What makes a fright maze?
When we were kids, some peeled grapes, cooked spaghetti, and bowls of gelatin were all we needed to theme our driveway scare house, right? And maybe a fog machine, too, if you saved up your allowance all year.
But adult-oriented Halloween mazes are a different tech-heavy lot. Horror films and terrifying television shows very often serve as thematic inspirations for the bigger mazes come October, but so, on rare occasion, can a band. A particularly famous band with a tie-in to the scare-seeking crowd.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Say, a Black Sabbath.
Which is all leading up to this interesting bit of news: Black Sabbath is getting its very own 3D maze at the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this fall. John Murdy, the seasonal extravaganza's creative director, joined Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Tony Iommi for a special video announcement on Monday, Aug. 5.
So what's in the maze? Ozzy, Geezer, and Tony won't be jumping out of a dark hallways to make us scream -- although that would be dang cool and very surprising-- but there will be scenes and scares based on Black Sabbath songs. "(H)orrifying graveyards" will be one place that maze walkers will visit, but bet the visions'll be plenty bone-rattling.
Truth? Halloween Horror Nights has long embraced the interesting twist. Yep, there are movie properties in each year's maze batch -- "Evil Dead" is on the dread-filled docket in 2013 -- but throwing an iconic band in the mix is an interesting way to shake up the things-that-go-bump-in-the-night business.
And remember La Llorona, a wailing legend the maze-makers visited on a few occasions? Big, big eek.
Halloween Horror Nights opens on Friday, Sept. 20. Want to keep an eerie, bloodshot eye on more announcements? Mr. Murdy and his devious crew are very forthcoming. Keep a watch on this page, if you dare (and we think you do).