This yr was scheduled to be the fright-filled Fifteenth-anniversary celebration of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.
However the theme park canceled its annual haunting festivities because it has remained closed since mid-March amid coronavirus considerations and lack of reopening pointers from the state.
Annually, Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and his partner Chris Williams provide you with a wide range of mazes primarily based on horror-themed motion pictures, tv exhibits, video video games, music and extra. They work intently with the precise administrators, producers, writers, actors and designers from these properties to create an genuine expertise for followers.
On high of providing tips on how to have a safe and fun Halloween at-home this year, Murdy reminisced in regards to the different 80 walk-thru sights he’s achieved all through the years and got here up along with his high 5 of all-time.
John Murdy’s Prime 5 Points of interest
“Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare” (2011)
The attraction used all of Cooper’s most well-known stage props together with the guillotine. Murdy conjured up elaborate imagery for songs like “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “Billion Greenback Infants” and “Chilly Ethyl.”
“Alice Cooper was my childhood hero,” he mentioned. “Sooner or later you’re a 12-year-old child writing Alice Cooper letters and you then develop up and also you’re taking all of his music and creating your personal, authentic horror film that’s impressed by his lyrics and songs. It was an incredible honor to get to do this.”
“Black Sabbath: 13 3-D” (2013)
Once more, Murdy dabbled in darkish music, this time using Black Sabbath’s 19th and final album, “13,” as inspiration in addition to traditional songs like “Paranoid,” “Warfare Pigs” and “Youngsters of the Grave.”
“Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper had been my two favourite bands rising up,” he mentioned. “One night time I used to be backstage in Texas when Black Sabbath was getting again on the highway for a reunion and I used to be in a room with Ozzy, Geezer and Tony Iommi and displaying them a few of the concepts. It’s a extremely cool artistic course of to take someone’s track and interpret them otherwise. Taking Ozzy and the band by way of the maze was improbable.”
“An American Werewolf in London” (2014)
Very similar to famed particular results artist Rick Baker did within the 1981 horror-comedy of that identify, Murdy used sensible results to recreate the werewolf transformations all through the attraction primarily based on John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London.”
“Rick received the very first Academy Award for finest make-up and hairstyling; they made that class for him due to that film,” Murdy mentioned. “It was so inspirational for me rising up and Rick Baker was such a hero of mine, so to deliver it to life, chock-full of sensible results, was a tremendous problem.”
“The Exorcist” (2016)
Friends had been in a position to stroll by way of and watch as little Regan MacNeil dove deeper into her possession similar to within the award-winning 1973 movie. That yr, Murdy mentioned he was honored to in a position to stroll “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin and actress Linda Blair by way of the maze himself.
“It’s the scariest film ever made,” he mentioned. “I needed to do it for thus lengthy and once I lastly bought the chance to do it with Warner Brothers, it dawned on me that simply because we fall in love with the movie doesn’t imply it would translate to a dwell expertise. All the film is about an 11-year-old woman who by no means will get off the bed, so we needed to get actually artistic.”
“Common Monsters with Music By Slash” (2018)
Murdy reminded Halloween Horror Nights followers what was actually particular about Common Studios Hollywood. It’s the birthplace of traditional monster movies and residential to creatures like Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
“I resisted doing that maze for a few years as a result of I used to be such a lover of these movies and had respect for them and I used to be scared of translating motion pictures from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s for a modern-day horror viewers,” he mentioned. “These had been black and white motion pictures made many years in the past in order that’s the place Slash came in and made a soundtrack for it. It was extraordinarily gratifying to see how well-received it was by followers and to show a brand new era onto motion pictures I liked as a child.”