What a wonderful day for an exorcism… maze.
Common Studios Hollywood is within the midst of placing the ending touches on the seven distinct mazes for the favored Halloween Horror Nights occasion, which didn’t happen final yr because of the pandemic.
One in all this yr’s mazes is The Exorcist, which terrifyingly (and painstakingly) recreates a number of iconic moments from the 1973 horror basic. Sarkarijob on Friday received a behind-the-scenes tour of the maze, which incorporates a levitating Regan MacNeil in addition to a head-spinning, spitting Regan amongst a number of different creepy moments.
The maze is a specific favourite of John Murdy, artistic director for Halloween Horror Nights at Common Studios Hollywood, who deeply loves the William Friedkin masterpiece.
“When The Exorcist first got here out, there was a trailer that has since been known as the banned trailer … and it freaked me out. I had recurring nightmares,” Murdy says. “And after I began doing Horror Nights, this grew to become my Moby Dick.”
The Exorcist maze made its first look at Horror Nights in 2016. Murdy took inspiration for the trailer that deeply bothered him and constructed the maze round it. “It’s in my high 5 of mazes I’m most happy with,” he notes.
Company will go into rooms of the home, quite a lot of which characteristic Regan at completely different levels of her possession. “This maze is closely particular results,” Murdy says. “It’s actually sophisticated.” Along with results, the maze incorporates a whole forged of 40, together with some blackout performers (operators of sure puppets and objects) and others in assorted roles from the movie. Common employs a whole bunch of forged members yearly for the autumn occasion.
Halloween Horror Nights started at Common Studios Hollywood in October 1997 and occurred yearly since — besides final yr. Which makes this yr’s occasion extra significant for Murdy, crew and visitors.
“It was fairly gut-wrenching,” Murdy says of final yr’s absence. “Horror Night time has grow to be such a convention for Angelenos. It’s humorous to say, but it surely actually has grow to be a household custom for some.”
Halloween Horror Nights begins Sept. 9 and runs choose evenings by Oct. 31 at Common Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. Along with The Exorcist, mazes this yr embody Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill Home, Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath, Halloween 4: The Curse of Michael Myers and Common Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, amongst others.
For extra data and advance ticketing sources, go to the park’s official Halloween Horror Nights web site.
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) September 3, 2021