I love horror movies and my favorite one continues to be the original Halloween movie. Last year the Halloween maze killed it at HHN. As a matter of fact, according to the Universal Studios – Halloween Horror Night official website, last years (2015) Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home Maze was the highest rated maze in the history of Halloween Horror Nights! So, I was dying to see if they could raise the bar again.
I attended this year’s opening night for HHN, which was 9-16-16, opening day of the season. Now the exciting part of the venture for me was that I got to walk through the maze with a small group of people which included Malek Akkad who has been a producer on the Halloween movie franchise since 1988. Akkad is also the President of Trancas International Films who controls franchise.
As we entered the maze, a thought came to me, if the maze could scare the guy (Malek) that has guided the Halloween franchise for over a decade, then I think they really nailed it.
As we entered the maze it was clear from the start that this one was much bigger then last year. BTW… I’m not going to ruin this for the you by giving you a walk through account, but here is the thumbnail… It begins with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground.
From there we follow the story of the second movie. They gave us everything a Halloween fan could want from streets of Haddonfield to the labyrinth-like hallways of the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. There was even a perfect Dr. Sam Loomis and Laurie Strode. It was clear, there was a great deal of thought in the casting the people to play these roles.
As we turned each corner, the maze was better and better. It grew in tension and terror into a fever pitch where people where literally running through the maze as they where try to dodge Myers’ lethal knife. At every turn I encounter another iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in an incredible horrifying finale which you have to see.
This maze was not only extraordinary but it was a real tribute to the fans of the Halloween franchise which was started by Moustapha Akkad and John Carpenter in 1978, and eventually encompassed 10 films that have generated nearly $400 million in worldwide box office.
The best part of the night, everyone was jumping at every corner including Malek Akkad himself. That says a lot when even the man who runs the franchise is scared.
I went through the other mazes that night but, the clear winner again was the Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield.
This year’s incredible Halloween maze makes the wait more plateabe for what is in store for us in the year. It was just announced that there is a new Halloween movie in the works which brings back John Carpenter, the creator of the original Halloween films to executive produce. Malek Akkad is the producer of the movie under his Trancas International Films banner and Jason Blum is joining producing for Blumhouse. Miramax and Blumhouse Productions will co-finance development and production.