Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
Ever wondered what it would be like to have your Achilles tendon severed by a man eating salad with his bare hands in an Eastern European country? Well, wonder no longer, Gorehounds! Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the newest addition to its Hollywood Horror Nights will be Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season.
Joining The Thing: Assimilation maze, Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season is a titillatingly twisted maze luring guests into the dehumanizing halls of Elite Hunting’s torture factory. Okay, so you’ll probably be safe from any actual violence, but according to Roth, “People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite Hostel scenes, along with some new surprises.”
Sounds like it might very well be the coolest friggin’ amusement park thrill of all time. It has not yet been announced if each guest experiencing Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season will be required to receive a bloodhound tattoo. We’ll get that information for you.
From the Press Release
Eli Roth, the multi-talented director, writer, producer and actor, will adapt his enormously successful Hostel film franchise to create Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season, a twisted new Halloween Horror Nights maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event begins on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31.
Hostel: Hunting Season, for which Universal will build elaborate sets re-creating locations in Slovakia, will mark the horror auteur and star’s first effort at transforming his screen work into a live theme park experience. The maze will re-imagine the film’s torture chambers and send guests on a spiraling journey through the corrupt halls of Elite Hunting’s torture factory. Elite Hunting, a secret society that tortures and kills American youth for sport in exchange for large sums of money, will prowl the factory and prey on its many maze visitors.
Eli Roth said: “Creating a maze for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is a horror fan’s dream come true. I’ve been visiting Halloween Horror Nights for years and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. For me it was like going inside the world of a movie and experiencing it in a visceral environment that simply cannot be replicated, and in subsequent years I’ve found I’m just as scared as I was the first time.
“I am so happy to join forces with the creative team at Universal. Our collaborative vision to bring ‘Hostel’ to life will give both fans of my movie and horror fans a scare they could never have imagined.
“I was honored to receive an Eyegore Award at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights event and began talking to Universal about a Hostel maze even then. This is something I’ve dreamed of for years. I may even dress up and appear in the maze one night as a torturer. So when you say ‘I scared you,’ you can literally mean that I scared you!”
In addition to the Hostel franchise, Eli Roth is well-known to film audiences as the writer-director-producer of Cabin Fever and as the baseball bat-wielding co-star of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, for which he won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award. As a producer, his film The Last Exorcism was a box office smash, and he is currently in post-production on the Clown and The Man with the Iron Fists, both of which are slated for release in the coming months.
Roth is the first star to be announced as a collaborator in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event and will be a key member of a Hollywood horror “dream team” assembled by Universal Studios Hollywood to create the ultimate “live” Halloween nightmare. He is also serving as a judge in Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights short film competition, which will culminate in a presentation to a winning filmmaker during the “Eyegore Awards” on the event’s opening night, September 23. The Thing: Assimilation, a new maze inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller, has also been announced and will add to the Hollywood horror clout.
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