La Llorona, the fearful story of melancholy and murder that has terrified Mexican and Latin American children for generations, will have an expanded presence at this yearâ€™s â€œHalloween Horror NightsÂ®â€ event as Universal Studios Hollywood recruits Mexico-based film star Diego Luna as a creative consultant to design the all-new terror-filled maze, â€œLa Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas.â€ The event begins on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31.
â€œLa Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas,â€ which translates to â€œWeeping Woman: Village of Lost Souls,â€ will feature elaborate sets depicting sites within and around a small Mexican village. The new maze will tell the haunting story of â€œLa Llorona,â€ doomed to wander the earth forever after drowning her children in a desperate attempt to win a lost love. She then drowns herself when this attempt to win her lost love fails. According to the legend, La Lloronaâ€™s dreadful, wailing criesâ€”â€œMy children! Where are my children?â€â€”can be heard eternally piercing the night. La Lloronaâ€™s frail, drenched body lurking throughout the dead of night will invariably elicit unwavering dread from the helpless village inhabitants or maze guests as her presence signifies impending death.
Diego Luna said: â€œLike all Mexican children, I grew up with the story of â€˜La Lloronaâ€™ and I think itâ€™s a tale with universal appeal. Story-telling is at the heart of all my work and Iâ€™m thrilled to have the chance to help present the great â€˜La Lloronaâ€™ legend in a different kind of medium at the â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ event.â€
Diego Luna began his acting career before age 12 and came to international attention with his performance in the award-winning film, â€œY Tu MamÃ¡ TambiÃ©n.â€ Since then, he has shown tremendous versatility as an actor, writer, producer and director. He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Universal Pictureâ€™s critically-acclaimed, award-winning film â€œMilk,â€ served as executive producer of the gritty and much-praised drama â€œSin Nombre,â€ and recently won Mexicoâ€™s prestigious Silver Ariel Award for co-writing the movie â€œAbel,â€ which he also directed. Diego Luna is currently filming â€œElysium,â€ starring opposite Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Heâ€™ll soon be seen opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy, â€œCasa De Mi Padre,â€ and in the thriller, â€œContraband,â€ opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.
Diego Luna is be a key member of a Hollywood horror â€œdream teamâ€ assembled by Universal Studios Hollywood to create the ultimate â€œliveâ€ Halloween nightmare. The team also includes director, writer, producer and actor Eli Roth, who will present the new maze, â€œEli Rothâ€™s Hostel: Hunting Season,â€ rock-horror legend Alice Cooper, who will present the new maze â€œAlice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare,â€ and multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker, Rob Zombie, making an encore performance with his nightmarish 3D world of carnage and chaos in â€œRob Zombieâ€™s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision.â€
â€œThe Thing: Assimilation,â€ inspired by Universal Picturesâ€™ upcoming thriller, and â€œThe Wolf Man: The Curse of Talbot Hall,â€ inspired by the Academy AwardÂ®-winning Universal Pictures film will add to the Hollywood horror clout. An all new terrifying backlot experience, â€œTerror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life,â€ based on the latest installment of Wes Cravenâ€™s â€œScreamâ€ film series, will unleash the iconic â€œGhostface Killerâ€ on Universalâ€™s famed backlot, the heart of the worldâ€™s most famous horror moviemaking studio.
Source: Press Release