Flickering lights, animatronics and loud noises are sure to come your way as you step foot in the All of Us Are Dead haunted house.
This multi-sensory experience that greets you is the work of Assistant Show Director Coral Tong and her team.
Ideation and planning start way ahead
But before everything, “it all starts with the conceptualisation [stage] which happens way in advance”. Then, the team sat together to brainstorm what they wanted to achieve with the house.
It is only thereafter that they move on to deciding on the different rooms, which are characters to include as well as their costumes.
In collaboration with Netflix, the house themed after the famed Korean series is one of five haunted houses for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
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Guests will get to walk through Hyosan High School, ground zero of the zombie outbreak.
An illusive experience
The high school in the series featured different rooms located on various levels. But to transform that into a haunted house with only one level posed a small challenge to the team along the way.
To give the illusion of height, though, they devised “clever and cool ideas for guests to experience changes in the environment,” Director Tong said.
It’s true that the haunted house is only one level. But “we want to let guests question if that’s really the case as they walk through it,” she added.
The continued Netflix partnership
Universal Studios Singapore teamed up with Netflix to bring Stranger Things to Halloween Horror Nights back in 2018. So it isn’t exactly surprising that another partnership will surface this year.
I’m more intrigued by the fact that it’s a Korean IP (intellectual property).
Given that everything Korean is all the craze now, “we thought that tying in with an IP like All of Us Are Dead was a very nice collaboration to showcase what we can offer to the table,” she said.
Instinctively, I know that there was no way Directly Tong hasn’t caught the series yet. But I proceeded to ask her anyway: “Have you watched All of Us Are Dead?” “I’ve watched it multiple times, and studied the drama like a ‘ten-year series’”, she said.
We both broke into laughter.
And her favourite scenes, are those you’d experience in the haunted house for yourself.
What to look forward to for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights
Other than the All of Us Are Dead house, the theme park also features a haunted house themed after Canadian pop star The Weeknd.
The incorporation of both Asian and Western elements is also why the horror event is able to stand out in the region.
Halloween Horror Nights is now happening on select nights till 4 Nov. Tickets start from S$79.