A tradition which was going on from 30 years, Universal Studios’ annual Halloween Horror Nights is adding American Horror Story: Roanoke to its festivities this year. The event will be organized simultaneously at both Universal’s Hollywood and Orlando theme parks, with a different haunted maze line-up featured at both. It is not less than a treat for horror fans, there is an offer from Horror Nights for guests to grab the opportunity to step inside some of the greatest horror films of all-time, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Exorcist.
American Horror Story’s addition to Halloween Horror Nights was so successful that Universal has announced it will return this year on both coasts, but with a slight twist. The AHS Orlando maze was announced awhile back and will feature sections based on the Roanoke, Asylum, and Coven seasons. The newly confirmed AHS Hollywood maze will have the major focus on Roanoke, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the carnage wrought during AHS’ most recent season.
The creative teams in Orlando and Hollywood events are different and often engage in friendly competition with each other. To that end, creative director John Murdy recently took to the HHN Hollywood Twitter account to elaborate on his decision to take a different route than Orlando this year, and focus solely on a single season of AHS. For a pretty simple reason: Murdy thinks each season has enough viable elements to support its own maze, so why not save other seasons for future events? From a business standpoint, it’s hard to argue with that logic.
Meanwhile, while this fall’s event is focusing on transporting viewers to Roanoke, FX will be premiering AHS season 7, which will be themed around the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. However, the two candidates will only be seen in actual footage from the campaign, and not portrayed by actors. For many reasons, that’s probably a good move.