Universal Studios is not pulling punches and pea soup, people. They are bringing out the heavy hitters this year.
The annual haunt spectacular has announced the first attraction for its 2016 Season and they are spinning the classics, people. What many people tote as the greatest horror film of all time, “The Exorcist,” will be the first maze for the park’s event in the Hollywood, California park. The original film, which premiered the day after Christmas in 1973, holds the distinction of being the first horror film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Along for best film, it was nominated for 10 awards total including a Best Actress nod for Linda Blair, who was 12 years old at the time. She went on to win a Golden Globe for her performance, and the movie itself became known as a landmark in cinema.
I’m going to be honest with you. When the movie was rereleased in theaters for its 25th anniversary with long-lost footage, I had to dip out and go home. I’m not proud, but I’m honest. I calmly left my friends, booked it to a pay phone and begged my parents to please come pick me up. The image of a girl spider walking down the stairs just nailed the coffin shut for me and I could not stand sitting another minute, sure I was going to get possessed just like her, no matter how many times I crossed myself and prayed to Jesus and all the old gods. I can sit through some gory nonsense that sends most people running, but even 25 years later that movie had the power to terrify.
Now, Universal Studios is stepping up Pazuzu’s game with introducing him to a fresh batch of unsuspecting souls and feeding them through his playground like a buffet. Guests will have to grab their holy water (although I would leave crucifixes at the door, we know what Regan does with them) and protect themselves from a real live exorcism as they live the 1973 classic for themselves. The question is, though, who Pazuzu will pick for his next piggyback ride.
To prepare for “The Exorcist,” check out the trailer below and be sure to follow on all forms of social media using #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights. Add username HorrorNights on Snapchat, for nightly live content and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.
“Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights” begins in fall of 2016 in Los Angeles, California.