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Howl-O-Scream 2014: Monster Stomp returns with a twist

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When guests talk, Busch Gardens listens. After a three-year absence from the Howl-O-Scream scene, the popular Monster Stomp show is making its return with a completely revamped show. The best of the previous Monster Stomp is being blended with special effects and illusion to create an audio-visual experience inspired by the rampage of Jack the Ripper. Meet “Monster Stomp on Ripper Row.”

The video mapping technology, 3-D soundscapes and rock-n-roll style lighting of the newly renovated Globe Theatre, in the England section, transports guests to the late 1800s of London’s East End. Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror comes to life with illusions, sound effects and edgy Victorian costumes.

The original Monster Stomp debuted in the Canadian Palladium in 2002 as part of the fourth season of Howl-O-Scream. Monster Stomp Revamped opened in 2008 at Abbey Stone Theatre in Ireland. Monster Stomp on Ripper Row takes advantage of all of the technology developed for London Rocks, the park’s British Invasion song and dance extravaganza.

The sound of percussion plays a key role in this year’s production with a four-person drum line playing pounding beats from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today. The Globe Theatre's 1,900 speakers will generate a sonic sound that can be felt around the theatre. Hold on to your seats, and heads, at this show.

“There is more rhythmic content in Monster Stomp on Ripper Row than in any other show in the park’s lineup,” said Scott Gasparich, Busch Gardens’ vice president of Entertainment. “Long-time Monster Stomp fans will recognize aspects of previous shows, but this all-new production unlike anything we’ve ever produced for Howl-O-Scream.”

Intended for mature audiences, Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is a much darker production than its former self. Previous parts of the show remain, such as the dance of the skeletons and a selection of songs from the show’s debut in 2002.

“This show is not for the faint of heart. Through the use of special effects and illusion, guests will witness Jack the Ripper’s sinister deeds,” Gasparich said. “Like every aspect of Howl-O-Scream, parents must decide if the show is appropriate for children.”

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“Ripper Row is Jack the Ripper’s domain. Monster Stomp on Ripper Row lets us explore the more frightening aspects of the Terror-tory in ways we can’t in the park.”

The other two Howl-O-Scream shows are Nights Beats inside Das Festhaus and Fiends at Abbey Stone Theatre. Up to six daily performances let guests experience the shows before and after Busch Gardens transforms into Howl-O-Scream at the stroke of six.

“We are looking forward to introducing guests to another world-class production produced by the talented team of scare experts assembled here at Busch Gardens,” said Park President Carl Lum. “Monster Stomp on Ripper Row is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.”

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2014 opens on Friday, September 12. Last year’s wildly popular Terror-tories will see the addition of Wendigo Woods in the New France section. Wendigo Woods is all about the frightful nature of the unknown. Read all about it, and its sinister song, right here.

Even if you never set foot inside a haunted house/maze, the Terror-tories are worth a walk-through. The park has implemented pieces of scandalous and scary history from each country to create a landscape full of surprises and fun. The smell of Paris burning, haunting music and pirates, vampires and various other creatures of the night make these expertly executed areas a feast for all of the senses.

Five Terror-tories, six haunted house mazes and three shows make up Busch Gardens’ main Howl-O-Scream event for 2014. There is also a new merchandise shop, Vampire Vogue, and dining and spirits options such as Pirate Baarrrgh in Italy, Igor’s Fright Feast in Ireland and the Blood Banquet in Germany.

Note: Parents and guardians, please use caution when bringing young children to Howl-O-Scream. The park takes a definite dark turn and increases the scare factor after 6:00 p.m.

For more information and to purchase park tickets, please visit BuschGardens.com/va.

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