Every Halloween season, I make my pilgrimage to any haunted house of repute that I can afford to attend. My ultimate goal is to feel absolute fear, confront it, slay it, and triumph over it. As I get older, and as my mind grows harder to the horrors I face at my day job, it becomes more difficult for anything to scare me. But I always keep my eye out for the next challenge.
And I think I may have found it.
I will admit I have never played any of the Silent Hill games, but I have heard many good things about them, particularly the older ones. I have heard them described as exactly the type of claustrophobic, suffocating, paranoia-inducing, slow-tension-building horror that I am drawn to. And the series does have one other good thing going for it. It is the only video game-to-movie adaptation I have ever thought of as not just a competent film, but also one that I actually enjoyed. The story was formula, but the tone and the imagery was haunting, surreal, and disturbing. And, I’m not gonna lie, I really dug the ending.
And now, Universal Studios is bringing Silent Hill to Halloween Horror Nights. On select dates from September 21st to October 31st, you will be able to visit the most infamous haunted town in digital media. But, remember…
“This is not a game. This is not a movie. This is real.”
Universal Halloween Horror Nights is not your kid’s trick-or-treat playground. This is every haunted house you were ever too scared to venture into spread over an entire theme park. In this modern age of hand-holding, the idea of a massive, sprawling landscape of horror pulling no punches can only be described as a Halloween miracle.
From personal experience, I can recall two local theme parks (which shall remain nameless) that used to have relatively well-produced haunted houses. They even went so far as to decorate their entire parks, complete with monsters roaming free, taking every opportunity to scare any unsuspecting patrons. Over time, this trend disappeared until it was all but gone. I could be wrong, but I personally hypothesize that this was due to people complaining that these “family parks” had become “too scary for the children.”
Leave the kids at home, so far as I am concerned. There is not enough Halloween entertainment out there for an older audience, so when a wildly successful theme park has the disemboweled guts to make their haunted houses as terrifying as possible with absolutely no mercy for the weak-minded, and with enough warning labels to scare a military test pilot, I not only take notice, I make a tip of the fedora with my glove made of knives.
Be sure to check out the Halloween Horror Nights website for information and tickets. The horror will be spread coast to coast, and can be found at both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. You can also watch the announcement trailer below. Watch it with the lights off, and keep a weapon close.
It is said that the town of Silent Hill feeds on your fear and brings your worst psychological torments to life. For the sake of humanity, you better hope I can’t make it this year, because my imagination could spell a violent and bloody cataclysm for the entire planet.