Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction

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Dark Torment
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights X
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area San Francisco
Year 2000
Housed in Earthquake Queue
Based on Original

Preceded By

Doomsday (1999)
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Dark Torment was one of the five haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights X. The house was located in the Earthquake Queue along with Universal Classic Monster Mania. It featured the seven levels of hell.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

For the past six years, Universal held haunted houses in the large extended queue for the Earthquake attraction. Used sparingly since 1992, Universal also had "haunted attractions", day-time rides turned horrifying, usually by adding scareactors in the queue. Never before or since 2000, has Universal ever combined the idea of a haunted house and a haunted attraction.

Dark Torment would be located in the Earthquake Queue along with Universal Classic Monster Mania. This house would be one of the most unique haunted houses in the event's history, as it combined both day-time attraction and haunted house. To enter the house, guests actually had to ride the Earthquake attraction. After the ride (and after a little appearance by Jack the Clown on a TV), guests would be led into the actual house through a backstage door. The house would be themed to hell itself.

Description[edit | edit source]

After riding Earthquake, you'll descend into the labyrinths of a nightmarish underworld where hordes of evil demons torment you at every turn.

Experience[edit | edit source]

Queue and Facade[edit | edit source]

The entrance consisted of a large banner bearing the house's logo, underneath which was a large skull. Guests would enter the queue of this ride through the entrance to the Earthquake ride.

Haunted House[edit | edit source]

This house was unique, as the guests actually had to ride the Earthquake ride to enter. According to this, the Earthquake ride may have been shakier than normal. Allegedly, Jack would appear during the ride in costume. After riding the Earthquake ride, Jack would appear on a screen saying that the guests had died and that they were now going to hell. He may have also made references to pop culture. They would then go through another door into the house.

Guests allegedly entered the house through a graveyard, symbolizing their descent into their graves.

One room in the house was a chamber the guests entered by twisting themselves through some askew, eight-foot-tall iron gates. Inside this chamber was a large number of dummies portraying tortured souls, strobe lights giving the illusion that the bodies were moving. Among the dummies were two scareactors, also portraying tortured souls, with milky-white eyes and sewn-shut mouths. They carried their ripped-out tongues in their hands. As the guests passed through the room, these two broke free from their restraints and shook the tongues at the guests.

A later chamber contained seven tall, robed figures with the names of the seven deadly sins written over their faces standing on a platform. The figure representing envy would attack the guests and swipe at them with a ceremonial dagger. After this, guests would enter seven rooms (each representing a deadly sin) which contain people being tortured in ways representing their sins.

Scareactors[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Allegedly, this house was originally going to be called Darkness, and would feature the Lord of Darkness in the finale. However, this concept was later changed due to them apparently not being able to fit the giant Lord of Darkness into the area. Information from this.
  • Also, the original concept of the house was said to have a silhouette of Jar-Jar Binks in the finale. It is unknown whether this made it into the final house.
  • Interestingly, this house seems to begin with the last scene of the Doomsday house from the previous year, in which guests entered their graves. That and the fact that both houses had the same hooded demon scareactors could justify the point that Dark Torment was a sequel to Doomsday.
Halloween Horror Nights X
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Dr. Oddfellow
Haunted Houses: Anxiety in 3-D  • Total Chaos  • The Fearhouse  • Universal Classic Monster Mania  • Dark Torment
Scarezones: Apocalypse Island  • Clown Attack  • The Gauntlet  • Midway of Dr. Morose
Shows: Festival of the Dead Parade  • Jacked Up  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure
Haunted Attractions: Bloody Waters  • Nightmare Creatures II
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