An American Werewolf in London Revealed as Seventh Haunted House at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 23

by on August 16, 2013 11 Comments

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Werewolf1981’s classic horror film An American Werewolf in London is the latest haunted house experience revealed by Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights twitter account (@HorrorNightsORL). Capping off a week of midnight announcements, Werewolf becomes the seventh official maze for  HHN 23 joining Evil Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Walking Dead, La Llorona, After Life: Death’s Vengeance, and Havoc: Derailed.

An American Werewolf in London is a cult horror/comedy classic directed by John Landis that which revolutionized the industry of horror make-up effects. Led by Rick Baker, the team behind the groundbreaking transformation into the werewolf onscreen won the very first Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up. Baker has gone on to win this award several times, and Universal fans may remember his incredible work on the original Men in Black (1998) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2001.) Universal Studios Florida has some nice nods to Baker, and Werewolf the film, in the under-rated Horror Make-Up show.

The Werewolf experience will recreate many of the iconic locations and moments from the film including a faithful reproduction of the Slaughtered Lamb pub as the facade of the house. Mike Aiello, Creative Director of HHN 23, has told fans that the Universal team has been working with John Lands and guests will be able to walk through many of their favorite scenes of the movie including the attack at the moors, the hospital, and even the seedy adult movie theater playing See You Next Wednesday.

We even have Elmer Bernstein’s score! – Mike Aiello, Universal Creative Director

With Aiello and his team working in conjunction with Landis, the Werewolf house is sure to be one of the most popular at HHN 23. Aiello has said that the codename for this house during pre-production was Trinity, as this was the third time they have tried to fully realize the experience but only now is it making into HHN. A true labor of love, the American Werewolf in London experience will be available to guests on selected nights from September 20th through November 2nd.

Universal will release the theme of the eighth, and final, haunted house on 8/29. See you then!

Posted on August 16, 2013

11 Responses to “An American Werewolf in London Revealed as Seventh Haunted House at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 23”

  • How invasive is all this Horror Nights stuff? We’re visiting Islands of Adventure/Universal Orlando on 9/21, and while we don’t have little kids to worry about, I just plain don’t like scary stuff. I hate haunted houses, scary movies, or anything jumping out at me. Will we not get the “original” Universal experience with all this other stuff happening?

    • i went several years ago and you couldn’t really notice a huge difference until the event started. it’s a seperate ticketed event so if you go in the daytime you should be fine 🙂 there likely will be tons of merch throughout the day though. but nothing scary otherwise.

  • You’ll see all of the Halloween decor and large prop pieces that are used during HHN, but otherwise everything is normal during the day. The park will close at 5:00 on the days they are doing HHN.

  • To be specific, Universal Studios closes at 5pm on 9/20 and 9/21, but will be open until 8pm on 9/22 (no HHN that night). Islands of Adventure will remain open until normal closing time each night, which looks to be 7pm that weekend.

  • Bowie’s right Whitney, you’ll see some of the street decorations, but they will mostly be pushed aside. It is only at Universal Studios Florida as Islands of Adventure has nothing to do with HHN this year. Other than USF closing earlier than usual, you should be mostly unaffected by HHN. You will not run into any scareactors or accidentally walk into any of the haunted houses. You need a separate HHN ticket to experience either of those.

    Even though you don’t like “scary” stuff, you may want to consider going to see the Horror Make-Up show. It mixes a lot of comedy into the show and instead of scares it shows you how movies create these “monsters.” It’s highly recommended and I promise you won’t be walking into any dark areas or have anything jump out at you. It’s a wide open theater. Here’s some more info on it:

  • Thanks for the followup, all. Im kind of rethinking my plan now….originally was planning on starting at IOA at rope drop and doing Potter first thing, but if theyre open two hours later than the Studios, should we reverse it? Wizarding World then Simpsons ride are our main priorities…

    • If you are staying on-site, then you can take advantage of the early admission to see Harry Potter before the crowds build up. You can use the express pass benefit of the on-site hotel to skip the line for the Simpsons ride (this is not available for Harry Potter). And then, if you want, you can head back over to IOA when the Studios closes at 5:00.

      If you are staying offsite, Then you should probably start at Universal Studios and do the Simpsons before the crowds build up. Then you can switch to IOA later and save Harry Potter until later in the day when the crowds have thinned out a bit. If you have the Lines app on your phone, you can keep an eye on the wait times so that you know when is a good time to head over there.

  • Unless you have on-site hotel early admission, your best bet is to save Potter for as late in the day as possible. The area will already be full of hotel guests at rope drop, and it looks much better at night.

    • Right now it’s especially busy at rope drop because hotel guests and annual pass holders are getting that one hour early admission but the passholder perk I think stops on 9/2. Whitney, unless you have a diehard Potter fan in the family who is counting down the days to experience the WWOHP, I’d go with Seth’s plan and hit up USF first. Because of Transformers and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem swallowing up the early crowds, if you head to Springfield USA first for your Simpsons Ride experience you’re going to have a heck of a time being immersed in that environment. Then head over to Kang & Kodos Twirl n’ Hurl, Men In Black, Disaster, Mummy, and Twister and you’ll find minimal waits at every attraction along the way as you work your way back to the front of the park on your way over to IOA.

      • No, the early admission for Harry Potter in IOA is continuing. What is ending on 9/2 is the early admission to Universal Studios for Transformers and Despicable Me.