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How do you make ‘The Shining’ maze scary? Universal’s Horror Nights unleashes Jack with an ax

How do you make ‘The Shining’ maze scary? Universal’s Horror Nights unleashes Jack with an ax

After a decade of failed attempts, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy finally landed the rights to turn Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” into a haunted maze and immediately ran into his worst fear.

“What am I going to do?” Murdy asked himself. “How am I going to make this scary?”

Based on the 1977 Stephen King book, the horror film follows aspiring writer Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, after he accepts an off-season caretaker job at the haunted Overlook Hotel. The hotel’s horrific history reveals itself during a blizzard that leaves the Torrance family snowbound.

The challenges of turning the movie into a maze were daunting, Murdy...

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