Netflix’s hit supernatural serial The Haunting of Hill House is coming back to life as Halloween Horror Nights return to Universal Studios.
The maze, the first of the featured attractions to be announced for the 2021 event, will feature at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando.
The Haunting of Hill House is not the first acclaimed Netflix show to be recreated as part of the event. Stranger Things had a presence two years running. Both shows became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon in their own right. Released in October 2018, The Haunting of Hill House was one of the streamer’s most binge-watched shows of that year.
Inspired by director and creator Mike Flanagan’s vision, which revolved around the Crain family confronting the home’s ghoulish inhabitants, the mazes will involve guests doing likewise. As they move through the attraction, they will encounter The Tall Man, The Ghost in the Basement, The Bent-Neck Lady, and journey through the heart of Hill House, the Red Room, and the Hall of Statues.
“The goal is to make our guests feel as if they are walking in the footsteps of the Crain family, reliving all the horrors that they experienced,” explained John Murdy, Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. He added that the maze “combines both the psychological and visceral twists from the series.”
Flanagan is no stranger to the annual event saying in a statement that some of his “favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends,” and calling the inclusion of The Haunting of Hill House “such an honor.”
The return of Halloween Horror Nights, canceled last year due to the pandemic, will likely have horror fans and tourism officials screaming with delight.
Halloween Horror Nights will kick off in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, September 3, 2021, and in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Both events will run on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021. Tickets are due to go on sale in the near future.