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    El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights




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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    I'm happy to hear we get ONE original maze this year (kinda two if you count Black Sabbath)
    My guess is this one will be near Shrek

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    Nope - this is the one going in on Baker Street. No maze by Shrek - two top (Cucuy, Remix), two lower park (Evil Dead, InSidIous2), two backlot (13, Walking Dead). There also appears to be installation going on at the Terror Tram locations for next year.

    The update for today's pretty awesome
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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    I'm interested only because they did such a good job with La Llorona. I love backstories about myths and legends. If they do this one with an eerie feel like the prior, I'll be satified. But like anything, a good maze is a good maze regardless of the subject.

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    El Cucy is going to be pretty amazing. I love that they are exploring the latin themed fears and legends.

    Here is an excerpt from the official press release that I just put in as an update to today's In The Parks


    The age-old fear of “the boogeyman” comes to life at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new grisly twist, “El Cucuy: The Boogeyman,” as the latest in the lineup of award-winning “Halloween Horror Nights” authentically disturbing mazes opening September 20. Adding to the torment of “El Cucuy’s” grim and dark legend is an exclusive and chilling narration by Danny Trejo, one of Hollywood’s leading villain character actors.

    In Mexico, “the boogeyman” is known as “El Cucuy,” a mythical ghost-monster touting pointed teeth and razor-sharp claws. Some believe it is an evil spirit which lurks in desolate caves and ventures into the pueblos late at night, lying in wait under beds, in closets and on rooftops in search of disobedient children. The legend began as a cautionary tale told by parents warning their children to behave or “El Cucuy” would prey on them. This generations-old myth has haunted children over the years as part of popular Hispanic folklore recited throughout Mexico, Latin America and the United States.

    “I remember my mother telling me about ‘El Cucuy’ as a little kid and it freaked me out,” said Creative Consultant and Maze Narrator, actor/producer Danny Trejo. “I grew up with it and I told it to my kids, too. I can’t wait to check it out at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’.”

    Trejo’s distinctive gravelly, gruff and gripping voice deftly narrates the legend through the eyes of the monster and malevolently morphs into “El Cucuy.” Maze-goers will follow Trejo’s ominous voice as it guides them into disturbingly gruesome sights ravaged and pillaged by the shape-shifting trickery of “El Cucuy” including the scene of a child’s birthday party gone horribly awry. Distressing maze chaos continues in sinister scenes which lure maze-goers through a family room, a child’s bedroom and closet where the merciless attack of “El Cucuy” is witnessed in pools of blood with lifeless bodies exposed to reveal gaping wounds; toys, stuffed animals and clothing are scattered about in the struggle. Maze-goers soon find themselves entering “El Cucuy’s” evil cave; a cavernous macabre of horror where muffled cries for help signal impending torment ahead.

    “The ‘La Llorona’ maze we created last year was extremely well received by our guests and praised for its authenticity, so we’re excited to bring another infamous legend from Latino culture to ‘Halloween Horror Nights’,” said event Creative Director John Murdy. “At its core, this legend is even more horrifying than ‘La Llorona’ because ‘El Cucuy’ is known to take on the form of trusted adults like a police officer or your grandmother as a way to approach victims so it’s the perfect subject matter for a maze. When I was writing the maze story line, I pictured Danny Trejo as the voice of the monster, so we’re thrilled to be working with Mr. Trejo to bring the terrifying legend of ‘El Cucuy’ to life at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’.”

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    Thank you for that Fishbulb. What was most effective to me in La Llorona was the creepy voice talking about the witch as you waited in line. A perfect creepy factor and knowing they are doing the same for this maze really has me looking forward to El Cucuy. They nearly perfected the last one, let's hope they just keep getting better.

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    La Llorana was one of my favorite mazes from last year. Being unfamiliar with the story, the way it was presented (the narration as well as the way the maze itself was laid out and decorated) got across exactly what the story was VERY well.

    My only unfortunate issue with this particular theme is seeing a certain very well known LA DJ every time I read the name. I keep having recurring images of an overly cheerful hispanic guy jumping out at me and announcing the next song.
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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    Quote Originally Posted by BogLurch View Post
    Nope - this is the one going in on Baker Street. No maze by Shrek - two top (Cucuy, Remix), two lower park (Evil Dead, InSidIous2), two backlot (13, Walking Dead). There also appears to be installation going on at the Terror Tram locations for next year.

    The update for today's pretty awesome
    And also the terror tram coming back right?......weird that they not using the Shrek area

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    And also the terror tram coming back right?......weird that they not using the Shrek area
    I have hopes that the Shrek area's being used for the announced Chucky "zone". Usually I'd expect that to be over in the London/Paris street area, but with El Cucuy going in there I'm really kinda hoping they give Chucky something a bit less... already busy being used by another concept entirely?
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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    ^that would make sense.....though I hope then the Shrek Building is used to show something...even if its just Shrek....or a non 3D movie

    As for the Bogglyman maze location it seems small and has me worried it wont be that long

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    There's an outdoor courtyard and a substantial indoor space - they've used it once or twice for expanded space when needed. I didn't get a good look, but IIRC inside the building there's roughly an equivalent amount of space to the courtyard. It could work.
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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    ^ohh I didn't know they had a lot of indoor space too....then I guess it could work....well see

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    Re: El Cucuy: The Boogyman comes to life at Halloween Horror Nights

    More coming on this maze soon, but I'm really not all that jazzed about the "French Klownz" theme on one side of the maze and presumably the Chucky theme on the other.

    I still wish they'd have just consolidated the theming to one theme for both "international" streets and matched it with the maze. There's just not enough space there for discrete, effective themes and characters.
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