Universal Orlando Announces "The Thing" Maze...

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Universal Orlando Announces "The Thing" Maze...

Postby robbalvey » Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:23 pm

Hey everyone!

Today Theme Park Review was able to speak with T.J. Mannarino, Universals director of art and design and Michael Burnett from Universals prosthetics department to get a sneak peak at one of the new mazes for Halloween Horror Nights 17 based on horror classic movie "The Thing."

The story for the maze will take place 25 years after the film left off and "Visitors will come face to face with some of the creatures from The Thing. Fans of the film will have an emotional connection with some of the film's characters."

When asked how much homage they will pay to the film and if it may tie into an upcoming new series TJ responded "The film will have a great buzz with the 25th anniversary. We will re-create the theme even though our storyline is different." "We went back and spoke with some of the guys on the original film," Michael added, "and you will recognize some of the characters. You will KNOW what to be scared of."

We discussed new scare technology versus old....

"Every year is like a roller coaster ride" says T.J., "some years you go back to the old school. This year with the overall carnival theme we are going vintage. Even with our signage, you'll see less digital signs and more art coming from our paint shop. So this year we will take a step back from emerging technology and we're going back to 'creepy.'"

While T.J. and Mike weren't able to tell us too much about where the maze will be located or what exactly would be inside, they did mention environmental effects (remember much of the original film took place in Antarctica), and that the maze would be "authentic" to the original theme of the film.

As for the rest of Halloween Horror Nights 17, we were promised that there would be more conference calls set up to give us additional details and T.J. and Mike added that they "are very excited to work with the New Line characters."

Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Studios Florida for 23 select nights running from Sept. 28-29 through Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 24-28, and Oct.31-Nov. 3. Visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com for more information.

Theme Park Review will feature Halloween Horror Nights during our annual October updates so stay tuned!
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Universal Orlando Does It’s Own “Thing”
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The Thing – Assimilation will continue the story from Universal Pictures’ 1982 horror film “The Thing.”
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Universal’s prosthetics team works to create custom pieces for one of the haunted houses guests will experience at Halloween Horror Nights 17.

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Postby Adrenaline_Rush » Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:40 pm

Oh wow, this will be awesome, especially with the antarctic thing, if they do that and make it cold, it will be that kind of chilling creepy thing, it will add to the effect so well, I think they should make most of there houses cold, to add to the affect of the scare-factor. This will be amazing to see, especially with all the creatures from the thing, if they re-do the Tarantula Im gonna freak cuz' I hate spiders. Man I am so excited for this year, and im glad there going back to the original creepy, instead of advanced, its much better, I hope they make it as good as year 15, that was the best yet! :lover:

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Postby dandaman » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:06 pm

Even though I hate haunted walks, etc... it's really fascinating to see the artists at work. Amazing.

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Postby IwantRevenge » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:08 pm

oh wow there is one word that will describe the walk through.

Fecking scary

okay thats two....not the point The Thing was the creepiest movie ever I'm actually glad they put it into a park.

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Postby Golfie » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:33 pm

I don't want to talk about Halloween yet... it's too depressing - especially because Fall leads to Winter.

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Postby Adrenaline_Rush » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:35 pm

And winter equlas good here in Florida, for the parks are still open, due to the fact that we never get snow, and everyone is at home by there fire place, while Im out riding Hulk and Mummy watching the construction of the simpsons ride, woot. Though the sad part is Ive never seen snow.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:40 pm

I am looking foward the most to this one, since it is one of my favorite movies.

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:41 pm

Hope to get to IOA/HHN or similar in the next couple years. Never seen the original Thing movie (yes I'm a *cough* virgin), but everyone I know who has says it's still rippin scary. Sounds like fun! :devil:

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:54 pm

Though the sad part is Ive never seen snow.

When I was a kid living in Niceville, Florida (pan handle) we got snow on Christmas day. First time I'd ever seen the stuff.

Snow can be a cool experience (no pun intended there). There's something that brings out the kid in everybody when you watch it fall, especially at night. It's peaceful and soothing, and it turns the everyday scenery into a work of art.

One of my best memories was driving home in a blizzard late one night about 10 years ago. To see the snowflakes pass through the street lights without another car in site, and tuck into the thick blanket on the road was magical in a way. Though I only lived a few minutes from work, because of the bad conditions, it took almost an hour. That drive really was pretty and almost spiritual. I was very relaxed and had a slight smile the whole way. Almost didn't want to get out of the car. So quiet and comforting. Great zen moment.

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Postby odene497 » Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:30 pm

This sounds like it's going to be awesome. The Thing is a great movie, and it'll be cool to see how their going to pull it off.


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