Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: April 14, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Horror and Make up show would seem to be something they should have there especially since Universal is known for their classic Monster Movies and it is a bit educational
Manny Barron

Published: April 14, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I really enjoyed the Beetlejuice show from back in the day. It's still going on in Orlando and its a fun show so that got my vote here. The horror make-up show from Orlando is also very entertaining and informative. Hopefully the new FX show is done well and not rushed.
Brandon Mendoza

Published: April 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

This is a tough one... as much as I like Beetlejuice, I actually preferred Conan. Seeing that Dragon come out of the ground was awesome along with the fire. And I can't say that I don't enjoy seeing an athletic yet feminine stunt woman "handle her business" without being a "damsel in distress".

But the Special Effects show should continue on and get expanded.

As much as I prefer full shows with better pacing like Beetlejuice and Conan, Special Effects shows have their place. There's something to be said about being part of the show and having yourself turned into a skeleton, or be attacked by a werewolf.

Nick Markham

Published: April 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I would do what they did with the short version of Wicked! at USJ and stage maybe a 45 minute version of Shrek- The Musical, especially being right across from Shrek-4D, being a CASTLE theatre, and almost winning best musical last year on BROADWAY!
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: April 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM

With Wicked gone from LA now, I'd take the USJ version at USH. (FWIW, we're getting Shrek in LA at the Pantages in 2011.)
Wok Creative

Published: April 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM

The effects show and Backdraft were always long lines when we have visited. It still seems to be a fun thing for people to see in person. Good musical reviews are always good, and it seems that there can never be enough stunt shows (in a good way).
I would like to see something like what was at IOA when I was there a couple of years ago. If I remember correctly, it was Aladdin, and had many great effects and stunts.
It would be good to capitalize on Harry Potter, but Uni has so many properties to choose from - even combining a few different movie stories from the same genre into one show.
Also, there seems to be a lot of push for audience participation, whether with one or a few in the show, or trying to get the whole audience involved somehow. It doesn't always work, though, as we saw at a small theater show at Legoland last summer - people just wanted to watch the kids be a part of it, and not do anything themselves (rough on the show cast members trying to get them to participate).
Rob P

Published: April 15, 2010 at 4:35 AM

I think that witnessing and experiencing sound effects and special effects "in the flesh" still makes for a valid attraction and has a place at Universal Hollywood.
Yes the DVD extras give details of how effects are created but it's not the same as actually having these things performed in front of you. The DVD extra, after all is said and done, is just another movie. The next DVD extra will be how the DVD extras are made. They can't compensate for " being there".
I do think , however, that more could be made of the CGI input to bring the attraction in line with current techniques. There could be greater audience participation too. I have to admit that in a much earlier thread I failed to see that possibility but have been convinced by Robert Niles and others that I was being shortsighted and now agree that this has great potential.
Whilst I love the Horror Make-Up Show and Beetlejuice I'd still prefer to re-instate a redesigned special effects attraction with all the modern techniques being explored and utilised.
Elizabeth Gray

Published: April 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM

I had a fond affection for the Conan the Barbarian show at USH's Castle Theater. It had a cool laser effects and a huge Dragon finale. I was actually sad when they put Beetljuice there even though I love BtlJce too.
Joshua Counsil

Published: April 15, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I really wish they still had a Hitchcock attraction. For a company that loves to boast about its history of classic horror films, they sure don't pay enough tribute to the king of suspense. I could just listen to Hitchcock speak for hours, like Churchill.

My proposal is a hybrid. Use the Horror Make-Up Show and Special Effects Stages, with a focus on Hitchcock. That large room used to showcase Backdraft could be a walk-through of a scene from, "The Birds," with hundreds of animatronic birds remaining mostly stationary, only issuing the occasional squawk or swoop. If done properly, it could be chilling. You could incorporate other Hitchcock staples, like the plane attack from, "North by Northwest," or one of the sickening zooms from, "Vertigo".

The special effects demonstrations could be ever-changing and used to demonstrate classic horror make-up techniques, as well as methods used for the newest Universal films.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: April 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I should have nominated the old USF Hitchcock: Art of Making Movies show for the Castle Theater. Unfortunately, they'd need a dual theater to show the film pre-show, but the theater as it stands would handle the Psycho recreation well.

Plus, if Hitch came to Hollywood, maybe I could re-start my streak as 'Mother'.

Rob P

Published: April 16, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Thanks Joshua........you know I'd all but forgotten" Hitchcock : Art of Making Movies" at Universal Orlando. That was an excellent attraction and one we always loved to visit.
Now that really should be incorporated into the Hollywood Park and also brought back to Orlando where the Studios appears to be losing sight of it's original brief.
Forget speedy coasters. I want more movie based dark rides and shows at a Studios Park.