UPDATE (2:00 pm, 09.22.20): Universal has just announced that it’s going to expand its Halloween Seasonal Experience from just the weekend of September 18-20 to this upcoming weekend, September 26-27, before blowing it out to daily operations from October 3 through to November 1.
(If you’d like to read our review of Revenge of the Tooth Fairy, you can do so here.)
For a special, limited daytime engagement this fall, Universal is – surprisingly enough – resurrecting two haunted houses that were originally created for Halloween Horror Nights 2020 (y’know, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) in what it’s calling its Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing. Alongside Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, which is the intellectual property-based haunt of the pair, we’re also getting an original entry that gives one of the most popular modern fairy-tale figures a horror makeover.
Here’s what the company has to officially say:
The innocent traditions of the tooth fairy hide a darker ritual. All children must give up their baby teeth to the goblin-esque tooth fairies or pay a gruesome price. Step into an old manor that has been overrun by yellow-clawed fiends who extract teeth by force. It’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy is one of those delightful titles where, on first blush, it may seem more on the comical side than the horrifying (not that there’s anything wrong with that – some of the most enjoyable Horror Nights houses of the past have landed squarely in this territory, such as 2018’s Slaughter Sinema), but Universal’s copy makes it clear this is no laughing matter. And, moreover, there’s actually a strong history of haunt experiences using teeth, generally, and the Tooth Fairy, specifically, to great (read: gruesome) effect, paving the way for a truly terrifying encounter here.
Knott’s Scary Farm, for instance, which is the granddaddy of all theme-/amusement-park Halloween events (and which provided some of the inspiration behind HHN’s former long-running Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show), recently had a Tooth Fairy maze that ran for four seasons, starting in 2014. While a complete description of its contents might be a bit intense for the purposes of this article – it was consistently controversial due to its depiction of children being abducted and injured – just the simple fact that its Fairy was truly terrifying-looking, and that its various scenes included deranged dentists and some rather abstract imagery revolving around mouths and teeth and blood, is enough to prove the point: this is a premise that can be downright frightening. Seeing what Universal’s designers can do with the same material has us salivating (apologies for the mouth-related expression).
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy will arrive at Universal Orlando Resort for its Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing, alongside Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. It will utilize a Virtual Line, which you can read all about here.
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