Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary. Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.
Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the An American Werewolf in London maze, which recreates legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects to bring the werewolf to life. Hit the jump to learn more about what to expect from the highly detailed maze.
To set the scene, guests will enter through The Slaughtered Lamb, the English countryside pub where patrons warned American backpackers Jack and David before they were attacked by a werewolf. Here are eight things that you should know about how to make it through the maze without getting scratched by a werewolf yourself.
- HHN Creative Director John Murdy has been wanting to do this attraction for awhile now, having snuck in to see the film in a theater while he was in junior high school. Universal Studios Orlando did their version of the maze last year, but there are scene in this version that are different from that one.
- The film is most famous for the work of make-up and effects wizard Rick Baker, with the transformation scene being one of the most iconic scenes in all of movie history.
- This maze features a lot of prosthetic make-up, as well as multiple full-blown werewolves, brought to life with puppeted effects. For the scene where Jack is attacked, the actor will be manipulating it live on set.
- Audio is really key when you’re doing An American Werewolf in London, and music, in particular. Director John Landis used popular music, and all of the songs had to do with the moon, so the maze features “Blue Moon.” And the maze features a lot of the dialogue from the film, which is the original production audio, so that anyone who hasn’t seen the film will get the basics of it before they go inside the attraction.
- Another iconic series of scenes in the film are the nightmare sequences, and they’re doing those in the maze, as well. Because the maze features a lot of repeat environments, they had to get or make duplicates.
- The transformation scene is so important to the film that you’ll see the early stages of it, from outside of the nurse’s apartment, and then from inside of it, for the final stages. The actor doing the full transformations scene will work for 30 minutes, and then take a 30-minute break. Nobody ever works more than 45 minutes, at one time, to preserve the energy of the scare-actors.
- John Murdy met with John Landis and got permission to include an effect that isn’t in the movie, at all, but Landis thought it was a cool idea, so they got to add it to the maze.
- Towards the end of the maze, the movie theater, where David meets all of the victims that he’s killed, is featured. The theater itself is filled with both dummy characters and real actors, so that you never where the scare will be coming from.
Halloween Horror Nights @ Universal Studios Hollywood runs on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, and you can get all of the details at Halloween Horror Nights.