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The Weeknd’s spooky sounds brought to life for Halloween Horror Nights

‘The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare’ to launch at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

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The Weeknd is teaming up with Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights to create a new haunted house inspired by his record-breaking ‘After Hours’ album.

The award-winning artist’s eerie experience, ‘The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare’ will open at Universal Orlando Resort on 2 September and at Universal Studios Hollywood on 8 September.

The Weeknd’s 2020 album, ‘After Hours’, includes chart-topping songs such as ‘Too Late’, ‘Heartless’, ‘In Your Eyes’ and ‘Blinding Lights’.

According to a news release, select tracks from the record are being reimagined as a horror movie soundtrack for an “outrageously haunting experience” at Halloween Horror Nights, where guests will “spiral into the twisted mind of this mysterious artist”.

“I always wanted my own Halloween Horror Nights haunted house as Halloween has always been significant to my music, so this is a total dream come to life,” said Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye.

“I feel like my music videos have served as a launching pad for a collaboration like this, and I cannot wait for people to experience this madness!”

The Weeknd’s spooky sounds will echo throughout the haunted houses as guests enjoy a “surreal living nightmare filled with grotesque characters and themes inspired by The Weeknd’s music and short films”.

Guests will be stalked by “slashers, bandaged maniacs, gruesome toad-like creatures and other unfathomable horrors”, said Universal Studios.

Eerie experience inspired by ‘After Hours’

“We are thrilled to take guests inside of the mind of The Weeknd, who is a Halloween Horror Nights fan himself,” added John Murdy, executive producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.  

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights will also feature Blumhouse’s bloodthirsty brands, as well as Halloween‘s relentless killer Michael Myers. And, Universal Pictures’ Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy are uniting for the first time ever.

Halloween Horror Nights runs through 31 October in Florida and California.

Images: Universal

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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