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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN:
Biohazard Halloween Horror Night
Capcom and Universal Studios Japan have collaborated on a
limited time Biohazard-themed attraction at the theme park
located in Osaka, where Capcom Japan's headquarters are also
located. Offered from 6PM to 9PM on Fridays, Saturdays and
Sundays in the period spanning September 15 through November 11,
2012, the attraction mixes a glorified indoor haunted house with
an outdoor zombie parade that takes place in the New York area
that has been transformed into a loose replica of Raccoon City.
There were also five Xbox 360 kiosks available in the souvenir
shop with the latest demo of Biohazard 6.
Biohaze member "cvxfreak" visited the attraction on the second
day, Saturday, September 15. This Biohaze-exclusive feature will
describe the attraction in detail. If you intend on visiting the
attraction while it's offered, then I advise you don't read this
feature as it will describe it in detail.
The Umbrella Laboratory
The Umbrella Laboratory attraction (the haunted house; this is
where the Terminator attraction is typically held), only offered
after 6PM, already attracted lines of over 200 minutes long by
5PM. According to USJ staff, if you had not gotten into the
queue by 6PM, you would be unable to enter. I arrived just after
5PM and managed to secure a spot.
The line snaked around the Terminator building and was located
mostly outdoors. At around 5:30PM, the worst possible thing
occurred: a thunderstorm began and within minutes, rain poured
over the park, soaking everyone unlucky enough to have gone to
the park without an umbrella on an otherwise sunny and warm day
(ironic, isn't it?). I did not have an umbrella with me, and was
subsequently soaked from head to toe. Luckily, it was still
humid, so the crowd was in no real danger of getting sick.
I was more concerned about the zombie parade being cancelled if
the rain didn't stop. It cost „5200 (about 66.00 USD or 52.00
EUR) to enter the park after 3PM on a half-day ticket, so simply
coming back the next day wouldn't be a cheap venture.
Furthermore, as the rain and lightning intensified, the theme
park actually shut off all rides and attractions, including
Biohazard, and asked people to "take shelter" until the storm
blew over. This freeze lasted about 20 minutes, when the rain
finally stopped and all attractions, including the Umbrella
Laboratory, restarted. Close call, but the day was not over yet.
I finally got into the attraction at around 8PM after waiting
around three hours (inside, they played the save room music from
Biohazard 2 and CODE: Veronica), which, as mentioned above, is
basically a Biohazard-themed haunted house with a series of
rooms to view (all standing). The first room showed a "dead"
human strapped onto a gurney on a suspended platform. The zombie
began to move and struggle, trying to break free of the gurney.
The crowd was so fixated on the zombie, and many of the people
in attendance, about 90% Japanese and 10% non-Japanese, were
quite terrified. The zombie was a good actor and quite
Then, screams from the audience in the back part of the room.
Another zombie had snuck up on the crowd and made clawing and
biting gestures, which is when people really began to scream.
Two more zombies would appear from the side of the room, and
more screaming. Then, two U.S.S. members arrived to "subdue" the
zombies and prevent them from harming the audience. As the
U.S.S. were tied up, yet another zombie arrived, but none other
than Leon S. Kennedy in his RPD uniform arrived to subdue the
With all zombies subdued and the gurney zombie unable to break
free, the audience was moved into the next room, a theater
auditorium. The seats were covered in black sheets. Suddenly, on
the stage, a Cerberus, Hunter, Licker and T-002 Tyrant appeared,
making taunting gestures at viewers. Then, three or four zombies
them emerged from beneath the sheets covering the auditorium
sheets, again taunting viewers. People still continued to
The next room was a snaking tunnel with some monitors showing
how the Umbrella-created T-Virus infects humans. There were
rooms with glass windows lining the walls, with zombies or
Lickers behind them taunting viewers. Then, the audience moved
into a larger room with a life-sized, yet unbelievably gigantic
Plant 42 suspended from the ceiling. In the next room, which
appeared to be the upper floor of the auditorium from earlier,
more zombies emerged from the seats. At least, the attraction
ended as the exit doors came into view, letting the audience out
into the Raccoon City replica.
Raccoon City Zombie Parade
The USJ New York area was recreated into a loose replica of
Raccoon City. It was night out. There was a gigantic stopped
truck in the middle of the street with a billboard that had the
words "Welcome to Raccoon City" written in it. There was a also
stopped vehicle in the road with blood all over it.
Crowds of theme park goers were gathered around a grass field
that was fenced off with yellow "CAUTION" tape, with the iconic
Universal Studios globe on it. This was effectively the stage of
the parade. Suddenly, more zombies began appearing in random
locations within the crowd, and indeed they would be located
sporadically throughout the park for the rest of the evening.
People screamed. Others laughed. Some took photos (like myself).
There was a police officer zombie, a nurse and a few civilians
The outdoor stage was then filled with Hunters, Cerberus and
Nemesis. The attraction would be topped off with Claire Redfield
appearing from within the crowds and getting on stage to
eliminate the B.O.W. A short time later, Jill Valentine would
join the fray, attempting to fight Nemesis. The attraction had
no proper end, and this sequence of events (zombies in the
crowds, Nemesis and crew on stage, Claire and Jill appearing to
save the day) would repeat for the duration of the attraction.
As a Biohazard fan and Osaka relatively close to Tokyo, where I
live, I found it worth the visit. USJ is a great theme park,
although similar to the Hollywood park, and a Biohazard-themed
haunted house was always something I wanted to see. I wish the
haunted house had been inside a Spencer Mansion replica rather
than a fictional Umbrella lab, but it wouldn't have fit the
building layout at all.
Capcom clearly sees Biohazard as a first class, world-class
property. The series now has S.T.A.R.S.-themed restaurants, five
live action movies, $1300 leather jacket replicas and now theme
park attractions. While this is a lot to swallow even for
hardcore fans, it's still an experience I'll never forget,
especially since not all game series are worthy of such
prominent attractions. If you have the means to visit Japan,
then please place Osaka on your itinerary and give Biohazard
Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios Japan a go.