The Apocalypse–for reel or for real?

For Halloween Horror Nights 4, the streets of New York at Universal Studios Singapore has turned into a scene from the Apocalypse because of The Minister of Evil’s rule.

Sounds familiar?


In some “end of days” movies, humanity has come close to extinction by various forms of virus outbreaks. With the recent Ebola epidemic, we take a look at past diseases to see how close we were to terminal departure.

Spanish Flu (1918 – 1920)

Spanish Flu

This extremely contagious H1N1 flu infected 500 million people around the world and killed 50 – 100 million of them during 1918 – 1920. This pandemic has been described as “the greatest medical holocaust in history”.

Compared to the 2009 strain of H1N1, the 1918 version was a total nightmare.

While victims of both flu share similar symptoms of severe vomiting, difficulty breathing and high fever, illness came on quickly for the Spanish Flu, with some people feeling fine in the morning and dying by nightfall. The patients would cough with such force that some even tore their abdominal muscles, with foamy blood exiting from their mouths and noses.

Black Death (1346 – 1350)

Black Death

Also known as “The Black Plague”, it unleashed a rampage of death across Europe. Spread by fleas infected by the bacillus Yersina pestis found in rats, by the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, 75 million lost their lives.

It caused painful swelling on the lymph nodes which would turn from red into a dark purple or black colour that oozed pus and blood. Other symptoms included a high fever, delirium, bleeding in the lungs, and vomiting, with death virtually assured in days.

Smallpox (1700s)


Smallpox, caused by the variola virus, killed an estimated 60 million Europeans, including five reigning European monarchs, in the 18th century alone. Of the survivors, a third became blind.

The disease caused fevers, body aches and a rash that turns from fluid-filled bumps and scabs into permanent, deep scars.

You’ll be glad to know that this is the only human disease to have been eradicated by vaccination – only a few samples are kept in labs for emergency research purposes.

Can you survive the Apocalypse? Find out by going to Halloween Horror Nights 4.

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Check out all of our Halloween Horror Nights 4 blog posts:

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  2. 11 survival tips for Halloween Horror Nights
  3. Mini-store of Evil is open for business
  4. Best Halloween treats at Resorts World Sentosa
  5. All the scares at Halloween Horror Nights 4
  6. [Spoiler] Tips for Halloween Horror Nights 4
  7. The Apocalypse – for reel or for real?
  8. First timer’s review of Halloween Horror Nights 4
  9. USS Halloween Horror Nights 4 R.I.P. tour review
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