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Universal Orlando's show director talks Halloween Horror Nights

By Robert Niles
Published: September 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM
Michael RoddyI was on a group call this afternoon with Michael Roddy, Show Director for Universal Orlando, who talked about this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, which starts later this month.

In the audio clip below, Roddy talks about the movie-driven theme of this year's event; describes three of the soundstages devoted to Universal's classic monsters - Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula and Wolfman; addresses the challenge of creating "movie" sets and mazes that people will walk through, instead of just being used for filming; and talks about how Universal addresses the challenge of creating enough attraction capacity to accommodate the growing crowds at Halloween Horror Nights:

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on September 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM
Mr. Roddy also has a youtube channel that I started following it last year that talked about how they did their haunted houses, especially for some of the special effects. My favorite was a spaceship one?
From 67.191.123.28 on September 8, 2009 at 4:31 PM
Spaceship one was Interstellar Terror. If you look on this year's site, Roddy is the face of Mr. Meaty for Leave it To Cleaver, and Mike Aiello is the butcher, with Roddy's two girls and Aiello's son. Amazing the nerdy stuff you find.
From Nate Mitchell on September 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM
Interstellar Terror was one of the haunts we toured at the IAAPA behind the screams tour last year...it was a very cool haunt to say the least. The final scene even featured the ORIGINAL spaceship that was used in E.T. You wouldnt know this stuff unless you get this type of tour, and Roddy was our tour guide so that was alot of fun. I love knowing all that insider stuff, even though most wouldnt care!
From luis gonzalez on September 9, 2009 at 7:52 PM
i cannot wait for hhn, this is my 6th year and my 5th in a row. i really hope they bring it this year because last year was a bit of a down year. carnival of carnage in 07 was the best year in my opinion, so hopefully also having three movie properties makes them take it up a notch like 07.

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