The creative team behind Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood met with us after their Monsterpalooza panel on April 13, 2019, to answer our questions about HHN 2019.
This year, just like every year, Monsterpalooza blew us away with everything that the convention brought to the table. From the amazing vendors and the entertaining panels, this year had a lot to offer. We also received new information about Halloween Horror Nights 2019 in the form of a maze reveal at this year’s panel. Both John Murdy (Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights) and Chris Williams (Art Director of Halloween Horror Nights) appeared on stage to answer questions that were asked on Twitter as well as reveal their new original maze Holidayz in Hell.
“Holidayz in Hell” is an all-new original maze coming to the haunt event this Fall, bringing a twisted version of the most iconic holidays. Such “holidayz” that are receiving the horror treatment include New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! The maze will expand on last year’s fan-favorite scarezone by the same name, which found guests face-to-face with a middle-aged Cupid, undead Uncle Sam, and a Turkey-human hybrid nicknamed “Turkey Lurkey”. We were fortunate enough to be able to get a quick interview with both Murdy and Williams after the panel regarding the new maze announcement.
Q: Holidayz in Hell was a really great scare zone last year is there something that didn’t make from the scare zone that you guys wanted to implement into the maze?
John Murdy: “yeah because there’s only so much room when you’re building a maze and its different from doing a scare zone where there’s not as much scenic… so you know in a scare zone you’re just going boom boom boom and thing to thing… so like there’s no Day of the Dead in the maze and there is no, There is one other one in the scare zone that we didn’t…Oh Cinco de Mayo those two aren’t in the maze because we had to make the other scenes bigger you know so there are eight holidays in the maze”
Q: With the idea of taking holidays and turning them into twisted things, is there a holiday that you believe deserves to have its own horror movie?
John Murdy: “Oh a movie? There’s been a few, Christmas has already been done. Has Easter been done?”
Chris Williams: “Yeah.”
John Murdy: “I think Easter.”
Chris Williams: “Easter would be mine!”
John Murdy: “Easter creeps me out, I hate Easter. It’s just everything about it. Peeps in particular. I can’t…I just can not stand Peeps. But, uh, and the Easter Bunny always freaked me out when I was a kid and you would see all these pictures of kids with the Easter Bunny you know and there always screaming when they’re on their laps. I think Easter would make a great maze.”
Chris Williams: “That’s a good one.”
Q: Which Holiday do you believe deserves to be turned into its own maze?
John Murdy: “I would say Easter again. I think Easter.”
Chris Williams: “I’ll be honest, I think Christmas in a sense…”
John Murdy: “Okay, yeah!”
Chris Williams: “…of revisiting that and having a really cool environment, you know, that would be cold and such with snow and white, yeah. I think it would be really great.”
And with that, another panel started, the venue got really loud, and we had no choice but to cut the interview short. We are incredibly thankful for the time that both John Murdy and Chris Williams provided us to answer our questions about the latest Halloween Horror Nights maze announcement. We can’t wait to attend Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood, starting September 13!