Countdowns, as a concept, are very important in many horror movie plots. Think of the fright films where a strange voice on the telephone hisses at the main character, warning that our hero/heroine has 24 hours to solve the mystery/defeat the monster/find the treasure... or else.
Universal Studios Hollywood gets the important of timing and countdowns for building anticipation, so it is no surprise that the on-sale for Halloween Horror Nights tickets landed a month ahead of the opening date.
Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 18. And the opening night of the scare spectacle on the hill? Friday, Sept. 18.
What to do, where to go and what to see
True, some people might count a month as four weeks, but this is the sort of plot point that might get you into trouble in a horror film. Miscalculation is very big in macabre stories, and something villains rely on, so beware.
As for what's ahead in the theme park-big extravaganza of shrieks and eeks? New mazes include Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak and a 3D maze experience hailing comedy-horror flick "This is the End." Fan favorites like "Halloween," "Alien vs. Predator," and "The Walking Dead" all will occupy a fearsome footprint during the nighttime maze-a-rama.
Hip-hop dance group Jabbawockeez, a Krampus-themed Christmas scare zone, the ever-popular Terror Tram, and the "hideous hybrid creatures" of the Exterminatorz scare zone are some of the non-maze-y treats that guests can call upon, should they be brave enough.
Plus? There's still more movie-quality mazes and spooky scenes and heart-pounding themes and foggy passages and "scareactors" to admire/run from/return to/run from again.
Ready to start your horror movie-style countdown to opening? Find your ticket here and watch the calendar in full teeth-chattering mode.