Yes, you read that correctly. Along with mazes centering around THE WALKING DEAD, Alice Cooper, and SILENT HILL, Universal Horror Nights is giving the tie-in treatment to their motley crew of classic monsters by… combining them with some fresh techno beats?
Select Universal Monsters-- The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride, Dracula, and The Phantom of the Opera-- are getting the club treatment with the “Universal Monsters Remix”, an all-new attraction that ”re-imagines the classic horror icons of yesteryear for the 21st century and immerses them in the twisted confines of electronica-inspired music…”
Listen, I don’t like to confine my news commentary to “What the f*ck?” responses, but seriously guys, what the f*ck? Who in their right mind decided monster movie holdovers from the Great Depression would somehow make the perfect marriage to Skrillex-style music? Nothing against dubstep or anything, but with the Universal monsters? That’s like setting a slasher film in Biblical times (wait, hold on a second-- I gotta write script idea down).
This recent surge in Universal Monsters interest is surely meant to help promote the lavish Blu-ray boxset hitting shelves in October, and really, any interest from the mainstream in these seminal films cannot be a bad thing. Still, I have a hard time wrapping my head around the two styles together, which is why I keep reading the press release below. I suggest you do the same, if only to keep from losing your mind at the thought of an Ecstasy-dosed Frankenstein’s Monster getting all up on your girl and accidentally drowning her in a lake or something.
Set within the antechambers of an eerily Gothic castle, the new “Universal Monsters Remix” maze will unleash a cast of movies' most legendary creatures, including Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride, Dracula and his Brides, Phantom of the Opera and The Wolf Man. From deep within the stone fortress, accompanied by ominous strobe lighting effects, guests will traverse dark and dank arteries of rotting catacombs, hallowed underground crypts and pagan sacrificial burial chambers. Laced with the murmur of dialogue from Universal’s catalogue of horror films, guests will be besieged by the relentless sounds of high-energy, horror-inspired dance, dub-step and industrial music.
This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures. Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with incomparable spellbinding and spine-chilling haunted attractions.
“Halloween Horror Nights” experiences will include an immersive new maze, “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series; “Welcome to Silent Hill,” based on the popular video games and film franchise; a new maze by legendary shock rocker, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” and a reimagined “La Llorona: Cazadora de Niños” maze, based on the terrifying Mexican and Latin American legend that has terrified children for centuries. An all new “Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead” attraction, also inspired by the TV series, will invite guests to navigate the haunted environs of the world-famous movie and television studio backlot and come face to face with hordes of flesh-eating, blood-drooling and groaning “walkers.” Additional haunted attractions to be announced shortly.