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P. 611: Full Halloween Horror Nights 2021 lineup revealed!

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^^ Correct

 

The background of the walk-around characters is no secret.

 

The Transformers walk-around characters of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee were originally created by Universal Studios Singapore's Entertainment Costuming team in partnership with Michael Curry Design.

 

Michael Curry Design is well known in the business - and has a long history with Universal, Disney, and Cirque du Soleil. They are an amazing company to work with and includes some of the most talented costume artists in the business.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood later brought these same designs to their own park - and followed-up with the addition of the Megatron character to the line-up. These characters were then brought to the Orlando park.

 

Here is a link to the Michael Curry Design website - you'll notice that both Optimus and Bumblebee are part of their portfolio:

http://www.michaelcurrydesign.com/index.html

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^I think that is one benefit of using outside properties: people like Fox/Gracie Films and J.K. Rowling hold them to a higher standard to maintain the brands image. The end result is awesomeness.

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Looks like both USO and USH are getting Walking Dead mazes (again)...[zzzzzzzzz]

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/universal/os-walking-dead-universal-halloween-horror-nights,0,7050122.story

 

Walking Dead Universal Halloween Horror Nights - OrlandoSentinel.com

 

The zombies of "The Walking Dead" will play a larger role at this year's Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios executives say.

 

In addition to a haunted house themed to the AMC drama, all of Horror Nights' outdoor scare zones will be built around iconic scenes from the show, which is set in a post-zombie apocalypse world.

 

Previously, the scare zones sported different looks and themes. This year, iconic "Walking Dead" scenes from its first two seasons, including the military tank in downtown Atlanta and a re-creation of a pivotal scene in a barn, will take over the street program, says Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment at Universal Orlando. Watch for both "walkers" -- the term used for the show's zombies -- and embattled survivors (the uninfected folk) in these areas throughout the theme park.

 

“It’s just a great iconic horror experience that I think all the guests are going to connect with this year,” Timon says.

 

"The Walking Dead" house will be dedicated to scenes from the series' third season, including experiences with the governor's fish tanks, an arena in the town of Woodbury stocked with chained zombies and moments from the prison's Cell Block C. (The fourth season premieres Oct. 13).

 

Halloween Horror Nights is an intense, after-hours, separately ticketed event at Universal Studios, which runs 27 select nights between Sept. 20 and Nov. 2.

 

It will be the second consecutive Halloween Horror Nights for "The Walking Dead," but this year's house and scare zones will be all-new construction, Timon says. Two previously announced houses will be themed to horror films "Evil Dead" and "The Cabin in the Woods."

 

Universal works with "Walking Dead" makeup artist and executive producer Greg Nicotero for the production.

 

“The walkers of ‘The Walking Dead’ are unique in their look and their style and their presentation. We‘re very careful to work with them to make that ‘real’ to fans," Timon says.

 

There are many scenes and characters to choose from, says John Murdy, creative director at Universal Studios Hollywood in California, which also will have a "Walking Dead" house.

 

“Being a television series, each season there is a new environment, there are new characters, there are new settings, which is wonderful for us in creating Halloween Horror Nights," Murdy says.

 

Timon expects the "Walking Dead" zones to appeal to guests who don't watch the show.

 

“At the end of the day, they’re very scary, very intense environments," he says. "Really that’s what you need in a street program. Are the environments scary? Are they scenically intense? Are the characters that you’re designing going to scare people? If you can check all those boxes, then you’re doing your job.”

 

But what about Horror Nights' trademark chainsaw-wielding scare actors? Is there room for them in "The Walking Dead" zones?

 

Survivors, particularly in the early seasons, had to use whatever was on hand to fight the walkers, Timon says.

 

"You know, it took some time to figure out how to kill walkers effectively and efficiently," he hints. "You used whatever you had.”

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Getting another Walking Dead house is one thing, but dedicating the entire event to it? That cuts my interest in half. I love the variety in street experiences. Whether it is scare zones or roaming hoards...at least there was variety. They have dedicated the entire street experience this year to Walking Dead. I can't say I'm a huge fan of that but I'll still be going to check it out!

 

From the Facebook Page

 

"And we thought we’d go ahead and reveal the street experience too. For the first time ever, we’re dedicating the entire HHN street experience to AMC’s The Walking Dead. Around every corner you will encounter iconic scenes from all 3 seasons of the show, while trying to avoid blood-thirsty walkers."

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I think I am one of the few who are excited for this. The Walking Dead is what got me into the "horror" scene. Last years Walking Dead house was my favorite, it seemed to never end and the actors really got me in the house. Having an entire park dedicated to the zombie apocalypse!? Now that is what I want to see! I am a little sad though that there will not be different themes to the zones, but at least they brought the zones back.

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Getting another Walking Dead house is one thing, but dedicating the entire event to it? That cuts my interest in half. I love the variety in street experiences. Whether it is scare zones or roaming hoards...at least there was variety. They have dedicated the entire street experience this year to Walking Dead. I can't say I'm a huge fan of that but I'll still be going to check it out!

 

From the Facebook Page

 

"And we thought we’d go ahead and reveal the street experience too. For the first time ever, we’re dedicating the entire HHN street experience to AMC’s The Walking Dead. Around every corner you will encounter iconic scenes from all 3 seasons of the show, while trying to avoid blood-thirsty walkers."

