Okay, so there’s been no confirmation from Comic Con that THE WALKING DEAD will be an HHN maze theme this year, but that’s not too surprising since the panel announcement about SILENT HILL being a maze was made during the Open Road Films panel, there to promote SILENT HILL: REVELATIONS 3D. This wasn’t an at-large Universal panel nor was it an HHN panel, but rather the two events were folded in together with the Konami team on the video game franchise.
This doesn’t mean that THE WALKING DEAD will not be an HHN maze theme, just that the Open Road panel was not the place to announce. Then again, no HHN maze announcement was revealed at any of the Thursday, Friday or Saturday WALKING DEAD-related panels either. One might have expected that since HHN piggybacked on the Open Road/SILENT HILL panel, that Murdy might have joined in briefly on a WALKING DEAD panel too for a reveal, but no dice.
Still, I wouldn’t discount Deadline’s earlier report just yet. The odds are good that a zombie haunt will appear in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights maze lineup, and THE WALKING DEAD is more popular than ever. Hang in there, HHN fans, Murdy has several more maze reveals left!
COMIC CON LIVE UPDATE #2: Watch the Halloween Horror Nights SILENT HILL maze trailer:
COMIC CON LIVE UPDATE #1: John Murdy confirmed that SILENT HILL will be a maze theme at both Hollywood and Orlando parks for Halloween Horror Nights 2012. BloodyDisgusting.com (@BDisgusting) just tweeted that he showed a Silent Hill maze trailer to the #SDCC fans.
Deadline reported that Universal will announce two maze themes for Halloween Horror Nights 2012 today at Comic Con: both Hollywood and Orlando parks will be overrun by zombies with THE WALKING DEAD and take you on a tour of SILENT HILL. If this report holds true, this will be Universal’s first time adapting a video game property for HHN on either coast for their annual Halloween event.
It appears that HHN Creative Director John Murdy is on his way to Comic Con right now to make Universal’s expected announcement today, based on his latest tweet @HorrorNights:
Now I’m in a car, being driven somewhere. The driver won’t tell me where we’re going.
How did I get here? (To be continued)
Both maze themes would double as promotional gigs for their intellectual properties: THE WALKING DEAD returns for its third season on AMC October 14th, while SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D pops into theaters October 26th and the latest video game version Silent Hill: Book Of Memories hits shelves sometime the same month.
I’m a little surprised to see SILENT HILL on the list since earlier in the year as Murdy ran his maze theme ‘guessing game’ with fans on Twitter said that video game titles didn’t test so well on the 2011 post-HNN survey. But given the promotional opportunities available for the game and film franchise, SILENT HILL may have been too juicy (and foggy and terrifying) to pass up.
THE WALKING DEAD is a natural fit for HHN and it’s a property that’s long been discussed, if not wished for, by HHN devotees since it’s 2010 cable debut. Expect a lot of gut-wrenching, brain-devouring horror in the series’ edgy style, especially if Murdy and his makeup crew get access to Greg Nicotero‘s zombie character designs. Let’s hope the maze theme isn’t asking guests to constantly shove Carl back into the house before he gets them killed!
Stay tuned for updates from Comic Con and future maze theme confirmations. Watch THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 trailer: