Filming on the third season of AMC’s hit horror series “The Walking Dead” is well under way with the premiere set for October 3.
Now, thanks to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, fans will be able to experience first hand what it’s like to be in a horde of the living dead.
Universal announced on Thursday that they are teaming up with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event in October. Visitors to both the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will be able to experience the horror of AMC’s blockbuster original series, “The Walking Dead,” in elaborately themed, haunted mazes. It marks the first-time Universal Studios has featured a television series at Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.
“’The Walking Dead’ puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. “We can’t wait to merge the two powerful concepts together.”
Universal Studios’ Halloween creative teams are working with AMC and “The Walking Dead” to create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to “life” the vicious, hungry zombies from the show.
Caught in the middle of a high-intensity struggle for survival, visitors will fight off hordes of flesh-hungry, growling “walkers,” or zombies. No place is safe as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with horror at every turn.
“We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two and will continue to face in our third season,” said Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Artist for the series. “Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”
“With ‘The Walking Dead,’ we want to make fans of the series feel like they are literally walking in the footsteps of the show’s characters, experiencing all of the horrific events from the series just as they experienced them,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. “The goal is to make guests of Halloween Horror Nights feel like they are trapped in the world of ‘The Walking Dead,’ using all of the attention to detail and movie-quality production values that Halloween Horror Nights has become famous for. You’re no longer sitting on a couch, watching a show. You’re living it!”
In addition to “The Walking Dead,” it was announced at last weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego that there will also be a maze based around the “Silent Hill” video games and films. The annual event has boasted mazes for other popular horror films, such as “The Thing,” Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses” and “Hostel.”
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from film to nightmares and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Also be sure to check out the announcement video about “The Walking Dead” maze in the sidebar.
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