The original vision of Halloween Horror Nights™ I.C.U was grisly and terrifying. The mantra was “No More Clowning Around!” and their icon would have been Edgar Sawyer. Everything changed, due to the September 11th terrorist attacks, Halloween Horror Nights™ had to be retooled for a more sensitive public.
At the last moment, Jack the Clown returned as the official host while Edgar Sawyer was retooled into Eddie Schmidt, deranged brother of Jack. Gore was removed and violence was kept an absolute minimum. Names were changed to “soften” their impact. 5 Haunted Houses were featured. RUN would be revisited in 2006, as well as 2015, while Scary Tales would be revisited again sooner in 2002, and later in 2008, 2015, and 2018.
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An in-depth look at all of the changes made to Halloween Horror Nights™ XI can be found in our article "Terror with a Chainsaw: Eddie"