During the cult film “This is the End,” the weird assortment of friends are inside a house while the world is ending around them outside. They are blithely unaware of the chaos around them, and when they become aware, they react in hysterical and hilarious ways. What better theme for a horror maze?
Universal Studios is famous for having the most horrific series of mazes that audiences go through, often screaming. Whether it’s based on a movie, like “Halloween” or “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” or if it’s a fictionally-created story specifically for the fright nights.
This year, there will be one that’s a bit more funny, featuring a first-ever 3D horror-comedy maze based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. The story in this maze will take a dark turn in the live 3D version as the guests head to an ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s fancy Hollywood Hills house. The visitors will be there when the Apocalypse strikes, and then find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld–kind of like in the movie.
Of course, the visitors to the park will be asked to help with the fate of humanity as they visit the crossroads of heaven and hell. According to Universal, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.
John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights said, “This is the End brings a new dimension of fear to Halloween Horror Nights by fusing the best of two extreme worlds—horror and comedy— to create a literal and figurative three-dimensional experiential version of the film. Our collaboration with James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill to transform this outrageous movie into a terrifying maze underscores the impact of Halloween Horror Nights’s one the most influential Halloween events around.”
The Sony Pictures comedy film “This is the End” follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events that devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
The Halloween Horror Nights will begin Sept. 18 and last through Nov. 1 with a special charge to Universal Studios. The walk-through horror experiences will include 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.
Other mazes announced this year include “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness,” based on Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak film directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” based on season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series, “Insidious: Return to the Further,” based on the bone-chilling Insidious film trilogy, and “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home,” based on director John Carpenter’s cult-classic horror film. This year’s event will also feature the global phenomenon and multi-talented dance crew, Jabbawockeez, direct from Las Vegas in an all-new original show, performing multiple times per night throughout the run of Halloween Horror Nights.
Those who experience the horror rides can write about it at #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights. Add username HorrorNights on Snapchat, for nightly live content and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.
“Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 18, 2015.