The past few Halloween Horror Nights announcements have been for both Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood, but this one is solely for the Hollywood crowd. Creative Director John Murdy has taken the stage at ScareLA to announce that “An American Werewolf in London” will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween Horror Nights.
This isn’t the first time the film property has been featured at a Universal park. Last year it was used at Universal Studios Orlando where it received some great reviews from attendees. Now the attraction is being moved to the west coast so we can experience it for ourselves.
“An American Werewolf in London” is the classic 1980’s film about a couple of Americans backpacking through the English countryside. As the title suggests, one of them is attacked by a werewolf and becomes one. If you’ve never seen the movie, just go watch it. No description will do it justice, it’s a fantastic werewolf film. The film was directed by John Landis who was also on hand to make the announcement at ScareLA.
EDIT: Here’s some more info from the press release:
Guests will begin their horrifying journey as they enter “The Slaughtered Lamb,” the English countryside pub movie fans will instantly recognize, and experience first-hand what the tavern patrons in the film meant when they cautioned, “Stay on the road, keep clear of the Moors and beware the moon.” After stumbling upon the overgrown wasteland known as the “Moors,” maze-goers will be forced to traverse through dense fog amidst sounds of savage growls and unknown peril ahead.
“We are extremely excited to bring ‘An American Werewolf in London’ to Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ for the first time,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “John Landis’ iconic horror film and the groundbreaking makeup effects by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker have influenced generations of horror filmmakers and fans, and remains a classic of the genre. Turning such a celebrated film, which has been characterized as one of the greatest films of all time, into a ‘living horror movie’ can be daunting. As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we have the expertise to deliver a realistically compelling experience and are up to the challenge.”
Along with “The Slaughtered Lamb” pub and the Yorkshire Moors, guests will recognize other memorable scenes and characters from the film – including the London Underground and gun-wielding demon soldiers. The famous “transformation scene” that inspired the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar® for achievement in makeup will also be featured in the remarkable maze experience.
“The team at Universal Studios Hollywood has gone to great lengths to recreate the mood and details of the movie,” said John Landis. “The true test for guests will be to see if they are able to endure the scares lurking throughout the maze – rather than screaming from room to room. I want them to really absorb the elaborate sets, make-up and special effects custom designed for this experience.”
An American Werewolf in London not only captured the Academy Award® for “Best Makeup” in 1982 for renowned makeup artist Rick Baker, but was also named Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films the same year. The film is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on September 19th. Be sure to visit the site for more information.