Eerie music, thick fog and plenty of zombies and monsters will soon lurk in the darkest corners of Movie Park Germany again! Because the Halloween Horror Festival will also provide new scary surprises in 2020. When the full moon rises above the Horrorwood Studios in Germany’s largest movie and amusement park from October on, over 280 monsters will be released again. This year, the new horror house „The Curse of Chupacabra“ and the new interactive laser walkthrough „Secrets of St. Elmo“ will provide fresh supplies on the devilish attraction menu. Due to the great success of the last few years, Movie Park will also be launched this time with 23 Halloween days. The Halloween Horror Festival takes place from October 1 to November 8.
„We are pleased to be able to offer our visitors an exciting Halloween time again this year. For this we have intensively discussed with the authorities to find a way to let Halloween take place in the time of Covid-19 and at the same time offer our guests a to provide a safe scary experience. With our new horror house and an interactive laser walkthrough, we have two new highlights this year that will captivate our guests.“Thorsten Backhaus — CEO Movie Park Germany
The new horror house „The Curse of Chupacabra“
Deep in the ruins lies the truth and danger is only a breath away. This discovery must also be made by the visitors of the new horror maze „The Curse of Chupacabra“. The Mexican Día de los Muertos is in full swing when a few tourists get the chance to visit an old Mayan temple. But the secret lies hidden at first: A dark curse weighs on this eerie place. Surrounded by darkness, the visitors have to make their way. Only a rope shows them the way, but nobody knows where it leads. The rescue could be so close – if it weren’t for the mysterious monster that is directly on the heels of the guests. However, the last chance to escape is not possible without an obstacle. Will the visitors have enough courage to take the last resort or has their fate already been sealed in the depths of the Mayan temple?
„We placed particular emphasis on a good storyline and an immersive experience. The guests should become a direct part of the story around the legendary South American myth of Chupacabra. The theme of darkness plays a major role here.“Manuel Prossotowicz – Halloween Project Manager
The new Maze moves into the premises of the attraction „The Lost Temple“ for Halloween 2020.
„Here we use the very detailed waiting areas as a backdrop, which perfectly fit the theme. As a special highlight, some of the performers – equipped with night vision devices – will be hunting for our visitors in areas of complete darkness. In this way we combine psychological horror with the well-known jump-scares to create a new overall experience for our visitors“.Manuel Prossotowicz – Halloween Project Manager
Ghost hunt with the interactive laser walkthrough „Secrets of St. Elmo“
Since the beginning of the season Movie Park Germany has had its sights firmly set on the opening of its new interactive laser walkthrough „Secrets of St. Elmo“. Planned for the opening of the 22nd Halloween Horror Festival, the interactive experience will take place in the former premises of the licensed attraction „The Walking Dead Breakout“, which expired in 2019. Even after Halloween, „Secrets of St. Elmo“ will remain a permanent attraction at Movie Park Germany. This is where accuracy is most important! In a total of six scenes, the guests, equipped with laser weapons, slip into the role of a ghost hunter and accompany the young ghost Adeen to finally transform the city and the saloon of St. Elmo from the evil forces. A mine accident destroyed the place 140 years ago. The guests will not only discover the mysterious history of St. Elmo, but also a well-kept secret that threatens to jeopardize the mission and raises the all-important question: Who is on whose side here?
For the theming and technical implementation of the new attraction, Movie Park Germany commissioned the Dutch company Lagotronics Projects to create the intense overall experience. The company has already worked around the world to help theme parks develop ideas in the areas of interactive systems, games, audio, video, lighting, show control, virtual and augmented reality.
And because the Halloween Horror Festival has been a tradition at Movie Park Germany for 22 years, guests can naturally look forward to their favorite horror houses.
A total of eight horror labyrinths and three scare zones will give the guests cold shivers again. In addition to the two new releases, „Project Ningyo“, „Insidious – Chapter 2“, „The Slaughterhouse“, „Hostel“, „Circus of Freaks“ and „Campout“ will also be providing fear and horror. For all families Movie Park Germany offers again its popular children’s Halloween in Nickland. Safe creepy fun is the priority here: Hygiene measures are specifically strengthened and more space is created between the individual Halloween activities. As a replacement for the children’s bouncy castle, this time a straw labyrinth will be placed on the bumper cars area of „Back at the Barnyard Bumpers“. Other possible Halloween activities will be widely spreaded on the forecourt of the California Café.
Tickets and capacity regulation for a safe Halloween
As already since the opening of the park in May, Movie Park Germany is only allowed to let a limited number of visitors into the park and the houses of horror for the 23 Halloween days due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
„The safety and health of all employees and guestsThorsten Backhaus — CEO Movie Park Germany
are still in first place. Therefore we have together with the authorities decided to significantly reduce the usual number of people in the horror labyrinths and to increase hygiene measures. Before entering each horror attraction it is mandatory to disinfect your hands. In addition, the park is subject to the well-known provisions of the hygiene and infection protection concept, which has already been successfully implemented in recent weeks and has been classified by the city as fully functional. Fortunately, to date we have not registered a single case of corona disease in Movie Park“.
An online ticketing system is still used for visitor capacity planning. This is valid for the general park admission as well as for the respective horror houses. All Halloween fans can secure their tickets in advance via the webshop while stocks last. The Movie-Park tickets include twelve hours of park admission including four hours of Halloween Horror Festival with a scary atmosphere on the streets and scary encounters with the monsters that scare the visitors in three scare zones and at various photo points and declare them their prey.
New in 2020
Time-tickets for the horror houses must also online and additionally can be purchased for park admission. Due to smaller groups of people and the smaller capacity in the horror labyrinths it is absolutely necessary to secure a timeslot for the Mazes in advance and exclusively online before visiting the park. In addition to better capacity control and the avoidance of full waiting areas, ticket holders of the horror houses are guaranteed a more intense horror experience than before. Due to the increased hygiene measures and significantly reduced group sizes, tickets will only be available at an additional charge. The only free exception will be the popular outdoor maze „Campout“, which can be visited starting from 12 years, due to the orientation as a family park. Nevertheless, advance reservation is necessary here as well. The exact prices and operative procedures are currently being worked out intensively and communicated in a timely manner.
Further highlights of the 22nd Halloween Horror Festival
So that not only fear and shivers put the guests in the right mood, but also the shreds really fly, DJ Max Bering is this year again with it. The DJ known from the Parookaville, who has already played alongside such greats as David Guetta, Felix Jaehn and Martin Solveig, will once again provide the soundtrack this year for all those who were able to escape zombies and monsters.
More information in general and tickets for the Halloween Horror Festival 2020 are available at www.halloween-horror-festival.de.
Tickets for the Halloween horror houses will be available from the middle of next week at www.moviepark.de/extras.
More information and FAQs about the Halloween Horror Festival can be found here:
Source: Movie Park Germanys press release of 09.09.2020