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"Hostel" maze to feature in Halloween Horror Nights 2011 at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed that it is working on a haunted maze based on the 2005 horror film Hostel, which will feature at its Halloween Horror Nights events for 2011.

According to the Halloween Horror Nights Twitter account, Universal's creative team is working with the film's director, Eli Roth, on the development of Hostel: Hunting Season. It seems to certain to feature a high level of gore, with Hostel and its 2007 sequel Hostel 2 both featuring graphic scenes of mutilation and torture.

The plot of the movies is likely to be a good fit with a Halloween Horror Nights attraction, as it is primarily based around a single location (the titular Hostel). In the films, groups of unsuspecting tourists are lured into the hostel before being tortured and murdered by its paying customers.

Universal has promised that its Hostel maze will be an "extreme gore fest", matching the style of the movies. It is set to be located in the queue area of the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster, and is the second maze to be announced for the 2011 events. The first, announced last week, will be based on the soon-to-be-released remake of The Thing.

Inside the queue area, Universal will build sets recreating locations from the film (which was set in Slovakia). This will include some of the torture chambers utilized by the Elite Hunting secret society that preys on American youths.

Speaking of Hostel: Hunting Season, Eli Roth said: "Creating a maze for Halloween Horror Nights is a horror fan's dream come true. I've been visiting Halloween Horror Nights for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. For me it was like going inside the world of a movie and experiencing it in a visceral environment that simply cannot be replicated, and in subsequent years I've found I'm just as scared as I was the first time.

"I am so happy to join forces with the creative team at Universal. Our collaborative vision to bring Hostel to life will give both fans of my movie and horror fans a scare they could never have imagined. People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite Hostel scenes, along with some new surprises.

"I was honored to receive an Eyegore Award at last year's Halloween Horror Nights event, and began talking to Universal about a Hostel maze even then. This is something I've dreamed of for years. I may even dress up and appear in the maze one night as a torturer. So when you say 'I scared you,' you can literally mean that I scared you!"

Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights 2011 events are due to begin on September 23, and will run on select nights through October 31.


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