"He has come for you"
"You've taken a wrong turn somehow.  You're lost in a strange place.  The darkness thickens as an eerie mist surrounds you.  There's a light up ahead - the beacon from a lighthouse.  Your step quickens as a sense of relief washes over you.  As long as you can reach the lighthouse, you know you'll be safe.
  The mist clears and you realize there will be no safe port for you tonight: you will be pursued by science gone astray, tortured by ancient demons, tormented by cartoonish freaks, run through a city gone bad, and welcomed into a house that you may never escape alive from. 
You have stumbled into Islands of Fear."
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando event
Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear
Slogan Islands of Fear/ Your time has come/Are you ready to meet The Caretaker?
Year 2002

The Caretaker (originally Cindy Caine)

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Screamhouse (originally House of Dead Maniacs)

Number of haunted house 5
Number of scarezones 6
Preceded by Halloween Horror Nights XI
Followed by Halloween Horror Nights 13

Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear was the 12th annual Halloween Horror Nights event in Orlando. Located for the first time in the new theme park, Islands of Adventure, it was advertised with the words "Your Time Has Come". Hosted by The Caretaker, Albert Caine, the event revolved around his followers and imaginations. The event featured five haunted houses, six scarezones, three shows, and a special dance party area, and ran for 21 days from October 4 to November 2, 2002. A documentary that aired on the Travel Channel was filmed during the event, which allowed cameras to film the houses and gave other background information.

History Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear was documented in the Travel Channel special The Art of the Scare, produced by Lightship Entertainment. It documented the houses, special effects, and the overall feel of the event.

The Caretaker was not the original icon for Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear. Cindy, the demented little daughter of mortuary owner Paul Bearer, was originally the icon of the event. In the event's premise, every land would be ruled over by her "playthings" - Spider-Man's nemesis Carnage, Nightmare, the Treaks and Foons, and The Grinch. Unfortunately, after a string of child abductions in the area, Cindy was abandoned and her father Paul Bearer morphed into Albert Caine. Cindy would later be introduced as The Caretaker's daughter and appeared with her father in the Shadows from the Past scarezone at Halloween Horror Nights: Ripped from the Silver Screen. Caine was portrayed by actor Bryce Ward for publicity and television appearances, and an elaborate Opening Scare-a-monies which featured a victim being tortured by snakes and scorpions before being gutted.

The Event Edit

"Take a terrifying journey through your own worst fears as the Caretaker transforms Islands of Adventure into one disturbing, horrifying nightmare after another."

In 2002, the event was moved from the Universal Studios park to its adjacent sister park, Islands of Adventure. The year's houses revolved around the imaginations of Dr. Albert Caine, also known as The Caretaker. Dr. Caine would lure his victims to his Victorian Manor to operate on them and find their soul.

Although Cindy was not used, some of the ideas for the event centered around her character were used. Every island in the park consisted of a scarezone. Guests entered in the Port of Evil (Port of Entry), where The Caretaker's minions greeted them and his victims were chosen in the Town Square of Tortured Souls (Port of Entry). The Treaks and Foons (Toon Lagoon), originally an idea for Cindy's character, were playful cartoonish characters that worked in pairs to team up on guests to create scares. Boo-Ville (Seuss Landing) was a land of darkness and strange music among the rest of the islands. Island of Evil Souls (Lost Continent) was a land where ghostly creatures, demons, and dragons roamed. In JP Extinction (Jurassic Park) the dinosaurs had taken over and roamed free, as well as some new genetic nightmares. Finally, in Island Under Siege (Marvel Super Hero Island), the superheroes had been defeated and gangs of villains ran free in the streets.

In The Caretaker's burnt-out Victorian mortuary, Screamhouse (Soundstage 20), his victims haunted guests who may soon become permanent residents. In Project Evilution (Triceratops Discovery Trail), a genetic experiment had gone wrong as escaped human-dinosaur hybrids roamed the jungle. Scary Tales II (Popeye Queue) brought guests into the pages of the most evil fairy tales ever told. In Fear Factor (Thunderfalls Terrace), guests entered into a house based on the television show, where they moved through the darkness in rooms of insects, snakes, rats, and more. And finally, in Maximum Carnage (Carnage Warehouse), guests entered into Carnage's secret hideout, where the bodies of famous superheros were strung up as trophies, with his gangs of insane criminals ready to destroy everything in their paths.

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Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear
Characters: The Caretaker (Event Icon) • Cindy Caine (Scrapped Icon) • Carnage  • Nightmare  • Treaks and Foons  • Dr. Burton
Haunted Houses: Fear Factor  • Maximum Carnage  • Project Evilution  • Scary Tales II  • Screamhouse
Scarezones: Boo-Ville  • Island of Evil Souls  • Island Under Siege  • JP Extinction  • Treaks and Foons • Port of Evil
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Fountain of Evil  • Studio 666  • Town Square of Tortured Souls
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