Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood attraction
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La Llorona: La Cazadora de Niños

Attraction type Haunted Maze
Event

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (Hollywood)

Park Universal Studios Hollywood
Area Upper Lot
Year

2012

Housed in Shrek 4D Queue
Based on The Urban Legend of La Llorona
Preceded By La Llorona: Villa de Almas Perdidas (2011)

La Llorona: La Cazadora de Niños was a haunted maze that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (Hollywood). It was located in Shrek 4-D Queue.

Description[edit | edit source]

Immerse yourself in the horrific tale that has tainted the dreams of children for centuries, with new twists and turns, spawning countless excruciating nightmares. Succumb to the bloodcurdling screams of Maria, a mother tortured by the guilt of drowning her children, forced to suffer for an eternity as she wanders the Earth hunting for the souls of her children. Beware, for those who hear her weeping are marked for death! If you think you know how it ends, you're dead wrong!

Experience[edit | edit source]

The layout was the exact same as the previous year's house except for the final scene.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The original subtitle for this maze was "La Pesadilla de los Ninos", which translates to "Children's Nightmare"[1].
  • The biggest fear John Murdy had for this maze was the cultural appropriation since it wasn't a story he grew up with and even though he and the team researched it and didn't hold anything back.
  • For this maze, Murdy wanted to make the character of La Llorona darker and scarier by making her look like she was left in the water for a long time[2].
  • Stepping inside the church, guests passed through an alcove with pictures of missing children & votive candles. The mourning women in the church is a classic Halloween Horror Nights scare, which Murdy and co. call “one of these things is not like the other”. The scare consists of a combination of static figures & performers all dressed the same[3].
  • Inside the bowels of the old church, guests would find a secret passageway to an underground crypt. In Murdy's research, he came across the mummies of Guanajuato Mexico which inspired the look of the characters in this scene. Character art by their long time illustrator Lucas Culshaw was made[4].
  • The horse head figures were something Murdy came across in his research. For the 2012 version he and the team pushed their look further. In the barn scene, two of these scareactors would attack guests from both sides of the path as the sound of horses screaming played in the background[5].
  • The finale of this maze took the La Llorona myth further, making her a true monster and eater of children. This gave Murdy and his team the chance to work on more creature effects, and gave the maze a more shocking ending with the help of Magee FX, who would go on to work with Universal in future Halloween Horror Nights events[6].
  • One night when John Murdy was going through the maze, he saw someone remove a large pot & take it with him. He tapped them on the shoulder at the exit and said, “Hey man...that’s my pot”[7].

References[edit | edit source]

Halloween Horror Nights 2012
Characters: La Llorona  •Alice Cooper
Haunted Mazes: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D  • La Llorona: La Cazadora de Niños  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the Law  • The Walking Dead: Dead Inside  • Universal Monsters Remix  • Welcome to Silent Hill
Terror Tram: Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead
Scarezones: Klownz  • Silent Hill  • Toyz  • Witchez
Show: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure
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