The opening of Halloween Horror Nights signifies the start of the witching season. With previous mazes such as “The Walking Dead,” PREDATOR and DRACULA UNTOLD, Creative Director, John Murdy has always been good at dropping hints as to what the next great maze will be.
In a series of tweets and a press release, it was revealed that the horror entanglement to be added to the popular, seasonal event is none other than our favorite Christmas villain, Krampus.
From the official Press Release:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (August 4, 2016) – Tis the season for Krampus as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort bring the terrifying dark Christmas legend to life in an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning September 16, 2016.
The creative minds behind the nation’s best and most extreme Halloween events unleash the wrath of Krampus, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Christmas-themed horror film co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty, in a sinister new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.
The dead of winter sets the stage for the terror that’s about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of holiday spirit. In scenes lifted from the film, guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil ancient spirit of Krampus – the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas – and his band of Dark Elves and sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the family to fight to see the light of day.
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visitwww.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
KRAMPUS is a 2015 comedy horror film that is based off the Christmas demon. The film received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 65%, based on 96 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10.
Murdy revealed via Twitter that he chose KRAMPUS as a maze because he “really like the aesthetic of the movie, so different from all the other horror movies that have came out recently.” The new maze will be opening this fall at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.
Sleep tight kiddies.