FX’s smash hit horror series American Horror Story is finally coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights
For fans of Halloween and live scares, Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights is as good as it gets. Held at both Universal’s Orlando and Hollywood theme parks in the United States, the annual event kicks off in mid-September. And for fans of American Horror Story like me, Universal’s recent announcement that Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series would join this year’s lineup on both coasts provided the bloody cherry on top of a very awesome sundae.
Held until the last possible moment, the American Horror Story announcement comes after months (years) of speculation as to when Horror Nights would tackle the ratings and awards giant. The AHS house will contain scenes from three seasons of the series: Season 1’s Murder House, Season 4’s Freak Show, and Season 5’s Hotel. For those familiar with the event, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine being chased by the Rubber Man into the basement of the Murder House. Imagine the gory and grotesque freaks on display as Twisty the Murdering Clown pops out at you around every corner. Imagine the incredible set design as you attend Hotel‘s season-closing fashion show. Okay, maybe not that, but you get the idea.
Halloween Horror Nights features a combination of mostly pre-sold intellectual property and new scares. Universal spends millions of dollars assembling “houses” on its soundstages filled with actors trained to spot the weak and easy prey to scare the living shit out of them. It’s bloody, scary, great fun if you’re of the right persuasion.
In addition to American Horror Story, Universal Orlando’s lineup includes nods to Krampus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and The Exorcist among others. Universal Hollywood’s event will include largely the same intellectual property plus Freddy vs. Jason.