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!