During our exclusive screening of the house at Universal Studios Orlando, its creators announced their desire to remain true to the film – and its ambiguities – while also putting their own horrific spin on its history.
"Our job is to retell the film from beginning to end in a very unique way," says Show Development Creative Director Patrick Braillard. [1
"We want to give the audience what they really want from the movie, but they don't know how it will be adapted to a habitable house," adds Laura Soules, Creative Manager Development for show directing. ”
This is the secret sauce of Halloween Horror Nights that manages to scare our pants, despite the fact that the film's worst surprises were fresh in our minds from a recent re-watch, Like a Reeled-in Reel, as Called Sauls, the experience recreates all of the film's most iconic moments. Since you can't predict exactly when, where, or how they will appear, however, your introduction to the movie will do little to keep the scare going.
This became clear when we rounded one of the corners of the house and found ourselves unexpectedly confronted with Wilsons red jumpsuits wearing doppelggers. They waited silently outside the family booth just as they did in the movie, but their surprise appearance – coupled with our awkward proximity to them – has become a date we won't soon forget.
As Brillard explains, another integral part of mining fresh fresh juices from familiar source material comes from the added immersion provided by the walk-in attraction. "You go from a flat-screen perspective to being thrown right into those experiences." Saul also emphasizes the importance of good old-fashioned jumps. "Everyone had a tether [in the film] so this was a 'pop up' house with multiple aggressors … this is an aggressive maze."
 a creative clash of immersion and mounting a monster in the closet is effectively staged to tear your nerves into multiple movie-based locations, from the cabins of Wilson and Tillers – complete with the awesome appearance of the twin sisters – to Santa Cruz Alley and the Tethered underground tunnels. But the labyrinth and its many live performers also turn some of the less scary, though still reckless scenes, into complete scary moments.
When you arrive at the crashed Wilsons SUV, for example, you will probably expect the next discovery of a Umbra twisted body crammed into a tree. Do not trust your intuition though – we will not spoil it for you, but the inspiration from the house on this scene inspires one of the best scares of the attraction.
Don't plan on feeling any safer around the main characters of the movie, because the approximately 5-minute experience does a fantastic job of reflecting their specific fears about you. Witnessing the fire poker gripping Adelaide's hunt for the Red in the Underground will send a few shivers down your spine, and the skillful take on Zora's breathless sprint from Umbrae can make you gasp for air.
Of course, the sound effects and the score accompanying each scene play an equally effective role in the interpretation of your immersion and introduction into the world-created director Jordan Peale. The attraction team works closely with Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, so that every audio replica and music track – from the hook-on hook in Shaman's Vision Quest's entertaining house to Red's staggering dialogue – is played with inappropriate authenticity.  Upload Video … ” class=”jsx-1406459836 placeholder”/>