Universal Studios Hollywood has announced Halloween Horror Nights 2013 will expand bigger than ever into the movie studio’s backlot for the first time, where hoards of zombies will roam as part of an expanded experience based on The Walking Dead.
Leading up to the entrance of The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven haunted house, guests will step into the realistic urban setting created by Universal Studios’ working backlot, where countless Hollywood productions have been shot. There walkers will attack from around every corner, hanging out of windows, requiring guests to pass by them to reach the maze.
The backlot, haunted house, and Terror Tram experience will all feature recognizable scenes from AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” as described by Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and the show’s special effects guru Greg Nicotero in the video below.
“Universal’s backlot was deliberately created to mirror real life urban streets, metropolitan cityscapes and intimate European settings,” said Steven Spielberg. “As filmmakers, we strive to find the ideal, most authentic filming locations to legitimize our productions and make every scene as realistic as possible, which is why Universal Studios Hollywood continues to take creative risks by extending ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ to include the studios’ backlot. Theme park guests will be in awe when they have this rare opportunity to walk through the backlot’s definitive Hollywood movie-making sets.”
With life imitating art, guests will first be tasked to brave swarms of ravenous zombies milling aggressively about the maze entry in a terrifying zombie apocalypse scare zone. A putrid infestation of predatory walkers with an unwavering appetite for humans will lurk throughout the backlot’s dark alleyways and protective doorways with only one place to escape: the maze.
If guests survive this fleet of crazed, blood-thirsty walkers, the terror begins.
The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven haunted maze will place “Halloween Horror Nights” guests at the core of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by decaying walkers. The eerily authentic and disturbingly real attraction will send them cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.
“’The Walking Dead’ maze that Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing to life at this year’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ event will take credibility to entirely new levels,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Makeup Supervisor for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” “Universal’s creative team is painstakingly re-creating the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ for this year’s maze and the level of authenticity will make guests and fans feel like they’ve stepped into Season 3. Located on the production backlot area of the studio, people will be able to experience iconic moments from the show up close and personal.”
Halloween Horror Nights 2013 kicks off on September 20.