With just over four months until All Hallow’s Eve, the big players in the Central Florida haunting game have started to release a few tantalizing tidbits of information about this year’s ultimate scare-a-thons. On June 13, the creative team at Busch Gardens Tampa got the ball roll by opening up their live website, and announcing a few scant details about their screamfest known simply as Howl-O-Scream. Not to be outdone, the good people at Universal Orlando recently unleashed the evil details about one of the many haunted attractions that make up this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
At Halloween Horror Nights 23, guests will step inside the menacing cabin from LIONSGATE’s hit horror film, “The Cabin in the Woods,” and fend off a malicious family of zombies.
“You and your friends thought this would be a relaxing weekend away at an isolated cabin,” stated a release from Universal Orlando Public Relations. “But you’re being watched. And manipulated. They are pulling strings to orchestrate a bloody sacrifice that dates back to the beginning of time.”
Just like in the film, guests will flee from the cabin and enter a hidden facility where a secret operative is plotting their sacrificial demise. Suddenly, a menagerie of bloodthirsty monsters is released – and they’re in the middle of all-out chaos.
“This is a twisted dream come true for me,” said the film’s director and co-writer Drew Goddard. “The Universal team has done an amazing job making all the terrifying aspects of ‘Cabin’ come to life, and horror fans will not be disappointed. Also, they said they’d let me dress up like a merman and scare people, so I’ll see you guys there.”
The event features highly-themed, disturbingly-real haunted houses that are based on everything from hit films like “The Cabin in the Woods” to worst nightmares — and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained “scareactors.”
“‘The Cabin in the Woods’ took the horror film genre and turned it on its head, and it’s a perfect fit for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights,” said Michael Aiello of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment Team. “We’re collaborating with LIONSGATE and Drew Goddard to bring the iconic monsters from the film to our event. Guests will be assaulted by terrifying beasts taken right from the big screen – including the Hell Lord, the Dollfaces, the vicious Sugarplum Fairy, the Doctors and more.”
Running select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights has a more than 20-year history of creating an incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experience that is consistently rated the nation’s best.
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