‘Stranger’ Hal­loween

No Jus­tice for Barb, but there are De­mogor­gons at Univer­sal haunted house

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LIVING - By MIKE SCH­NEI­DER

OR­LANDO, FLA. >> There may be no “Jus­tice for Barb” at Univer­sal Or­lando’s haunted house based on the Net­flix hit, “Stranger Things,” but the beloved, ill-fated char­ac­ter does ap­pear in grand, gory style.

The “Stranger Things” house is one of 10 haunted houses built for this year’s Hal­loween Hor­ror Nights, the most haunted houses ever in 28 years of cel­e­brat­ing all things hor­ror at the Or­lando theme park re­sort. “Stranger Things” haunted houses also are at Hal­loween Hor­ror Nights cel­e­bra­tions at Univer­sal parks in Hol­ly­wood and Sin­ga­pore, run­ning from mid-Septem­ber to the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber.

Pa­trons walk­ing through the “Stranger Things” haunted house fol­low the plot con­tours of the first sea­son. There’s the shed where Will dis­ap­pears, the By­ers home where let­ters on the walls and Christ­mas lights help Joyce com­mu­ni­cate with her miss­ing son, the hellish Up­side Down world, the lab where the malfea­sance be­gins and even Eleven’s frozen waf­fles. Oh yeah, there’s a mon­strous De­mogor­gon seem­ingly around ev­ery corner, ready to scare the be­je­sus out of you.

“Boom, a De­mogor­gon pops out and tries to get you. But he misses you so he tries to get you again over here,” said Pa­trick Brail­lard, cre­ative de­vel­op­ment show di­rec­tor at Univer­sal Or­lando, walk­ing re­cently through the haunted house — which is re­ally a maze of rooms in a back-lot stu­dio at the theme park re­sort.

Tongue firmly in check, he added, “There’s just one De­mogor­gon hunt­ing you.”

Ac­tu­ally, there are mul­ti­ple per­form­ers play­ing the loom­ing mon­ster at any given time in the house. Adult, fe­male per­form­ers

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AP PHOTO/JOHN RAOUX

The char­ac­ter Barb ap­pears in grand, gory style in the Stranger Things haunted house dur­ing Hal­loween Hor­ror nights at Univer­sal Stu­dios in Or­lando, Fla. The “Stranger Things” house is one of 10 haunted houses built for this year’s Hal­loween Hor­ror Nights run­ning through early Novem­ber.

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