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'Resident Evil' to get the haunted house treatment this Halloween at Universal Orlando

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Resident Evil at Halloween Horror Nights
Resident Evil at Halloween Horror Nights

Every Halloween Universal turns its theme parks into a series of elaborate haunted houses, usually drawing upon horror's best-known characters — but this year a horror video game will be serving as inspiration. The classic Capcom franchise Resident Evil will be turned into a haunted house at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights, allowing visitors to explore Raccoon City while facing zombies and the series' other creatures at every turn. Universal has worked hand-in-hand with Capcom to create the attraction, and is embracing the real-world video game concept to its fullest: there will actually be a room that allows visitors to walk into a "paused" fight scene from the series.

It's actually not the first time that Capcom and Universal have worked together in this capacity; Universal Studios Japan has previously created experiences based on Monster Hunter, and it opened a Resident Evil attraction earlier this summer. As for Orlando, the new addition rounds out a line-up of haunted houses that include such familiar movies as The Cabin in the Woods, An American Werewolf in London, and Evil Dead. The rest of the backlot is being dressed with a heavy influence from The Walking Dead — putting visitors at the risk of a zombie attack no matter where they go. California residents won't be getting the Resident Evil treatment, but Universal Studios Hollywood will be holding its own Halloween Horror Nights that will take cues from Insidious, Evil Dead, and The Walking Dead, amongst others. The event runs from September 20th through November 2nd in both locations.