Led by the Daughter of the Undead, vampires have drained Whittemore of its life, turning a once beautiful town into a cemetery. Can you survive the Attack of the Vampires?
WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGERY
This entry includes potentially disturbing photos of scenes from the Attack of the Vampires Scare Zone. Viewer discretion is advised.
About this Scare Zone
Attack of the Vampires is a first “non-modern” scare zone at New York City, and is perhaps the most “interactive” concept so far. Essentially, the Whittemore Graveyard forms the main scare zone. Doused in gloomy red and blue lighting, as well as thick fog, this area is packed with scare actors. They are divided into two “factions”: The hunters (vampires, werewolf, etc) and the hunted (victims, with wound on their necks).
There are some cool “events” in this scare zone that are easily missed: First is the “Birth of the Vampire”, a short performance at the steps of New York Library (scroll down for photos) and the other would be the dramatic “cast change” moment – a loud bell would sound off, and (projections of) bats would swarm around the New York Library. The cast taking over would then march out of the New York Library, while the existing performers discreetly fade into the shadows. There might even be a surprise… in the air, so look out for that!
This entry has a lot of photos and two videos! One of them is a general walkthrough of the 5th Avenue section, while the other focuses on the quieter Water Street (Sting Alley).
Welcome to Whittemore Cemetery. If you are at the park early and most people ran into Adrift, you would have a wonderful window of opportunity to take photos of, and with, the vampires and residents of Whittemore.
The “victims” are unable to scare. They are either dazed, exhausted or crying for help – hysterically.
Don’t miss the magnificent stone Gargoyles in the Cemetery – they are quite… alive.
The back end of Whittemore Cemetery is more open – this is where some “special” characters roam, such as the stilt-walking vampires and the elusive werewolf.
Now then, watch the walkthrough video:
If you think that this side alley is a safe haven, you are quite wrong. This is a venue for close encounters. In this small area, there are at least 5-8 characters prowling for new victims.
Watch out for this vampire. She is, perhaps, one of the best performers in this scare zone.
The alley can get crowded occasionally. Interesting fact – this entire street is brightly lit most of the time. So it might be the easiest place to take photographs.
Now then, watch the video of this area:
Hauntings at the Library
While not a key attraction itself, the New York Library has a rather incredible projection effect this year. It distorts, gets overrun with crawling creatures (werewolves about to turn?), even sometimes gets sliced with three gashes – the key visual of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
I suppose, this is the grave digger. And here’s an occasional moment where the character switches with his counterpart. Switching is almost like a dramatic ritual in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights – it’s central to the performance of the characters. There’s even a short “ceremony” in this scare zone – when you hear a bell ringing, run to the library!
For the grave digger, he walks around his doppelganger in a circle a few times.
A Tesla Coil is placed near the library. Occasionally, it will be activated (you will hear the noise). While it’s unclear why it’s there, it’s a nice sight.
Birth of a Vampire
A spectacular performance of a vampire’s birth (and first kill) is staged at the New York library. This is staged a few times a night. For show schedule, check with park crew.
The park’s creative team has really thought about it all. The show lighting casts shadows of performers onto the nearby Rockefeller Center building. It can’t get any more dramatic than this.
There’s a piece of stage illusion involved. The coffin, when carried out, is opened and shown to be empty. After the ritual (and dragging of an unwilling victim), the coffin is open and viola~. The new vampire wastes no time.
Ready to face your fears?
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