Halloween Horror Nights™ 2000

2000 • Halloween Horror Nights
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For the first time ever, in an effort to counter the event’s mounting overhead, the headliners of Halloween Horror Nights™ weren’t Universal monsters or genre titans, but brands on loan. The World Wrestling Federation spun off The Undertaker’s dark ringside shtick into his own haunted house. White-hot WB sensations Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel combined their prime-time powers into a single, double-billed maze. Clive Barker designed one more maze for the event, but it’s Rob Zombie’s contribution that would prove historic. 

Early on in designing what he’d dubbed “House of 1000 Corpses,” Zombie realized it may make as good a movie as a maze. Universal agreed and greenlit what would be his directorial debut. The film was shot in the summer of 2000. A Universal-approved trailer for it even screened outside the maze. But studio brass got cold feet about letting young guests walk under a marquee for what was shaping up to be an NC-17 rated horror movie, so the maze was hastily retitled “Rob Zombie’s American Nightmare.” Continued concerns over the violent content would eventually convince Universal to shelve the film entirely until Zombie bought the rights back himself and released it independently in 2003. Because of the strange timeline of their creation, “Rob Zombie’s American Nightmare” and House of 1000 Corpses share a chicken-egg legacy as the first maze to tease an upcoming release and the first film ever based on Halloween Horror Nights, respectively.

Universal Studios Hollywood™
October 13-14; 20-21; 27-29; 31, 2000
Event Name:
Halloween Horror Nights™ 2000
Event Phrase:
Unlock the Gates of Doom
7:00 PM-12:00 AM (Non-Peak)
7:00 PM-1:00 AM (Peak Nights)
$32.00 +tax - $38.00 +tax
5 Maze(s)
1 Scare Zones
4 Shows

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Buffy & Angel: Hellmouth Haunt
Soundstage #34 | X/5
Evade the dark forces of evil in a lair of vampires run amok.
Clive Barker’s Harvest
Castle Theater | X/5
Encounter carnivores as they reap a crop of human flesh in a den of terror that pushes the boundaries of any maze experience!
Rob Zombie’s The House of 1000 Corpses Maze
Tram Warehouse | X/5
Try to escape the shock and gore of fiendish freaks and corpses, in a frightmare of gruesome proportions.
Theatre of Blood
Tram Warehouse | X/5
You're trapped in a nightmare filled with horror classics, including a 3-dimensional Psycho experience that'll leave you screaming!
WWF The Undertaker
Soundstage #36 | X/5
Face down demons assaulting you from all sides, in the funeral parlor home of WWF The Undertaker, where the family business is evil!
Nightmare Creatures II
French Street | ??/5
Help destroy the evil Adam Crowley and his hideous hoard of lab experiment creatures as they prepare to take over the world… beginning with you!
Animal House of Horrors
Animal Actors Stage | ??/5
Wild, man eating beasts are unleashed to run amok! Please don't feed the animals... they're always hungry for a handout – yours!
Chucky’s Insult Emporium
Parisian Courtyard | ??/5
Check out Chucky's Insult Emporium! Petrifying put-downs to offend everyone.
Carnival of Carnage
Shrek 4-D | ??/5
Freak out at the sight of this gory collection of sword swallowers, glass eaters, and human pincushions torturing themselves into a tizzy!
Bill & Ted’s Halloween Adventure
Dude! The boyz are back trashing media celebs in a most excellent, all new adventure.

Event Facts

  • Clive Barker’s Harvest is said to have been inspired an actual nightmare Barker experienced.
  • Nightmare Creatures II is Halloween Horror Nights™’s first official scare zone in Hollywood.
  • Rob Zombie’s American Nightmare was reportedly originally supposed to be themed to film House of 1000 Corpses, however disputes regarding the film’s release would force the studio to amend the maze to a more generic theme.
  • WWF The Undertaker is considered to be a telling of the popular wrestler’s origin story.
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) renamed itself to WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in 2002 due a lawsuit initiated by the World Wildlife Fund.

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    RatingRatingRatingRatingRating on 7/1/23 - 11:15pm

    This sounds interesting! I hope that footages of Rob Zombie’s The House Of 1000 Corpses Maze (2000 version) and Buffy & Angel: Hellmouth Haunt still exists somewhere today.

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