 

I think the whole "zombie" thing has to end--really a bit tired of this particular monster.

 

I agree with Erik that original mazes are usually better than "licensed" mazes.

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Honestly, I think relying more on licensed properties is refreshing---while I enjoy the original mazes, there's only so many variations of themes to keep those going. Seeing TV shows and movies brought to life is what people expect from Universal, since it is a movie studio.

 

The great part about this is that there is an essentially endless catalog of great horror/tv/music brands to be brough to life to keep it fresh for years and years. For example---Evil Dead was LONG overdue for a maze (even if it is based off the remake), since it is such a great property to begin with.

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^That should help a bit.

 

I agree that not all licensed mazes are "bad"--it depends on the property and what they do with it. For example, their Child's Play maze a few years back was surprisingly good (as was a Friday the 13th maze, and I've never liked that series of movies). The mazes last year, though, licensed or not, were pretty weak.

 

I guess my biggest problem with this is that I'm simply not a big fan of contemporary horror flicks. One exception is Cabin in the Woods, which was a very well done satire of horror movies. I haven't seen the Evil Dead remake, although I guess I'll catch it on DVD (I like the original Evil Dead movies).

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I think I am one of the few who are excited for this. The Walking Dead is what got me into the "horror" scene. Last years Walking Dead house was my favorite, it seemed to never end and the actors really got me in the house. Having an entire park dedicated to the zombie apocalypse!? Now that is what I want to see! I am a little sad though that there will not be different themes to the zones, but at least they brought the zones back.

 

I am with you on this. Sure, the different areas would've been nice, but seeing an entire park taken over by zombies will be kind of like spending a day in Zombieland.

 

I have never been to the event before, but I will admit the moment they announced the Cabin the the Woods house I was sold and just bought my ticket to attend my first ever HHN event!

 

I'll also be attenending Howl-O-Scream for the first time, so it will be nice to compare the two events.

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I haven't seen the Evil Dead remake, although I guess I'll catch it on DVD (I like the original Evil Dead movies).

 

It's very different in the sense that it's a lot more gory, no comedy basically, and just more gritty. Some awesome scenes in the movie should make for some amazing sets. I will say, I am sure we will be walking through a room full of dead cats hanging from the ceiling and something tells me Universal's scent department should have fun with that one.

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I've been lurking on the FB page and a certain other HHN fansite, and I'm in awe of how much complaining is going on regarding the Walking Dead. They're making state,ents like "The event is a mere shadow of what it once was.Where did the creativity go?" and "Your getting lazy universal, same pony two years in a row". Isn't it a pit unwarranted to complain about the event before you've gone?

 

It's like Jew said. I enjoy the original content very much so, but there's only so many ideas you can toss around. I'm looking forward to seeing Cabin in the Woods and, if the rumors are true, Resident Evil and American Werewolf in London. These people can complain all I want, but I'm going to go to have fun and enjoy myself...isn't that the whole point of the event?

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I just don't think TWD is very interesting as a show, and I thought the maze last year just felt like a jumble of scenes from the show...like "Hey remember this part????" and then something jumps out at you. It just didn't feel very cohesive.

 

I understand they're striking while the iron is hot and TWD is as hot of a horror franchise as humanly possible right now, but it would be nice for a different zombie movie or something. Still can't believe they haven't done a full-on Shaun of the Dead maze.

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Please, please tell me they're putting in at least a few houses not based on outside IP. This will be my sixth consecutive year, and the event last year was much, much worse than the previous years, partly because there was so much outside IP.

 

If you're going to do outside IP, Universal, do it right. Give it the same production you do for your non-IP houses. No more comparatively weak themeing, no more "We're going to do a clipshow of this movie in the house" BS, no more houses that end halfway through and just have you wander through a lightly themed deserted queue (Looking at you, last year's Walking Dead house). Last year, you did it right at Silent Hill, the year before, you did it right at The Thing, and you did it right at just about every house at 19. Make. It. Work. Make HHN 22 an anomaly, before the mediocrity swallows your event alive.

 

Okay, rant over.

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^^That's the one unfortunate thing about using IP's: they obviously want what is hot right now when there are so many great franchises/stories to chose from! The Shaun of the Dead scarezone at USH was great, and definitely could have been a maze.

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I am also not a big fan of the movie franchise stuff they draw so much from. I think some of the best years and houses were the ones that they came up with themselves.

 

I went to a few years straight of HHN... I think from 2004 to around 2008 or 2009 maybe... I think whatever the year with the SAW house was. After that, we stopped going every year.

 

HHN is still a spectacular event, but they need to lay off the movie stuff for me to be interested in going... Walking Dead is nothing but zombies which is probably the most boring thing you can do at any event (And this is coming from a big fan of the show). I would love for them to go back to having a custom made icon and nothing but original houses and more impressive scare zones again... Some of my favorite houses were Dead Exposure, Body Collectors, Terror Mines, Home For the Holidays... Not many of the licensed houses did I care for, although SAW was pretty good. I get that Universal is a movie park and all that, but I just think when the designers are not confined to specific scenes and what they can and cannot do and all that, they make a better product.

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