The Purge is returning to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this fall, but this time it is taking center stage as a stand-alone maze, based on the current prequel now in theaters, The First Purge.
From the park's press release: "'The First Purge' maze will reimagine the movie's premise, greeting guests with pure unadulterated fear as it brings to life the turmoil spawned by vigilantes. It will place guests at the heart of a controversial sociological experiment empowered by the New Founding Fathers of America's (NFFA) desire to purge the nation of all hatred and crime by, ironically, permitting crime to take place as a means of ridding society of all ills. Guests will be at the mercy of luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy."
Universal Studios Hollywood's Creative Director for Halloween Horror Nights, John Murdy, talked about the project in a series of Tweets Thursday afternoon.
Obviously The Purge has been a part of HHN for many years, as a scarezone, Terror Tram, a gauntlet and last year as a part of Horrors of Blumhouse. It’s finally becoming a stand alone maze. Based on the new film.
I got involved with this one very early on when Blumhouse sent me the early drafts of the script. It had a wealth of new characters and environments (which are 2 of the 3 things we look for in a maze), none of which had been featured in the franchise before.
And of course it’s a very popular franchise, with a TV series coming from USA this Fall. It’s always been one of the highest rated/requested properties by people who attend HHN (as far as surveys go), so we decided it was time for it to be a standalone maze.
The location of this maze is in the Metro set area of the Universal backlot, where Ash Vs Evil Dead was in HHN 2017. This is also going to be the maze associated with The Twitter Password that I do every year. I’ll give you more info on that when the time comes.
In some countries in the world, The Purge is known by a different name...”American Nightmare” and that’s the inspiration behind this maze. How would it feel to navigate a hellish urban environment where everyone is out to get YOU!
I think a maze has a much different feeling than a scarezone or even the outdoor section of Purge we did for Horrors of Blumhouse last year. It’s much more intense, claustrophobic...and hopefully...more frightening.
There are many different sides to Horror. I think this year’s event offers many different flavors. Stranger Things, Trick R Treat, The First Purge...and...??? There’s a lot more to come. Stay tuned Boils & Ghouls. And thanks for supporting HHN!
The First Purge is the third maze announces for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, following Stranger Things and Trick 'r Treat. Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14, 2018.Tweet
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