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At Midnight last night the official Universal Halloween Horror Nights 23 Twitter account (@HorrorNightsORL) revealed that the eighth and final haunted house at this year’s event would be based around the Resident Evil video game franchise. Resident Evil: Escape From Raccoon City joins The Walking Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, After Life: Death’s Vengeance, La Llorona, and Havoc: Derailed as the official mazes that guests will be able to walk through and get their wits scared out of them.
Resident Evil is a long running video game series that began in 1996. The Resident Evil: Escape From Raccoon City haunted house will be based around Resident Evil 2 and 3, games which were released in 1998 and 1999. Universal Creative Director Mike Aiello has confirmed that guests will encounter classic RE game elements such as dogs, Lickers (like from the artwork on the left hand side of the article, and Nemesis (the main baddie from RE 3). Universal has also teased that one room of the maze will also give guests the experience of the video game itself being paused. Pretty meta.
A creepy and intense video game, Resident Evil on the home consoles has very little in common with the Hollywood movies of the same name. The atmosphere and chilling mood created by the earlier RE games are second to none and show what type of terrifying experience guests can have as they walk through many of the iconic locations of Raccoon City. Capcom, the creators of RE, have worked with Universal on developing the haunted house and the end result should leave long time Resident Evil fans more than satisfied.