The Purge Gets Its Own Scare Zone at Halloween Horror Nights This Fall
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If you weren't able to try first-hand The Purge Breakout Experience when it rolled into Wynwood last month, the horror gods (no, not Joss Whedon) have taken pity on you.
Universal Studios Orlando will be implementing its very own version of a Purge experience during this year's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).
During HHN, the park is divided up into various "scare zones" with different haunted houses, mazes, or just plane freaky pandemonium that is devised to scare the shit out of you. With the recent success of The Purge: Anarchy, the franchise has been granted its very own area.
Taking over most of the New York back lot of Universal Studios, this scare-zone aims to match the fear that comes along with the annual night of purging. The fear from the victims, that is: "The scare-zone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness," a press release states. Those "average citizens" are scare-trained actors who will have no shame going up to you, widening their eyes, and making you want to run.
Courtesy of Universal Studios
The chaos will be replicated nightly (so much for just one night a year!) and commence with a broadcast warning, just like in the movies.
It seems that guests themselves won't be able to practice any purging rituals here, but rather be the luckless victims: "Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy."
"Because the premise of The Purge could theoretically happen, our scare-zone elevates that sense of fear and forces you to really watch your back," states John Murdy, creative director and executive producer of HHN. Attendees will walk around looking over their shoulders with the paranoid sensation of thinking how "your neighbor, friend or enemy could take revenge on you without retribution because you wronged them; [this] takes horror to a whole new level, and we wanted to bring that gut-wrenching terror to every one of our guests."
Robert Rodriguez's series From Dusk to Dawn will also be one of the new attractions in the form of a maze at Horror Nights this fall, along with the reigning The Walking Dead, and the new Face Off: In the Flesh.
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