Universal Picturesâ€™ Academy AwardÂ®-winning and genre-defining film, An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, will be unleashed upon guests at Universal Studios Hollywoodin an all-new â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ maze beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.Â The experience will recreate legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects that will re-awaken the terrorizing shape shifting creature with superhuman strength:Â the Werewolf.
Guests will begin their horrifying journey as they enter â€œThe Slaughtered Lamb,â€ the English countryside pub movie fans will instantly recognize, and experience first-hand what the tavern patrons in the film meant when they cautioned, â€œStay on the road, keep clear of the Moors and beware the moon.â€ After stumbling upon the overgrown wasteland known as the â€œMoors,â€ maze-goers will be forced to traverse through dense fog amidst sounds of savage growls and unknown peril ahead.
â€œWe are extremely excited to bring â€˜An American Werewolf in Londonâ€™ to Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ for the first time,â€ said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director and Executive Producer of â€œHalloween Horror Nights.â€ â€œJohn Landisâ€™ iconic horror film and the groundbreaking makeup effects by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker have influenced generations of horror filmmakers and fans, and remains a classic of the genre. Turning such a celebrated film, which has been characterized as one of the greatest films of all time, into a â€˜living horror movieâ€™ can be daunting.Â As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we have the expertise to deliver a realistically compelling experience and are up to the challenge.â€
Along with â€œThe Slaughtered Lambâ€ pub and the Yorkshire Moors, guests will recognize other memorable scenes and characters from the film â€“ including the London Underground and gun-wielding demon soldiers. The famous â€œtransformation sceneâ€ that inspired the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to create an OscarÂ® for achievement in makeup will also be featured in the remarkable maze experience.
â€œThe team at Universal Studios Hollywood has gone to great lengths to recreate the mood and details of the movie,â€ said John Landis.Â â€œThe true test for guests will be to see if they are able to endure the scares lurking throughout the maze â€“ rather than screaming from room to room. I want them to really absorb the elaborate sets, make-up and special effects custom designed for this experience.â€
An American Werewolf in London not only captured the Academy AwardÂ® for â€œBest Makeupâ€ in 1982 for renowned makeup artist Rick Baker, but was also named Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films the same year. The film is available on Blu-rayâ„¢ and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be â€œMore Dead Than Ever,â€ as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This yearâ€™s event will feature a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined â€œTerror Tramâ€ experience, uniquely themed to todayâ€™s most definitive horror properties, including, â€œThe Walking Dead:Â The End of the Line,â€ based on AMCâ€™s critically-acclaimed, Golden GlobeÂ®-nominated and EmmyÂ® Award-winning television series; â€œFrom Dusk Till Dawn,â€ inspired by Robert Rodriguezâ€™s cult film and El Rey networkâ€™s TV series, â€œDracula Untold: Reign of Blood,â€ based on Universal Picturesâ€™ upcoming epic action-adventure; â€œAVP:Â Alien vs. Predator,â€ based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; â€œFace Off:Â In the Flesh,â€ based on Syfyâ€™s hit TV series, and â€œThe Purge: Anarchy,â€ a new scare zone inspired by Universal Picturesâ€™ blockbuster thriller.