"Join Freddy Krueger and enter the world of nightmares, and he's got Jason and Leatherface to help him wreak havoc."
"Freddy Krueger the father of all nightmares has invaded Universal's Halloween Horror Nights and turned it and all it's attractions into a living nightmare! With Jack gone he runs the show, and dares park guest to take his Nightmare Tour where the world of Horror movies and the Realm of Nightmares collide and for the first time he is loose on the backlot where he dares you to "Live your worst nightmare!".
|Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood event|
|Halloween Horror Nights 2008|
|Slogan||Live your worst nightmare/ Where Nightmares Come Alive|
|Icon attractions||A Nightmare on Elm Street: Home Sweet Hell|
|Number of haunted mazes||4|
|Number of scarezones||7|
|Preceded by||Halloween Horror Nights 2007|
|Followed by||Halloween Horror Nights 2009|
Freddy Krueger's Halloween Horror Nights 2008 (Hollywood) was the 9th year of Halloween Horror Nights at Hollywood. As with Orlando, 2008 took a more darker and intense feel in the marketing and overall thematic as opposed to the carnie vibe from 2007. Whereas Orlando brought in a terrifying witch from the reflections of death, a being who existed in the realm of sleep has now plunged Universal Studios Hollywood into the Nightmare World.
Event Nights[edit | edit source]
October: 3-4, 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, & 30-31, 2008
November 1st, 2008
Story[edit | edit source]
In 2007, a mentally unstable man in a clown get-up who believed that the root of all evil was born on the Universal Backlot brought forth The Carnage Killers in order to wreak havoc on Universal Studios Hollywood. As soon as the madness ended, all the clowns went back to their realms, and the Ringmaster took a bus back to Orlando.
However, he did not count for what would be the fate of the Carnage Killers. One of them, a man in a red and green sweater and a burned visage due to revenge from a lynch mob, had the name of Freddy Krueger. Freddy, like his previous harlequin boss, was a sardonic monster who would lure children with wit, and then brutally take their lives. He was eventually found out and arrested, but due to a legal technicality, he was allowed to walk free, an action which drew forth the decision by the aforementioned lynch mob.
After his death, he lurked in one of the realms of sleep, where he would continue his crimes on the children of the mob, and then move on to innocents. Eventually however, the bewildered town of Springswood managed to find a way to get rid of him once and for all... or so they thought.
The stories of his crimes were made into the seminal horror series Nightmare on Elm Street. The aforementioned clownman, a big fan of the movies and the killer, managed to bring back the boogeyman as part of the Carnage Killer trio. Freddy would take guests to the asylum where he was born, where he tried to raise an Army of the Insane using the patients living in there.
While he claimed more lives, eventually the Ringmaster ended the carnage and took off to Orlando. Freddy, meanwhile, was trapped in the undermosts of Hell, neglected by the clown, and unable to find a way out. However he soon found a ticket.
In Springswood, the town where the burned man took his most vicious of crimes, a real estate agent tried to sell 1428 Elm Street, the place where Nancy and Jesse were tormented by The Nightmare Demon, to whoever had enough money. This allowed Freddy to spring into action and lay waste upon Springswood in retaliation.
Somewhere along the way, Freddy somehow gained abilities to submerge a state of land with the world of dreams. Wanting to unleash ravagement upon the stars, he returned to the place where he was allowed to wreak havoc: Universal Studios Hollywood.
With the joker away, Freddy upgraded from the Sensational Slasher into The Dream Demon sent Universal Studios Hollywood into some sort of ”awake sleep“ status, where on the warped version of the Universal Backlot, he would be loose and getting his claws on whoever prey. Freddy's Krueger Nightmare Minions, warped versions of child's toys, were to scourge for fresh prey on the park and the "Nightlot".
Freddy summoned two of his friends from the previous traveling fair: Jason, and Leatherface. Together, with the help of The Strangers, The Titans of Terror would claim the souls of those who did not escape this Literal Nightmare.
The Father of All Nightmares[edit | edit source]
Freddy Krueger appeared in all of the adverts, which depicted him in red colored woods. Jason and Leatherface would also appear in some of the adverts. Part of the nightmare campaign was a bunch of posters.
At the event itself, a cardboard image of him was at the gates with his red and green color scheme permeating. He also appeared as a statue at the front of the park. Additionally, Freddy held a very large presence in the Terror Tram.
Attractions[edit | edit source]
Haunted Mazes[edit | edit source]
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: Home Sweet Hell (Shrek 4D Queue)
- Friday the 13th: Camp Blood (Wild Wild West Stage)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Back in Business (Mummy Queue)
- Universal's House of Horrors: Meet The Strangers (Year-Round Haunt Venue)
Terror Tram[edit | edit source]
Scarezones[edit | edit source]
- The Nightmare Begins... (Front Gates)
- The Black Death (French Street)
- The Dead Shall Rise (New York Streets)
- Deadwood (Western Street)
- The Dark Streets of London (Baker Street)
- Revenge of the Pigs (Lower Lot)
- The Strangers
Shows[edit | edit source]
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure (Fear Factor Stage)
- Chucky's Insult Emporium (French Street Patio)
- Slaughter World 3 (Waterworld Theater)
Rides[edit | edit source]
- Jurassic Park Nightmare
- Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
- The Simpsons Ride
- Terminator 2: 3D
Pictures[edit | edit source]
|Halloween Horror Nights 2008|
|Characters: Freddy Krueger (Event Icon) • The Strangers • Jason Voorhees • Leatherface|
|Haunted Mazes: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Home Sweet Hell • Friday the 13th: Camp Blood • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Back in Business • Universal's House of Horrors: Meet The Strangers|
|Terror Tram: Terror Tram: The Nightmare Tour|
|Scarezones:The Nightmare Begins... • The Black Death • The Dead Shall Rise • Deadwood • The Dark Streets of London • Revenge of the Pigs • The Strangers|
|Shows: Slaughter World 3 • Chucky's Insult Emporium • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure|
|Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood|
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