Alice Cooper to help design Universal Studios Halloween maze
Rock icon Alice Cooper will help design a theme park maze for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, the park announced Tuesday.
Cooper, known for his macabre-tinged stage persona, is the second celebrity that the park has tapped to help create horror-inspired mazes for the annual Halloween celebration that runs on selected nights from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.
Horror movie director and actor Eli Roth, who produced the 2002 horror film "Cabin Fever" and 2005's "Hostel," among others, will design a maze called Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season. Other celebrities who have agreed to design mazes will be announced over the next few weeks.
The mazes are usually temporary structures installed at the theme park among the other rides and attractions. Guests walk through the dark mazes, past scenes of gore and costumed actors that jump out from the shadows.
In recent years, Halloween has represented an opportunity for huge revenues for theme parks such as Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park and Disneyland in Anaheim.
According to Universal Studios Hollywood, Cooper's maze will include "guillotine decapitations, electric chairs, a sadistic insane asylum, predatory snakes and giant Black Widow spiders that have helped make his imagery timeless and indelible."
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Photo: Alice Cooper. Credit: Getty Images