Universal Studios is bringing Dracula back to the movie screen with “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” starring Luke Evans as Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler who became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s tale about the powerful vampire, Dracula. The film isn’t the only way horror fans can get the “Dracula” experience. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is creating a horrifying maze called “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood.” Starting Sept. 19, guests will get an immersive preview of the film through the maze.
“’Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood’ will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as ‘Vlad the Impaler,’ who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies. ‘Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood’ will spiral guests through Dracula’s eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.”
John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s creative director and executive producer of “Halloween Horror Nights,” talked more about Dracula in a statement. “Everyone thinks they know the story of ‘Dracula,'” he said. “But there is much more to the tale than just a dark figure lurking in the shadows, drinking blood. While Dracula Untold will reveal the origin story of the man who became Dracula, our ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze will invite guests to experience the atrocities Dracula imposed on his victims in the most frightening and immersive way possible.”
Michael Aiello, the director of entertainment-creative development, Universal Orlando Resort, added, “As a huge fan of the Universal Classic Monsters, my interest is certainly piqued any time a film explores other facets of the classic characters,” he said. “Dracula Untold offers a unique perspective on the origin of the world’s most famous vampire. Our maze will place guests within many of the pulse-pounding moments from the upcoming film, offering guests an unprecedented living preview of the horrors that await.”
Take a look at scares “Dracula Untold” promises in the film trailer below. “Dracula Untold” will be in theaters Oct. 17.