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Universal Studios Bringing An American Werewolf in London to Halloween Horror Nights

We’ve been covering a lot of the upcoming mazes at this year’s Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. Our coverage continues with some horrors based on Universal Pictures’ Oscar-winning, genre-defining film, “An American Werewolf in London.” The film, written and directed by John Landis, will scare fans in an all-new maze beginning Friday, Sept. 19.

The maze will recreate legendary scenes from the film using amazing, convincing props, authentic music and awesome special effects that will magnify the terror the werewolf.

Guests will begin in “The Slaughtered Lamb,” the English countryside pub fans of the film will recognize in a heartbeat. After walking onto the Moors, the maze-goers will have to make it through dense fog with the sounds of scary growls making them wary of what’s ahead. Other scenes and characters from the film that fans will be able to experience first-hand include the London Underground and gun-wielding demonic soldiers. The famous transformation sequence, responsible for the Academy to create an Oscar for achievement in makeup, will also be a big part of the maze.

The creative director of Universal Studios Hollywood and the executive producer of “Halloween Horror Nights,” John Murdy, talked more about the maze. “We are extremely excited to bring ‘An American Werewolf in London’ to Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ for the first time,” he said. “John Landis’ 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 ‘living horror movie’ can be daunting. 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.”

Landis also spoke about the maze. “The team at Universal Studios Hollywood has gone to great lengths to recreate the mood and details of the movie,” he said. “The true test for guests will be to see if they are able to endure the scares lurking throughout the maze – 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.”

“An American Werewolf in London” earned legendary makeup and special effects artist Rick Baker an Oscar as well as being named the Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The film is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. You can learn more about the maze and other “Halloween Horror Nights” news at its site and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (hashtag #UniversalHHN) and YouTube.

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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