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Elite Hunting is open for business this September. Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season was just announced as Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights begins on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31. This is Roth’s first effort at transforming his screen work into a live theme park experience. The maze will mirror HOSTEL’s dehumanizing torture chambers and send guests on a spiraling journey through the corrupt halls of Elite Hunting’s torture factory. Elite Hunting, a secret society that tortures and kills American youth for sport in exchange for large sums of money, will prowl the factory and “prey” on its many maze visitors.
“Creating a maze for Halloween Horror Nights is a horror fan’s dream come true,” Roth notes. “I’ve been visiting Halloween Horror Nights for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. For me, it was like going inside the world of a movie and experiencing it in a visceral environment that simply cannot be replicated, and in subsequent years I’ve found I’m just as scared as I was the first time.
“I am so happy to join forces with the creative team at Universal. Our collaborative vision to bring HOSTEL to life will give both fans of my movie and horror fans a scare they could never have imagined. People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite HOSTEL scenes, along with some new surprises.
“I was honored to receive an Eyegore Award at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights event, and began talking to Universal about a HOSTEL maze even then. This is something I’ve dreamed of for years. I may even dress up and appear in the maze one night as a torturer. So when you say, ‘I scared you,’ you can literally mean that I scared you!”
Roth is the first star to be announced as a collaborator in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. He is also serving as a judge in Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights short film competition, which will culminate in a presentation to a winning filmmaker during the Eyegore Awards on the event’s opening night, September 23. The Thing: Assimilation, a new maze inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller, has also been announced.
Additional new content for the 2011 Halloween Horror Nights mazes and attractions will be announced shortly.
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