Halloween Horror Nights XVII was the first time Universal used licensed properties for the majority of it's attractions. This included three of the most popular horror movie icons of all time. Freddy Krueger from the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise, Leatherface from the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" movies and Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" films.
Jack the Clown returned to acting "ringleader" offering these three as the main attractions for his "Carnival of Carnage."
Houses based on the movies "The Thing" and "Dead Silence" were also added to the mix. The event also included three original houses;
Vampyr: Blood Bath a sequel house to Castle Vampyr, PsychoScareapy: Home for the Holidays where escaped inmates from Shady Brook terrorize a neighborhood during Christmas, and finally Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision a 3-D funhouse featuring Jack's gang of demented clowns.
Carnival of Carnage dethroned Islands of Fear as my favorite Horror Nights event. Every house (with the exception of Camp Blood) were top notch, I couldn't pick a favorite if I wanted to. Dream Walkers still stands out as on of the most intense houses they've ever produced while Jack's Funhouse used the 3-D effect to it's maximum potential, making it probably the most disorienting house I've ever been in. This was the first year I purchesed a Frequent Fear Pass so I was able to experience 100% of the event multiple times.
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