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Nickelodeon Game Show 'Legends Of The Hidden Temple' Is Being Made Into A Movie
Here is some very important news: there is going to be a Legends of the Hidden Temple movie. Legends of the Hidden Temple is a strange kids' game show
that I watched every day that ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons in the mid-90s. The game show involved sending pairs of children in way too much protective gear on an epic quest to steal artifacts out of a temple full of puzzles and extremely problematic, by today's standards, Mayan temple guards who would only leave you alone if you gave them a gold Pendant of Life. If the kids succeeded in looting the temple, they would win a trip to Space Camp or some other place that's super fun when you're a kid.
The movie will be live-action and made for TV, according to Variety. The network also intends to reboot the cartoon Hey Arnold! as a TV movie as well.
The Hidden Temple movie won't be a game show. Instead, it will follow three siblings who have to survive a series of quests. We will see a few things from the original TV show, like the Steps of Knowledge, where contestants had to answer a series of trivia questions to make it to the bottom of the stairs and proceed to the next rounds. We'll also be seeing Olmec, a talking stone head that was stationed at the entrance of the eponymous hidden temple to give you tips on how to win the game. Of course, he would also conclude his instructions by saying, "The choices are yours and yours alone."
The best part of the game show was obviously the Temple Run. Here, the team that won the most challenges would be given the opportunity to try to retrieve the artifact in the temple. I can't really remember if there was a good reason for this—like maybe someone asked them to get it?—or if they were just straight-up stealing it. The temple itself was a massive set piece that consisted of multiple rooms, each with a unique physical or mental challenge. For instance, in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, the player would have to assemble a statue of a monkey. Despite the fact that this puzzle only consisted of three pieces, kids sure seemed to have a lot of trouble with the cumbersome parts. Temple Guards could be found hiding in the temple, and they would drag you away if you didn't give them a Pendant of Life, which you won via earlier challenges or found within the temple. If a player was dragged away, it was the second kid's turn. The kids only had three minutes to get in, grab the artifact and get out if they wanted to go to Busch Gardens or Universal Studios in Orlando (which was also where the show as filmed). The scariest room was The Dark Forest, where the trees had faces and arms. Reaching into the right tree's mouth would yield a key and allow access to the next room. However, the tree could occasionally be possessed by the spirit of a temple guard, meaning the trees arms would wrap around you.
Here is what most people would consider the worst Temple Run of the lot. Not even host Kirk Fogg's suggestions could help this team. The second player gets trapped in a room that is actually called THE PIT OF DESPAIR.
Here's a winning team. About a quarter of the teams actually made it through the temple successfully.
In a 2013 interview with SB Nation, a former contestant on the show described her experience, saying "it sucked." She said the Temple Guards were "the scariest thing imaginable. Nothing is scarier and I will stand by that statement until I die." She was 31 at the time of the interview and said she was still unable to go to haunted houses or watch scary films.