Posted on April 10, 2015
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One of the most popular panel at Monsterpalooza was the discussion panel celebrating Universal Studios Hollywood’s tenth anniversary of their annual Halloween Horror Nights event. The hosts of this panel were John Murdy (Creative Director/Producer HHN) and Chris Williams (Art Director/Production Designer HHN).  The Halloween Horror Nights Twitter account @HorrorNights had asked followers what their top five favorite mazes over the past years had been. This panel showed us some behind the scenes secrets of the top five choices including “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Halloween”, “Insidious”, “American Werewolf in London” and “Alien vs. Predator”.


Full discussion panel celebrating Universal Studios Hollywood’s tenth anniversary


Halloween

An effect that is often used for the haunts are shadow projections in the windows for the passerby voyeurs. One of the murderer shadows was actually one of the artist’s daughter.

While walking through the maze John Murdy noticed that one of the dummies were revealing a bit more “skin” than was appropriate for the haunt. He fixed the problem by grabbing a piece of his wife’s clothing and putting it on the dummy. He was sure to point it out to his wife as she walked through the maze.

HALLOWEEN “Haddonfield 1962″

HALLOWEEN “The Floating Headstone”

HALLOWEEN “The Devil is in the Details”

Insidious

HHN was contacted by Blumhouse Productions after seeing the La Llorona maze at a previous years event. James Wan (director of “Insidous” movie) was particularly impressed and even said that the maze inspired “Insidious 2”.

One of the nights an actor from the film “Insidious” was going through the maze and wanted to see the scaractor who was portraying him in the maze. In order to accomplish this he grabbed the actor from behind a curtain and the film actor was then escorted out of the maze by Universal Studios Security.

INSIDIOUS “Designing by Post-It Notes”

INSIDIOUS “The Ground Plan”

INSIDIOUS “Into The Further”

American Werewolf in London

John Landis (film director) was extremely involved in the creation of this maze. The initial meeting with him lasted approximately 4.5 hours.

On Halloween night, John Murdy became a character in the maze. He took some clothes he had from the trunk of his car after it started down pouring, put them on and played darts in the bar scene of the maze.

The creation of American Werewolf in London made the HHN team feel as though now they are ready and able to make bigger effects and puppetry a large part of future events.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Creating the Slaughtered Lamb”

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Creating the Werewolf”

Alien vs. Predator

The alien molds seen in the maze were made from actual molds used for the film.

The predator costumes had to be original as the molds from the film were seven feet tall. The casting department knew that finding seven foot tall actors was not a feasible task.

The motto for this maze whenever budget was a concern was “protect The Queen” referring to the massive Queen Alien puppet used in the finale of the maze and operated by three puppeteers.

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “HHN 2014″

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “Creating Alien”

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “Aliens on Earth”


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Posted on April 10, 2015
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Monsterpalooza was recently held on March 27-29 in Burbank, CA. The event celebrates the art of monsters featuring artists who are filmmakers, makeup artists, haunt event creators and so much more. Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and makeup artists from “Face Off” Kenneth J. Hall and so many more guests from every corner of the horror universe attended the convention.

One of the most interesting things to see in the hall is the various makeup artists booths creating monsters right before your eyes.

There is even a horror museum featuring mostly monster/creature replicas.

Leonardo “Turtles”

Caretaker “Haunted Mansion”

Walter White “Breaking Bad”

The Grinch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Heath Ledger as The Joker “Batman – The Dark Knight”

 

Many panels were held during the convention, but the most popular one seemed to be the discussion panel about the Halloween Horror Nights houses.

This panel was hosted by John Murdy (Creative Director/Producer HHN) and Chris Williams (Art Director/Production Designer HHN).

 


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Posted on March 23, 2015
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The Ultimate Monster Show is returning to Burbank, California, for a three day celebration of all things monster related. You will experience monster make-up-demos, walk-through a monster museum, see FX Artists and Monster related artwork will be on display and for sale. Presentations will also be held, where special guests may appear.

Scheduled guests include:

George Romero – Night of the Living Dead Director

Sonny Chiba – The Street Fighter

Cloris Leachman-Young Frankenstein

Yaphet Kotto- Alien

Michael Biehn – Terminator, Aliens

Linda Blair – The Exorcist

The Chiodo Brothers – Killer Klowns from Outer Space

and many more.

On Sunday, there will also be a presentation about Halloween Horror Nights by the event’s creators from Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

Tickets can be purchased Here in advance for $30 a day or a 3-day pass for $70

For more information, please visit: Monsterpalooza.com or go to Monsterpalooza on Facebook


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Posted on March 23, 2015
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The annual TransWorld Halloween Show took place this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, once again drawing top haunters of the industry together to buy and sell the latest innovations in scare tactics while trading insights.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

Across a fog-filled convention show floor, complex costumes, advanced animatronics, and sinister special effects were among just some of the thousands of new products unveiled at the show.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

In the world of animatronic scares, no company is bigger than Scare Factory, whose booth consumed more than half of the “dark” area of the floor, filled with larger-than-life ghouls.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015


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Posted on March 3, 2015
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This week The Republic announced a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to bring an entirely unique theatrical experience to Orlando.

Launching with the Orlando Fringe Festival in May, The Republic will immerse guests – called players – in a fully designed, interactive world inhabited by intriguing characters. Players will take on an important role in this conflicted society with their actions dictating how the rich story ends.

Backers of The Republic’s Kickstarter project will receive exclusive rewards including unlimited access to the experience, behind-the-scenes tours with designers, and plenty of collectible takeaways.

Inspired by Greek mythology, Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” and Plato’s literary work, the story of The Republic experience places players inside a society ripe for revolution, where citizens are born into social status but band together to overthrow an overbearing government while risking banishment to the Labyrinth.

Breaking the traditional stage-audience boundary, The Republic is an immersive theater experience that surrounds viewers with the performance, allowing audience members to move under their own free will, engaging directly with performers, sets, props, and other interactive features throughout.

“I want to empower people to not just sit back and be a passive audience member, but get out of their seats and explore, learn, react, and respond,” explained The Republic creator Sarah Elger. “I like getting people out of their comfort zone to push them as a person and test themselves in a risk-free environment so that they can see their own potential.”

The Republic is not a traditional stage show. It’s not a haunted house. It’s not an escape room. It’s not a theme park ride. It’s also not confined to any emerging immersive theater standards. It is something entirely new. Boundaries will be pushed as players are asked to embody a role and become part of the story. Throughout the experience, players will be watched, deceived, touched – possibly even kidnapped.

Production is already underway on The Republic, well into design and rehearsal phases. Kickstarter funds will assist in paying for the 18,000 square-foot warehouse space in downtown Orlando, lumber and building materials, sound and lighting equipment, special effects, makeup, costumes, actors, musical score development, and many other costs.

“With help from Kickstarter contributions, we will be able to grow this production into an exciting experience you cannot even imagine,” added Elger.

Follow along with the experience’s creation on The Republic Production Blog at blog.TheRepublicGame.com.

For more information, visit www.TheRepublicGame.com. Like The Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRepublicGame, and follow us on Twitter @TheRepublicORL. Join our society on social media using #TheRepublic.


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