Looks like Freddy, Jason and Letherface are getting the boot this year at the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2009. Both the Hollywood and Orlando locations have opted to give Jigsaw from the “Saw” films his own haunted maze this year and let their usual cast enjoy a vacation. According to their site Michael Myers will also be joining in on the fun in Hollywood, with Chucky and the Wolfman making the trip to Orlando.
Horror Nights 2009 will be kicking off this October right around the same time as the sixth installment of the “Saw” franchise is set to hit theaters. In 2008 the creators officially backed a “Saw” haunted house in a shuttered Brea movie theater and the attraction drew over 20,000 visitors.
Along with the event Universal Studios has partnered up with Chiller for the “Scary Good Film Competition”. The contest will honor the nations top horror short film creators and will include a TV broadcast of their work, a $1,000 cash prize and a trip for two to the October 2, 2009 opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
For more info on both the contest and Horror Nights 2009 you can check out the Universal Studios site.