|Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction|
|Dracula: Legacy in Blood|
|Attraction type||Haunted House|
|Event||Halloween Horror Nights: Ripped from the Silver Screen|
|Park||Universal Studios Florida|
|Housed in||Soundstage 23|
|Based on||Dracula (the overall myth, but most prominently the 1992 movie)|
|Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood (2014)|
"Good evening, I bid you welcome. Welcome to the newest feature in the legacy of Count Dracula." - The Usher
Dracula: Legacy in Blood was one of the eight haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights: Ripped from the Silver Screen. The house revised the classic horror story of Count Dracula. It was one of the three classic monster trilogy houses, the other two being The Wolfman and Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned, all three of which were built in Universal's soundstages. It was located in Soundstage 23 along with Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned.
History and Location[edit | edit source]
In 2009, Universal decided to have three haunted houses based on the Universal Classic Monsters, one of which was Dracula: Legacy in Blood. This haunted house would be based in Dracula's Castle and would mostly focus on his Brides instead of Dracula himself.
2009 was the first year Universal decided to give codenames to all of their haunted houses. Some people say the codename was "Fangs", because Dracula has fangs, while others say it was "Agana" as she is Bloody Mary.
The house would be one of two located in Soundstage 23, the other one being Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned. Soundstage 23 is one of the larger soundstage facilities designed to be used as filming locations for movies and television shows.
Originally, there was going to be a giant winged Dracula that appeared at the end of the house, but because of budget he was scrapped.
The house tied in to a story on the Halloween Horror Nights website, Bloodless. In it, a bride gets hypnotized by Dracula and drained of blood. The house would go on to win the House of the Year award for 2009. A Dracula prequel house based on the Dracula Untold prequel movie would be featured during Halloween Horror Nights 24. It would be called Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.
Description[edit | edit source]
Welcome to Castle Dracula on the night of “The Calling.” Vlad Dracula bids you welcome – be you one of the chosen women who has been called or merely a mortal man. Those who have been chosen must decide whether to join the Dark Prince in everlasting life as his brides, or reject his offer and suffer for all eternity. The blood must be renewed. The fate of the legacy hangs in the balance – Dracula’s legacy of blood.
Vlad Dracul has chosen you – now you muse decide whether to join the Dark Prince in everlasting life or reject his offer and suffer for all eternity.
Mystery Tie-in[edit | edit source]
During the premiere of a remake of a certain film, patrons claimed to hear a female voice quoting the lines of the movie word-for-word. Days later, the staff found the body of a young woman clad in a wedding dress behind the balcony's last row of seats, her hands still clutching a bouquet of wilted roses.
The bride-to-be had apparently gone missing on her wedding day though police admitted they were slow to respond as they thought last minute jitters gave her second thoughts.
The coroners reported that the cause of death was a fatal loss of blood, though the strange part was there were no traces of blood found around the body nor on the victim's clothes. Even stranger, the flowers she held showed no signs of decomposition, as if they had been "frozen in time".
Experience[edit | edit source]
Queue and Facade[edit | edit source]
Guests would enter the queue to the right of the entrance for the Twister attraction. The queue would go through the line for the Twister ride and towards Soundstage 23, where guests entered the house.
Guests entered the cold, foggy Eastern European castle grounds. Dozens of victims were impaled on stakes in various stages of decay. A dinner table is set up under the bodies, but whoever had been eating there apparently left already.
Haunted House[edit | edit source]
Inside the door, Dracula and his beautiful brides attacked from side hallways before guests moved into a long hallway. Brides lined the hallway, bursting out from behind the curtains with loud screams and colored strobes. They would then move outside to the top of the castle wall, where a bride reached down from a window above. The next room had the insane Renfield, a mental patient who serves Dracula in return for insects and small animals to eat.
Guests entered the library, with long hallways of shelves and shields that boxed you in. Several brides were hidden in alcoves, and a bride floated above the victims, twirling above shelves.
Next were the catacombs under the castle, with tunnels that seemed to stretch endlessly into the distance. Several brides hid in the tunnels, while one was hidden in a small hole next to the line. From there, guests would pass by coffins filled with skeletons. One hid one of Dracula's feral brides, horrifying creatures that lived only to eat.
As guests passed by several bodies hanging from hooks (with a feral bride hiding behind them), they would enter the final room. A massive spiked press was in the middle of the room, ready to squeeze the last drops of blood from drained body parts. Several feral brides attacked amidst multicolored strobes. As guests ran for the exit, Dracula, transformed with a bat-like face, leapt from behind a red curtain with a roar.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- At the end, blood splattered on guests. Guests curious enough to try it, discovered it was actually cherry juice.
- This house won House of the Year in 2009.
- The house was heavily inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula starring Gary oldman(Coppola). For example, Renfield looks identical to the one in that film.
- According to this, the statue at the beginning of the house was used in all of the previous Screamhouse haunted houses.
- The coffins in this house are actually real coffins.
- Shields from the Fire Pits appeared in this house.
- The final Dracula wore a mask used in the Fire Pits scarezone.
- The Brides were the same Brides seen in Blood Masquerade.
- The mirrors used in this house were reused from A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers.
- The Bone Chandelier (which has actual bones on it) was a prop used in Body Collectors: Collections of the Past.
- Allegedly, the Dracula at the end of the house was supposed to have large bat wings. However, the wings were too big to enter the soundstage, so they scrapped the idea.
- Cindy Caine's coffin is in the "Coffin Room". It's the small, white coffin as seen in Screamhouse: The Resurrection.
Links[edit | edit source]
|Halloween Horror Nights: Ripped from the Silver Screen|
|Characters: The Usher (Event Icon) • Billy • Chucky • The Wolfman (Sub Icons) • Sam Meetz • Count Dracula • Frankenstein's Monster • Sculders|
|Haunted Houses: The Wolfman • Dracula: Legacy in Blood • Frankenstein: Creation of the Damned • Leave it to Cleaver • SAW • The Spawning • Chucky: Friends til the End • Silver Screams|
|Scarezones: Containment • War of the Living Dead • Apocalypse: City of Cannibals • Cirque Du Freak • Horrorwood Die-In • Lights Camera Hacktion!|
|Unofficial Scarezone: Shadows from the Past|
|Shows: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure|