Roth to design a maze based on his pics
Eli Roth will design a maze based on his “Hostel” pics for Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” theme park franchise.“Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season” becomes the second attraction announced for the event, after U recently revealed “The Thing” maze, based on the studio’s upcoming prequel to the John Carpenter thriller. Event begins Sept. 23 and continues on select nights through Oct. 31. “Hostel: Hunting Season” will feature sets recreating locations in Slovakia, reimagining the halls of Elite Hunting’s torture factory, a secret society that kills young Americans for sport in exchange for large sums of money. Project marks Roth’s first turn transforming his films into a theme park experience. “Creating a maze for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is a horror fan’s dream come true,” he said. “I’ve been visiting ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. … “People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite ‘Hostel’ scenes, along with some new surprises.” Roth will also serve as a judge in Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual “Halloween Horror Nights” short film competition, which will culminate in a presentation to a winning filmmaker during the “Eyegore Awards” on the event’s opening night, Sept. 23. Roth recently produced “The Last Exorcism,” and is in post-production on the “Clown” and “The Man With the Iron Fists.” Although both U’s Hollywood and Orlando parks feature Horror Nights, they typically don’t share the same mazes. But “The Thing” is one of Universal’s higher-profile releases this fall, and the studio has been increasingly eyeing the Horror Nights franchise as a way to promote its thrillers that bow around Halloween. “The Thing,” directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., bows Oct. 14. Park designers partnered with the film’s producers, Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, to replicate the sets, audio, musical score, creature and characters referenced in the new pic.