“Evil Dead” is finally coming to Halloween Horror Nights. Groovy.
As it screamed into theaters as “the most terrifying film you will ever experience,” the 2013 remake of Sam Raimi’s classic “Evil Dead” film grossed out audiences worldwide and soon it will do the same for visitors to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.
It’s the first haunted house announced for Hollywood and the second for Universal Orlando, following another story set in a spooky old shack in the wilderness - “Cabin in the Woods.”
But while the “Cabin in the Woods” maze will offer a monstrous variety of crazy creatures, “Evil Dead” breaks it down to some rather simple demonic possession, keeping guests on their toes as they wander through scenes made famous not only by the recent film, but also reminiscent of the 1981 original.
“I’m thrilled with how popular ‘Evil Dead’ has become with horror fans, and it’s exciting that it’s coming to life at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights,” said Fede Alvarez, director of this year’s “Evil Dead” film. “Just like the film, this haunted maze is going to be over-the-top, in-your-face and completely outrageous – and I can’t wait to see it.”
In the maze, guests will be transported into the film and face off against a demonic evil that will stop at nothing to consume them. It begins when a mysterious passage from an ancient book is read, releasing an unearthly force of darkness. A pack of violently possessed victims, including the film’s starring character “Mia,” wreaks brutal carnage throughout the mazes – and guests must make their best attempt to escape.
But fans shouldn’t necessarily expect Bruce Campbell’s Ash to appear in either house, as the experiences are rooted in the latest incarnation of the series.
“The Evil Dead series is iconic, and this latest film has set the scare factor to 11,” said Michael Aiello from Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “These haunted mazes will be just as intense and unapologetically terrifying, and I can’t wait for my fellow horror fans to venture inside and live the unyielding horror they’ve seen in the film.”
“Watching ‘Evil Dead’s unrelenting horror unfold in movie theatres was undoubtedly an unnerving experience, but with Halloween Horror Nights, we’re taking it one step further,” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood. “Fans of ‘Evil Dead’ will feel like they’ve left the safety of the theatre and stepped through the screen into a living horror movie where the film’s demonic characters are coming for them. Our incredibly immersive and highly disturbing maze experience will come to life with the same attention to detail and production value of the film and will be the ultimate thrill for horror movie fans.”
Halloween Horror Nights 2013 kicks off on September 20 and whether visiting the event in Orlando or Hollywood, the ghouls of “Evil Dead” are surely “gonna get you” deep within its haunted halls.