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Latin American Monsters Heading to Universal Studios Horror Nights — Here’s When

From brain-eating zombies to snarling werewolves that stalk their victims during a full moon, everyone has something that makes their blood curdle – especially around Halloween. If you’re Latine, however, you likely grew up with stories that were so frightening, they made horror movie villains like Freddy Krueger and Chucky seem harmless by comparison. That’s where Universal Studios Horror Nights comes in.

Recently, Universal Studios announced that a new haunted house would join the lineup for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights 2023, which begins September 7, 2023. Along with haunted houses titled Vamp ’69: Summer of Blood, Nightmare Fuel: Revenge Dream and Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins, Universal Studios will introduce Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America.

The haunted house will include monsters from Latin American folklore like La Llorona and El Cucuy.

According to Universal Studios, the Monstruos haunted house, which was inspired by the graveyards of Guadalajara and Guanajuato, will be narrated by its version of the Grim Reaper known as Muerte.

The house will feature El Sibón, AKA The Whistler, which is inspired by Colombian/Venezuelan tales; Tlahuelpuchi, a “vampire witch” with Aztec roots; and La Lechuza, AKA The Owl Witch, who lures people to their death by disguising her voice to sound like a child.

When visitors exit Monstruos, they will enter a connecting scarezone inside Universal Studios’ the Parisian Courtyard called El Terror de Las Momias, which draws inspiration from Mexican mummy movies of the 1950s.

Earlier this summer, Universal Studios announced that a haunted house dedicated to HBO’s hit post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us would be included in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Universal promises to introduce visitors to “a world of carnage and mayhem.” Throw in Pedro Pascal and a couple of Clickers, and that sounds like our kind of night.