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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Sink Their Teeth into "Dracula Untold," a Terrifying New "Halloween Horror Nights" Maze Inspired By Universal Pictures' Upcoming Epic Action-Adventure

ORLANDO, Fla. and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history's most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula in a terrifying new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze, "Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood. " Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures' upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold.  Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD AND UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT SINK THEIR TEETH INTO “DRACULA UNTOLD,” A TERRIFYING NEW “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” MAZE INSPIRED BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ UPCOMING EPIC ACTION-ADVENTURE.

"Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood" will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as "Vlad the Impaler," who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies.  "Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood" will spiral guests through Dracula's eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.

"'Everyone thinks they know the story of 'Dracula'," said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of "Halloween Horror Nights." "But there is much more to the tale than just a dark figure lurking in the shadows, drinking blood.  While Dracula Untold will reveal the origin story of the man who became Dracula, our 'Halloween Horror Nights' maze will invite guests to experience the atrocities Dracula imposed on his victims in the most frightening and immersive way possible."

"As a huge fan of the Universal Classic Monsters, my interest is certainly piqued any time a film explores other facets of the classic characters," said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. "Dracula Untold offers a unique perspective on the origin of the world's most famous vampire. Our maze will place guests within many of the pulse-pounding moments from the upcoming film, offering guests an unprecedented living preview of the horrors that await."

Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights" events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation's best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained "scareactors." Other announced "Halloween Horror Nights" experiences include, "The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Face Off: In the Flesh," "The Purge: Anarchy" and "AVP: Alien vs. Predator."

In addition to "Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood," other "Halloween Horror Night" attractions will include "The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line," based on AMC's hit TV series, "From Dusk Till Dawn," inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez's cult film and El Rey network's TV Series, "AVP: Alien vs. Predator," based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise, "Face Off:  In the Flesh," based on Syfy's TV series, and "Purge: Anarchy," a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures' blockbuster thriller.

To learn more about this all-new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze, click here:  "Dracula Untold"

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the popular "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" family adventure ride, the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers™:  The Ride-3D," "The Simpsons Ride™," "Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride," and "Jurassic Park®—The Ride."

Updates on "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: "Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood," on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios Hollywood is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. Follow Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Universal Orlando Resort
Vacation like you mean it at Universal Orlando Resort – where every heart pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts.  It is the only place where you can turn spending time with your family into spending time as a family. Together, you can soar above Hogwarts with Harry Potter, swing above the streets with Spider-Man, become a Minion in the hilarious and heartwarming Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and join Optimus Prime in the fight to save mankind on the new mega-attraction, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. And now open, you can step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Universal Orlando Resort is home to two incredible theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure; four magnificently themed on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the newest addition, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort; and Universal CityWalk a unique dining and entertainment complex featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops and nightclubs.. And located just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort is Wet n' Wild, Orlando's premier waterpark.

Tickets and vacation packages for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando are on sale now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com\Orlando. More information about the event will be available soon. Updates on Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights are available on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Orlando and on Instagram at @HorrorNightsORL. Plus, fans can get exclusive updates from Creative Development Director Mike Aiello on Twitter at @HorrorNightsORL.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. Follow Universal Orlando Resort on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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