Asian spooks and Stranger Things jostle at USS Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Studios Singapore will be tying up with Netflix to recreate scenes from “Stranger Things”. (PHOTO: Resorts World Sentosa)

Universal Studios Singapore’s (USS) Halloween Horror Nights returns this year with Asian horror taking centre stage and popular Netflix drama Stranger Things thrown into the mix.

With five haunted houses and two scare zones, the annual themed event at Sentosa is amping up the scare factor in its eighth edition, which will run on 18 nights from 27 September to 31 October.

USS has tied up with Netflix’s Stranger Things to feature 12 recreated scenes from the science fiction-horror show, including the Hawkins National Laboratory, the Byers Home and the Upside Down woods.

At a preview on Wednesday (4 July), the media got a taste of one of the haunted houses based on a Chinese secret society of vampires – called the Killuminati – when it was treated to a performance of a sacrifice ritual. This haunted house will boast flying acrobatics up to eight metres high.

One of the characters from the Killuminati, Lu Xi Fa. (PHOTO: Resorts World Sentosa)

This year’s event will also feature two haunted houses featuring well-known ghosts from Asian folklore, Oiwa and the Pontianak. Pontianak, the iconic female ghost will be terrorising a Malay village and participants will get to watch the story of how she dies and is resurrected in a cemetery.

An artist’s impression of the Pontianak. (PHOTO: Resorts World Sentosa)

A popular Japanese ghost story will also come to life in The Haunting of Oiwa. Oiwa is a Japanese lady who returns for revenge after being poisoned by her unfaithful husband during the Edo period. The tale is said to have inspired popular Japanese horror films such as Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge. The team will be using hologram technology to create the effect of a floating spirit.

An artist’s impression of The Haunting of Oiwa haunted house. (PHOTO: Resorts World Sentosa).

A Chinese-themed haunted house, the Pagoda of Peril, will feature demonic creatures and spirit-like puppets, including the vicious Yin Ling, the counterpart of Yang.

The festival will also feature two scare zones, one themed after an apocalyptic New York where Mother Earth takes its revenge on people, while the other features a band of cannibals who kill and eat their enemies before displaying their skulls.

An artist’s impression of the Apocalypse Earth Scare Zone. (PHOTO: Resorts World Sentosa)

In the lead-up to Halloween Horror Nights, USS will be releasing three original short horror films showcasing its haunted house characters. Fans can look out for these films on Resorts World Sentosa’s social media accounts from July to August.

This year will also see the return of zombie laser tag where teams of eight will work together to fend off zombies in infested areas with the use of laser tag gear. In its second year running, the game will feature an arena double the size of the one last year. Zombie laser tag will cost each participant an additional $38.

Early bird tickets, on sale from now until 12 August, cost $55 (non-peak) and $65 (peak).

Standard tickets are available at $58 (non-peak) and $68 (peak).

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