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Horrors, bigger scares ahead

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is set to outdo last year's.
The Straits Times - August 17, 2012
By: Olivia Ho
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Horrors, bigger scares ahead Scare zones (above) from last year's Halloween. This year, three temporary haunted houses will be built and double the number of scare actors will be used. -- PHOTOS: RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA

Every horror franchise needs a sequel. Resorts World Sentosa is certainly hoping to outdo last October's screams with a second round of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore.

The theme park is upping the ante with its sophomore scare-fest. It will build three temporary haunted houses - one more than last year's two - and double the number of scare actors to almost 400.

The seven-day event will run from Oct 19 to 21, and Oct 25 to 28, from 8pm to midnight, after the park closes its regular daytime attractions at 6pm.

The hairs on the back of your neck are not all Universal Studios will be raising. Tickets for the event are $68, up from $60 for last year's Halloween admission. However, you can still get early- bird tickets for $60 from now till Sept 30.

The multi-million-dollar event will see five out of the theme park's seven normal zones converted into a labyrinth of "scare zones" plagued by scary actors. The Lost World has been added to the four scare zones - Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City & Ancient Egypt - from last year.

Guests can expect scares with strings attached the moment they step in. They will be welcomed by the Puppet Master (right) and his eerie dolls.

The creative team behind this year's horror fest started brainstorming immediately after they wrapped up last year's Halloween. Production director Scott Peterson, 31, said: "We spent weeks researching and conceptualising each of our darkest and deepest fears as well as the latest horror fads around the world. We also took into account what the guests enjoyed last year."

The three haunted houses are being constructed.

"We are looking at about more than 900 man-hours, with a construction and technical crew of more than 60, constantly working around the clock for more than 21/2 months," he said.

Among this year's haunted houses are the Insanitarium, an asylum populated by the criminally insane and ruled by Doctor Dementia.

Guests can also brave the Dungeon of Damnation, which is the torture chamber of the Undertaker, and Death Alley, inspired by Singapore's own Chinatown.

Ms Andrea Teo, 46, vice-president of entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa, said: "Those who found last year's event thrilling should brace themselves for even more scares this year."

Last year's event saw four out of seven nights sold out, although the resort declined to reveal specific visitorship numbers. Mr Robin Goh, 38, its assistant director for communications, said: "We're expecting an even larger turnout this year."

Communications student Daryl Zeng is already looking forward to October.

"I was at Halloween Horror Nights last year in Universal Studios Singapore and the experience was really scary and fun at the same time," said the 25-year-old.

Though prices have risen, he believes that this year's Halloween will be worth the extra bucks. "I'm pretty eager to see what's in store this year," he added.

Nine of the theme park's attractions, including Transformers: The Ride, Battlestar Galactica and Shrek 4D will remain open during the event.

The event is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Book it

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 2

Where: Universal Studios, Resorts World Sentosa

When: Oct 19 to 21 and 25 to 28, 8pm to midnight

Admission: $60 for early bird tickets purchased by Sept 30. Event tickets purchased after that are $68. The event is ticketed separately from Universal Studios day entry. You can upgrade Universal Studios day-passes purchased from Aug 15 onwards to an event ticket for $45. Tickets available from Universal Studios ticket booths now and online from Aug 24.

Info: Go to www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore/ParadeEvents/ HalloweenHorrorNights2

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