It’s Monday! This means another inside look at Goosebumps HorrorLand!
It’s no easy task to keep HorrorLand open and running — that’s why the green-skinned workers called Horrors are busy collecting tickets, operating rides, and more. The Goosebumps HorrorLand Video Game will be available soon, but until then here’s a look at the creatures that staff the park and keep things running smoothly . . . well, sort of.
Goosebumps HorrorLand has been in development for the past year and I’ve gotten to know the Horrors pretty well (although I’m not sure I would call them my friends). The Horrors — with their green skin, big hands, and long tails — are generally lazy and put forth only enough effort to keep their jobs. They have a wry sense of humor and don’t care about the safety of the park’s visitors. At first blush, they appear to be people in costumes, but sometimes it seems they really are monsters.
After looking at some Goosebumps book covers, reading R. L. Stine’s descriptions of the Horrors, and drawing inspiration from movie monsters, Scholastic Interactive set out to bring the Horrors to life for the video game.
Making of the Horrors
Using 3D drawing programs and Photoshop, the team crafted the Horrors of HorrorLand over the course of two weeks, paying very close attention to details. Ambiguity plays an important part in the game, and this was key to implement in the design of the Horrors, who were purposefully designed to keep players wondering whether they were truly monsters or just workers in costume. On one hand, it looks as though the Horrors are wearing costumes that don’t fit well and are too tight. However, it also looks as though it could just be layers of monster skin. After the basic look of the Horror was finalized, the team went about creating the various themed Horrors that staff the park and worked on animating them.
As mentioned in last week’s blog entry, the boss of the group is a magician Horror named Horrifico. I think the name says it all; he’s a pretty scary guy with his glowing eyes, bad temper and skullhead cane.
The Pirate Horror is definitely my favorite! You can find him in Fever Swamp. In the initial concepts for the Pirate Horror, it was up for debate whether or not the Horror should have a missing leg. Ultimately, thinking that a missing leg would be just too horrifying, the team decided that the Pirate Horror would have a peg leg but his real leg would be tucked up behind him!
Which Horror do you like the best?
— Robin, Scholastic Interactive Staffer