit, moves from the confines of a suburban neighborhood to the streets as the government begins its annual 12-hour Purge to ensure that the crime rate stays below one percent for the rest of the year. With all emergency services suspended, itâ€™s the one night when society regulates itself without thought of punishment or fear of retribution. For average people who do not have the means to barricade themselves indoors with a state-of-the-art security system, anarchy rules and no one is safe. In this new story, an unlikely group of five citizens discover how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a dangerous night fraught with impossible decisions.
From director and writer James DeMonaco (The Purge, Assault on Precinct 13), The Purge: Anarchy stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go), Zach Gilford (Devilâ€™s Due), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway) and Michael K. Williams (The Wire).
â€œâ€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ is about taking guests out of their comfort zones and placing them at the core of unimaginable horror,â€ said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s Creative Director for and Executive Producer of â€œHalloween Horror Nights.â€Â â€œBecause the premise of â€˜The Purgeâ€™ could theoretically happen, our scare-zone elevates that sense of fear and forces you to really watch your back.Â Imagining how your neighbor, friend or enemy could take revenge on you without retribution because you wronged them takes horror to a whole new level, and we wanted to bring that gut-wrenching terror to every one of our guests.â€
â€œâ€˜The Purgeâ€™â€ scarezone will invade the streets of â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™, taking up most of our New York back lot. The chaos that reigns in the film will be replicated nightly, but now our guests can actually attempt to survive the night themselves,â€ said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment â€“ Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. â€œThe familiar emergency broadcast will be heard announcing the commencement of the annual Purge, and all hell will literally break loose.â€
Universal Studiosâ€™ â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nationâ€™s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares â€“ and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained â€œscareactorsâ€ in uniquely themed scare-zones. In addition to â€œThe Purge:Â Anarchy,â€ other announced experiences include, â€œThe Walking Dead:Â The End of the Line,â€ â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawnâ€ and â€œFace Off: In the Flesh.â€
To complement its numerous mazes, â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ features a variety of terrifying scare-zones designed to provoke heart-pounding fear as guests traverse the park from one traumatizing experience to the next, unsure of what lies just around the corner.
To learn more about this all-new â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ scarezone, click here:Â The Purge: Anarchy.