This year, filmmaker Eli Roth â€“ acclaimed director of blockbuster horror films such as Hostel and Cabin Fever â€“ makes his commercial directorial debut with Universal Studiosâ€™ new â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ television spot, entitled â€œThe Mourning After.â€
With Rothâ€™s creative direction and filmmaking expertise, the compelling 30-second commercial becomes one of the most cinematic, horror-film-inspired, â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ commercials ever created.Â â€œThe Mourning Afterâ€ spot follows a group of friends as they attend an unusual Halloween costume party and unfolds with a series of suspenseful twists and turns that begs for more.
Viewers will see an array of hidden references woven throughout the spot that pay tribute to the horror films and television-themed mazes guests will encounter at this yearâ€™s â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ events.Â These include FXâ€™s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series, â€œAmerican Horror Story,â€ Stanley Kubrickâ€™s psychological horror film, The Shining and the upcoming SAW: The Games of Jigsaw movie.
Eli Roth is a long-time fan of â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ and has previously served as a creative consultant for the event, including aHostel-inspired maze.Â He said the commercial gave him the opportunity to combine a love of horror films with how those films are brought to life within â€œHalloween Horror Nights.â€
â€œI first got involved with â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ as a fan – I felt that I was in a horror movie and I didnâ€™t want it to end,â€ said Roth. â€œFor this spot, I wanted to pay homage to these brilliant and scary films, and yet put my own spin on it.â€
Universal Studiosâ€™ â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coastâ€™s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing â€œscare-actorsâ€ lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
For more information and to purchase tickets to â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.