Penn & Teller talk Halloween Horror, ‘The Walking Dead’ event at Universal Orlando (VIDEO)

Penn & Teller usher in The Walking Dead event to Universal Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights in 2012!

Can you handle a zombie apocalypse like Rick and the gang from AMC’s Walking Dead? Now’s your chance to find out because AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is coming to Universal Studios Orlando for the park’s annual event, Halloween Horror Nights

AMC’s The Walking Dead house at the Halloween Horror Nights event is added to by Penn & Teller’s dedicated house called “Penn & Teller New (KD) Las Vegas.”

Penn & Teller are bringing their eccentric and edgy illusionist entertainment to life in an all-new 3D haunted house – “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas” – at Universal Orlando Resort’s horror-inducing, award-winning Halloween Horror Nights event. Prepare to experience the lights and allure of Las Vegas… with a toxic twist.

For more than 35 years, Penn & Teller have redefined the magic genre, specializing in gory vaudeville-like tricks, exposing frauds and performing inconceivable stunts live in front of sold-out crowds.

And now, they’re partnering with the designers at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights to infuse their brand of entertainment in a complete haunted house environment – something they have never done before.
This fall, Penn & Teller invite Halloween Horror Nights guests to step into a dark, dilapidated and radioactive version of “Sin City,” as if one of their magic tricks has gone terribly awry and the city has been covered in nuclear ooze. Concepted by the duo themselves, the maze will feature the best of Vegas –showgirls, slot machines, little white wedding chapel, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more – all glowing with a
toxic green hue.

“Universal Horror Nights can scare the living Elvis out of you, and me & Teller, well, we’ve been known to take things a bit too far. Now we’re working together on showing you what it would be like to live in a post-nuclear explosion Sin City. C’mon by, but remember, you’re not playing with children here,” said Penn Jillette, the larger, louder half of the duo.

“We’ve done more than just tap into the wildly creative minds of Penn & Teller, the most influential illusionists in the world. We’ve been working alongside them so closely that you will literally feel like they are there with you every step of the way through this jarring 3D haunted house,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a more than 20-year history of creating an incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experience that is consistently rated the nation’s best.

The event features highly-themed, disturbingly real haunted houses based on everything from film to nightmares –and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained “scareactors.”

In a posted press release, Universal Studios says of The Walking Dead event, “The haunted mazes feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to “life” the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show.”


An exciting part of Halloween Horror Nights is the “scareactors” that roam the streets scaring guests. This year as you walk the pathways of the part, you can expect to find “walkers” trailing you and jumping out from behind buildings to frighten park guests.

If you want to test your luck against the zombies, you can buy a ticket for Halloween Horror Nights 22 online here…The event will run on select dates from September 21 to October 31 but be sure to buy your tickets soon as many nights will sell out.

Monsters and Critics spoke to Penn & Teller who were signed on to create more mayhem for this scaretastic season to Universal Orlando:

Monsters & Critics: There’s such a great body of horror and macabre literature to draw on, plus you have this amazing talented resource of the production designers and art departments of Universal Orlando..what can we look forward to, what stories or themes resonated with you to bring to fans as a horror / tour house segment?

Penn & Teller: (Teller) We kept our horrors close to home.  Vegas is famous for nuclear testing.  We just tastefully imagined what might happen if Penn and I tried a test of our own, and fired off the odd nuclear warhead on the Vegas Strip.  

Now, there’s a lot in Vegas that’s scary to begin with.  Have you ever looked carefully at a Vegas celebrity chef?  Or seen a slot player or a show dancer from up close?  If Edgar Allen Poe had seen Vegas, he could have saved his imagination a lot of work.  Well, now imagine what those everyday Vegas monsters would look like melted and driven insane by 3-D vibrating, glowing radiation.

M&C: What terrifies you? And why?

Penn & Teller: (Teller) I presume you mean the entertainment kind of terror, not the kind that comes from real people being mean to one another.  I’m rather partial to a gradual descent into darkness well populated by mutants. 

M&C: What was the most elaborate Halloween costume you ever created and wore?

Penn & Teller: (Teller) Quetzlcoatl, the Feathered Serpent of the Mayans.  I liked making the horrible screech. 



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