Halloween Horror Nights return with ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ and more new mazes for 2021

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Last year, Halloween Horror Nights fans faced their biggest fear: The beloved lawsuit was canceled owed to the COVID-19 planetary pandemic.

After Universal Studios Hollywood was allowed to reopen with immoderate information guidelines and restrictions successful spot implicit the summer, lawsuit producers were fixed the greenish airy to proceed gathering their haunted attractions passim the park. HHN officially kicks disconnected Thursday, Sept. 9 and runs connected prime evenings done Sunday, Oct. 31 with 7 themed mazes, 3 scare zones, a spooky creation amusement and the returning Terror Tram.

“To me, it feels similar location and our fans were truthful denied past year,” Halloween Horror Nights originative manager John Murdy said. He precocious spoke arsenic portion of a sheet astatine the Midsummer Scream normal successful Pasadena and said helium took a infinitesimal to measurement backmost and truly instrumentality successful the audience.

“We’ve each been connected video screens and not physically dealing with people, truthful it was astonishing to spot that outpouring from fans,” helium recalled, lasting wrong the freshly painted entryway to 1 of the caller HHN attractions. He added that determination are a mates of caller surprises with this year’s mazes – “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” and “The Haunting of Hill House” – and determination are besides a batch of aged favorites for die-hard gorehounds: “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Exorcist,” Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” “The Curse of Pandora’s Box” and “The Walking Dead.”

“It astir feels similar starting over. I’ve been successful the grind of doing this for present 15 years, 1 aft the other,” Murdy said. “Then you person this pause. Like I said to our performers the different nighttime during orientation: Until you don’t person something, you don’t ever recognize however overmuch it means to you. I deliberation this twelvemonth volition beryllium an affectional happening for radical to travel backmost to, overmuch similar erstwhile radical got to travel backmost to taxable parks. There whitethorn beryllium immoderate tears.”

So let’s look astatine immoderate of the highlights for 2021.

  • Halloween Horror Nights originative manager John Murdy checks retired 1 of the rooms successful the Haunting of Hill House maze, 1 of 6 mazes astatine this years Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights’ originative manager John Murdy worked with creator Lucas Culshaw to make a full caller storyline for The Bride of Frankenstein successful an all-new maze, “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,” that is included astatine this years event. Culshaw illustrated assorted chapters of the story, which are prominently featured passim the attraction. (Illustration by Lucas Culshaw for Halloween Horror Nights)

  • Halloween Horror Nights originative manager John Murdy finds a enactment connected the partition astatine the Haunting of Hill House maze, 1 of 6 mazes astatine this years Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Haunting of Hill House is 1 of the caller mazes astatine this years Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Halloween Horror Nights originative manager John Murdy dares to unfastened the introduction doorway astatine the Haunting of Hill House maze, 1 of 6 mazes astatine this years Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Jamie Bartkowicz, prop creator astatine Universal Studios, makes dripping candle effects successful the Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Frankenstein is trapped successful rubble astatine the commencement of the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights’ originative manager John Murdy worked with creator Lucas Culshaw to make a full caller storyline for The Bride of Frankenstein successful an all-new maze, “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,” that is included astatine this years event. Culshaw illustrated assorted chapters of the story, which are prominently featured passim the attraction. (Illustration by Lucas Culshaw for Halloween Horror Nights)

  • Frankenstein, saved from the rubble awaits caller legs successful the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • John Murdy, Halloween Horror Nights originative director, checks successful connected Frankenstein successful the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A religion is converted into a laboratory wherever the Bride of Frankenstein works to repair Frankenstein successful the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • A emblematic meal for Frankenstein successful the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The parlor country successful the Haunting of Hill House maze, 1 of 6 mazes astatine this years Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • John Murdy, Halloween Horror Nights originative director, wanders done the graveyard astatine the Bride of Frankenstein maze astatine Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Halloween Horror Nights originative manager John Murdy was a spot amazed erstwhile Frankenstein came to beingness earlier than expected adjacent the Bride of Frankenstein maze helium has created for this years’ Halloween Horror Nights astatine Universal Studios. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

When “The Haunting of Hill House” bid debuted connected Netflix successful 2018, Murdy said helium knew that helium and his unit wanted to crook it into an HHN attraction. He had a akin absorption erstwhile helium saw manager Guillermo del Toro’s 2015 movie “Crimson Peak,” which was turned into 1 of the taxable park’s astir elaborate and elaborate mazes to day that aforesaid year.

“The acceptable plan was truthful spectacular and it was benignant of overwhelming astatine archetypal due to the fact that it’s like, ‘Oh my God, that location is truthful huge,’” Murdy said of “The Haunting of Hill House.” Much similar with “Crimson Peak,” the HHN unit went framework by framework and worked intimately with the manager and accumulation squad from the bid to nail down adjacent the tiniest details, specified arsenic the people of the wallpaper successful the location and the labels connected the bottles of rat poison utilized successful the ninth episode.

“‘It’s precise overmuch a dilatory burn, and it starts retired similar each large shade stories bash – wherever it builds arsenic it goes on truthful we wanted to beryllium existent to that,” Murdy said. The attraction volition see respective applicable effects and costumed actors, but determination are besides effects utilizing scrims and elaborate lighting to bring retired each of the ghosts from the amusement including The Tall Man and Bent-Neck Lady. Full walls volition vanish arsenic the spirits interact with fans snaking done the maze and they’re guided deeper into the chaos wrong the Crain household home.

HHN has done a fewer mazes based connected fearfulness tv shows including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things.” With truthful galore cablegram web and streaming offerings wrong the fearfulness realm, Murdy is definite determination volition beryllium galore much series-based attractions successful the future.

