Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the biggest Halloween events in Los Angeles (I already have my tickets). The annual event opens earlier and earlier every year, with 2017's event running from Sept. 15 through Nov. 4.
The Hollywood Reporter got a look at two of this year's mazes with executive producer of the annual event, John Murdy. "The Horrors of Blumhouse" is an all-new maze this year, featuring scenes from Blumhouse horror franchises The Purge and Sinister, as well as the upcoming Happy Death Day.
"The Horrors of Blumhouse" is the largest maze to date, with the largest cast of actors working inside. An outdoor area takes visitors through highlights from all three Purge movies. Heading inside, you will experience a "living trailer" for Happy Death Day (in theaters Friday, Oct. 13), which is like a horror version of Groundhog's Day where a girl relives the day of her death over and over. Finally, you will go through a section that depicts scenes from both Sinister films. None of these properties has received a Universal Hollywood maze before (though The Purge did have a "scare zone").
There will also be a maze based on the upcoming fourth installment of the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key. The maze sends visitors on a tour of the haunted 1950s house in New Mexico that is at the center of the film (which is currently slated for theatrical release Jan. 5, 2018).
Without having seen the films in the production of these mazes, Murdy relied on the shooting scripts for Insidious and Happy Death Day. "Inevitably, there'll be things we end up with that may not even be in the final film, but that's part of the fun. This is like the ultimate trailer for the movie."
Blumhouse has had a long relationship with Halloween Horror Nights, having had multiple mazes based off their properties since Blumhouse's inception. It is no surprise that Blumhouse founder Jason Blum turned over "full creative reign" to Murdy in order to make the perfect mazes. "I really thought it would be fun to do a handful of our movies and do a maze. I talked to John about it and it really came alive," said Blum, "We tried to pick movies that would really lend themselves to live scares. If it was anyone else, we probably wouldn't do it. I really feel like he gets our movies."
Other mazes at this year's Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights include American Horror Story: Roanoke, The Shining, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, and Titans of Terror, a mash-up maze that includes Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface. There is also a permanent The Walking Dead maze, and the Terror Tram, hosted by Chucky.
So, who's ready for Halloween?!