Most main theme parks in america run after-hours Halloween occasions today. However I particularly take pleasure in Halloween Horror Nights at Common for the bizarre alternative it presents followers with the means and inclination to journey.
Annually, Halloween Horror Nights at Common Studios Hollywood and Common Studios Florida supply homes themed to a number of horror franchises that the corporate has licensed that yr. That offers followers who can journey to the occasion on each coasts a uncommon alternative to see how totally different artistic groups develop sights primarily based on the identical theme.
Sometimes within the theme park enterprise, while you see a number of installations of the identical attraction, they find yourself being clones of each other. Perhaps there are slight modifications as a consequence of house points, however it’s uncommon to see an organization take a very totally different tackle a subsequent set up of an attraction. Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean trip in Shanghai gives a kind of examples and that was pushed by a want to create an attraction themed to the Johnny Depp film sequence somewhat than a reinstallation of the Disneyland basic.
Territorial limits on franchise rights additionally supply alternatives to see how totally different creatives groups tackle the identical topic, with essentially the most notable instance being Common Orlando’s The Superb Adventures of Spider-Man trip versus Internet Slingers: A Spider-Man Journey at Disney California Journey. Nonetheless, Walt Disney Imagineering created its Spider-Man trip almost 20 years after Common Inventive debuted its iconic tackle the franchise. That makes an apples-to-apples comparability inconceivable since Disney clearly couldn’t and didn’t wish to copy something that Common had completed years earlier than.
At Halloween Horror Nights, followers can see how two totally different creatives groups concurrently approached designing homes primarily based on quite a lot of IP. This yr, the frequent homes at each occasions had been Chucky: Final Kill Depend, season 4 of “Stranger Issues,” “The Exorcist: Believer,” Common Monsters: Unmasked and “The Final of Us” (primarily based on the unique Naughty Canine online game somewhat than the HBO adaptation.)
Lora Sauls’ workforce at Common Orlando has extra soundstages and huge buildings at their disposal wherein to design their homes, whereas John Murdy’s workforce in Hollywood finally ends up working extra in tents and non permanent services. However Murdy has entry to extra skilled appearing expertise in Southern California than Sauls has to attract from within the a lot smaller Orlando metro space. In most years, that results in Orlando providing homes with grander manufacturing design, whereas Hollywood makes use of extra “scareactors” to drive face-to-face thrills.
This yr I favored Hollywood’s tackle The Final of Us and particularly Chucky, which I believed was the perfect haunted home that Common Studios Hollywood has produced in years with its deft mix of animatronics, puppetry, video and reside actors. But I liked the artistic selections that the Orlando workforce made with the Common Monsters home, immersing us within the tales of The Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Selections drive creativity. As a fan, I respect Common giving its artistic groups on each coasts the liberty to indicate followers what fantastic outcomes can come from making totally different artistic selections.