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Exclusive Preview and Photos: Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood’s American Horror Story and Halloween Mazes

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With Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights kicking off this Friday, September 16, we got a preview of two of the park’s then under-construction mazes last week: American Horror Story and Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield.

Both situated on the backlot, we joined Halloween Horror Nights’ creative director John Murdy first for a walk-through of the ambitious American Horror Story maze: ambitious in that in narrative the attraction features moments from three different seasons of the FX show, “Murder House,” “Freak Show,” and “Hotel.”

“Thematically what we use to tie it all together,” said Murdy of the maze, “is that every season of ‘American Horror Story’ has an episode set on Halloween, so we use those call backs.”

“If you were trying to do all of them,” explained Murdy in regards to how they chose which seasons to focus on, “it would be literally one (maze) scene per (series) season. There’s just so much content. You could do an entire maze based on “Murder House” alone. So we decided we needed to do “Murder House” because it was the beginning and “Hotel” because that’s where the series left off, and I just really like (the character of) Twisty. I think it’s the scariest clown character I’ve ever seen, and I think the ‘Freak Show’ vibe is just so cool. There’s so many different environments in it to explore.”

Park goers can expect Twisty the Clown, the Big Top from “Freak Show,” the Rubber Man, the Countess, and the two-faced Mordrake, among others, all to make appearances within the attraction.

As for the maze Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, the attraction resides in the structure that housed last year’s Insidious maze and promises visitors a narrative recreation of director Rick Rosenthal’s 1981 feature Halloween II.

“The Halloween maze from last year was the highest rated one ever,” said Murdy, “and the fans just went crazy, so I really wanted to keep it going and to pick up exactly where the last one went off.”

Unlike last year’s Halloween attraction, which was set at the Myers house, this one commences at the Doyle residence, with a recreation of Loomis’ shooting of The Shape in the third act of the original film, and then narratively moves into Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where Myers continued his marauding of Laurie Strode while murdering the medical practitioners on staff.

With Murdy’s historic attention to detail, nostalgia took hold as we moved through the maze. Nurse Karen being scalded in the hydrotherapy tub? Check. Jimmy unconscious on the floor in a pool of the red stuff? Yep. Jill losing her hospital shoes while pierced on a scalpel? You got it. Dr. Mixter suffering from an acute case of “hypodermic needle in the eye”? That’s there too.

Additionally, cool Easter eggs abound, from the inclusion of (in this case animatronic) pirate-costumed boy bleeding from his mouth at the entrance to Haddonfield Memorial (remember the lad who’d apparently bitten into more than just a simple candy apple?) to the trio of trick or treaters from Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

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For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Join the “Halloween Horror Nights” conversation using #UniversalHHN on Facebook at Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood and Instagram; Halloween Horror Nights on Twitter and Periscope @HorrorNights. Add username “HorrorNights” on Snapchat for nightly live content, and watch the terror come to life on the Halloween Horror Nights YouTube Page.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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