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This Year’s Widely-Popular Remake of the Cult-Hit Film To Become Horrifying Haunted Mazes at Both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca. (July 16, 2013) — “Once you unleash evil, it will consume you…”

This fall, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will conjure unrelenting evil in elaborately themed haunted mazes based on this year’s box office hit, “Evil Dead.” Universal is joining forces with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to deliver an authentic experience that will immerse horror fans in the blockbuster remake of the cult classic.

Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell– creators of the original “Evil Dead” film – reunited to present this year’s terrifying new vision of the classic horror film. The film follows five 20-something friends who turn a remote cabin in the woods into a blood-soaked chamber of horrors after awakening an ancient demon. Directed by Fede Alvarez, “Evil Dead” opened No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office, and top 10 for all-time horror remakes. The movie is available July 16 on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – and now horror fans will get to live it at Halloween Horror Nights.

In haunted mazes so terrifying, they could only be found at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, 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.

“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.”

“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.”

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Haven't seen the new one so i don't know if they referenced this or not. But I feel it needs to be in the house.

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sadly no, nothing as fun or manic as that. the new one is much less free wheeling and more mean spirited.

There's barely any laughter at all. old school deadites would laugh all the time.

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If there were any ip's to use HHN picked the 2 best. I want an insidious house as well though :/ I can't imagine this house in a loud SS WOOO!

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Since the ad leak more or less confirmed this will be all the new movie (similar to the thing in 2011), maybe we'll get a flooded basement scene! And hopefully the mirror face scene too.

Also, anyone think they would/could reenact the blood rain scene from the end?

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Since the ad leak more or less confirmed this will be all the new movie (similar to the thing in 2011), maybe we'll get a flooded basement scene! And hopefully the mirror face scene too. Also, anyone think they would/could reenact the blood rain scene from the end?
I honestly think they could and hopefully they do

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Considering the Blood Rain is probably one of the most epic parts of the film, I'd be pretty sad if they didn't at least try to have that scene as the final. I'm not sure how they could pull it off, though. You can't really shower your guests with fake blood :P

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I think it definitely would be a tough effect to pull off. I expect it to be like the store in WD last year. Maybe inside and feel like it is raining blood outside the window. Perhaps even a backlight outside to simulate the cabin burning to be able to definitely tell it is raining blood without it actually raining blood.

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"Once you unleash evil, it will consume you….


This year’s hit horror film Evil Dead will come to life as a haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2013."

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Maybe they could do something similar to the courtyard scene. They had wind and rain effects, just use red lighting to make it seem like it could be blood, and bingo! I know it wouldn't be as effective as using like fake blood or a harder rain, but its something.

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I found the full article of Fede Alvarez, John Murdy, and Mike Aeillio talking about the Evil Dead house. As much as I've become pretty uninterested and tired of Horror Nights Orlando, this really has me imagining some amazing things for the event. It's a great article with tons of neat notes mentioned by all three guys.

http://collider.com/evil-dead-universal-studios-fede-alvarez/#more-268946

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Just saw this movie last night. Ugh. I know I'm in the minority here but I did not like the movie at all. It had better production than the original and made more sense story-wise. But was disgusting and vulgar and some of the movie logic stupified me. don't get me wrong I've seen far worse (Salo, Cannibal Holocaust, etc.) I just am not a fan... Now you kids get off my lawn! *shakes fist*.

Of course I never liked the originals and seeing as it is pretty much the same movie but written better I'm not really surprised at that.

Having said all that. Will this house be acurately potrayed? i haven't seen that much gore in a house in... ever.

I can see the sets being cool but how do you pull off raining blood and... would the house have the same feel of the movie without all the gore seeing as the movie itself pretty much is the gore?

NVM from collider:

  • The maze will act like a chronological retelling of 2013’s Evil Dead. Fans will walk through the events as they happen facing an onslaught of sights, sounds, and even smells (dead cats, anybody?) to put them in the action of the film.
  • Director Fede Alvarez is onboard to review plans for the mazes and give them his stamp of approval.
  • The mazes on either coast, Hollywood or Orlando, will differ slightly from each other so fans can have a unique experience at either park.
  • Creative directors John Murdy and Michael Aeillo have put a lot of thought into the best way to bring to life key moments like the tongue-splitting and arm amputation. The biggest challenge being that they have to recreate these moments every several seconds for a new audience.
  • They also promise to bring a wealth of gore in tribute to the aesthetics of the film, saying that on a scale from one to ten, this maze is an eleven.
  • There will not be any nods to the original Evil Dead trilogy that do not exist in Alvarez’s 2013 version film. However, Alvarez says his entire film is “a big Easter egg” and there are plenty of references to choose from.

So my deer head wont be there :(

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The movie was a waste of two hours of my life.

Given the crowds over the past several years, the house itself could wind up being a waste of upwards of the same if not more depending on wait times.

And I've never been a huge fan of having a wealth of gore inside any house, there's nothing scary about gore, at least to me. So if they plan on gutting this one out so to speak, I'd be curious to see in what way and how it's presented.

And a side note, movie reboots/remakes (this one included) should be banned in the film industry. Period.

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Doesn't surprise me that they're only using the remake. And JDW is right, when was the last time we had a house with tons of gore? I think it'll be cool. That is, if they can live up to expectations. I'm also interested to see how this house plays out, since the only locations in the film are the woods, the cabin, and the little shed with the hole. Doesn't seem like a lot to work with in my opinion.

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I don't have a lot of hope for this house. Specially when they are only using the new movie.

It would have been amazing if they did the old Evil Dead, Of course this could be good, but for now I have a feeling this will be the house that is not as great as the others. I mean, is basically going to feel like a zombie house inside a cabin. (plus a lot of gore...so, yay?)

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I hate gore but I want to see it back at HHN.. HHN Hollywood can pull off gore very well, so can HOS BUT Orlando hasnt done a full gory house in a LONG time.

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I hate gore but I want to see it back at HHN.. HHN Hollywood can pull off gore very well, so can HOS BUT Orlando hasnt done a full gory house in a LONG time.

When was the last time they did full gory house?

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Pre 9/11

Remember the movie is rated R and the event (IMO) is rated PG.. So they have a lot to live up too

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