Nobody does Halloween fright like Universal Studios, with their history of making horror films for over 80 years, and the line-up for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will not disappoint. Featuring the most authentic scares from some of the biggest horror properties in film and TV, the event includes the permanent walk-through attraction for The Walking Dead, mazes for The Exorcist, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy vs. Jason, Krampus and American Horror Story, The Purge scare zones, an all-new Terror Tram from the mind of director Eli Roth, a new Jabbawockeez show, and access to Transformers: The Ride 3D, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, Jurassic Park in the Dark and The Simpsons Ride.
Collider (along with a handful of other press outlets) was recently invited to preview the Krampus maze and find out what went into bringing all of the little details to life. After taking the tour and chatting with maze creator John Murdy, we’ve compiled a list of 12 things to know about the Krampus maze.
- They did Dark Christmas as a scare zone for two years and they’d been talking to director Mike Dougherty about doing something at HHN for years, so Krampus was a great fit.
- HHN has done a Twitter password since 2011, when they did it with the Hostel If you follow @HorrorNights on Twitter, you can get a password where, if you give it to a specific character at the maze, you’ll get something. For Krampus, there are postcards from Victorian times with twisted artwork of demons dragging victims to Hell. There is a series of six different postcards, along with a special postcard with artwork from Mike Dougherty that will be limited. The postcards will be given away by the frozen delivery guy, whose delivery van will be in front of the maze.
- You enter the maze through the facade of the family’s house, where you’ll see a burnt Christmas tree and burnt presents, and you’ll also smell it.
- The dark elves throughout the maze were originally designed by Weta in New Zealand.
- They wanted to tease Krampus, so you’ll get a glimpse of him on the roof, but then you’ll just see a shadow of his hand on the wall and only his hand will come at you. The scare will build throughout the maze.
- The kitchen features the evil gingerbread men, which were each sculpted, and you’ll smell gingerbread cookies. There’s also a burned out gingerbread house.
- In the attic, you’ll find the realm of the evil toys. The giant Jack-in-the-box is on the bed, and you’ll run into various toys as you go.
- You’ll enter the living room again, but it will be more jacked up. There’s a puppeteer inside the fireplace with a camera and video monitor, who’s controlling the Krampus that’s coming out of the fireplace.
- When you leave the house, you’ll meet the snowmen, and some of them can move and attack you.
- At the hell mouth, the dark elves have a little girl that they’re about to throw into the pit to the Netherworld. Because guests can’t climb into the pit, they created a vortex of light to make you feel like you’ve fallen into it.
- And then, you hit the family living room again, where you can see snow falling outside the windows and the evil toys that are still lurking around.
- Because HHN has such a long run now (from September 16th through November 5th), they have a crew that goes around to touch things up, as need be. They even do two runs on all of the masks now, so that they can get more use out of them.
Halloween Horror Nights is at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 16th through November 5th. You can find more details here!