Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is taking us back to re-experience some of its classic mazes and horror franchises with a lineup featuring familiar (leather) faces, masks, and spinning heads. We’re definitely still living in unpredictable times but it’s exciting to know that we get to return to HHN this year.
From a business perspective, re-dusting past mazes and themes make a lot of sense as the best way to proceed with a mega-haunt event while a global pandemic still looming. We’d have to go back to count how many Chainsaw Massacre mazes have terrorized HHN in the past but that’s also one of the best parts about good horror; its nostalgia and repeatability. You won’t hear us complaining about past characters and mazes being resurrected this year as the lineup includes some of the best of the best with the promises of some new twists.
Sharing the tagline with HHN30 in Orlando “Never Go Alone” this year’s event will include the renowned terrifying mazes, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment, and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions. You definitely need someone to hide behind, somebody to panic with. Because just as in horror films where the first to wander off meets a terrible fate, there’s one thing to remember at Halloween Horror Nights: Never Go Alone.
Here’s a look at the HHN Hollywood maze lineup and more…
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” this all-new maze will depict a harrowing and intense experience as you try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw. Embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and try not to fall victim to the diabolical family of cannibals. From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, you’ll witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface. Will you make it out in one piece? Or in pieces?
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
The Bride of Frankenstein is stepping out of the shadows and taking her fate into her own bloody hands. The terror begins when you enter the tower ruins where Frankenstein’s monster pulled the lever to bring down the walls and destroy him and his Bride. You’ll recoil in horror as she tries to bring him back at any cost, honing her diabolical genius one harvested body part at a time but don’t get caught between her and the Brides of Dracula, who she captures and drains in hopes of reanimating her love. In the end, the mate will have her monster and the monster his mate.
The Haunting of Hill House
The Netflix series is reincarnated as a “Halloween Horror Nights” maze as the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning you to embark on the dark journey experienced by the Crain family. Iconic scenes will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner to test even the bravest souls as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House.
The film that fueled your worst nightmares has returned to Halloween Horror Nights. Based on the “scariest film of all time” this maze takes guests inside the MacNeil house, where we get to witness firsthand the violent battle of a demon trying to take the soul of 12-year-old Regan who is possessed by a demon, possibly the devil himself. It’s a battle of the wills between good and evil. This was a solid 4 Skull rated maze when we first experienced it in 2016.
The Curse of Pandora’s Box
An ancient horror has returned to prey on those foolish enough to tempt the Fates with their curiosity and greed. Enter Pandora’s Curiosity Shop, where her infamous box lies. Once it’s opened, all manner of evil will be unleashed. Greek mythology is about to become your monstrous reality. This was a pretty scary maze in 2019 earning a rating of 4 Skulls having an intense pace with scares around every corner, ceiling, and wall.
Evil (and this 2018 maze) has returned. Michael Myers has escaped, and he’s on his way back to Haddonfield spreading blood and mayhem in his wake. Your only hope is Dr. Loomis – Myers’ fire-scarred former psychiatrist. But will he get there before it’s too late? It’s clear that this time, Michael Myers is unstoppable. Trust us, this is the Michael Myers Lovers maze of HHN Halloween mazes.
Other returning attractions include a return of The Walking Dead Attracation and Terror Tram (The Purge)
HHN is now open on select nights through Halloween. Tickets are available and due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out. Check out the HHN Hollywood site for more information and to purchase tickets.