With about six months left before
officially kicks off for 2011,
in Buena Park has already started planning for the 39th annual event.
Knott's will blur the line between nightmare and insanity for its new Delirium maze, which was unveiled during a movie-like trailer shown at the recent
Delirium will replace the mediocre Club Blood vampire maze in the Ghostrider warehouse from the 2010 Haunt.
Knott's offers the following description of the Delirium maze: "In the deep recesses of the mind, on the clouded brink of sanity, lies the wasteland of Delirium. A place so gruesome that our imaginations fall short in comprehending its horrors. Reality slips away as the line between the waking world and nightmare dissolve. Welcome to complete madness."
While the Delirium maze remains a work in progress, the concept art shows an entrance to the maze through the Mouth of Madness, a bloody beast with seven eyes and a gaping maw. (
Another scene sends maze visitors passing through the Devourer's stomach, a crocodile-toothed mouth with seven claws. (
The rest of the maze journeys through a series of living nightmares -- from the typical (monsters under your bed) to the bizarre (cockroaches spewing from your mouth) to the disgusting (maggots gnawing on your flesh).
The solution to the madness, at least in the Delirium maze, is a sacrifice at a cultist's altar in a field of skulls.
The two-minute trailer includes a number of typical horror images – skeletons, severed heads, screaming lunatics, bloody children, sanitariums and aliens -- that could be best described as evocative rather than actual scenes planned for the Delirium maze.