During Howl-O-Scream this year, a sinister force has been unearthed, descending on Busch Gardens Tampa for 19 select nights in Tampa.
This year, Busch Gardens joins forces with award-winning horror filmmaker Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project, to unearth an unimaginable evil.
In Howl-O-Scream’s newest haunted house, Unearthed: Scarlett’s Revenge, Cowie and his team of storytellers crafted a dark new tale of Scarlett, a village healer who turned to dark magic to avenge her husband’s killers. As her powers grew, she was hunted, trapped and buried alive deep beneath the park … but has now been Unearthed to summon terror on unsuspecting guests.
Guest venture into a mysterious centuries-old house filled with secrets, and terror awaits all who dare to enter as Scarlett summons demons and collects body parts to reincarnate her dead husband.
Here’s a look inside:
Some of the most demented houses are back this year by popular demand, but with horrifying new twists:
• Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood – Humans and plants entwine with an insatiable thirst for human blood, as guests attempt to escape the nightmare that has taken over this Victorian garden and greenhouse.
• Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets – Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), guests must hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.
• Death Water Bayou – Deep in the bayou the Voodoo Queen transforms wanderers into her evil servants. Those who enter must escape her dark magic before falling victim to her spell.
• The Basement – Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in The Basement. Guests must escape before becoming the secret ingredient.
• Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh – A lifetime of avoiding black cats and sidewalk cracks won’t save guests from this house, as the bad luck of childhood superstitions catches up with them in new demented ways.
• Zombie Mortuary – Led by their queen, zombies infest this small town funeral home and satisfy their hunger with fresh flesh and brains.
In addition to the horror-filled houses, guests can also brave thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury and Florida’s first and only triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt.
Freaky food and drinks are also served with Howl-O-Scream’s signature show, Fiends. Diners enjoy a buffet, show and an additional hour of front-of-the-line access to select haunted houses. And, the party continues through the night at Club Unearthed, where guests enjoy liquid courage and pulse-pounding music.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Sept. 25 and 26. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights, Oct. 18 and 25. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Howl-O-Scream 2015 is a separately ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For more information, visit HowlOScream.com.