Saturday, October 19, 2013

"Behind the Screams"

We attended the RIP Tour at Universal Studios, "Halloween Horror Nights" again this year. This is a lights on day-time tour of the set designs for each of the scare houses at HHN without dead people and monsters and such jumping out at you. Last year was our first year doing the tour and it was such a good time looking at the designs and detail that goes into creating these sets that it required a return visit.

AMC's Walking Dead House D Block!


Belinda visiting the jail cell
This year they had 8 eight houses and we got to see 6 of them in the morning and afternoon tours. "The Walking Dead" house was back with scenes from last season. The Walking Dead are also roaming throughout the park to attack you between the scare houses during regular HHN hours. We decided that Belinda is pretty much a zombie magnet during our night visit to the park... if a zombie epidemic breaks out I'm thinking shes on her own. Sorry babe!
Our guide gives us a rough demo of how the scareactor works with this zombie victim prop. He was entertaining and had good knowledge of all the behind the scenes stuff.

Everything is glued down in every scene in the houses...including body parts of course.
Most of the houses were after shows or movies, "Walking Dead", "American Werewolf in London", "Cabin in the Woods", and "Evil Dead".

Belinda and I got to pose with a couple of the "American Werewolf in London" puppets.

"The Slaughtered Lamb" pub from AWIL
Facade in front of the tent for the "La Llorona" house. Amazing detail!
Three of  the houses are creations from Universal Studios, including "Havoc", "La Llorona" and this years 3D house, "Afterlife: Death's Vegeance". We didn't get to see "Havoc" or "Afterlife", but "La Lorona", which is based on a Mexican Urban Legend, was visually spectacular!

"Resident Evil" house in one of the sound stages
The final house was based on the "Resident Evil" game. I've never played the game but the house appeared to be very detailed with specific scenes from the game. This was the exterior of the house in the game's venue called Racoon City.

Resident Evil was a huge set of building facades, streets, and alleyways.
 


Hated the "Cabin in the Woods" movie but this scare house could have been the actual movie set. Very well done.

If you go to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, try to make it a point to take the "Behind the Screams" Tour. We enjoyed ourselves again, and although  it was a very long day, I'm pretty certain we'll be back again next year!