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Halloween Horror Nights brings 'Cabin in the Woods' to life

Universal Orlando announced the first new house coming to this year's Halloween Horror Nights will be based on the 2012 hit horror film The Cabin in the Woods.

The movie's director and co-writer Drew Goddard has been enlisted to help create a movie-quality haunted house experience for this fall's immersive Halloween event at the theme park.

Running select nights from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights has been going on for 23 years, creating an increasingly popular Halloween experience with highly themed, disturbingly real haunted houses. The streets of the theme parked will be filled with hundreds of specially trained "scareactors." Last year, zombies from the hit TV show The Walking Dead shambled through the park.

The Cabin in the Woods was co-written and produced by Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers). He described the 2012 film as an attempt to revitalize horror, calling it a "loving hate letter" to the genre, which he said had devolved into "torture porn" in too many films.

The film follows five friends on a college getaway to a remote cabin who become victims of a seemingly stereotypical horror movie plot while being observed via hidden cameras by mysterious office workers. The plot includes a zombie family, giant snakes, killer birds, a rampaging unicorn, an evil clown and a "merman."

In a news release from Universal, Goddard said this is a "twisted dream come true for me."

"The Universal team has done an amazing job making all the terrifying aspects of Cabin come to life, and horror fans will not be disappointed. Also, they said they'd let me dress up like a merman and scare people, so I'll see you guys there."

Visitors will step inside the menacing cabin from the movie and fend off a family of zombies. Like the movie, visitors will flee from the cabin and enter a maze of chaos.

Tickets are on sale at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. Base price for a single-night ticket is $91.99, but Florida residents can get special rates that start at $42.99, depending on date.

Halloween Horror Nights brings 'Cabin in the Woods' to life 06/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:48pm]

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