Halloween Horror Nights fans starved for more information about this year’s event were finally satiated Thursday, as Universal announced a new house for both the Orlando and Hollywood editions of HHN.
The maze will be based around “The Haunting of Hill House,” first installment in Netflix’s “The Haunting” anthology series that debuted to critical acclaim in 2018.
Universal’s press release promises the house will include “iconic scenes” from the show, including “the omni-powerful Red Room” and the “infamous Hall of Statues, whose deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters.”
“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Mike Flangan, the series’ creator, director and executive producer. “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”
It’s not the first collaboration between Netflix and Halloween Horror Nights. “Stranger Things” houses were featured at both the 2018 and 2019 events.
The house is the first one confirmed for the Hollywood edition of HHN. The event’s website currently has only three remaining slots open for houses, a sharp dropoff from the 10 offered in 2019. HHN Hollywood will begin Sept. 9 and run on select nights through Oct. 31.
For Orlando, this represents the second confirmed HHN house — at least according to the official HHN website — behind one based around 1988’s “Beetlejuice.” The rollout of announcement has been much compared to pre-COVID-19 editions of the event. At this point in 2019, five of the Orlando houses had been revealed.
Universal has also confirmed the icon character Jack the Clown will return to celebrate the 30th edition of HHN in Orlando, which runs on select nights at Universal Studios Florida from Sept. 3 through Halloween.