It’s less than a week until Halloween, and dressing up in costume isn’t the only thing we’re excited about…because as expected of Resorts World Genting (in collaboration with AirAsia), they’ve come up with something new and thrilling: a real-life experience of Korea’s famous horror/zombie movie, Train to Busan.
“This isn’t the first Halloween spectacular that we’ve created at Resorts World Genting, but I believe it is certainly the best,” says Roger Ong, Assistant Vice President of Entertainment and Events for Resorts World Genting.
“As the leader of entertainment experiences in Malaysia and the region, we have always tried to push the boundaries of what we can offer our customers. Which is why we have chosen Train To Busan, since something familiar and recognisable for our audience, and which is why we have chosen to work with Vividthree, a market-leading producer to bring the blockbuster movie to life. We are thankful that Vividthree immediately signed on to this project to realise this fantastic frightening Horror House.”
“We asked ourselves: what we would do if we were one of those ordinary, everyday Koreans that somehow got caught up in a zombie apocalypse? What would have happened if we made a different choice in those scenarios, compared to what was done by the movie’s characters,” says Jed Mok, Chief Executive Officer for Vividthree.
“It was really fun to brainstorm over what could be done and how we could expand the universe. But it was also a huge challenge, as working with a successful IP like Train to Busan is a daunting task, not least because there are so many fans around the world that love the movie.”
But first, let’s take a look at what went down behind the scenes…
Here’s what we know so far:
- The horror experience is faithful to the actual Train to Busan horror film.
- The Vividthree team spent hours upon hours watching and studying the film, in order to figure out which plotline and scene would be perfect to translate into real life.
- The team settled on setting the Horror House in the 48 hours that ensued after the finale of the movie, and specifically addressed what else was happening in Seoul, Daejeong and Busan.
- Using hints left by the director in the movie, over 50 concepts were refined into the final product, brought to life through a mixture of live actors, digital technology, brand new videos and immersive soundscapes.
- You don’t actually have to know the film, or watch it, to get a good scare.
- The Train to Busan Horror House experience is broken up into several parts, each with a unique offering inspired by the movie such as a busy, neon-lit street in Seoul, a ravaged train station, retail shops and a base camp.
- The sets draw inspiration from iconic movies such as the 2008 movie Mirrors and the final fight sequence of Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon.
- There is a VR zombie shooting game at the Base Camp, where visitors can take on the role of Korean soldiers defending the quarantine zone from zombies.
- The Horror House will be heightened with a cast of 50 actors and scare point operators, who were meticulously selected for necessary physical attributes and acting skills.
- The makeup and costume alone take up to two hours to complete!
This first-in-the-world event, which will launch on 31 October, is complete with scary backdrops, jump scares as well as creepy zombies waiting to pounce on you.
Trust us, we know, because we had the honour (read: the opportunity to scream our lungs out) before it officially launches, and here’s what we had to go through:
WARNING: it’s some pretty scary stuff!
Well, how about that? Are you and your friends up for a thrill this Halloween?
The Train To Busan Horror House experience will be accepting passengers from 31 October 2019 to 1 January 2020, running from 12 noon to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 November to 1 December 2019, and daily from 2 December 2019 to 1 January 2020.
The Streets of Seoul runs from 10am to 10pm over the same time period. Tickets to the Horror House are priced at RM90 for regular admission (RM80 for Genting Rewards Club members).
A combo Horror House single admission and Skytropolis Preview Pass is available at RM128, and guests looking at skip the queue can opt for an additional Express Pass at RM30. For more information, visit www.rwgenting.com or call +603 2718 1118.
For AirAsia BIG members, please visit airasia.com to purchase tickets.