‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Heading to Universal Studios Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights

By July 1, 2013
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In a year stuffed with The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and other massive spectacles, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon made some magic with 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. The film deconstructs the genre of horror movies and addresses big questions (like what audiences get out of watching them) while being crafty, clever, scary, and hilarious at the same time. There are also some very cool shout-outs to older horror films during the movie’s free-for-all climax, and now The Hollywood Reporter has good news for fans who’ve always wanted to get a little more hands on with the film: the movie is being adapted into a theme park attraction.

The cabin and the underground base will be recreated for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando, which runs from September 20 through November 2. The attraction’s storyline will be co-written by Goddard, who co-wrote and made his directorial debut with the film, and it will incorporate “LOST”-esque induction videos which will go deeper into the story’s mythology to provide more context for the film’s underground organization headed by Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins. (It’s unclear whether the actors will be involved in recording any content for the attraction.)

Not only will visitors get a chance to experience the creatures that appeared on screen in the film, but an official from Universal Studios Orlando mentioned that familiar faces from the Universal archives will also be incorporated into the attraction. That means we could see classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, and more alongside the movie’s iconic Merman.

For fans of The Cabin in the Woods, I can’t imagine a better way to spend Halloween. This seems like an incredible experience and I’ll definitely be checking out YouTube walkthroughs as soon as late September rolls around. Anyone planning on going to check this out? What other movies do you think deserve the Halloween Horror Nights treatment? Isn’t it nice to have an attraction based on a movie instead of the other way around?

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