Universal Studios Hollywood continues to announce this year’s mazes for their 2012 Halloween Horror Nights lineup. The latest is ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the Law,’ which is based on the original classic horror film.
The classic 1974 horror film introduced the world to the now iconic, demented character, Leatherface, along with his twisted cannibalistic family. Universal’s Rogue Pictures recently remade the film but the original film continues to haunt and disturb horror fanatics to this day.
The film tells the story of five young friends who unsuspectingly fall victim to the ghastly terrors and torment of a depraved and cannibalistic Texas clan. And now Universal Studios’ creative director John Murdy and his team of animators will attempt to take guests through a living, breathing walk-thru of the events in the film.
“‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ is one of those films that helped define the horror film genre,” said Murdy. “The story of Leatherface and his demented family is as shocking today as when the film was first released. As designers of ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ the film exemplifies what we need to create a truly terrifying experience. From the iconic characters to the disturbing sets, props and audio design, we’re excited to bring Tobe Hooper’s horrific vision to life for ‘Halloween Horror Nights fans.’”
With this new maze, Universal promises guests will “step into the inner workings of a slaughterhouse maze” and “be gripped with vivid telltale signs of imminent doom. Gruesome and blood-soaked scenes from the controversial classic will terrorize guests as they experience a labyrinth that will captivate all senses and render them defenseless when met with nightmarish images of mutilated bodies on bloody meat hooks; become paralyzed by putrid odors of decomposed corpses; navigate their way through human bones and animal pelts suspended from the ceiling; and run from the unmistakable roaring sound of a chainsaw revving to life when Leatherface™ lunges from the darkness in search of victims.”
That sounds like quite an experience. And one that veterans of the annual horror nights have come to expect from the studio theme park that invented the horror genre.
Other experiences will include an immersive new maze, “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Award-winning TV series; “Welcome to Silent Hill,” based on the popular video games and film franchise; a new maze by legendary shock rocker, “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” a reimagined “La Llorona: Cazadora de Niños” maze, based on the Mexican and Latin American legend; and “Universal Monsters Remix,” which recreates the classic horror icons of yesteryear for the 21st century with electronica-inspired dance music.
The Walking Dead will also take over the “Terror Tram” which will invite guests to navigate the haunted environs of the world-famous movie and television studio backlot.
Several rides will remain open for Horror Nights, including “Transformers,” “The Simpsons,” “Revenge of the Mummy, ” and “Jurassic Park In the Dark.”
“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, September 21, 2012 and continues on select nights through Wednesday, October 31. Event dates are: September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.