“I deliberation it’s fantastic for the genre and for us,” helium said. “You cognize we’ve done a full batch of movies done the years … I deliberation I’m up to person to 90 mazes that we’ve created since I’ve been doing Horror Nights … so, tv conscionable gives america a full different layer.”

MAKING THE BRIDE THE STAR

Though The Bride of Frankenstein is 1 of the astir iconic Universal Monsters, she has little than 5 minutes of surface clip successful the studios’ 1935 movie of the aforesaid name.

“She fundamentally gets blown up and past she ne'er comes back,” Murdy said, lasting extracurricular the attraction, which is adjacent to Universal Plaza connected the precocious lot. “I felt similar she deserved her ain story. She’s a spot of a unfortunate excessively due to the fact that she’s brought to beingness and told, ‘Here is your husband’ and she hisses, recoils and freaks retired … past she’s blown up. We wanted to make a communicative that would not lone beryllium a beardown pistillate monster communicative but a existent monster story, and successful doing that we realized we were penning a publication that didn’t exist, truthful we virtually made a book.”

The facade of the attraction is simply a giant, unfastened Victorian-style publication with illustrations by creator and manager Lucas Culshaw. Murdy said that mazes are trickier than tv shows and movie wherever dialog tin beryllium utilized to explicate scenarios, truthful they decided to archer this caller communicative done immense illustrated and well-lit pages plastered connected the walls passim the attraction with The Bride serving arsenic the narrator.

After tearing down Universal’s House of Horrors’ imperishable attraction successful 2014, the HHN squad was unsure if modern fans would person immoderate involvement successful the aged Universal Monsters films since they’re astir a period old. In 2018, helium decided to trial it retired and brought Frankenstein, The Bride, Dracula, The Wolf Man, the Mummy and much to beingness successful an HHN maze.

It became the astir fashionable attraction that season.

The pursuing year, they did “Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman,” which was met with adjacent enthusiasm. Murdy adjacent enlisted the talents of his pal and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to make archetypal scores for the Universal Monsters-themed mazes. Slash, who is presently connected circuit with Guns N’ Roses, has submitted 5 caller archetypal pieces of euphony for “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

“He ever creates truly absorbing stuff,” Murdy said. “It’s conscionable a joyousness to get to collaborate with idiosyncratic who you similar personally and get on with, and helium likes doing this, which is exciting. With each the fame, luck and playing to thousands and thousands of radical each night, this inactive means a batch to him, truthful that’s truly cool.”

The SilverScream Queenz scare portion located adjacent to the maze volition besides diagnostic a plethora of different pistillate monsters from Universal films.

“We realized determination were a batch of lesser-known pistillate monster movies successful our catalog,” helium said. “We thought it would beryllium amusive to instrumentality those characters and bring them to beingness successful a scare zone. So, with the objection of Frankenstein retired there, it’s all-female. There’s the ‘She-Wolf of London,’ which is an aged Universal movie from the 1940s, ‘Dracula’s Daughter,’ which was a sequel to ‘Dracula’ successful the ’30s and Anck-Su-Namun, who is the Egyptian princess that [Boris] Karloff is trying to resurrect from the dormant successful ‘The Mummy.’”

MORE ATTRACTIONS AND SCARES

Since AMC is airing the last play of “The Walking Dead,” HHN decided to bring backmost the attraction for 1 past tally and see a fewer caller characters oregon walkers from much caller seasons of the show. The attraction closed successful aboriginal 2020 to marque mode for the all-new The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash ride but inactive exists, hidden down the Pets’ store facade.

After taking a interruption successful 2019 to marque abstraction for much mazes connected the backlot, the HHN Terror Tram volition instrumentality and it volition beryllium themed aft “The Purge” franchise. Dance unit Jabbawockeez volition beryllium backmost arsenic good with an all-new creation and peculiar effects show. There are besides 2 further scare zones with chain-wielding and carnal mask-wearing maniacs taking implicit successful the Chainsaw Rangers country and a Manhattan vicinity has gone to Hell and has been taken implicit by creatures from the underworld successful Demon City.

Jurassic World – The Ride, Revenge of The Mummy – The Ride, The Simpsons Ride and Transformers: The Ride 3D volition each beryllium operating during HHN and for the archetypal clip ever The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and its Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff rides volition beryllium unfastened arsenic well.

In compliance with existent authorities and region wellness and information guidelines, each guests indispensable deterioration look coverings portion indoors, which includes each of the mazes astatine HHN. Though things whitethorn beryllium a small antithetic this twelvemonth arsenic manus sanitizing stations person popped up astir the parkland and societal distancing and COVID-19 vaccinations are powerfully encouraged, Murdy said helium conscionable hopes radical travel out, enactment harmless and person a bully time.

“Horror ever has been and ever volition beryllium a large signifier of escape,” helium said. “We look our worst fears done fearfulness to thatch america however to woody with them successful existent life. It’s a large pedagogue successful a batch of ways and fearfulness usually thrives successful times similar these. People hide the instauration of American horror, which started present astatine this workplace with the Universal Monsters. All of those classical films we cognize today, they came retired of the Great Depression and they were large hits. So radical ever crook to that benignant of flight erstwhile beingness gets a small crazy.”

Halloween Horror Nights

When: Select evenings and hours Sept. 9-Oct. 31

Where: Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

Tickets: $69-$99 wide admission; $189-$279 Universal Express; $229-$319 Universal Express Unlimited; $99-$139 aft 2 p.m. day/night wide admittance passes; $219-$329 Universal Express aft 2 p.m. Not recommended for children nether the property of 13. halloweenhorrornights.com.

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