Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood attraction
The Walking Dead: Dead Inside
Attraction type Haunted Maze

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (Hollywood)

Park Universal Studios Hollywood
Area Upper Lot


Housed in Wild Wild West Stage
Based on The Walking Dead (2010-2012)

Followed By

The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven (2013)

The Walking Dead: Dead Inside was one of the six haunted mazes that was featured during Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (Hollywood). The house was based off of the AMC television series, The Walking Dead. It was located in Wild Wild West Stage.

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Experience a nightmarish maze journey through a post-apocalyptic world where the dead are the predators and the living are their prey. You'll follow in the footsteps of the human survivors as you make your way from a devastated suburban hospital, through the chaotic streets of Atlanta to the remote countryside, where a lone barn holds a terrible secret. Good luck...the world you've entered is overrun with Walkers...they can smell the living...and they need your flesh to survive!

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  • One of John Murdy's favorite scenes of the show is when Rick Grimes is stuck in the Abrams tank and a horde of walkers are above and surrounding it. Murdy didn't think they'd be able to make it possible to have it featured in the maze, but Production Designer Chris Williams found a way in making it happen. It ended up being one of Murdy's favorite set pieces. The tank was placed in front of a large scenic drop of the city to help extend the scene. The tank was made by the Halloween Horror Nights team and was completely made out of foam[1]. It was only four feet wide.
  • John Murdy has known & worked with Greg Nicotero (the head of make up, executive producer, & director for the show) for years & he’s always been a great supporter of Halloween Horror Nights. For the 2012 maze, the team used his original molds for Bicycle Girl[2].
  • The creative team's approach to the maze was to make guests feel like they were walking in Rick’s footsteps, reliving all the horrors that he experienced. That started with the hospital, which was the facade for this maze. This was the last maze built in the Wild West Show venue[3].
  • Unlike the later permanent attraction, which used some some pretty sophisticated animatronic hands and show action doors, the “dead inside” door for the maze was completely operated by a “blackout performer” behind the set. According to Murdy, it was a great distraction for the scare[4].
  • According to Murdy, the maze featured the most extensive use of prosthetic make up appliances up to that point in the event’s history. It also featured a number of FX illusions and creature costumes; like a performer being ripped apart by a walker and the well walker in the barn scene[5].
  • Troy Zimmerman, who played a Walker in this maze, was a scareactor in The Thing maze the year before & eventually joined the Horror Nights team as a set designer. He never gave up working as a scareactor and has been one every single year[6].

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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