In space no one can hear you scream… but at Halloween Horror Nights 2014, fans of the “Alien” and “Predator” franchises will be doing just that. Announced tonight for both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, Alien vs Predator is coming to HHN as a new haunted house.
The maze will feature the famous creatures from the “Alien” film series, not only hunting guests but also the other classic alien killer from the “Predator” films.
In Universal Orlando’s spine-chilling maze, guests will find themselves thrust right into the middle of the primordial battle between the Aliens and Predators as they visit one of Weyland-Yutani’s secret facilities to assist with a situation that has surfaced. Communication has been lost with a bio-weapons research facility in Central America which houses many divisions dealing in extra-terrestrial technologies, specifically the Alien Xenomorph species. Pieces of transmissions were received detailing that the facility has become compromised and another alien species called Yautja – commonly known as Predators – are hunting both the Xenomorphs and any human presence found. Guests will have to navigate through the labyrinth of destruction within the facility as they struggle to survive the ancient feud between these two deadly species.
“When attempting to bring two of the most iconic creatures ever put on film to ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ you need to rely on everything you’ve learned up to this point” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “We’re employing our full arsenal of tricks and techniques in translating the AVP: Alien vs. Predator brand into an authentic and horrific maze experience. Puppetry, elaborate costumes and unique environments have all been created in close collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox. Our guests are going to be thrown head first into this epic battle where only the strong will survive. This is truly going to be an out-of- this-world maze experience that the fans have been waiting for.”
The new “AVP: Alien vs Predator” maze at Universal Studios Hollywood will answer the proverbial question asked by mankind since the beginning of time: Are we alone in this dark, vast universe? “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” will once and for all shed light on the answer when it brings to life the violent creatures cohabitating our world as it pits two rival alien species in a fight to the death with Earth as their battleground. This menacing maze will uncover a dangerous alien spaceship carrying a race of hunter aliens known as Predators and a threatening new alien life form that uses human hosts to propagate its species. After crash landing in a remote section of America and escaping to the countryside, the alien and predator become hunter and prey with guests caught in the crossfire.”
“‘AVP: Alien vs. Predator’ is by far the most technically complicated and ambitious maze we’ve ever created for ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “It’s a monumental undertaking to recreate these massive, iconic characters for a live event. Fortunately, we have the expert assistance of Academy Award-winning make-up artists, Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis from Amalgamated Dynamic Inc. (ADI), the special effects geniuses behind the original creatures for the AVP film franchise. Tom and Alec and the ADI team are excited about our maze and have graciously allowed us to cast from their original molds so that our maze will be absolutely authentic to the movies.”
Aiello added a look at a corridor from the CG model the Universal Orlando design team built as a pre-visualization of the haunted house:
Tomorrow, Universal Orlando will begin auditioning a few very specific roles for Halloween Horror Nights, specifically males 6’1″ and above with athletic builds, males able to portray the age range of 55 – 65, and females 5’5″ and above with athletic builds, and candidates with puppetry experience. All of these will fit into the “Alien” and “Predator” worlds, particularly with their plans to create Alien puppets as impressive as those seen in the American Werewolf in London maze last year. More information can be found at UniversalAuditions.com.
Of course, animatronic Alien figures have been appearing in Walt Disney World’s Great Movie Ride for many years, along with an animated figure of Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver. But while the trip into the spaceship Nostromo on that ride is just slightly creepy, the Halloween Horror Nights version will aim to terrify.
Alien vs Predator adds to the lineup of revealed haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts that includes The Walking Dead and From Dusk Till Dawn, with a Halloween maze yet to be officially announced.