Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood attraction
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Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare

Attraction type Haunted Maze

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 (Hollywood)

Park Universal Studios Hollywood
Area Lower Lot


Housed in Jurassic Park Queue
Based on Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)

Various Alice Cooper Alblums

Followed By Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D (2012)

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare was one of the six haunted mazes that were featured duringHalloween Horror Nights 2011 (Hollywood). It was supervised by Alice Cooper himself. The maze was located in the Jurassic Park Queue.

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Enter the gruesomely twisted mind of shock rock legend, Alice Cooper, as he takes the stage in what is sure to be your final performance. Find your way through a labyrinth of razor-sharp guillotines, smell the burning flesh rotting upon electric chairs, and face off against deadly boa constrictors, demonic dolls and more!

Lose sight of what's real as you begin your dark, demented journey through the eyes of Alice Cooper. If you didn't believe in nightmares before, you soon will! For even staying awake won't save you!

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  • The creation of this maze started when John Murdy got a phone call from a rep who wanted to pitch him the idea of an Alice Cooper maze. Instead, he asked to speak to Shep Gordon (Alice’s longtime manager) as he had my own idea, which was to use Alice’s music to create a “living horror movie.” Shep loved the idea[1].
  • Aside from “Welcome to my Nightmare,” the maze's inspiration/ music was mainly drawn from the classic Alice Cooper band albums of the 70’s; “Love it to Death,” “Killer,” “School’s Out” & “Billion Dollar Babies.” These were Murdy's introduction to Alice as a kid via 8 track tapes & vinyl[2].
  • Being a lifelong Alice fan, Murdy made the maze feature deeper cuts & references to less well known albums from his long solo career including the concept albums “From the Inside” & “Along Came a Spider” & 2 80’s “lost albums” Alice doesn’t remember making: “Special Forces” & “DaDa”[3].
  • The facade for the maze was Steven from Welcome to my Nightmare’s home which Murdy saw as a abandoned haunted house. Murdy wanted to use Alice's eyes as a recurring theme throughout the house, and a pair of his eyes could be seen on the top two windows of the facade. The realtor sign outside the facade had Alice’s high school photo on it[4].
  • Entering the house, guests discovered Steven’s bedroom. Informed by the lyrics, Murdy saw him as a demented man-child living in his deteriorating childhood bedroom, dressed in footed pajamas. Guests entered the nightmare through his closet[5].
  • The next major scene was a surrealistic kid’s toy room occupied by the Billion Dollar Babies, the design for which was inspired in part from a scene in Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film “Brazil.”[6]
  • The Billion Dollar Babies scareactors are reference to Alice Cooper's song of the same name.
  • Murdy wanted the maze to have a surrealistic feel to it, so for the Guillotine scene he set it in a barren landscape with leafless trees & a blood red sky. The executioner in that scene was inspired by the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution[7].
  • The maze also featured Gordon Asylum (named after Alice’s manager Shep Gordon) where Nurse Rozetta (a character from one of Alice’s songs on “From the Inside”) was giving endless shock therapy to a another character called the “Crispy Critter"[8].
  • The asylum connected to a morgue which featured “Dr. Alice,” the “Sick Things” (Zombie-esque creatures inspired by the song) and Cold Ethyl, which was a fantastically disgusting prop made by Unit 70[9].
  • The following scene had was a classroom with old educational posters about snakes & spiders covering the walls. The character of Headmaster Alice with snakes in his hair was inspired by Pink Floyd’s The Wall[10].
  • At the end of the classroom was a giant snake that blasted guests with venom (water). The snake was sculpted by Magee FX and was inspired by the album cover art for Killer. The idea was to make you think this was the finale of the maze...but there was more to come[11].
  • The final sequence of the maze took guests back into the basement of Steven's house where he is building a human spider made out of the body parts of his victims. This was inspired by the album “Along Came a Spider"[12].
  • The final scare in the maze was a giant black widow that attacked guests. It was inspired by the Black Widow song from Welcome to My Nightmare. The prop was created by Magee FX[13].
  • Just before the maze opened, Alice came down to check it out and shoot a promo with John Murdy. As a goof, they stopped a passing tram and surprised the guests[14].
  • Towards the end of the run, John Murdy made a strange cameo in the maze. He appeared in pink bunny pajamas having a tea party with a giant roach & spider. The last night he walked the maze by himself when it was closed & took back his puppet that he loaned for the maze. Alice Cooper drew the eyes on that puppet[15].
  • The maze ended up the top maze of Halloween Horror Nights 2011. Alice released a Welcome to My Nightmare sequel album that year that would be his highest charting album in 22 years. His manager Shep Gordon called Murdy to say “You played a part in this”. He then invited Murdy and his wife to hang out with him in Hawaii[16].

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Halloween Horror Nights 2011
Characters: Ghostface (Event Icon)  • The Businessman  • The Wolfman  • The Thing
Haunted Mazes: Hostel: Hunting Season  • Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare  • The Thing: Assimilation  • The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall  • Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses: In 3-D Zombievision  • La Llorona: Villa de Almas Perdidas
Terror Tram: Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life
Scarezones: Scream  • Freakz  • Zombieville  • Klownz • The Reapers
Show: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure
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