Horror fans can get an eyeful with new renderings of the El Cucuy: The Boogeyman maze, which will be featured at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, beginning on September 20. The photos feature characters, including El Cucuy, who will be featured in the maze.
Universal Studios Hollywood will kick off Halloween Horror Nights with its annual Eyegore Awards. The ceremony will honor individuals who have created Hollywood’s most terrifying moments in the horror genre.
The Eyegore Awards will be hosted by McKenzie Westmore, the host of Syfy’s ‘FaceOff.’ The ceremony will honor director-executive producer-special effects supervisor Greg Nicotero. Other contributors in the horror genre who will be in attendance at the ceremony will include Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Geezer Butler, ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ producer Jason Blum and ‘Machete Kills’ actor Danny Trejo.
El Cucuy: The Boogeyman is the latest in the lineup of award-winning mazes that are set to open during Halloween Horror Nights. Trejo is adding to the torment of El Cucuy’s dark legend by giving a chilling narration to the maze.
In Mexico, the boogeyman is known as El Cucuy, which is a mythical ghost-monster that sports pointed teeth and razor-sharp claws. There is some belief that it’s an evil spirit which lurks in desolate caves and ventures into homes late at night. It lies under beds, in closets and on rooftops in search of disobedient children. Parents throughout Mexico, Latin America and the United States warn their children to behave so that El Cucuy won’t prey on them.
“I remember my mother telling me about El Cucuy as a little kid and it freaked me out,” said Trejo, who is also working as a Creative Consultant on the maze. “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 narrates the legend through the eyes of the monster. Maze-goers will follow the actor’s voice as it guides them into gruesome sights ravaged by the shape-shift El Cucuy, including a child’s birthday part gone horribly awry. Maze-goers are also brought through a family room, a child’s bedroom and closet, where a merciless attack is witnessed. After seeing lifeless bodies with gaping wounds emerged in pools of blood, maze-goers will enter El Cucuy’s evil cave.
The event’s Creative Director, John Murdy, said he pictured Trejo “as the voice of the monster, so we’re thrilled to be working with him to bring the terrifying legend of El Cucuy to life at Halloween Horror Nights.”