1:00pm PT by Hilary Lewis
'American Horror Story' Attraction Set for Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights"
American Horror Story is the latest entertainment franchise set to come to life as part of Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights."
Three chapters of FX's critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology series will serve as the inspiration for new mazes added to the annual spooky event.
Guests will have the chance to be residents of AHS' first installment, Murder House, and visit with the tortured performers from the fourth installment's Freak Show and victims of the otherworldly Hotel from the fifth installment. As they venture through the mazes, visitors will encounter iconic scenes and memorable characters from the series, including Freak Show's murderous Twisty the Clown.
“American Horror Story is one of the most disturbing television shows ever produced, and with such perverse storylines unfolding with each installment, ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is undoubtedly the only place that could create a living version of the nightmares that Ryan Murphy dreams up,” John Murdy, "Halloween Horror Nights" executive producer and Universal Studios Hollywood creative director, said Tuesday in a statement. “Plus, as a fan favorite, American Horror Story has been the number one requested maze from our guests and we’re excited to let them know that we listened to them and are bringing American Horror Story to life.”
Added Universal Orlando director of entertainment creative development Michael Aiello: “American Horror Story is engaging for so many reasons, one of them being the fantastic way each installment of the series reveals completely new characters and stories for its viewers. It's that constant evolution that makes this popular series a perfect fit for "Halloween Horror Nights" — and we can’t wait for our guests to experience some of the horror they’ve seen on the show."
Greg Lombardo, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products senior vp of global live and location-based entertainment, said: “20th Century Fox Consumer Products is thrilled to team once again with Universal Studios to premiere visionary Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series, American Horror Story, through an all-new "Halloween Horror Night" maze. The attraction — which showcases multiple chapters from the acclaimed FX anthology — offers a chilling live-action thrill and simultaneously complements the series highly anticipated premiere on Sept. 14.”
The sixth installment of AHS begins Sept. 14 on FX. The series has won 13 Emmys and is up for two more at this year's awards show. Fellow hit TV series The Walking Dead was previously an inspiration for a "Horror Nights" exhibit before becoming a year-round attraction at Universal Studios.
Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" start on Friday, Sept. 16, at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.