The creative team behind Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has a significant challenge in attempting to satisfy the craving of horror movie lunatics like me who notice every little detail while also producing a haunt that will appeal to a mass audience. That, I believe, is more difficult than it appears. This year’s HHN event looks absolutely incredible and I am naturally excited about Halloween: Hell Comes To Haddonfield, which is a maze that will apparently be based on the film, Halloween II.
We know there will be some obvious scenes and designs for the house. For example, it will no doubt primarily be based in a hospital just like the film and surely we will see the ruthless killings of Mrs. Alves and Jill, in addition to the famous “bloodshot tears” streaming down Myers’ face. But here are a few more obscure scenes from Halloween II that I consider to be essential to the film and that I hope make the maze at HHN 26.
1. Mrs. Elrod’s House
This is by far the scene I hope makes the maze more than any other. In what appears to be a fairly innocuous moment in the movie where Myers picks up a knife, there are about a million different important elements. First, George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is playing on the television while a sleeping Mr. Elrod is clueless. Second, the framing of the scene is the most beautiful moment of the picture, with Mr. Elrod in the foreground, Mrs. Elrod looking on, and Myers in the background looking as spooky as he does in the entire film. This moment is one of my favorite in the entire Halloween canon. Third, I want one of those pull out board cutter things in my kitchen. And on and on.
2. Cowboy Hat Boom Box Boy
I don’t know why, but this kid is memorable to me. He is holding a boom box on his shoulder, which is a classic placement of the film into its historical context, and we hear on the radio how Laurie Strode has been taken to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital (the report actually says clinic). I hope to see this cowboy guy somewhere in the maze.
3. Mr. Garrett
Security guard Mr. Garrett meets his end with a hammer to the head, but despite his ineptness at his job, for some reason he is likable.
4. Hydrotherapy Pool
This one is kind of obvious and probably shouldn’t be included in my list of more obscure scenes. If this isn’t included in the maze, I will be shocked. But nevertheless, it is such a brutal scene that it is worth mentioning in this list.
Surely the word “Samhain” will be written in blood on a chalkboard somewhere in the maze. The movie Halloween II makes the common cultural mistake of attributing the word “Samhain” to mean, “Lord of the dead.” As wonderful as Dr. Sam Loomis is, he gets this one wrong. There is no historical evidence of a Lord of the Dead during the Celtic celebration of the end of the harvest season, and Samhain is a reference to the beginning of winter. The word is actually pronounced “Sow-in.”
6. Hospital Security Monitors
Using security monitors to heighten suspense is nothing new in horror films, but Halloween II does it better than anyone. I hope to see some creative use of monitors in the HHN 26 maze.
That’s my list and what I hope to see in the maze. Can’t wait till HHN 26!
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