Everyone knows that one of the best things about Halloween Horror Nights is the fact that the mazes are based on our favorite horror movies and TV shows. This year we have more mazes than ever; which means more movies and shows for you to catch up on before you come! Here’s our list of 13 must-see titles for you to binge before you take on this year’s Halloween Horror Nights
For the first time ever, Stanley Kubrick’s haunting film The Shining is coming to Halloween Horror Nights! This classic suspenseful thriller follows a writer’s slow and brutal descent into madness as he’s trapped in a hotel with his wife and son. Fun fact: Danny Lloyd, who played son Danny Torrance in the film, had no idea he was cast in a horror film and had lots of fun on set riding his trike and running around the maze. He didn’t watch the film until much later when it all became clear what he was a part of.
Freddy vs Jason
Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees already had eighteen (18!) movies between the two of them before they went head-to-head in this fan favorite crossover. If you include the two remakes, that’s a whopping twenty-one (21!!!) movies featuring Freddy or Jason, but only one of them has the Springwood Slasher taking on the machete-wielding maniac that terrorizes Camp Crystal Lake in a winner-kills-all grudge match. If you don’t have time to watch all of the films featuring these two (though you absolutely should), this one should at least give you a taste of what to expect in our Titans of Terror Maze.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Freddy and Jason aren’t the only Titans of Terror that will be stalking you at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Leatherface will also be lurking around a few corners waving his signature chainsaw and sporting his iconic handmade “organic” mask. Leatherface, like the other Titans of Terror, has appeared in numerous films (eight if you include all remakes and the upcoming prequel, Leatherface ), but the best way to get to know Leatherface is to go back to the beginning. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre originally came out in 1974 and is still regarded as one of the greatest slasher movies of all time. This 2003 remake ups the stakes even more and is likely to stay with you for a while after you watch it.
Curse of Chucky
The Titans of Terror tram is hosted by Chucky this year – a slasher who may be small in stature but has possibly the biggest personality of any horror antagonist. Chucky has starred in seven films total, with his most recent film, Cult of Chucky, having just arrived on October 3rd. The previous take, Curse of Chucky, returned the doll to his more menacing roots. Brad Dourif reprises his role once more as the voice of “Lakeshore Strangler” Charles Lee Ray, whose soul remains trapped inside a Good Guys doll. Wanna play?
American Horror Story: Roanoke
We don’t just have movie-based mazes at Halloween Horror Nights; this year we’re featuring a maze inspired by the most recent season of one of TV’s scariest shows: FX’s American Horror Story! Each season is its own standalone story, so if you haven’t been watching from season one, you can still jump right in at Roanoke before experiencing this year’s maze. Then after you survive the nightmare, you’ll probably want to binge seasons one through five. Also, catch all-new episodes of American Horror Story: Cult, Tuesdays at 10 pm on FX!
The Horrors of Blumhouse maze is packed with scares from three different franchises from the acclaimed horror production company. The first of which is Sinister, a unique tale of a writer who moves his family into a home that has quite an unsettling history. You can try watching this one during the day, with the lights on, and the volume down, but that won’t help. This supernatural story is seriously terrifying.
For the first time ever, The Purge will be featured in a maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. What would life be like if, for just one day out of the year, all crime was legal? This home invasion thriller finds the Sandin family trapped in their secured house while a bloodthirsty group of young purgers terrorizes them. Some horror movies make you want to stay inside and lock all the doors. This one makes you question if that’s really the safest idea.
Happy Death Day
This one isn’t available to watch just yet, but it will be arriving in theaters on Friday, October 13th. When Tree Gelbman is murdered on her birthday, only to wake up… on her birthday again, she realizes she’s reliving the same day over and over and must use what she learns with each new day to uncover the identity of her killer. Can she solve her own murder before it happens for the last time?
Insidious is the haunting story of a family trying to prevent their comatose son from being trapped in “The Further” by evil spirits who are haunting him. We won’t tell you what happens, but we will let you know that Insidious: The Last Key is coming to theaters January 5th, and our maze is meant to be a living trailer for the film. How deep into The Further are you willing to explore?
Ash vs Evil Dead
Another TV series coming to Halloween Horror Nights this year is the Starz hit horror-comedy Ash vs Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell reprises his role of Ash Williams from the Evil Dead films in this hilarious and horrifying adventure. An evil Deadite plague has threatened to destroy all of mankind, and the guy with the chainsaw hand may be our only hope. Season 3 is coming soon!
Do you want to play a game? Jigsaw has been terrorizing his victims with his twisted games for over 12 years now, with the eighth film, Jigsaw, coming to theaters October 27th. The original Saw film was unlike anything anyone had seen before, and trapped a whole new generation of horror fans in a franchise that raises the stakes with each installment. If you still haven’t seen the first movie, don’t let anyone tell you anything about it, just watch it.
The Walking Dead
One of television’s highest rated and most-watched shows is also one of its scariest, The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead Attraction is the only maze that stays open year-round, even after Halloween Horror Nights comes to an end. Chances are you’re already a fan, but if you’ve actively been avoiding this remarkably human tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, it’s time to join the rest of us. The maze features sets and characters inspired by every season, so it’s best to start at the beginning and work your way up to season eight, which premieres Sunday, October 22nd 9/8c on AMC.
This classic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock is widely considered to be the very first film in the slasher genre. The twisted story of Marion Crane’s unfortunate encounter with Norman Bates, the motel proprietor who has a rather “unconventional” relationship with his mother, set a new standard for American horror and is still considered one of the greatest films of all time, even 57 years later. Be sure to stop by his house while you’re here navigating the Terror Tram to get a photo with Norman. Just don’t stand too close, Mother may not like that.