Come September, Universal Studios Florida guests will have a first-ever chance to step into “The Cabin in the Woods.” The popular 2012 horror film is the first haunted house to be announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2013, exclusively in Orlando (not in Hollywood).
The maze will mirror the story and events of the film, but from an entirely different viewpoint. Instead of guests following the main characters, they are joining the movie’s secret facility as new hires in an orientation of sorts. But after a quick trip to the cabin, it’s clear that the “purge” button has already been hit, unleashing all kinds of monsters, wreaking havoc on everyone and everything. Those who have seen the movie will instantly recognize important settings from throughout, including the cabin, facility, elevator hallway, and character-containing cubes.
“The Cabin in the Woods” is an out-there horror film from the creative minds of Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Firefly”) and Drew Goddard (“Lost”, “Cloverfield”) that spun the cliched, creepy old wilderness setting with plenty of twists, injecting humor and over-the-top gore to create a movie that surprises audiences until the very end. Starring a core group of college students on vacation, the film quickly summons (and often satirizes) every horror genre while still remaining completely original. It’s a tough film to describe without giving away too much.
Construction is set to begin on “The Cabin in the Woods” maze next week or the week after. It will be located in one of Universal’s soundstages, giving them the best opportunities to recreate famous scenes from the film.
To learn more about “The Cabin in the Woods” coming to Universal Orlando, I spoke with the film’s director Drew Goddard as well as Halloween Horror Nights creative director Mike Aiello.
(Be sure to read much more of their thoughts and insight on this haunted house announcement in my article at FoxNews.com.)
Goddard, a fan of Halloween Horror Nights, said he and Whedon wrote the movie allowing for the concept to grow. “The cabin universe allows you to work in anything in the genre of horror that fits in the universe,” he said. He calls its inclusion at Horror Nights “a dream come true.”
Goddard even plans to cause a few screams himself with a surprise appearance at the event, though he may not exactly be recognizable. “They said they’d let me dress up like a merman and scare people, so I’ll see you guys there.”