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Postby jray21 » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:42 am

Thanks for the report Dallas! It looked like a fun event, and a good addition to the park.
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Postby gisco » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:33 am

Universal does a great job making their back lot entertaining.

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Postby Jew » Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:13 pm

bostonlva wrote:http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-universal-studios-hollywood-50th-anniversary-20150602-story.html#page=1

Really good article about the struggles universal went through before they got to where they are today


Aside from the part where he tries to pass off his speculation and rumors as fact...
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Postby cfc » Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:59 pm

Now this could be an interesting maze.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Brings the Terror of Crimson Peak, from Visionary Director Guillermo del Toro, to Life in an All-Original “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by Legendary and Universal Pictures’ Highly-Anticipated Gothic Romance

“Halloween Horror Nights,” Southern California’s Most Extreme Horror Experience,

Begins Friday, September 18

Universal City, California, July 11, 2015 – Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak, directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, will come to life in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning Friday, September 18, 2015, at Universal Studios Hollywood, it was announced today.

Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16.

“Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” will be unearthed as a three-dimensional living representation of the film, designed to send guests spiraling through the chilling world and in the footsteps of Crimson Peak’s lead character, Edith Cushing, first as they venture from her home in America, then to the decaying and haunted Allerdale Hall mansion in a remote English countryside. With a foreboding “Beware of Crimson Peak” message that echos from Edith’s past, guests will navigate a labyrinth of paranormal tortured souls who have born witness to the estate’s dark history of unspeakable acts …and who continue to reside in vengeful, ghostly forms.

“I am a devoted fan of Universal Studios’ ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ and I am honored to partner with them to create a real-life version of my Gothic Romance, Crimson Peak,” said Guillermo del Toro. “It’s a thrill to work with the movie studio that gave birth to the modern horror movie genre. I can’t wait for movie-goers to enter the haunting world of Crimson Peak as they navigate this haunting maze. I can assure you, I will be first in line to experience the scares of it myself.”

“Guillermo del Toro is a leading visionary in film, and Crimson Peak provides endless opportunities to immerse guests into the terrifying world that he created,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “From the haunting score by Fernando Velázquez to the incredibly detailed set design and scream-inducing ghosts, we will recreate an authentic experience that will have guests feeling as trapped in our ‘Crimson Peak’ maze as the film’s lead character.”

About Crimson Peak: When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a gothic romance starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam. http://www.crimsonpeakmovie.com

About Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights: "Halloween Horror Nights" 2015 at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off on Friday, September 18, 2015 and continues on select nights through November 1. The popular event brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions during Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, click here: "Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness."
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Postby KBrylczyk » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:22 am

As awesome as I'm sure this will be, I fear that they're making the same mistake as last year with the Dracula Untold maze. The event and maze opened a full month before the movie was released. For 75% of the event, nobody knew what the story was, it was just a haunt. The immersion goes away when you're not familiar with the story. Dracula Untold was one of the haunts that wasn't too well-received, as well, probably for this very reason.
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Postby Jew » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:24 am

I feel like that was more the creative direction of the maze than the story itself. I haven't seen a single episode of Walking Dead,but I still saw a story progress throughout the maze. I think Dracula Untold just didn't do a good job of progressing the story, so the feeling you were left with was "what the heck is going on?" instead of "ohh...this is the story!"
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Postby jarmor » Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:41 am

I think dracula wasn't that great simply because it wasn't that great lol. It was more an action movie vs horror. Sounds like crimson peak is gonna be 3d and more so supernatural. Just the background alone seems to lend itself to being a much better house than Dracula.
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Postby cfc » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:14 am

I didn't see Dracula Untold until after I went through the maze; even after that, the maze didn't make a lot of sense. Universal built nice, elaborate sets for it, but it still seemed more like a better version of the generic Dark Ages "Medieval Macabre" maze at Kings Dominion's Haunt.

Here's the hoping that del Toro is actively involved in designing "Crimson Peak." He's an expert in building atmosphere in horror and fantasy films.
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Postby DBJ » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:26 am

I would agree. The movie trailer for one is not impressive. I think it barely even works as a horror movie. The other problem is that the movie primarily is about this haunted house, an amazingly designed, intricate location. I think to expect them to capture that level of detail in a temp attraction is too much to ask for from the designers. I have a feeling it will be heavily recycled generic gothic props that have appeared in other mazes before such as the bland Dracula maze. Also, there is no central monster, it is a ghost story, and the ghosts look just like any other ones you have seen in many, many other movies.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby disney4me2001 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:37 am

Jew wrote:I feel like that was more the creative direction of the maze than the story itself. I haven't seen a single episode of Walking Dead,but I still saw a story progress throughout the maze. I think Dracula Untold just didn't do a good job of progressing the story, so the feeling you were left with was "what the heck is going on?" instead of "ohh...this is the story!"


jarmor wrote:I think dracula wasn't that great simply because it wasn't that great lol. It was more an action movie vs horror. Sounds like crimson peak is gonna be 3d and more so supernatural. Just the background alone seems to lend itself to being a much better house than Dracula.


I agree with both of these statements. I also rarely watch Walking Dead but I've been able to follow what was going on in the mazes (and on Terror Tram). I did see Dracula Untold last year after going to HHN, and thought it was just "okay." It's definitely more action than horror- reminded me of the Brendan Fraser "Mummy" films. I'd watch it again though. But I did see a video of the maze after seeing the film to compare the scenes from the maze to the film, and while I could somewhat make out what was going on story-wise, a lot of it still left me scratching my head.

On the other hand, Insidious scared the crap out of me in 2013, and I'm so happy that it's coming back this year! What makes that maze so great in my opinion is the atmosphere that the material lends itself to (of course, the storyline helps too)...so I feel that Crimson Peak could definitely pull that off by just having a really creepy and immersive environment, even if no one quite understands the storyline early on in the event.
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