ISLANDS OF FEAR
In 2002, Halloween Horror Nights decided to make a change. They moved the event to Universal's very popular Islands of Adventure theme park next door. IOA offered a plethora of different environments for the creative minds that be, to give guests all new screams of fright. Whole islands like Jurassic Park, offered different types settings to make people scream like never before.
With Jack The Clown getting a break this year, Halloween Horror Nights created an all new Icon in the Caretaker. Interestingly, he would not have been the original Icon. Cindy (or Sindy), a demented little girl who would later be revealed to be The Caretaker's daughter, was the original Icon for the event. The original concept was that every land would have been taken over by her toys and playthings. Unfortunately a slew of child abductions within the Central Florida area caused Universal to scrap the idea of Cindy and create the character of The Caretaker out of her father, Paul Bearer.
Lightship Entertainment would also record a documentary this year that would air on The Travel Chanel in 2003 called, The Art of the Scare. The program detailed how Horror Nights is designed and executed every year. It was a symbol of just how much a cultural phenomenon Halloween Horror Nights had become.
SCARY TALES II
ISLAND OF EVIL SOULS
ISLAND UNDER SIEGE
PORT OF EVIL
TREAKS & FOONS
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
TOWN SQUARE OF TORTURED SOULS
FOUNTAIN OF EVIL
- The Lost Continent
- NAME: ALBERT CAINE
- OTHER ALIASES: DEATH
For fresh specimens, Caine would go into the nearby town to find homeless people, and in what seemed like a charitable offer, invited them to his mansion until they got back on their feet. Instead of helping, though, he would perform horrifying surgeries on them; carving them open on the operating table while they were restrained, and often fully conscious and without anesthetic. Caine occupied his time performing acts of the most baseless cruelty: chemical injections, brutal amputations, live dissections, castrations without anesthesia, electroshock's, even organ removal. Caine kept notes and audio recordings, but as time went on and his madness increased and these became rambling discussions often delving into the philosophical.
A few of Caine's assistants would sometimes steal body parts during the surgery when he wasn’t looking to use as dinner ingredients, even going so far as to use corpses as playthings in elaborate funeral parlor parties. He also performed experiments in fear, and wished to see how much the human mind could endure before succumbing to madness and death, which resulted in at least one person being buried alive.
The terrible sight was seen by two teenagers who decided to take a walk through the cemetery telling ghost stories. Walking past the gravestones and various monuments they heard music carried on the wind. Following the sound they came across the Shady Oaks Cemetery which is where they witnessed the Caine family dancing with the rotted remains of decaying corpses.
Word of the grisly goings-on quickly spread and the Police launched a massive investigation, Chief Brockett giving the order to place all individuals at the crime scene under house arrest. Instead of resisting, Caine gladly cooperated with the sickened authorities, and even seemed eager to show the results of his "research". Reports of what was found inside during the investigation made headlines that shocked and mortified the nation, a house of horrors the likes of which were not seen since the discovery of Wisconsin killer Ed Gein decades earlier, and a potential body count to rival a Nazi death camp. The local townspeople, mostly comprised of the relatives of the deceased used in the Caretaker's experiments took matters into their own hands, forming a mob and setting fire to the Victorian mansion and the whole area with the Caine family still trapped inside.
Investigating the remains, detectives were unable to find the body of Caine, or his demented family except for the (supposed) body of Caine’s young daughter Cindy. However, they did find an elaborate network of tunnels running for miles under the graveyard that started in the cellar, which allowed the vandals to retrieve bodies from below. Amongst the ghoulish evidence was a "Kitchen filled with body parts, a large kettle on the stove that contained boiled body parts, a corridor filled with intestines, an eyeball on the stove, boiling brains, a collection of skulls," and audio recordings. Some of those were Dr. Caine's notes, others from his live surgeries, and some that appeared to be an audio diary of sorts. Before the torching of the site, four victims were positively identified and over 2,000 graves were estimated to have been tampered with.
One year later, the Shady Oaks Cemetery had been off limits for all visitor's until the charred ruins of the Caine Funeral Home were set to be demolished, until the discovery of three unidentified decomposing bodies on the premises. Not long after, people who were last reported in the vicinity of the site began to go missing. Several research teams were sent to the reopened cemetery to investigate reports of strange noises emanating from the ruin and the Shady Oaks Cemetery, which may be connected to the terrible secrets of its horrifying past. With three teams already gone missing, the question remains: Could Albert Caine and his family have escaped that fire?
While Dr. Albert Caine may have once been passionate about saving lives, by the end nothing could be further from the truth. From the slipshod way he conducted his experiments, it was clear that Caine himself had little belief that he was doing serious work. The Caretaker ran little more than a butcher shop; the major surgery without anesthesia was proof of that. His diaries showed that he was a doctor who had gone mad with the power he had over the dead, then his living patients. In his vanity, he fancied himself as a pioneer in his self-styled field of research, and in spite of the horrors in the back rooms, took a measure of pride in keeping up the appearances of a professional funeral director.
- NAME: CINDY CAINE
- OTHER ALIASES: SINdy