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Universal Studios: Resident Evil house caps Horror Nights lineup

By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

10:37 AM EDT, August 28, 2013

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Universal Studios has announced its final haunted-house theme for Halloween Horror Nights 2013, and it will be based on the Resident Evil video-game series.

In Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City, HHN guests will encounter Lickers, Hunters and the monstrous Nemesis. The theming puts visitors inside the video-game realm, including one room representing a fight scene put on pause by a game player.

Universal collaborated with Capcom, creators of the game, which also spawned a series of horror films and comic books.

"We were able to create incredibly elaborate sets that plant you right in the miedst of Raccoon City's apocalyptic nightmare, along with terrifying adversaries that will send them running," says Michael Aiello, creative director of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.

The addition of Resident Evil complete the eight-maze lineup for the 2013 event, the theme park's 23rd edition. Previously reported houses (and now with official names from Universal) include:

+ The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven -- Based on the AMC television drama's third season, which wrapped earlier this year. (Season four begins in mid-October.) The maze will include the town of Woodbury, the prison and walkers (aka zombies).  "The Walking Dead" will also take over the event's entire scare-zone program and be known as The Walking Dead: The Undead Streets.

+ Evil Dead -- "Deadites try to possess your soul," Universal says.

+ The Cabin in the Woods -- Go beneath the film's rustic cabin for a tour of a secret facility and its unusual and frightening creatures.

+ An American Werewolf in London -- Scenes from the 1980s John Landis classic, including the Slaughtered Lamb pub, scenes from Piccadilly Circus and, of course, werewolves.

+ Urban Legends: La Llorona -- Featuring a weeping, wandering woman who drowned her children and "seeks others to share her pain and suffering," Universal says.

+ Afterlife: Death's Vengeance --A serial killer meets his maker and his victims. Electric chair alert.

+ Havoc2: Derailed -- The return of the event's Dogs of War supersoldiers, this time on a speeding train.

Two stage show also return to Horror Nights: "Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure," which mocks pop culture, and "Rocky Horror Picture Show -- A Tribute."

Halloween Horror Nights runs for 27 select nights between Sept. 20 and Nov. 2. It requires a separate ticket from normal park admission. Price varies by night and with add-ons such as front-of-line access. For more information or for tickets, go to HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.