Resident Evil Joins Universal’s 23rd Halloween Horror Nights
If you’re like me and a) Live in Orlando and b) Are goddamn nutso about Resident Evil, then the S.T.A.R.S. have truly aligned for you, friend (Christ, one more pun like that and my blogging privileges will be revoked for good; and I won’t even raise an argument).
Universal Orlando’s annual Halloween Horror Nights has chosen its final spook-house for this year’s event – Resident Evil: Escape From Raccoon CIty. Rather than filling a space with Milla Jovovich imitators wrapped in spandex, this attraction is a full-on collaboration between Universal and Capcom, drawing direct inspiration from the long standing horror games.
As such, visitors will be attacked (and killed) by an assortment of flesh-motivated zombies, undead canines (or Cereberus’ if you want a high-five from me), and razor-tongued lickers. Fight through Raccoon City long enough without soiling your skinnies like a Chickenheart and even the Nemesis will rip his way out of your nightmares for a guest cameo.
Michael Aiello, the creative director who’s orchestrated this year’s shrieking madness, says Resident Evil fits the festivities like a square crank in a square hole. “We were able to create incredibly elaborate sets that plant you right in the midst of Raccoon City’s apocalyptic nightmare, along with terrifying adversaries that will send them running.”
Capcom’s isn’t the only zombie teeming universe represented this year, either. Look (out) for scare-shacks based on AMC’s The Walking Dead (which takes you from Woodbury to the fabled prison), Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods (ghoulies galore here including, hopefully, the zombie redneck torture family), and the freshly cut Evil Dead (hail to the rebooted king, baby).
Halloween Horror Nights 23, held at the Universal Orlando Resort, kicks off September 20th and runs all the way until November 2nd (on select nights, of course). Get you some tickets hereabouts.